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Topic: OT: Do it now, whatever it is, (13 msgs / 353 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
The following was sent to me by someone who cares and I care about the List
so I'll forward a bit of life's OT. Kind of reminded me of offering Ohana
for sale online last week. I wasn't going to yet, still not "100%"
satisfied, don't have the USRC completely under my spell yet. But accepted I
never will be completely satisfied or ever fully master every roast nuance
so the time to do was now not later and so I did... 
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	READ THIS VERY SLOWLY... IT'S PRETTY PROFOUND.
	
	Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because
they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know
it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
	
	I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who
passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back.
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	How many women out there will eat at home because their husband
didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed?
Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you?
	
	How often have your kids dropped in to talk but sat in silence while
you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?
	
	I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , "How about
going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I
have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I
had a late breakfast, It looks like rain " And my personal favorite: "It's
Monday." She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
	
	Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule
our headaches .. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves
when all the conditions are perfect!
	
	We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve
toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet.
We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
	
	Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get
shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we
awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to,"
"I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."
	
	When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to
adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her
enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and
you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an
elevator for a bungee cord.
	
	My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream.
It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a
spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the
car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way
home, I would have died happy.
	
	Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not
something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only
one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?
And why are you waiting?
	
	Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent
this to you.
	
	Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened
to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic
flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each
day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?
	
	When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred
chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it
tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a
good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?
	
	When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened
Gift ....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower . Hear the music
before the song is over.
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2) From: Brett Mason
Well said - and for the record, I agree....
Add one to the list...
"Stop studying the scientific process, and go roast some coffee...."
Brett
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Oh boy I get to disagree with Brett! Make that not "Stop" but rather
"Continue studying the scientific process, and go roast some coffee...." IMO
understanding the science makes reaching art's potential possible. 
miKe
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4) From: Brett Mason
How many months or years should a person study before they undertake
roasting?
Disagreement noted...
Brett
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5) From: Rich
I will vote for your addition.
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6) From: Gary Foster
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Well, for me it was about 3 days :)
I know this is all tongue-in-cheek, but I'm a firm proponent of just 
"jumping in and doing it".
Roasted my second batch last night... first roast was a 1/2 lb of Yerga 
Cheffe roasted to a city roast which didn't impress my french roast 
loving wife all that much.
Second roast was some Kenyan AA Lenana beans that I roasted yesterday 
until the 2nd crack was going like mad (sounded like a monkey with a 
machine gun inside my roaster).  Haven't tried those yet but will try 
them tomorrow morning after letting them rest.
So, like I said, I know this is all tongue-in-cheek but hey... doesn't 
matter how much you read and study.  It's not until you hear the crack, 
smell the roasted beans and taste the cup that it all starts to make 
sense :)
Just do it... whatcha waiting for?
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7) From: miKe mcKoffee
Ah grasshopper, you must have missed the "Continue studying...'and' go
roast..." implication exhortation. How long to study is until 6 feet under
(and beyond), when to roast is now. The act of roasting is part of studying,
the studying preparing for the next roast seeking always to improve.
miKe
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8) From: Sandy Andina
Well put.  I will cite this e-mail the next time someone asks why, at  
57, I drive insane distances, pay rising gas prices and incur motel  
bills to perform for very little money--I wish I'd read it when I was  
younger and taken more advantage of the availability of babysitters,  
when I was slimmer and more "decorative," when my mom and in-laws were  
alive and healthy and didn't need me to ping-pong up and back between  
Chicago and the East Coast.  I'm lucky that now that my son's an adult  
and can take care of himself and our cats (despite my husband's long  
and inflexible work hours); that my voice and hands still work, that I  
can still afford a housekeeper and touring costs and that (this may  
change in the blink of an eye) my father-in-law doesn't need my  
constant attention, either in NYC or if & when he moves here.  I made  
a vow to myself that I didn't want to go to my grave having regretted  
wasting my talents;  I am sure nobody says on their deathbed that they  
wished they'd seen less of the world and chosen practicality instead  
of following their muse.
Sandy Andina
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9) From: MichaelB
miKe,
I am determined to make make more sins of commission than omission. As for
the on topic part of this, if we try Ohana today, we can try it next
anniversary too and see how it has improved and evolved over time. Glad you
offered it!
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10) From: John Despres
Yep. I'm with miKe on this one. I roast, I study, I roast some more, I =
study some more.
Sometimes I roast because I need coffee, sometimes I roast because I =
want to see what happens.
Then I drink the coffee and share it with friends.
John
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11) From: John Despres
Not months, minutes.
John
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12) From: Brett Mason
As long as you're roasting, you are learning.
Studying has its place, as a follow on activity...
Don't mistake studying for roasting.
Cheers,
Roast,
Brett
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13) From: Sean Cary
Having been in a combat zone for extended periods every year since
2004...when my little boy comes down and asks to play T-Ball, or my daughter
asks to help her with a craft...  I drop whatever I am doing and do what
they want to do - and I turn off the TV or put down the laptop to read to
them, or put them to bed or whatever.  My little boy helped me spread
thinset today while I was tiling, that was awesome.
I am facing this challenge now with my dad...  I want to go see him, but am
finding it logistically and financially challenging to get to AZ, and am so
painfully aware of it.
Thanks Mike
Sean
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