Monthly Archives: March 2013

Norwegian Vacation, Party of Five

by Lindy
National Lampoon's European Vacation | Photo Credit FanPop.com

“Why are those stupid Americans wearing lederhosen in Oslo?!”
(Yes, this photo is from the Alps,; I’ve taken creative liberties)

Imagine a new comedy, “National Lampoon’s Norwegian Vacation” starring the Southern California version of the Griswold family. That will be us on our next big trip to my ancestral homeland. Our ‘Party of Five’ epic journey to Norway is just days away and I’m psyched!

I’ll be taking photos, videos and documenting our adventures as much as possible through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, You Tube and this website. Thanks to modern technology, I will have WiFi at all times; which I know sounds sacrilegious to traveling to one of the most beautiful, natural places on earth, but I want to capture and share as much of the beauty and fun as possible.

Travel Details:

  • Two adults, three kids, four pieces of checked luggage, seven carry on bags, three car seats, one stroller, lots of snacks and bribery tools (candy) and five thin-blooded Southern Californians with their warmest ski jackets.
  • Winter clothes courtesy of REI.
  • Portable WiFi mobile 4G hot spot “MiFi”, courtesy of Xcom Global.
  • Flight Route: Orange County through Chicago and Sweden to Oslo | Oslo through Newark to Orange County.
  • Flights courtesy of Scandinavian Airlines
  • Travel Itinerary: Oslo, 3 days | Larvik, 5 days | Lillehammer, 4 days | Oslo, 1 day
  • Family-friendly flat rental in Oslo, complete with bunk beds, washer/dryer and kitchen courtesy of Christian through Airbnb.com.

    Two Bedroom Flat Rental in Oslo, Airbnb.com

  • 3 Day Oslo Pass courtesy of Visit Oslo for tours, museums, transportation and fun.
  • Rental car, 5 speed VW sports wagon, courtesy of Hertz through USAA.
  • Family-friendly lodging near the seashore in Larvik, courtesy of my (3rd?) cousin Kristian and his family. There will be a lot of cousins to visit with in Larvik and Skien.

    Larvik Boat Tour | Photo Credit: Gunnar Berven, Opplevlarvik.no

  • We’ll be VIPs at a concert at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sandefjord, courtesy of Morten, Tainted Souls.
  • Family-friendly home rental in the Olympic hub of Lillehammer, courtesy of Mari through Airbnb.com. Ironically, her boyfriend is from Laguna Beach originally. We will spend some time getting to know them and having our daughters play dance games on the Wii together.

    Home rental in Lillehammer, Airbnb.com

  • Family-friendly BnB rental near the Gardermoen Airport in Oslo our last night in Norway, courtesy of Gardermoen Hotel Bed & Breakfast and Hotels.com. Bonus: breakfast and airport shuttle.

    Gardermoen B & B, Oslo

  • Researching, planning and collaborating made easy with Google Docs, Trip It, Sons of NorwayVisit Oslo and Visit Norway.
  • Genealogy research made possible with Geni.comAncestry.com, as well as my uncle Kern and his invaluable photos, letters and ancestry notes
  • Norwegian language learning made fun with NRK.no, Aftenposten.no, Google Translate, Memrise.com and lovely Norwegian You Tube teachers.
  • My daughters’ favorite Norwegian phrase thus far, “Nei takk” (no thank you).

Stay tuned for my travel cliff notes! While you’re waiting, check out this cool music video by the popular Norwegian band, Kaizers Orchestra.

 


Bryan Elliott on Why You Should Pick Yourself

by Lindy

Linked OC - Seth Godin - March 15, 2013

Bryan Elliott, founder of the progressive networking group, Linked OC, emailed a poignant story to our group today that was very touching and encouraging. I know his story will resonate with so many people; we could all benefit from learning the important lesson of PICKING YOURSELF.


