Have you ever reached the gravy point?

the point at which everything thereafter is just gravy

When you set out to do anything that takes effort to make happen, be it a vacation, a fancy dinner party for friends, a big work project, or the like, there comes a point where the effort it took to set about doing it is paid off. I call this “the gravy point” – it’s the point at which you have been duly rewarded for your efforts already and everything from that point on is just gravy.

Example: John travels to Arizona. He sees the Grand Canyon for the first time and is blown away. He thinks, “wow, I have two days left here and the trip was already totally worth it.” John has now reached the gravy point. And the sunrise he’ll see in Sedona the next morning and light filtering through the Antelope Canyons later that afternoon are just gravy on top of an already successful trip.

To Spotify or not to Spotify, that is the question.

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Let me get this out of the way right out of the gate: this is not a sponsored review. This is merely me sharing my stream-of-consciousness contemplation of music-as-service in the hopes that it helps others.

What is Spotify?

I would describe it as a music service that gives you access to (pretty much) every song, ever. But it’s more than that. It has fantastic curated playlists, playlist sharing, and even a feature to download the songs to your device for offline listening – a huge plus for plane rides and trips where roaming becomes an issue. Continue reading

Good news for Mill St. fans.

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I attended the Brooklin Beerfest last week.  It’s become a big annual event (actually, there were two this year) put on by Brooklin’s 1847 Wine & Beer Bistro. The event takes up not only the entire bistro, but also Grass Park across the street. They had a good assortment of craft brewers on hand, including Mill Street, Flying Monkeys, Old Flame, Amsterdam, Beau’s, Brock Street Brewing Co., Waterloo, and Smithworks. Continue reading

Three automotive frogs that have become princes.

Some people make up their minds for life on cars. “I had a GM product in the early nineties and it wasn’t very good. I’ll never buy a domestic vehicle again” is a good example. I believe in second chances, though. I believe someone (even car companies) can change their stripes. Here are three examples of cars I once thought were the worst, and would now consider buying. Continue reading