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Moving on… awayandaway.com

The new home of Away and Away

Dear Readers,

As I am a writer with big dreams, some of them almost in reach, others a long way off, I am making a change.  The guys I work with at AllTreatment have suggested I take the step and purchase my own domain.  About a week ago I did so, and with their help I have set up shop in a new location, http://awayandaway.com.

I hope all of you will follow me to the new address, all my former content will be posted there, as well as old comments.  There are a few kinks since the transfer, I know, but I am doing my best to fix every glitch I can.  It shouldn’t be too long til I am completely up to speed.  If you cannot find an old post here, it has moved on to the other site, though most of my old content is still here.

Hope the move isn’t too inconvienent,

S.C. Barrus

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Dedicated to Bridgesburning

Dopamine Levels

Bridgesburning is my first frequent contributor to the discussion on this site, so this post is dedicated to her!

She has her own blog at bridgesburning.wordpress.com.

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One Week Internet Free

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve posted a lot of content lately, roughly a post a day.  While I have been enjoying the process and the results, it has eaten up great chunks of time which I would normally use to: write, yoga, hike, read, sleep, punch my punching bag, hang out with friends, etc.

So, for the following 7 days, I will not post another post.  In fact, I plan to be relatively internet free, using the net just to check my email and watch The Daily Show.   This is not my first time doing this, I generally go about a week internet free every two or three months or so, basically when I’ve noticed I’ve spent too much time online.

If you are interested, you should give this a shot with me.  It will be generally painless, will give you time to finish reading that book you’ve never had time for (I’m going to finish reading Herman Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund), and just get you off your butt in general which is always a good thing.  Spring is on it’s way, so I think I’m going to head outside a bit more.

Good luck guys, see you in a week.

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I Like Cold Beverages!

S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and Away It’s true.  I do like cold beverages!  And so, when I caught myself, while driving, thinking about how much I actually enjoy cold beverages, I decided to blog about this love for 500 words or so.  Why, you ask.  Heh, I got nothin’ better to do.  Before we begin, be sure you take your shoes off, go to the fridge, grab your self a cold beverage, and listen to this song carefully, it’s important.

 

My Top 5 Non-Alcoholic Cold Beverages:

Rules are, there are no rules (except it’s got to be good cold).

5. Honest Tea – Even without the clever name, Honest Tea is the best premade tea drink you can get your hands on.  “Just a tad sweet” is their motto, which is good because I hate too much sugar, or even worse, too much high fructose corn syrup (if it’s made in a lab, don’t put it inside me).  Honest Tea has a ton of choices too, so if you are a fan of tea, you’ll likely find something you like here.

4. Prometheus Springs –  Are you feeling daring?  Try Prometheus Springs, I gave a sip to a girl at work and she shouted saying “It’s too spicy!”  Yeah, you read that right, a spicy cold beverage!  It is chalk full of a chili pepper extract called Capsaicin, which they claim has amazing health benefits.  I don’t know if it does, but damn does it make a unique and tasty beverage, one that’s perfect for these long winter nights.

3.  Dry Soda – Light and refreshing, Dry Soda is some pretty great stuff for those of you who are not fans of sugar, like me.  In fact, Dry Soda only has something like 4 ingredients all together.  My favorite flavor is Lavender (don’t judge me), but my wife likes Vanilla Bean.  With other flavors like Juniper Berry, Cucumber, Lemongrass and more, you are bound to find flavors you never expected to find in a soda here.

2. Reed’s Ginger Brew – That’s right, they don’t call it a soda, they call it a brew, which is perfect for Reed’s.  I love Ginger Beer (Or Ginger Ale, whatever you prefer), and nothing has more ginger in their beer than Reed’s.  Powerful, yet oh so satisfying, get the Extra Ginger if you are suffering from the chills or need some excitement in your life.  When I’m feeling good, I go pick up a four pack (they don’t sell them in six) for me and my favorite coworkers, I cannot recommend Reed’s enough!

1. Kombucha Wonder Drink – Let me prefice this by saying, I don’t make a lot of money, and Kombucha Wonder Drink is roughly $3.50 a bottle, yet I buy this drink over any other I have ever had.  Kombucha Wonder Drink is a tea that has been fermented, for health reasons I guess, but the taste reasons are good enough for me.  I prefer the Ginger Pear over all others.  I’m serious when I say don’t let the smell of viniger push you away from this delicious beverage, Kombuhcha is wholly unique and dreadfully tasty.  A warning though, there are many imitators popping up as of late, but none of them match up to Wonder Drink, not even Honest Tea’s comes anywhere near close.  Do not buy an imitator, go for the real thing.

