hey there flywheel…

We bend to find possibility amid madness and opportunity among madmen. Anything but the Normals.

he started it December 19, 2007

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<Aaron posted this on craigslist three nights ago. he was reading Dale Carnegie, reading about loving other peope. he said in the name of learning to be unselfish this is what he wanted to do. did i think he was nuts. no, i said. >

Free – donating my time for the holidays…


Reply to: sale-511588432@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-12-16, 11:08PM ESTYoung entrepreneurial couple looking to “pay it forward” by donating a few hours to help someone in need this holiday season…Please email us with any ideas of how we could help you, your family, or a loved one.Have a very Merry Christmas!

<AND THEN, A DAY LATER THIS HAPPENED>

Free – Pay It Forward – How M ay I Help You or Yours?


Reply to: sale-512728168@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-12-17, 11:45PM ESTI was so inspired by the couples posting that I decided I would like to do this also…….

I would like to donate a few hours to help someone in need this holiday season…Please email me with any ideas of how I could help you, your family, or a loved one.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Brian

<AND THEN THIS>

FREE – Pay It Forward – How can I help you or your loved one?


Reply to: sale-512984562@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-12-18, 9:51AM ESTThe young couple who posted this to start with has offered to help a family member of mine and so I would like to pay it forward also. I live in the Frankfort area so if there is something I can do for you or your loved one who lives in this area please email me and let me know what it is. Some suggestions would be sit with an elderly family member so you can take a few hours for yourself, take someone to the store, doctor, etc… whatever, just let me know what it is and I will see what I can do for you.

<AND THIS>

Pay It Forward – Got The Bug


Reply to: sale-513214672@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-12-18, 1:28PM ESTOk, I have been bitten. I too would like to offer 2 things. First, I too would like to do something kind to help a family. I live on the east side of Indy. My kids are grown so I have lots of time to give to a family that is truely in need. Secondly, I personally would like to chronicle this Criagslist miracle. Identities will be protected, but if you are giving or receiving one of these Christmas “gifts” please e-mail me, or if you are just interested in the end result. I will write it all down in time for a good New Years read. Merry Christmas everyone.<THEN THIS CAME IN AN E-MAIL>
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Hello,

 I am fascinated with what you have started on Craigslist. You definitely have an entrepreneurial spirit.

My family has just moved to a new house, life is crazy for us right now. We have four kids, and we don’t even have a Christmas tree for the new house.I was trying to think of ways that people who are “paying it forward” could help us out. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks! HOW SELFISH OF ME!

I have a beautiful wife, wonderful children, and (not to get to spiritual) we have the Lord in our lives. I need to be saying, How can I help others out this holiday season? Not, what can people do for me? The chain reaction that is happening with this is awesome! Thank you for inspiring me and my family.

God bless you, and Merry Christmas

JN

<WE’VE GOTTEN 10 RESPONSES SO FAR, PEOPLE NEEDING HELP, BUT MOST EVERYONE IS WRITING FOR SOMEONE ELSE…ONE PERSON KNOWS OF SOMEONE WHOSE KIDS WON’T HAVE CHRISTMAS, SOMEONE ELSE HAS A MOTHER WHO DOESN’T DRIVE AND LIVES FAR FROM HER BUT CLOSE TO US AND NEEDS TO GET OUT TO THE STORE EACH WEEK. THERE ARE SOME WHO NEED HELP WITH THEIR HOUSE AND ONE LADY WHO WANTS A WINTER COAT FOR HER HUSBAND. SHE SAYS SHE DOESN’T CARE WHAT THE COAT IS LIKE.  WE ARE FINDING OURSELVES INSANELY EXCITED ABOUT COMING UP WITH WAYS TO MEET ALL THESE NEEDS, AND IT SEEMS WHEN WE DON’T HAVE JUST EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR, WE KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO DOES AND WOULD LOVE TO HELP. ITS SWIFTLY BECOMING A NETWORK, AND I FIND MYSELF OVERWHELMED THAT AARON’S SIMPLE ACT OF WANTING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BEING UNSELFISH HAS GROWN THIS MUCH SO QUICKLY. IT’S MY OWN CHRISTMAS MIRACLE TOO, BECAUSE I FEEL AS THOUGH WE ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GIFT. ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THIS HAS LIT UP AARON’S FACE LIKE NOTHING I’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE.

