Daniel and Amanda’s Weblog

February 24, 2008

To New Friends and Cool People

Filed under: Just for fun — theburts @ 12:47 am

We’ve met some cool people lately. Some have been through our involvement with the media. Some have been through random meetings, or conversation with patients.

I had a patient yesterday who was retired, but continuing his 40 year trade of repairing sewing machines. I love the ideas of trades vs. careers/jobs. Anyway, we ended up having a long conversation about the difference in his generation and today…where I guessed that less than 10% of people my age and younger have ever entered a TV repair shop, shoe repair shop, or had their sewing machines repaired. Nowadays, we just toss it and buy the new one…after all, that’s what the good little consumer is supposed to do, right? But we had a great talk, and agreed on how sad it is that trades like his are becoming more and more rare because of our disposable society. Then my first patient today was from Chicago, so we talked about Oprah, and she is interested in going dumpster diving with us! (Hi patient! I can’t say your name due to HIPAA rules. heheh) Plus Amanda and I got to go hang out with friends from our small group (well, not our small group, but a small group from another church) last night and tonight. We played Rock Band last night (can we say addicting? it’s good we don’t have one, cause I’d play it all the time), and Clue / Apples to Apples tonight. Great, entertaining, and relaxing couple of days since we’ve been back…and some successful dumpster diving. It’s just cool that we’ve been meeting and hanging out with all kinds of new people!

But the three people I wanted to write about most were Madeline, Courtney and Lisa.

Madeline is a freegan in New York, and she’ll be on the show Wednesday as well. She was soooo nice. We really enjoyed talking to each other about our lifestyles. She comes at things from a different angle, but is wonderfully living out her convictions. Check out the site she helps run at Freegan.info. We really want to go visit her in New York, as she said (after, I admit, I kind of asked) that we could stay with her. She really impressed us with her decision to take the train from the airport to the hotel and back…declining the free limo service to reduce fuel consumption. It’s great to see people practically applying their words. Thanks for the great encouragement, Madeline, you’re a kindred spirit.

The second was Courtney, a 2-time breast cancer survivor who we met on the plane back to Nashville. From Oregon, she has dedicated much of her life to breast cancer awareness because of her history with the cancer. She was spirited, positive and fun, and actually runs a company that makes really cool lapel pins, PinkWings. She saw our gift bag that had Harpo written on it, and after inquiries led to our purpose in Chicago we chatted the whole way to Nashville. Courtney really wants to get on Oprah to help spread awareness, and I hope she gets the chance! Thank you, Courtney, for giving back in the way that you do. (Hope your conference was splendid!)

Last, but not least, is Lisa Ling. I’ll admit I didn’t know who she was until Amanda told me. heehee. Even though she’s a famous reporter, she remained approachable and extremely pleasant. She made Amanda and me feel very comfortable. I just admire her greatly for her reporting on subjects like sex trafficking, war, poverty, and all sorts of other current day injustices. Her website is LisaLing.com if you want to check it out. We need more reporters like this who are willing to risk it all to bring light to areas where darkness prevails. Thanks for all you do, Lisa.

That’s it for now. Anyone else met any cool people (famous or not!) lately???



  1. Funny you would mention; My wife and I are looking into getting our Sewing Machine repaired.. if only I was local to you guys.

    Its funny to me how much God has changed my heart in the past few years. Three years ago I made my wife donate my mom’s old sewing machine to the Salvation Army because it was collecting dust and taking up room, now shes using her mom’s old one to make and repair clothing for us. Before, if we had needed a sewing machine, I would have ran out and bought a new one, now I’m looking to get our old one fixed.

    As far as famous people go, I don’t run in the right circles. I have a running joke with my boss b/c he always stays in nice hotels on vacation and he is constantly running into famous people. We joke that I never meet famous people because they usually don’t stay at Motel-8 or Travellodge.

    Comment by Jason J — February 26, 2008 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  2. My problem with meeting famous people is usually that I don’t know who they are. :) I’ve had the opportunity to examine several semi-famous people’s eyes in the course of my career, but I don’t know it until afterwards when someone points it out to me.

    Comment by theburts — February 26, 2008 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  3. Hey Daniel and Amanda —
    Recently we met a wonderful family when we picked up a baby toy from them after they’d posted it on Freecycle. Our conversation was brief, yet I was really moved by their obvious love and warmth. Now we’re making plans to get our families together. So…they aren’t famous (I think?!), but they definitely fall into the “cool” category. And this sort of comes back to the challenge you offered a few weeks ago about finding the benefits of using old/used stuff: it can bring us into contact with great people, whether those making repairs, sharing things with us, showing us how to use old stuff, waiting on old stuff to work with us (the ice cream maker again!), or just feeling nostalgic together about old stuff.
    I look forward to seeing you today!

    Comment by jennifer green — February 27, 2008 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  4. hey!
    I’m still interested in going dumpster diving with you and your wife sometime! I have a friend who is also interested in going. I am heading out of town this coming week, but could I join you guys sometime after that?

    Comment by janna — February 27, 2008 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  5. Hi guys,
    Just saw you a few minutes ago on Oprah. Don’t worry about the hair or the nerves; you did a great job, and I think you made some amazing comments about consumerism and how much our society buys. I fear I am a culprit and worry that I am teaching my children to be the same way. Wouldn’t it be great if we could find ways to teach our children what trappings are found in wanting? Always a challenge for me.
    Thanks for speaking up, and keep it up–you are inspiring.
    Kristen also from Nashville

    Comment by Kristen — February 27, 2008 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  6. Hello!
    Today was the first time I had ever heard of “freegans” and I was totally turned on by the prospect of people who utilized perfectly good food and furniture in this manner. I wonder, if the businesses you visit could just put out the goods they discard in a way that doesn’t require fishing it out of the dumpster. I see a network of socially responsible people sharing the bounty and reducing waste….maybe it already exists?
    Just imagine, instead of praying to win the lottery, people could get by with what they have and what others no longer need.
    What did Paw Paw say? Waste not…want not!
    Good job guys!!!

    Comment by rheba — February 27, 2008 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

  7. Hey, I would love to get together with you guys. We live in Hermitage. I tried to comment earlier, but I guess it never went through. My husband and I would love to start. I’ve actually been wanting to do this for a while. I already shop at thrift stores. I am so not afraid of “hammy” downs. I’m all about, you don’t want it, I’ll take it. If I don’t I’ll find someone who does. I am a little nervous to start by ourselves. We have 4 children, so my husband would have to go alone. I would feel so much better if we had someone to group with. I even know someone who works in a local grocery store, so ya know??? Let me know if you are interested or maybe if you know someone who is. We are also christians who love the Lord with all our hearts. well hopefully ttys. thanks, Van

    Comment by van — February 29, 2008 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

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