This idea of ‘Picking Yourself’ will be the featured topic at the upcoming March 15th LinkedOC with bestselling author and thought leader Seth Godin. Godin will be speaking on his latest book, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

Here is Bryan’s Story
(used with permission)

I just finished writing my next article for Entrepreneur Magazine, (working title) 3 Reasons to Pick Yourself where I shared part of an important lesson learned a long time ago and again recently by reading Seth Godin’s new book.

The full article will be published on Thursday this week but I didn’t include all of the personal details and I’d like the share the full story with some confessions and embarrassing truths here with you, my loyal tribe, with the hope that this helps at least one person…

1 out of the 3 reasons to pick yourself (vs waiting to get picked by someone else) is:

1. You are NOT going to get picked.

For me, waiting to get picked always conjures up painful memories of the elementary school playground. I was in 5th grade and loved to play sports, especially basketball. The problem was that I hadn’t hit my growth spurt yet and was one of the shortest kids on the court. I usually got picked last or not at all when we split up teams.

It’s sad to admit but more than 30 years later I’m still kind of pissed at Mr Hamblin, the PE coach, who mocked me because I was in his words, “too short to play” in the coveted Teachers vs Students basketball game on the last day of the school year. This and other times of rejection left me feeling frustrated and misunderstood. I was pretty good at sports (by 5th grade standards) but I was being judged solely on my height. I often sat on the sidelines feeling defeated with resentment and great contempt for tall people!

This pattern continued on into high school and although I worked hard to earn a spot on the varsity team in 3 different sports, I was often ignored or given limited playing time by coaches who preferred to play the bigger kids who were in their minds “a sure thing” to win games. (that’s me below in my freshman year).

Bryan Elliott

Bryan Elliott, high school football

In business I continue to experience the feeling of being ignored, passed over, exploited, rejected and being treated unfairly all the time. I have felt defeated and wondered where my friends were when I needed them most. I have felt desperate and alone. I have felt the resentment and contempt for those in power who didn’t pick me after nailing the job interview; after years of thankless service; for well deserved promotions; new projects or whatever.

I confess that I’ve held grudges–even for things that are ancient history…
During my darkest moments when I lost sight of hope, I was so miserable that I was tempted to blame others or outside circumstances for my misfortune–real or perceived–to the point that I wanted to retaliate and seek revenge.

I’ve heard it said that “holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” It’s true, I’ve had a taste of it.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

Some people, like Coach Hamblin, suck. Yes, we will be treated unfairly by unforeseen circumstances or people–deliberately or without malice–and either way isn’t fun. But we shouldn’t be surprised when adversity or rejection come, nor allow the applause or lack of, to determine our worth. This is the journey we’re on.

The path that used to be safe and secure–that cushy, high-paying job at the glamorous brand or position that is never in jeopardy of being downsized–is gone. At any moment the tightrope you’re walking on can get cut out from under you. And there’s no safety net.

Whether you work for someone else and love it, spend your days sending out resumes or are confined to a soul-sucking cubicle, there’s comfort in knowing that there’s an alternate choice: Pick yourself.

Don’t waste time playing to an audience who couldn’t care less about your tune. Don’t waste another breath of air trying to convince the unconvinced. There’s a danger after you’ve been rejected so many times…tell me if this sounds familiar:

  • You want to crawl under a rock and stop trying…
  • You start believing the critics or crickets and settle for less…
  • You get mad or resentful every time you hear the word “no” feeling undervalued and unappreciated…
  • You sabotage relationships or opportunities by rejecting them before (you think) they reject you as a defense mechanism…
  • You start using those in power as the scapegoat or excuse for your less-than-awesome output or performance…

Don’t do this. Don’t give them power by giving in. Keep your chin up, find the right audience or do better work until you get noticed. Never quit.

Seth said this in his latest book, “The Icarus Deception”:

“Our cultural instinct is to wait to get picked. To seek out permission, authority and safety that come from someone who says, ‘I pick you.’ Once you reject the impulse and realize that no one is going to select you—that Prince Charming has chosen another house in his search for Cinderella—then you can actually get to work.”

I would love to hear your thoughts on this either publicly on our FB page, or privately by replying to this email.

