Hey, so here I am in the middle of Kenya overlookin’ a pod of hippos at the camp. This is a cool place.
Anyway, these guys do this at night, right by our tent. The reason I’m telling you this is because you’ve got to relax. You’ve go to get away. You have to take a break. You have to have to have to. You will not have quality of life…not many people at the end of their life say, “I wish I would have worked more. I wish I would of relaxed less…I relaxed way too much.”
Guys, go somewhere. Get away. Maybe with your spouse. Maybe with your family or even alone. Get near water. For me its the water. Near water, hearing the constant running of the water or ocean. Some people get re-energized by mountains. Mountains or water are the big ones. Got to relax guys, got to relax.
We’re here in Kenya eating breakfast and there is a giraffe sticking its head in through the window.
This giraffe made me think that a lot of people get enabled. Parents think it’s the loving thing to do to pay their kid’s electric bill because if they don’t, that mean electric company is going to turn off their electricity. When in reality, their kid wasn’t responsible, spent all their money on partying or whatever and then didn’t have enough money to pay their bill.
When the food goes bad in the fridge, they learn money management, time management and other lessons so they become more responsible. But when parents absorb life lessons for them it screws the child over.
Hey, Dave with Saddleback Leather here. I was looking at this Dunnottar Castle here, which was built in A.D. 600-and-something on the northeast coast of Scotland. If you look up close, you’ll see it’s REALLY well made. This castle gets storm after storm after storm and just weathers them. Not perfectly, obviously—there were cannonballs and fires and stuff—but through the centuries this thing has held up really well.
I’m guessing it was just in them to make it really well so it would last for a long time. Not this long, probably, but it’s just in some people to make things really well. It’s not natural to make things really cheaply. I don’t get it. Why do people make things so cheaply? It’s almost wrong, if you think about it. So anyway, do what’s natural. When you do something, do it right. Edge the grass. Do it right, like the Scots (if they were Scots back then). When they made a castle, they made it REALLY well.
If you’re at all experienced with driving on the highway, or were taught well by your driving instructor or parents, you know not to drive in the fast lane unless you’re passing someone. In the U.S., it’s the left lane, and it’s meant for emergencies.
What if a husband is rushing his wife to the hospital because her water broke? Or if someone’s choking? Or if someone’s parent had a heart attack and he’s rushing to the hospital to say good-bye, but can’t because someone is in the fast lane driving slow? Many people think they have the right to drive there if they’re going the speed limit. (My sister Debbie was one of those people—wink, wink).
In some states, such as Texas, Tennessee, and Oregon, it’s actually illegal to drive in the left lane unless you’re passing. In Scotland, however, where we are now, you’re supposed to drive in the left lane, not the right, so just be aware of your surroundings.
Dave here in Scotland. I’m in an oil seed rip field and it’s for cattle. It’s all over the place in Brechin where we’re staying.
Anyway, I wanted to let you guys know that we left a bag at the airport in San Antonio…the one with our Garmin in it. I love the Garmin. So we had to rent a Tom Tom. I’d heard they make good stuff, but the one we got was a piece of junk! You can’t even adjust the volume. Imagine if I had never used one before. You think I’d go home and buy a Tom Tom?
I also rented a Renault about a month ago in Mexico. It was 0 to 60 in…25.5 seconds. I had to be their base model car, but anyone who rents one of those will never buy one.
Why put your worst foot forward? Why not just make crap? So all you have is “excellent.” And then you’ll sell more. Or, if you do sell crap, don’t put it out first, or people will never ever buy your stuff again. So Tom Tom, Renault, and anyone else think about that.
We just got into Scotland, to this little town called Brechin where we’re staying. When ever I’m in a new place, I like to eat what the locals eat so Joe and I are having some lamb fajitas. Suzette and the kids are here too (but they’re having fish and chips). I thought I would eat what the locals eat.
It’s Dave with Saddleback Leather Company and I wanted to tell you that you’ll be seeing more videos from us here.
We’re taking off on a big trip and will be doing little video blogs along the way. We’re going to Scotland first, then to Kenya. We’re going to be in Nairobi, deeper into Kenya, Rwanda, and then to short stops in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
I think it’s going to be really cool, but there’s also a major purpose behind this trip. It’s not just to travel around the world, but to do some really neat stuff as far as designs go. You’re going to be amazed. They won’t come out for a while. It’s kind of a secret thing, but along the way I’m going to record product demos and some thoughts I’d like to share. So keep us in mind.
I hope you’re following us on Facebook too because we’re taking the whole family and Joe Callander, our marketing and video guy. So anyway, we’ll be gone for a little while.