Where to find these drinks: The best place to go when looking for a good cold beverage is PCC Natural Markets, however QFC is also good.  Whole Foods is probably too, but I don’t go there because they take my whole paycheck.

Dishonorable Mention – SAFEWAY:  You want a good drink selection?  Well then, do not go to Safeway.  Other than Pepsi and Coke products, pickings are slim.

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The Legalization of Marijuana in WA – HB (House Bill) 1550

S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwayThe Seattle Times, on Friday Feb 18th, called for the legalization of marijuana in response to bill 1550 which is currently being considered by the House of Representatives in Olympia.  This law would legalize pot and allow it to be sold in liquor shops for those over the age of 21.  For the whole article, go here.

Why do I agree with them?  There are many, many reasons I believe we should all support this law, from how offenders are stigmatized their entire lives by being labeled as a felon, often getting jail time when at worst they are the victims of addiction and should be treated as such by being sent to 12 step meetings rather than years in jail with violent offenders, to where the money made from illegal marijuana sales goes (cartels) rather than where it should go (the government).

The costs associated with keeping marijuana illegal are astronomical, and we are not exactly rolling in the dough right now.  In fact, revenues collected by the state through taxation and legalization is estimated to be around $300 million dollars every year.  That is $300 million for schools (which are getting larger classes, which are considering cutting senior year, which is increasing tuition by 25% a year), for law enforcement (which may be cut by a third), for fire fighters (which may be cut by a quarter), for rehabilitation (which is severally lacking).

Pot is readily available to all teens right now at school.  Do you know what isn’t?  Alcohol.  Ask any teenager what is harder to come by, pot or beer, and I garuin-darn-tee you the answer is Alcohol.  Pot, as well as other illegal drugs as well, including cocaine, and pills like adderall and oxyconton are very easy to come by for the discerning teen.  “Students from several high schools who talked to The Desert Sun agree that illicit drugs are readily available at school,” said The Desert Sun in a news article.  Now, how many teenage alcohol dealers do you know?  There is a reason for that.

Says Narcotics Detective Russ Jones who I interviewed over at my drug rehabilitation site AllTreatment, “My major concern is that drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, are dangerous. Too dangerous to leave in the hands of the drug cartels. We learned our lessons with alcohol prohibition, when violence, corruption, and use of adulterated booze spiked. Today, drugs are controlled by street gangs who decide what to sell, when to sell, where to sell, and to whom. In any major city today a 12 year old can go down the street and buy an illegal drug. He has a much more difficult time trying to buy alcohol or tobacco.”  You can read the entire interview here.

Sylvia Longmire, an expert on the Mexican drug cartels, a former Air Force officer and Special Agent, a former Senior Border Security Officer and Analyst for the State of California, whom I also inteviewed (here) said, “Right now, Mexican drug trafficking organizations, or DTOs, are the number one source for illegal drugs consumed by Americans. Because illegal drugs command such high prices on the black market, manufacturing and distributing these drugs to American consumers is a highly profitable business.”

Want more reasons?  Ask me, seriously, ask me.  Comment in the comment section on this site, and I will openly and honestly tell you my views on drugs.

But first, ask yourself, what is best for the American People?  Money flowing by the wheelbarrow fulls to cartels or to our own government?  What is better for the American People, years in jail for possession charges and the forever stigma of ‘felon’, or rehab centers to direct the addicted and suffering to?  The fact is, Alcohol prohibition did not work, it simply spread crime.  The fact is, Marijuana prohibition, in fact drug prohibition in general, does not work, it only spreads crime.  The fact is, there are people you talk to every single day who use drugs and go about their lives just fine, and the fact is there are those who need help but fear arrest, stigma, and other repercussions.  When a system is broken, you srive to fix it, to help people who need it and to not punish those whom do not deserve it.

This is why I agree with the Seattle Times, this is why I support the legalization of Marijuana.

Farewell from S.C.B.

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The Best of Ted Talks

S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwaySo here are a few of the best Ted Talks from recent memory.  If you haven’t seen Ted Talks before, make sure you check out their site because it is the best site on the internet (if you disagree, show me one better).  It is essentially videos of experts in their fields talking about what is important to them, be it culture, oceanography, education, music, arts, etc.  So, here it is, my personal top five Ted Talks (which I have seen, and not yet covered):

5. Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

4. Amber Case: We Are All Cyborgs Now

Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

3. Martin Jacques: Understanding the Rise of China

Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of “When China Rules the World,” he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.

2. Dan Barber: How I Fell in Love With a Fish

Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie’s honeymoon he’s enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.

1. Sylvia Earle’s TED Prize Wish to Protect Our Oceans

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean — and shocking stats about its rapid decline — as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

Farewell from S.C.B.

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A Quote by Stephen Colbert

“Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.”

Stephen Colbert, via Dave

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