 WE TALKED ABOUT JOSEPH ADDAI THE OTHER DAY, HOW HE PATIENTLY WAITED, BEHIND THE SCENES. ALL THAT TIME, NO ONE KNEW HIS NAME, BUT HE GOT READY AND THEN HIS DAY CAME AND HE STEPPED UP.  AND WE SAID WE WONDERED, DID HE KNOW THAT FIRST DAY HE STEPPED ONTO THE FIELD THAT THAT WAS HIS MOMENT AND THE START OF THE LAUNCH SEQUENCE FOR HIM, DID HE KNOW HE COULD RUN THAT FAR, DID HE KNOW IT WOULD GET THIS BIG? I GUESS YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOUR MOMENT IS, YOU CAN JUST BE READY EVERY MOMENT, JUST KEEP SOWING, JUST KEEP TRYING, BECAUSE THERE COMES A MOMENT WHEN IT GOES…

I’LL UPDATE MORE LATER WITH WHATEVER HAPPENS NEXT.>

<UPDATED 10:55 THE SAME NIGHT – WE HAVE GOTTEN MANY MORE E-MAILS. THESE WERE ALSO POSTED….ITS STILL GROWING>

Reply to: sale-513723527@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-12-18, 10:22PM EST

I am a 20 year old young women who would also like to Pay it forward. Anyone in the Tipton area who is in need this holiday season let me know what I could do to help and I would be more than happy!

Pay it Forward Chain


Reply to: sale-513732782@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-12-18, 10:26PM EST

I also have caught the PAY IT FORWARD bug, I would love to help someone out who might have an elderly parent that they care for. I lost my father a year ago and miss him terribly, however I know how restricted you can feel sometimes.
I would be willing to come & sit with someone for a few hours or help run some errands or whatever might need done.
I worked in the medical equipment field for several years and have knowledge of insurance claims and Medicare claims. So if you need some help there I might be of some assistance.

Happy Holidays to ALL……………..

<WE HAVE ALREADY MADE A MESSAGE BOARD TO HELP US MANAGE ALL OF THIS, AND WE STOPPED BY WALMART TONIGHT TO SEE ABOUT THEIR DONATION POLICY ….IT WAS A LITTLE LATE, AS WE SPENT MOST OF THE DAY ON THIS STUFF AND THEREFORE ENDED UP AT THE OFFICE UNTIL 10, SO ILL HAVE TO CALL TOMORROW ABOUT WALMART…CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL OF THIS? IM SO HAPPY AND AMAZED>

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the compelling force which startles the room December 13, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — figg @ 12:10 am

you know how some days you want to look cute, and some days you want to look sweet and nice, or pretty, or hot, or put together.

 this time i need to look powerful, edgy, absurdly to-the-moment, earthy, tongue-in-cheek, sexy and generous.

if only that could be the habit and not the hope.

enter; cinderella in a pencil skirt and a carnation in her button hole.

(picture:

messenger-bag.jpgpicture.jpgpants.jpgoutfits.gifshoe.jpgmmm.jpghat1.jpgleather-military-jacket.jpg

i am the number one article by the way, in one of my categories. have been for 2 weeks now.

 

dialtone December 12, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — figg @ 2:36 am

i finally got some Christmas and birthdaying done. (although I made a list the other day and found to my surprise that i actually have been hoarding and stockpiling much better than i had originally thought. now if only i can remember where i put everything) i got the reservations made for the dinner (provision – a said to me that next year for his birthday he wanted to take his friends out to eat. we’re doing it this year.) with extensive menu planning involved [note to self….determine and make cake] ….got the birthday present boughten. on the off chance that a has figured out where this blog is, i’m just not going to talk about it in any traceable fashion until after the birthday. he is the biggest spoiler on earth. (i just typed ‘earch’. i’m sure he’s the biggest spoiler there, too)

have gotten no work done and my good hair from this morning has turned into something awful, like how at midnight the magic dress turns back to rags, well…whatever good juju was happening to my hair this morning has worn off.

 the hippy e-mailed a. i probably shouldn’t care. in fact, i didn’t in the begining. but after a while you just get tired of the past continually offering itself. go away, past. you were nice, we give you a fond nod, but you don’t belong here, in now. most of us don’t want to be reminded of you continually, especially not in the form of you presenting yourself again for consideration.

please be nice. go away.

 favorites; no.2 pencils, coffee, the substantial weight of holding in my hands the documents and systems that i have written, buying presents for a, black pants, Christmas carols, fernie, the upcoming saturday wherein i get to Christmas shop (first incarnation typing = Christmas hop. Also something to consider), just….Christmastime, gourmet magazines for the articles, bon appetit/cooking light for the recipes, good olive oil and cheese

 

the world under the Christmas tree December 10, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — figg @ 10:24 pm

we are lying under the Christmas tree, my sister and i. we are small and easily impressed, looking upwards through the lights, giggling about how tall it is. we make our ornaments come to life in their fir-fringed treehouse village, squinting to make stars around each light. we try to sing all of the twelve days of Christmas (we are not sure which day the drummers drum and which day the lords ‘a leap but are incredibly fervent on five golden rings) mom emerges from the wrapping room, great hide-eum of Christmas creation, coaxes us out with cookies, a snowball and a kieflie, maybe some egg-nog if we don’t knock off any of the ornaments. she coaxes us out with the promise of putting presents under the tree. the candles are lit and the fireplace is burning. mom is smiling her Christmas smile, and though excited to receive our cookies, and to clammor for glimpses of gift tags, we are reluctant to leave the word under the tree. we are 24 and 17, and plan to revist next year and all the ones after, just like we always have.

