Greatest Speech Ever?

September 15, 2011

While doing some homework on a copywriting class (learn more at, I took a break for a cup of tea and checked my google+ stream – and came across this YouTube video post by Leo Babauta: 

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

~ Barefoot Chuck


9/11 This Was A Hard Morning

September 11, 2011

This was a hard morning.  10 years ago I was sitting having breakfast with what we came to call our “bagel friends” – four of us who met several mornings a week to have a bagel and coffee before heading off to work.  No, we did not know each other, other than to meet and share brief conversations and have breakfast, separate lives coming and going – just happening to share a place for that quick meal before starting the day.
10 years ago, we listened in disbelief as the radio broke from their morning play routine and aimless patter to tell us an airplane had flown into one of the world trade center’s twin towers… they say everyone’s lives changed that day.  Some in different ways, but each of agreed later in the week as we continued to show up for our ‘shared’ meal that we would make it a point to get together on the one year anniversary and see where we (and the country and world) were.
We made that anniversary, but as I would soon be moving out of the area, it wasn’t going to be my breakfast place anymore.  But the four of us agreed to try and meet again, if at all possible on the tenth year anniversary.

That was this morning.  I worked the night shift, got off work, ran the electric razor over my face, brushed my teeth, and drove the 15 miles to the Bagelry in San Dimas (CA).  The only other one there was Carole, now a retired school teacher.  But she knew of the other two.  Bobbie was killed, she said, a couple of years ago when an intoxicated, illegal alien ran a red light and plowed into him, killing him instantly.  Barbara, who I remembered as a sharp-witted, quick with a comment lady who was an office manager, was in hospice in the High Desert area near Apple Valley with pancreatic cancer and wasn’t expected to live out the year.
We hugged, we cried a little (okay, a lot), and said neither of us thought we’d be around for the 20th anniversary of 9/11 – and maybe that’s just as well.

The world keeps on changing, people continue to go in and out of our lives, and yes, this was a hard morning.

Be Water, My Friend

September 4, 2011

A short video clip from Bruce Lee – 

It’s very short, but very insightful…

~ barefoot chuck


Try Google+

August 29, 2011

I signed up for Google+ …

The decision to go with google+ was based on the premise that I’m a fan of Google and try to use the various Google apps – Gmail, GDocs, Calendar, Picasa3, etc.

So now it’s going to be a matter of growing the number of people that use google+ to make it more worthwhile as a communication / sharing tool…  I know that Google would like to see it expand and become a social media powerhouse to rival Facebook, and since I use (but am not a great fan of) Facebook, I’d love to see more people convert or at least share with google+. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m also a huge fan and user of Twitter — and — )  but because I have so much more faith in the people and security of Google than I do with Facebook, I’d love to see more people migrate to this application on the ‘net.

I’ll be sending out some ‘invites’ and I hope you’ll decide to take advantage of google+ (yeah, I know, it means starting a lot of stuff all over again… but trust me, I firmly believe it will be worth it.

Join me and let’s find out together.

~ barefoot chuckl

Asked and Answered

August 7, 2011

Asked of me again:  “What diet do you follow?”

Response:  I practice a personal eating plan that is low-fat, high-raw, (mostly) vegan… but I’m not dogmatic about it; I will still occasionally eat meat, fish and eggs – I just limit them much more than I used to and I’ve seen a loss of over 20 pounds in the last few months.

It works for me – weight loss, better energy, more go and less fatigue – and that’s what is important; find an eating plan that works for you.

barefoot chuck

Try Really Running Barefoot (repost)

August 4, 2011

I’m posting a link to another short article by Bruce Wallace (he’s about my age and had similar experience when younger) that was pointed out to me from Dr. Howell (barefoor doctor) –

Check it out and let me know if you remember the difference…

barefoot chuck

I’ve Been Lazy/Busy, But…

August 4, 2011

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been very busy with work and with my mom.

She is getting scheduled to have knee replacement surgery (had it done on her other knee several years ago) and they want to do an angiogram first next Monday.  At 83 years, she ain’t no spring chicken anymore – but she has the heart and spirit of a true warrior (warroirist?).

Anyway, the physician’s assistant who was helping with the scheduling of the angiogram told her four things could happen:  1) she could come through just fine and they set a date for the knee replacement; 2) she could have a stroke during the procedure; 3) she could have a heart attack; or 4) she could die.  If I had been there at this ‘counseling’ session, I’d have bitch-slapped the PA – the way my mom says she delivered these options was like ordering from an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet – you know, “I’ll take one from column A and two from column B.”

But I did come across a great little article on “barefooting and the American Dream” I think you’d enjoy.

Go to: and check it out.


barefoot chuck