Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Businessman and the Fisherman

I read this story the other day and instantly loved it. Hope you enjoy!

A businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.
The businessman then asked why he didn't stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor."

The businessman scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise."
The Mexican fisherman asked, "But señor, how long will this all take?" To which the businessman replied, "15-20 years." "But what then, señor?" The businessman laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions." "Millions, señor? Then what?" The businessman said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, "Isn't that what I'm doing right now?"

-Author Unknown

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Green Thumb

When we first got married and lived in a basement apartment I would dream of the days when I could have my own garden and grow my own fruits, veggies and herbs.
 Now that we live in our own house with the perfect raised blower bed, it's better then I ever imagined. Yes, it is time consuming and sometimes frustrating but the joys of going out and picking 
fresh veggies make it all worth it. 
Because we moved in our house in the middle of winter last year and the yard was a disaster needed a little bit of help, it took a long time to just get it to the point to just make it manageable. So when it was time to plant the garden starting from seeds wasn't an option. Although buying the big pants is much easier it is also much more expensive and not as rewarding as starting from seed.
 So this year I made sure to start early. 

Here is a pic from my little green house. 
I can't wait to plant them outside and watch them grow. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Saint Diego

With Deek's job he travels a lot and I was fortunate enough to join him on his last few days in San Diego. I flew there Friday night and since he had to work till six on Saturday and Sunday I was able to get some reading done and walk the streets aka malls of San Diego. It was such a relaxing and fun little getaway.  On Saturday night we were able to meet up with some friends that live in Cali for a delicious dinner in the cutest little are of San Diego. On Sunday night we drove up to my sisters house in Redondo Beach and spend a few nights there. On Monday we drove to the Wayfarers Chapel which is gorgeous, (fun fact Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married there) then went animal searching in the tide pools. 
Here are a few photo's from the trip.