i was thinking of this because last year i moved and had my own tree. this year though, we’re tearing up the kitchen, so now i have a stove where my tree goes and i don’t think there will be time to decorate. i’ve considered stringing the stove with lights, but there’s no world under “the Christmas stove”. so i’ll have to wait until after the presents are opened at mom’s house, this year, before i take my annual trip…

i will post photos from the 1st annual Christmas photo safari when i’ve taken them.

“It’s the most wonderful time….of the year”

 

apples and cheese, quiet and afternoon

Filed under: Uncategorized — figg @ 8:51 pm

day four. i am a human resources genius. (don’t wag your finger at me, it’s not arrogance, it’s positivity) i have developed the mother of all performance review systems. i am prepared to rant, at the drop of a hat, about the newly accepted rules of do and do not within the new world of employee handling, where “corporate culture” and “(warm fuzzy) experience”, as well as “positive(read indirect and limp) reinforcement” all go hand in hand, like some bizarre marriage of parenting and party hosting. Nonetheless, i am ‘to-the-minute’ in my strategy and presentation, and while i remain appropriately unimpressed externally (“well,obviously this is how it’s done and obviously I was able to determine the right cohesive system for your company within 4 days, it’s my job!”) Internally I’m like “WOO! I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH ME RIGHT NOW (flash back, ‘im good with this little girl, aren’t I?’ moment, 7 years old holding my infant baby sister, her – red face, squalling, head lolling, and me, proud of my superior handling skills.)

 i am also impaired by my inate urge to collect and fill boxes. example; intricate leather box with round brass piping bought for me by my Aunt, reminded me of inky scraps of notebook paper, scribbled love letters with editorial exerpts in the margins, so naturally I stored those and only those there. later, a bright yellow cigar box, the fresco on the lid of colorful greeks with olive laden laurel wreaths holding decanturs of wine, pictures go in this, i said and so…43 boxes later, with each category neatly partitioned off, (so unlikely a trait from so disorganized a soul) now, instead of just being able to live/write/work partition free, i have notebooks for certain moods, pages for certain types of blog (blog hosting sites for differnt types of writing) outfits for different moods, and none of these ever seem to mingle or match….

 Case in point just occurred, here I’ve been blogging about our business things, A’s and mine…in my blog, my personal one, but when he asked what i was doing and i told him, he said confusedly ‘that goes in our blog right?’

um, yes. well, but sort of. it should go there, too, but here also.

i don’t know.

 

rag-tag business bag December 5, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — figg @ 12:24 am

We went to contract. Finally. After months and months of maybe, and over a year of “i don’t know how we ever will make it” — .stiffle, stiffle. — “We will make it. We will be fine”. We now have a mandatory exercise in early mornings, a ritual, A up at 6 and a half, rusty springs .thedoorhandle. and me, sleeping for 15 until A will bribe me awake with coffee (I get the water and the scoops ready the night before. the scoops are beyond him, he tells me. he turns on and pours, and brings to mrs messy, how’d you find me in here anyway, hiding under warm blankets of dreams which harbor me, the refugee, can i have another 5? no. okay, well lemme have my coffee)

<all that time, all those books “the secret is don’t give up, give more, give harder, give great”, all the while me convincing, convincing, convincing that we would and we will and we have and we can. convincing me, so I can tell him, so he can convince me. Oh if only we can just keep on, don’t take that stupid road block so very personally, too much time spent in resentful, indignant contemplation over why the road block had to slow us down. and there’s no motion in contemplation. just…get over it, go around. thing is, i just know, i just know, i simply know…if we perservere we’ll learn the habits the deciplines the lessons of greatness achieved.>

  and now we sit here, and i’ve really gotten a good bit done in the last two days. i’m proud of it, i’d gotten afraid that i couldn’t innovate, but the systems are fitting together and i even made a flow diagram (a, what have you done to me, miracles lie in numbers and patterns, oh and also in your eyes) all that aside, i decided to be this way….businessy and visionary, last monday i think it was, and so now i am. i think it should be that simple. Maybe not in practice, considering lately i see how the brain is like a muscle, if you don’t work it out, it wearies easily. so it did yesterday. Likely tomorrow as well.  but it’s conceptually sound, deciding and then being, and despite the interim metemorphsis, that’s really the bottom line of it all. it’s not enough to decide, you must be, before you are.