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June 24, 2011

I Like It Rough And Slow

Written by Jeffrey J Kingman, CEO of Chalkboarder

Yes, you read the title right. I like it rough and slow. I’m a little different that way. Perhaps hardcore might be another descriptive term. Or.. someone might say “he has an appreciation for the unusual”.

You see, I find opportunities where others might discount none to be. I look for the little clues that signal these potentialities. I’m willing to venture through unusual circumstance, that others would shudder at, to perhaps find that rare gem of an opportunity.

Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not talking about sex. Yes, I was leading you on; intentionally.

Rough Riders

I’ve always been a traveler – a bit of a nomad. I grew up that way and it in large part defines me. I feel trapped, or better, caged and bound, if I am unable to experience new vistas and experiences. I meet interesting folk this way. Sometimes, the people I meet have ability to transform and positively impact not only me, but the opportunities before Chalkboarder.

As I write this, I am up all night, at Boston South Station, waiting for the final leg of a six day journey across the USA. I boarded Amtrak Empire Builder in Oregon five and half days ago. We were almost a full day late into Chicago. Let’s look at the results from enduring lack of showers, lack of beds and lack of sleep this week.

  • Amtrak Regional Operations Director – Pacific Northwest. I bumped into this gentleman at the hotel they provided me for a half day in Chicago, between trains. An excellent representative of great customer service; honestly inquiring to my welfare and comfort. We’ll have coffee sometime later this summer.
  • Amtrak Empire Builder Cafe Car Attendant – Actually, someone I have had twice before using Amtrak between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest. We remembered each other’s names and chitchatted at length. He owns a restaurant in Milwaukee, WI and I gave him pointers on his social media.
  • Harvard Behaviorial Health Professor – my seatmate from Chicago to Boston; one heck of a conversation, culminating in contact info trade and the possibility of reconnecting for coffee on Harvard’s campus.
  • Al Jazerra English Senior Technical Producer, London UK – this young gentleman and I had an outstanding conversation in Chicago, and have already traded tweets. I’m a big news junkie and he was grilling my opinions on the political landscape of the USA. Perhaps the most solid connection of this trip, and my introductory relationship to the Arab World.
  • Brooklyn Latino – this father and daughter made the trip with me across the country. His daughter, same age as my littlest, and I shared quite a few giggles. The father, while not fluent in English, and I got to know each other and have made plans to hang in Brooklyn sometime soon, where he will introduce me to his ethnic neighborhood.
I met others, such as the young gentleman who shared the very early morning hours with me here in South Station, who is from Worcester (pronounced Wooster in these parts) and just transformed a layoff from National Grid into an excellent new opportunity. He checked out Chalkboarder’s website and immediately referred four local Boston/Worcester businesses to me.
This is why I like it rough and slow. I am most definitely in need of a shower (I stink!). I need to do laundry. I’m coffee’d out. My ass hurts from sitting. My right knee is killing me with an arthritic dullness from not walking. I took a nap on the marble floor of South Station just before writing this..
Travel by airline, as the majority of travelers do, simply does not provide you with these opportunities to connect. It simply can’t. Why?
  • Everyone is stressed out.
  • You hurry through the system in lines.
  • Time is rushed. Get here, get there, don’t talk to others – such a isolating experience and yet so ironically, all together.
  • You can’t move about and randomly get into conversations with your other travelers.
So… how do you like it? Fast quickies with strangers? Or taking the time to get to know people?
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January 10, 2011

Chalkboarder Sponsors Barista/Latte Art Competitor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Jeffrey J Kingman
Chalkboarder
(503) 481-2479
jkingman@chalkboarder.com
http://www.chalkboarder.com

Chalkboarder Sponsors Barista/Latte Art Competitor

Portland, OR, Jan. 10 2011 — Chalkboarder is pleased to officially sponsor Johnbruce Haslett, Owner of Pacific Grind Café in Lincoln City OR in his quest to capture first place finishes at Coffee Fest Latte Art and the SCAA Barista competitions during 2011.

Johnbruce Haslett

Chalkboarder, a diverse brand relationship agency, specializing in strategic brand/concept development, relationship engineering and social web strategies internationally, today announces its first official competitive sponsorship. Johnbruce Haslett, a classically trained chef and Owner of Pacific Grind Café in Lincoln City Oregon, is a competitor in the Latte Art competition at Coffee Fest Chicago, to be held February 18-20 at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

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Johnbruce Haslett will also be vying for entrance to the remaining two Coffee Fest Latte Art competitions (San Diego in June and Seattle in September) and the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) United States Barista Championship (Houston in April). JB, as he is commonly known on the beaches of Oregon, states “Competing in, and hopefully winning these competitions, not only increase my ability to teach my staff excellent barista skills, they also promote the coffeeshop. As a classically trained chef, I’m always seeking opportunity to hone my skills and pass the knowledge on. Serving great coffee drinks is much more than running a drip machine – it’s craft. It’s trade. It’s my trade as a business owner. I’m delighted that Chalkboarder believes in my competitive abilities and look forward to a long relationship with their sponsorship.”

Chalkboarder’s CEO, Jeffrey J Kingman, says “JB is pushing the envelope of providing great service and coffeeshop trade on the Oregon Coast. We believe JB has the chops and motivation to reflect extremely well in competing, not only for him and his coffeeshop, but for the Oregon Coast and the Pacific Northwest, as a passionate and talented barista and chef.”

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Chalkboarder Sponsors Barista (page 2)

Chalkboarder, based in Portland OR, provides clients with

  • strategic brand and concept development consulting, from startup through operations to dissolution
  • relationship engineering and brand representation, locally to internationally
  • social web strategies and execution, locally to internationally

Contact:
Jeffrey J Kingman
Chalkboarder
(503) 481-2479
jkingman@chalkboarder.com
http://www.chalkboarder.com

Chalkboarder.com LLC was founded in May 2009 through the dissolution of Chocorua Group. Jeffrey J Kingman, CEO and co-founder, transitioned a twenty year career as a casual fine-dining executive chef into a brand and concept development consultancy in 2006. In May 2009, after relocating back to Oregon from New England, he co-founded Chalkboarder and added relationship engineering and social media to the services provided.

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