Things that are awesome

Team Awesome
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Earlier today some friends and I frequented my local Starbucks for that mid-afternoon snack addiction many of us share. Ah, the love of a grande no-whip iced latte in November. I love this place.

The SBUX in my area has a particularly poor floor layout. Things are in the way, standing room only. It’s a mess. It looks something like a blended cell phone spread out on a grid. Today, the problem with this joint’s layout became more apparent as a gentleman in one of those motorized carts had ordered and was having trouble turning around. Baskets of coffee were in the way. Tons of people in what was intended to be a line but turned out to look more like a mosh pit made it even more difficult.

I was trying to get out of the way of this man and his also-addicted friend, but it was difficult. I watched him go back and forth with his little motorized cart, helplessly getting stuck. So, I did what I think anyone would do and grabbed the basket of coffee that was in the way and moved it (his friend had her hands full). Niceties were exchanged and all was good. I was now at the front of the line and ordering. He was on his way without the embarrassment of a big turning radius, and we were all getting lit (with caffeine). Good times.

Starbucks barista
photo credit betsyjean79

I got to the counter, placed my order, and was giving my beautifully custom-made Starbucks gift card (thanks to my wife) over for the exchange of value when the wonderful girl behind the counter said “No charge. It’s on the house.”

I don’t know about you, but free coffee is one of the most wonderful things in my book. I was stunned.

I know, it’s only $3.55. But still. That girl gave free coffee to me for making their store a better experience for one of their other clients.

One word. Awesome!

That got me thinking. There’s a lot of awesome things in this world. My friend, Jed thinks so too which is why he runs PEVZ (positive energy vibe zone). It’s just about cool stuff.

I thought… “Hey, I like awesomeness. I would like to promote awesomeness.” And then it hit me.

My rant about the lack of “decent” affiliate programs the other day was an opportunity for me to promote awesome affiliate programs. I’m having a hard time finding them, but that just means when I do find one, I should note it.

So, I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be looking for awesomeness and promoting such things here.

If you know of something awesome, let me know. I’m sorry to say that this isn’t Digg or Reddit so there’s no democracy or algorithm here. It’s just what I think is awesome, and although I will try to be relatively objective, that’s almost impossible. So, bear with me.

But, in the end, I would LOVE to see what you guys find “awesome”. Tell me, and I might just talk about it here in it’s own blog post.

What’s awesome in your book?

[tags]awesomeness, starbucks, sbux[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in San Diego, CA who popularized the #hashtag and creates scaleable web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

6 Comments on "Things that are awesome"

  1. Tom says:

    It’s indeed hard to find “awesomeness” in life. Most people are living in their own world, their own relatively safe cage. These days most people in apartment buildings don’t even know their neighbours or at least not as you’d do if you lived in a street community.

    Helping out that older man in his cart was definately a gentle move to the say the least. More people should re-think the opportunities they had in life to help other people out and question themselves if they did everything that was possible to make the best of it, in helping the other person(s).

    I work for an advertising agency. I think it’s awesome to finish a project and then read all about it on blogs. Gives you an instant boost to go even further, beyond your original expectations. Ofcourse, this is not for all of us so I doubt it’ll make your “awesomeness” list.

    Other things in life that are awesome? The internet. Think about it. I want a house, I can find it on the net. I want food? I search for restaurants, etc. How would life be for us without Google? I’m using a wide range of their tools (Gmail, Calendar, adsense, analytics, etc.) Google makes basic tasks simple, shareable. I think that’s the biggest revolution. Not web 2.0 – just the fact that you can share whatever you want to, whenever you want to.

    Gadgets – in the past, you had to call your friend (and memorize the phone number!) – if he wasn’t home, you’d talk to him/her later on. Now you make use of voicemail, text messaging – or I can sent him/her even email from my iPhone. How awesome is that? I can read my blog comments (as RSS feed) on my phone when I’m on my way to work, browse the web, etc. I used to call a specialized service company to find restaurants in my close environment. Now I just use Safari on my phone.

    All this matter really makes me think of what the future would bring us. I was amazed by the touch technology (“touch screen”) but what will the near future bring us?

    As for affiliate programs – I think adSense is a good program but ofcourse, only if you get enough views. In Belgium there’s a company that searches for targeted sponsoring for your blog, website, etc. The downside is that you don’t always get advetisement on your website (since the client decides on which blog / website they want to appear) but when they come to an agreement, the payment is a minimum of $50 / week per advertisment (to a max. of 5)

  2. nate says:

    Tom,

    Thank you for your very detailed reply. I love people like you who take time to compose a message. Wonderful! Thank you!

    And thank you for mentioning what you find awesome in your world. That’s some very compelling stuff you’ve mentioned. I use much of it myself as well, and I probably take it for granted most days out of the week.

    In particular, I’m curious about that Belgium company. As you can see (near the top of the page), I’m looking for a sponsor and that price is right up my alley. Do they do U.S. based or English blogs?

  3. Tom says:

    Hi Nate

    The company (I mentioned it somehwere else on your site) is http://www.adhese.com/ – they even have an “enchante” program for blog sponsorship.

    It’s a company from Belgium – but since their content is right available in English, it might be worth the mail.

  4. nate says:

    Outstanding! Thank you Tom.

  5. Jed says:

    I think what you did at the Starbucks was awesome. So simple too!

    I think creating things is awesome. It might be the most awesome thing out there—that is, the human mind’s capacity to create. Tolkien believed that the human penchant for creativity and invention is evidence that we’re created in god’s (the creator’s) image.

    Which is to say that I think Nate’s awesome. Such a creative mind is truly awesome!

    (sorry I couldn’t go to Starbucks yesterday)

  6. nate says:

    Thanks Jed. I wasn’t trying to point out my own awesomeness, however, it’s a fact I won’t deny. ;)

    In case you’re interested in cataloging awesomeness with me, feel free to join the Facebook event: The Search for Awesomeness. I needed a way to make a good list of awesome stuff, so you can feel free to participate there by adding links, photos, videos, etc of awesome things there.

    Thanks again Jed. I must return the favor though. PEVZ to you for being one of the awesomest people I know.

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