–Bryan Elliott
Founder, Linked OC

Twitter: @BryanElliott
LinkedIn: /in/BryanDElliott
FB: /BryanElliott

Linked Orange County is about: Connecting. Business. People.

Our mission is to be a hub for thought leadership, entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups with emphasis on helping our members prosper and contributing to the growth of the Orange County economy.

We are a leading business community network connecting the disconnected to create value among our members and in the community.

Our main purpose is:

* Connecting buyers & sellers
* Connecting information seekers with information
* Connecting teams, collaborators and innovators to each other
* Connecting those with similar business goals
* Connecting job hunters with jobs
* Connecting organizations spending money with ways to save money
* Connecting like-minded, passionate people into a movement

What is your story?


Upgrade to a Typewriter 2.0 – Mad Men Style

by Lindy

I am love with USB Typewriters – here is my future ‘Typewriter 2.0’! I stumbled upon them online and I haven’t been the same since. Thank you for this ingenious invention, Jack Zylkin! I will have to kick my old electric typewriter to the proverbial curb when I get my hands on this one (sorry Beulah Hildegard Francis.)

USB Typewriter Computer Keyboard — Smith Corona Sterling — 1960s Mad Men Style

Smith Corona Sterling 1960s Mad Men Style USB Typewriter Computer Keyboard

You had me at Mad Men

I envision myself showing up to my marketing meetings with one of these beauties and clanging away on the keyboard. Of course I would be teased by some technology elitists, but I know at least one person in my office would admire it. We were both drooling when we first saw this most incredible invention. I MUST HAVE ONE!

This one that I am lusting after is steep at $599, but it’s so versatile and gorgeous, that I can (almost) justify the expense. It is adaptable to your PC and iPad, so I picture myself showing up at my neighborhood coffee shop, perhaps wearing an eccentric beret and smoking a long, skinny cigarette, and typing feverishly on this turquoise dream machine. (Kidding — I don’t smoke; or wear berets.)

USB Typewriter

Like a kid in a candy shop… more soon-to-be-released colors for USB typewriters.

About USB Typewriter (from USBtypewriter.com)

“A Groundbreaking Advancement in the Field of Obsolescence”

The idea for USB Typewriter all began in late 2009, when I found a clunky old Royal typewriter on the side of the road. After a little spit polish and elbow grease, I was really amazed by how pristine this machine was underneath its century’s worth of rust and dust. And even more amazing: it still worked!

Typewriters are just really beautiful and elegant pieces of technology, and it has always struck me as sad that they are now neglected and almost forgotten, especially considering that most computer stuff today is so disposable and utilitarian. People love typewriters, and lots of people have them on their mantlepiece or in their attic, but there is just no place for them on a modern computer desk. So, with the USB Typewriter project I am trying to help people rescue typewriters from garages and attics and put them to use again.

In my online store, I sell a do-it-yourself kit can add a USB port to any typewriter.  The kit can either be purchased pre-assembled and ready to install, or as a fun solder-it-yourself electronics kit.  I also sell a range of lovingly restored and USB-enabled typewriters, but they are frequently sold out, so if you don’t see one you like, just ask.

USB Typewriter has been in business since June 2010, and since then has helped to rescue almost 1,000 typewriters, while constantly improving the conversion process to make it as easy as possible. The USB Typewriter has been featured by NPR’s Morning Edition, The Martha Stewart Show, CNN HLN, WIRED, Gizmodo, and many others.  It was named one of the “Top 10 iPad Accessories” by PC Magazine.
Just as I was promoting this post on Twitter, I stumbled on a new film coming out featuring typewriters: The Typewriter in the 21st CenturyI want to work on getting a screening in Irvine; it looks so interesting! I love the quote mentioned on the site:
Manson Whitlock, at age 95 the oldest person in the film and likely the oldest working typewriter repairman in America, is blunt about it: “I think that something that was made to be thrown away ought never to have been made at all.”

Masterwriter for Creative Writers


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