Binder man

Let’s just call him Binder Man. Binders are not sexy. But when you work for a nonprofit that goes through binders at an alarming rate, coming to CRC to load up your car with binders is like a day at the Kentucky Derby. Quality Living, the nonprofit where Binder Man works, assists people with mental…

Bacon Wednesday: Juicy Lucy

A Juicy Lucy. With Bacon. Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes. A Juicy Lucy is two hamburger patties encasing, like a gold nugget, American cheese. Yes, American cheese for its superior melting capabilities. What you do is this. For four people, use a little more than a pound of hamburger. Flatten the meat into eight thin…

Captain Weather Weenie

I am now so sorry that Betsy knows Photoshop. Very, very sorry. However, in the true spirit of magnanimous leadership, I feel compelled to display the ingenious – if slightly misguided – creativity of my staff. I believe the hot dog suit is insulated, so you may be seeing me in full regalia at the…

Compassion in a retail world

Here’s why I love the Sears Outlet store (better known as the “scratch and dent”) on ThompsonĀ  Lane. I walk in on Wednesday to buy a refrigerator and dishwasher for our new warehouse offices. A very nice lady greets me at the door and assists me in finding a fridge. Then she says, “There’s a…

Weather weenies

The day before giveaway And all through the warehouse Boxes are everywhere And probably a stray mouse The agencies will be here To pick up their presents So Christmas will come To those who have less The high today will be 22 degrees. There is snow and ice on the ground. Our temporary 90,000-square-foot warehouse…

Flood fatigue

Those of us who are making flood relief our number one activity these days are starting to get a little tired. Just a little. And grouchy. Just a touch of that, too. There are several irritants, not the least of which is the fact that many people in Nashville and most people in the United…

Lexington barbecue

Tom Morgan and Billy Hunt are my favorite people today because yesterday they fed me Lexington, N.C., barbecue and there’s even a little left over in the fridge. There’s a Thomas Harris quote that goes like this: “The world will not be this way within the reach of my arm.” I think of Tom and…

Pico

I understand that at some business establishments there is a rule that pets are not allowed in the work place. Since we have no established work place and very few rules, we have decided to add a new member to the CRC staff. Her name is Pico. Here she is at her desk. She’s very…

We’re the government and we’re here to help

You know the old joke: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.” I have just exited FEMA Land and, while a mysterious and somewhat complicated place, it is a place that was full of help and even a few laughs. I entered FEMA Land about a month ago. There was paperwork involved….

We have furniture

We are giddy with excitement, the three chicks are. We have furniture and a place to store it. We are so pleased with ourselves that we decide to have a strategic planning session at Urban Flats. We believe we should treat ourselves when we’ve been good. We now have two warehouses. We’ve been good. Betsy…