Clearly I took a long break from writing about my life. But I always knew I’d come back. Eventually. I seem to have an indomitable need to share my thoughts and feelings with people I’m destined to never meet or understand. I know I’m not great at understanding the consequence of my actions. What I mean to say is that while I may not know what I’m getting myself into, I’m determined to never give up. I’m all about persistence.
So why the long absence? The truth is I just didn’t feel comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings for a few months. I have a good idea what happened and why it happened. And I’m quite comfortable keeping my distance and diving into myself for a while. One of the most difficult and often lonely journeys one can take is into one’s self. Self exploration. Self discovery. Call it what you want. But in my case, it was not a lonely journey. I made a very special friend who came with me and made all the difference in the world simply by being there for me.
I do struggle with boundaries. Trying to figure out what’s appropriate to share and what isn’t. If you read some of these posts you’ll see lots of examples of over-sharing. Keeping the private stuff to myself is easier than it sounds. In other words, if you want to keep something kept secret, best not to tell me.
Anyway, on to the good stuff.
Labour Day is just around the corner and that means Summer is coming to a close. I’m ok with that. In fact, summer is my least favourite season. I love Fall, Spring and Winter more than summer. Maybe its because I’m fat and feel uncomfortable in the heat. Maybe it’s because I like the clothes associated with the other seasons so much more. Whatever. Just a few more weeks of hot before we move back into cool. Can’t wait.
Don’t get me wrong: I had an amazing summer. I got away for 10 days to London and Jerusalem, got in a little cottage time, did another two week juice cleanse and led a very active social life. London was for visiting my brother and his family. Since they’re so far away I don’t get enough time to see my UK family and those four days were spent in full Unclehood. Then we flew over to Jerusalem where nephews Angus and Jacob read from the torah at the holy Wall as Bar Mitzvah. It was wonderful to have the family together for this special ocassion and even more special to be their in a Seersucker Suit. Always wanted one of those.
I always think the city comes back to life after Labour Day. Kids go back to school. People come back from their cottages and get back to work. Its usually at this time that the crowds come back to the deli after a summer hiatus but this year that hasn’t been true. This summer the deli stayed very busy along with a busy truck business and busy catering too.
All this busy-ness means we need more space to prepare food. I’m actively looking for appropriate prep space for our catering and truck business. It’s a risk of course but after more than 18 straight months of growth I think its manageable. And exciting.
More exciting news? We’re launching a retail line of products this Fall. “Dance with the one that brung you” goes that old saying and so we shall. Smoked Meat, four flavours of all-natural (and Kosher) mustards and Kosher Dill Pickles will be our first offerings. If that goes well, we hope to expand the line to other products too. We shot the photography yesterday for the mustards and I wish I could give you a sneak peek but you’ll see them soon enough. You won’t be shocked to know that I feature prominently. Since he took the original iconic image of me five years ago, we turned to uber talented Photographer Victor Tavares. Can’t wait to show you what we’ve done.
That’s enough excitement for one blog post. Thanks for hanging in with me.
P.S. I’m thinking of buying my cousin Teddy’s sailboat.