All hail to the silly people

The silly people. If you are not of this tribe, please avoid Oyster Easter. Read the Wall Street Journal on your tablet at some internet cafe. Do not attend this wacky, almost (but not quite) out-of-bounds party. Oyster Easter was Saturday and even though the weather was slightly cold and almost rainy, we had a…

Oysters and bling

Here’s what I look forward to at Oyster Easter every year: 1. The oysters. I would say this even if it wasn’t my very own party, but I friggin’ love the oysters. Heck, even if I had to pay for a ticket it would be worth the price because I can down a couple dozen…

Not why we do this, but a side benefit

We provide new stuff that poor people need and can’t afford. Maybe that should be our new 10-second elevator speech. But a side benefit is that during the giveaways, we are sometimes presented with presents, food and Faith from our nonprofit partners. John Jo Finn and his wife, Judith, brought their granddaughter, Faith, to the…

We’re nuts

You just never know what’s going to happen on giveaway days. Sometimes, Betsy and I just sit at our table in the warehouse and greet our nonprofit partners who are coming to get basic household necessities (or, as we say in the trade, “stuff”). Then there are days like today when Joyce from the Clarksville…

Easter parade

Oyster Easter is only two weeks away and I have to say one of my favorite things about this great party (which benefits us!) is seeing what people wear. Actually, my most favorite thing is the oysters. So, so happy some people don’t like them. More for me. By the way, if you want to…

Bacon Wednesday: The best way to cook bacon

We have a guest appearance today by Chick One’s alter ego… me!… wearing my other hat as the author of The South in My Mouth. It has come to my attention that many people do not know how to cook bacon. They think a skillet is required. In fact, it is discouraged. Here’s the correct…

It’s cold

I don’t mean to complain – or maybe I do – but it’s cold in the warehouse. This happens every year. First there’s spring. Glorious spring and we open up the dock doors and let the sunshine in. Then it’s summer and it’s HOT in the warehouse. But we have fans for that. And those…

Paperwork

Certain things just don’t come to mind when you become a nonprofit executive. All you’re thinking about is the satisfaction of serving others and the idealism of a society in which everyone is given an even shot at the brass ring. But then comes the paperwork of running what is, in the final analysis, a…

The scavengers

And I mean that in the nicest way. World Relief, one of our partner agencies, does tremendous work resettling refugees from war-torn countries. One of their responsibilities is finding housing for refugees and that includes furnishing many, many apartments. Which is why the warehouse crew at World Relief are scavengers. They look at a filing…

Let the silliness begin

Oyster Easter is just around the corner (March 30, Travellers Rest, 1-5 p.m.) and the kick-off party was last week. Fun, fun, fun. You’re seeing a photo of the oysters at the party, which went like hotcakes, because a couple of our wonderful candidates were out of town and couldn’t attend. No fair showing photos…