Friday, June 24, 2011

Lace Up And Silence Tinnitus

Tinnitus is "the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound..."

Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom that can result from a wide range of underlying causes, the most common being noise induced hearing loss.

Can you imagine, an almost constant noise in your ears, when there is no actual noise? Earplugs don't stop it, earmuffs, pillows ... all useless. And the stress from not being able to stop it? Why it just makes the tinnitus even worse. And on and on it goes. This is how it is for my Dad. And he's had to deal with it for years.

Recently he's decided to do something about it and has joined the American Tinnitus Association. And this Saturday, he will be walking to raise money to fund more research.

You can join the walk in Portland, OR this Saturday June 25, 2011, join a satellite walk, or donate online.

Any way you choose, your help will make life easier for over 50 million people in the United States that suffer from tinnitus.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Share It With Your Friends: Part 2

Well, the PDX Geek 5K was a huge success.

Did we have an enormous crowd show up? No. We had 6 people.

Were they smiling afterwards and begging me to do this again sometime really soon? Yes. And for that, I consider it a success.

Here's a photo from the day: (Photographer is Marcia Hollander, my mom, and 5K Participant.)

(L-R: Mark Dilley, his wife Sylvia, Martin Wehner, Gina Anzaldo, Lia Hollander)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Take The Roads Most Traveled: Part 2

I had a wonderful time at the 140 Characters Conference NW interviewing Bekki Witt of Tri-Met and Jeremy Bertrand of WSDOT. Don't believe me? You can watch it yourself! If you are short on time, I suggest you skip to 15:26, that's the part of the video that makes me laugh the most.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Simplicity Is Brillant

I've been known to read one or two business magazines, and I'm always delighted by stories of companies making it big, solving problems, or helping customers. Well, last week I opened my Fast Company magazine, the "100 Most Creative People In Business" issue. I read about Conan O'Brien, read about Oprah, read about Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos). But the article that stopped me in my tracks, that actually brought tears to my eyes was the one about Neil Powell, executive creative director at London ad agency BMB NY. After a plea from UNICEF on behalf of mothers in Uganda, Powell and colleagues designed a blanket for infants that also educates their mothers about how to best take care of them.

This is simply brilliant.

Powell is currently traveling through Uganda and handing out the blankets. You can follow his journey by following his twitter account: @infoblanket.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blast Through Your Fears

This weekend, my husband and I are taking the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course. Yes, you read that correctly. We are going to learn how to properly use guns! We've been talking for awhile about learning how to shoot. I am scared of guns and I'd like to know how to properly handle it if I ever came across one. In addition, my husband and I both want to learn a new skill. I loved archery when I was younger, so I'm sure once I get over the nervousness of actually handling a gun, I will love shooting at the target.

We are going to Cascades Firearms Training for a full day course and will be putting ourselves in the capable hands of Mike and Mark. We will be bringing some equipment (hat, earplugs) and will rent some on site (gun, possibly more ear protection).

Interested in taking a gun safety course? Here's the full list of courses the NRA offers.