Why a Rock Star’s Snoring Brings Joy

DEYVTHFARFI’m up early because I’ve been trying to start each day with meditation and some stretching before reaching for the phone or leaving the bedroom. This morning is different. Snoring is disrupting meditative concentration. It is very quiet as the neighborhood seems to be sleeping along with my room-mate.

This intermittent snoring is prompting me to wonder if I should be changing the air filter. It is easier to consider allergies as the reason for the snoring than reflect on the fact my dear friend is aging.

As I am writing this, I’m calculating our years together and recalling our first meeting. It has been 11 years since I saw an adorable three-year-old with a long shag cut an observer compared to the ‘Rod Stewart’ look. He is a rock star no matter his hair cut.

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A rock star’s adoption photo at the APA Adoption Center

I’m finding joy today in snoring because of his magic. Turning routine errands into adventures and introducing me to new people are effortless for him. He elicits waves from strangers and requests for selfie photos from a ‘rescue’ who rescues me from loneliness.

He is sleeping more. Maybe it is because of the medication for arthritis pain. I’ve read many aging rock stars need medication to keep touring and performing for their audiences. My Rod Stewart needs his rest to be at his best for his public.

We will head out for coffee soon and sit outside even though it is lightly raining. He won’t disappoint his public. It is part of his magic to radiate joy on the darkest days and transform ordinary tasks into extraordinary fun.

I’m grateful for all the animal rescue agencies and groups like the APA Adoption Center where I met this rock star. Rock On!



Frostbox’s Business Proposition: Your Social Media Biographer

ImageHow much time do you spend on social networks?   Are you backing up all those photos, videos, documents, and links?  Those awesome Facebook snapshots of your childhood friends or the Flickr photos of your kids that always make you smile could be lost.  Your entire online network of colleagues and clients along with the proposal you spent all weekend working on could be lost due to a computer virus, hackers, or fat fingers.  Scary thought, huh?  One start-up business is offering a one-stop back-up for your personal social media data.  A cloud platform, Frostbox, has sights set on becoming the Dropbox of social media.

The business plan also has a significant social media component as Frostbox offers a stake to social media users — but only those with Klout scores of 60 and above.  I first heard about the innovative marketing approach via Todd Wasserman’s post.  It seems standard campaigns are open those with scores of 45 or more, this plan is a social experiment with Klout to document the growth of a single company when people with high influence have a vested interest in its success.  What do you think?  Will you invest some social influence in this start-up?  It could translate into “points” rather than direct equity in Frostbox or perhaps gifts like an iPad Mini for  participating in this social experiment.