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Natural Grocers Grand Opening in Tucson

March 23, 2016 1 Comment

bulk grains

bulk grains

healthy desserts

healthy desserts

specialty foods

specialty foods

wide variety of items

wide variety of items

tasty probiotics

tasty probiotics

body care section

body care section

marketing and management

marketing and management

essential oils

essential oils

ready to eat

ready to eat

organic produce

organic produce

sauce of the gods

sauce of the gods

I arrived home after gym and shopping today and received a call from  my favorite neighbor, Heidi.  She advised me to check my mail for a coupon for a new store opening close to home. I was really not in need of groceries but she convinced me to visit the grand opening of Natural Grocers at Broadway and Country Club in Tucson. She was right that this is a very happy event to celebrate. This store is a treasure trove of shopping wonder for me. They carry all kinds of exotic and wonderful local health foods, very well priced. There are items available in bulk for those who can utilize a giant bag of oats or other grains. The produce is organic. The body care and vitamin section rivals Whole Foods for selection and beats them on price!!! We are so lucky to have this new asset in our ‘hood.

I cruised the store and tasted the various special offerings being sampled. I found many new products, of which I was unaware, now available right down the street.  I am highly attached to grocery shopping at all price points and levels.  I go grocery shopping when I travel just to have some fun and inform myself about the local market situation.  It is how I bond with a community other than my own, through groceries.  I am thrilled to see all the fun discount programs offered by Natural Grocers, as well as noting that the base pricing is very customer friendly.  The staff was overcome with joy to receive the new shoppers.  I have never been so well greeted and treated in a grocery store.  Methinks they have training in the 5 and 10 rule….showing eye contact and acknowlegement to anyone within 10 feet, and speaking with uplifting gusto to any customer who is within 5 feet of the staff.  They were giddy with welcome, happy greetings for me.  What’s not to like?  I will shop here for sure.   Today I was crammed packed in my home fridge but found some great items to put in the pantry, very well priced.  I am a huge fan already, and look forward to the fun events they have planned for education and enrichment.

Hedonism vs Addiction

October 18, 2015 1 Comment

The hedonist archetype is both admired and disrespected in our society. We receive mixed messages about fun, enjoyment, and merchandise.  “How much is too much?”, is a question we are in the process of answering.  During our holiday season excess is encouraged in all things.  We see images of over decorating, over eating, over indulging in sweets and alcohol as mandates to celebrate with certain products.  If we give in to the marketing engines we will let our health and finances go in order to buy holiday goods.  There is a fine line between genuine appreciation that brings joy and repetitive addictive habits that have flatlined.  The solution is not to give up pleasure or fine things in life.  To find balance we each need to find our own specific definitions of pleasure.  We also need to monitor exactly how much pleasure is still left in long standing habits.  We may be fooling ourselves sometimes.

Since I am a hedonist in the first house it is important for me to evaluate and stay aware of the ways in which I indulge myself.  I am attached to sensuality and leisure which could easily lead to lack of discernment.  In order to stay healthy I must stay clear about how much time, money and effort I spend to feel good.  A feeling of wellbeing and good energy is the reward for putting health first.  The shadow hedonist is like the cartoon red devil sitting on a shoulder acting as the conscience.  This little delusion devil is persuasive. The dark side of hedonism is ironically anhedonia.  The pursuit of pleasure to one’s detriment eventually results in a complete inability to experience pleasure.  Addictions that require treatment are common now in America.   What starts as a good time ends frequently in heartache.

When you think of the hedonist does someone you know come to mind?  Do you recognize a hedonist in yourself?  Calibrate the Fun-O-Meter to make sure you are still having some.

 

Fun and a Little Weird

March 14, 2013 3 Comments

 

Zappos intentionally transformed the workplace of the telephone bank ordering system.  Since this service of taking orders from customers and executing them will continue, serious thought was put into making the job more fun.  The tour of the Zappos office will convince you that something very different is afoot.  They are used to being observed on the job, and seem to enjoy flaunting costuming, toys, banners, and personal expression of every kind.   It made me think of a friend of mine who worked in a cubicle for Quantas, doing reservations.  The company issued a memo that no personal items could be displayed in the cubicle of any kind.  My friend removed her personal decor and displayed instead the memo itself as her new decoration. The hostility she felt for her incredibly insensitive employer had to come through on every call.

Repression never works, and I am living proof. I have instinctive distrust of dogma, certifications and senseless regulations. Giving people the creative freedom to contribute to the group beats a hierarchy with power issues every time. Zappos does create titles, but they can be very non traditional.  My tour guide had the title Culture Clown, which sounded to me like a very fine position.  Her job was to tour and explain to the public how being fun and weird at work is good for the human race.  This seems obvious, so her job is pretty easy, if not always a barrel of monkeys.

The reasons I think Floatli is the perfect official sport for Zappos:

  • You look like a robot when you are in the equipment
  • It makes you feel silly as soon as you feel it, usually inspires giggles
  • It is the exact opposite of what you do the rest of the time in gravity
  • It is the opposite of wearing shoes
  • When you fall, you fall up  (more than a little weird)
  • Vegas is HOT, and you all need to get in the water
  • It is fun, and much weirder than you can imagine

You do not need to imagine. Say the word and I will fly up and Floatli with you.  If it is not fun and weird enough for you I will be very surprised.

All God’s Children Got Shoes

December 18, 2012 2 Comments

This song has been going around in my head as I focus on my goal for 2013. I plan to convince Tony Hseih that Floatli is the perfect official company sport of  Zappos, so he will want to market it with me.  Normally they take already developed products being sold elsewhere and market them.   I want the Zapsters to partner me to refine and package  it to perfection with me as well.  What I can offer is an international trademark on the name Floatli, my expertise, and  a fun versatile product that works for sports as well as therapy and training.  It is a perfect match for Lake Mead, or the inevitable pool for employees downtown that will be in the future.  When I visited them I was really happy to know they can pull off such a pure and direct match between the core values and the results.  Floatli also works from the core, and is fun.  I came within a few yards of  Tony as I was leaving in my Zappos shuttle back to Vegas.  I had a giant urge to blurt out my intentions, but I thought better of it.  Now I have thought about it, and I am clear.  I want to Zap, and believe I can convince the Zappsters of the merit of Zapping with Floatli. We will work this from the ground up, starting with the most important of all things, shoes.  Once I know which shoes to wear, then I will enumerate the core values and how we align perfectly, fluidly, and even geographically.  Yo, Tony, I am going to convince you, and you will like it.  I want to Zap with you for the benefit of ALL the sentient beings.  Resistance may not be futile, but Floatli is a lot more fun (one of our mutual core values).

He's Got Shoes

He’s Got Shoes

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