I'm deep into a new book called Oil + Marble. It's the incredible story of rivals Da Vinci and Michelangelo. The book has so many cool tidbits, it's extra special because we saw both of their mindblowing work at the Louvre last year. Did you know the Mona Lisa once hung in Napoleon's bedroom?
In celebration of the month of love, here's the love story of Nik and me. We have 23 years under our belts, and I love him even more than when we first met
Later gator! LEE
But first, shout out to Lee. She sold one of her last pieces of art from an art partnership a few years back. It was a big piece, and if you've ever visited our shop you've probably seen it.
It'll hang at a pretty rad house out in the Joshua Tree area, so it's nice to know it's going to a good home.
Now to the weird thing: The older I get, the more I like to work hard. For a long time I just put more of a priority on adventuring at the expense of work.
For whatever reason, I'm now really digging working hard, and the harder I work the more joyful it becomes. Same with you?
On Friday I was working late at the shop when a young lady came in, and in heavily accented English, asked if she could charge her phone. She was an Amazon driver with 25 packages to deliver, and couldn't do it without the phone.
I said "Of course" and showed her around to the back where she could plug in her phone. She seemed uneasy at being alone in a stranger's office at night, so I pulled the "Where ya from?" small talk starter. Afghanistan.
I pulled out my phone and she got even more worried. I told her, "Hang on, I want you to talk with a friend."
If you've been following Paleo Treats for a while, you probably remember back in 2012 or so we hired an Afghan refugee named Zarifa. Zarifa was with us for two years until she got a job helping other refugees make the transition to the US. Zarifa speaks about 6 languages, including (I think) Urdu. We've shared meals with her, met her whole family, and are always psyched to hear from her when she occasionally checks in.
I called Zarifa.
"Hey Z, long time no talk. I've got an Afghan lady here who's charging her phone at Paleo Treats and she's a little nervous, would you talk to her?"
Meanwhile, my visitor is staring at me like I'm growing a third eye. I hand her my phone and say, "What language do you speak? Because I've got someone on the phone who speaks the same language."
Moment of silence while both ladies try to figure out what the hell this crazy guy is doing. Then...
"Pali?" "Pali ba, [long string of something]" followed by 2 girls laughing and giggling away on my phone for about 10 minutes.
The lady finishes talking, hangs up the phone grinning from ear to ear, then we had a nice convo (in English) about being an Amazon driver in the US and how it was a much better job than McDonald's.
It may not sound quite as rad as the experience was, but it was a cool reminder that if you just know the right person it can make all the difference in a stranger's world.
Here's hoping that this week you get the chance to ease someone's fears and give 'em a hand as they hustle through life.
Valentine's Day is 2 weeks out. Lee is rolling solo at the shop for the next 2 weeks, so don't try to pull that last-minute shipping BS this year. Get your order in today, give her plenty of time to get a box to your sweetie, and knock 20% off with code VDAY20when ya check out.
Why is Lee rolling solo? I'm out in Indianapolis, watching over Mom as she recovers from hip replacement surgery. Thanks to all of you who reached out with good vibes and prayers, she's recovering nicely, with only one minor misadventure so far.
"How can a single piece of music make you question all of your own existence?' Turn off the lights, sit back, close your eyes and enjoy this soul moving masterpiece Arvo Pärt- Spiegel im Spiegel. It will go down as one of your favorites.
Who said poetry is dead? This is not only a great story, but this guy's feed is full of incredible poems. I am a fan of time standing still for good poets, they are like sudden shafts of sunlight on a rainy day. A gift to the world.
Take advantage of the storewide holiday sale still going on, we forgot to take the auto discount off. Might as well leave it 'til the first. Go crazy.
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