Bringing you fun, joy, and happiness by sharing people, organizations, artists, musicians, writers, entertainers, athletes, and dancers who show Otterocity!
|Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
A good friend and fellow author, Dean K. Miller, has Otterocity. Partially because he smiles a lot, but mainly because he, "Finds grace in life's simplest moments."
Dean writes about these moments in his first book titled, And Then I Smiled: Reflections of a Life Not Yet Complete that includes over 50 personal essays and stories and 10 of his poems. Dean looks internally and externally at life events and transports readers to places metaphysically with his prose and words.
And Then I Smiled: Reflections of a life Not Yet Complete transports readers on journeys ranging from beaches, mountain streams, city parks and to destinations in realms we seldom visit, both inside and outside the physical world. Seemingly average moments of life create the backdrop for Miller’s keen observations and discoveries, touching on various facets of life, family, nature and the energy that surrounds us.
His book is available through his website at Dean K Miller
Dean is a freelance writer and member of Northern Colorado Writers. His work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood, TROUT magazine, Torrid Literature Journal and other literary magazines. His essays won three separate contests at www.midlifecollage.com.
For 26 years, Miller has kept the skies safe as an air traffic controller for the FAA and received the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) Northwest Mountain Region 2010 Archie League Safety Award. In his spare time, he enjoys fly fishing and he is an avid supporter and volunteer for the veteran’s support group Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their two dogs, Bear and Snickers.
|Posted on April 18, 2013 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
Recently I received a package with two Otterocitty books I ordered. One I used as a free giveaway on a blog post by fewllow writer Dean K. Miller. The other book I am going to set free. By this I mean I am going to register the book with BookCrossing, put a tracking sticker inside and leave it somewhere public for someone to pick up.
The idea of BookCrossing is that when a person finds your book they log your tracking code and record the place where your book is. You get to see where your book travels. It will be interesting to see where it goes. It is like releasing an animal into the wild and tracking it with a microchip transponder and watching its migratory patterns.
Cool, I can't wait to see where it goes!
|Posted on April 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM||comments (0)|
Name: Pat Walker AKA: “Baja Rock” Pat
What do you do? “I am an author, wife, mom, and grandma. I write new age, spirituality (non-conventional or non-religious) novel combined with a rock music theme.”
How did you come about it? “I had an out of body experience in Mexico in 2003 that was so incredible and unbelievable that changed my entire life. I couldn’t believe it. I had to write it down. I struggled with how to balance things I saw and everyday life, being a wife and taking care of kids. I started exploring my experience and wrote it down.”
How do you bring joy to others? “I try to pay attention to what makes others happy and try to do that for them. As far as my book goes, I try to inspire people and show that if something amazing can happen. Just keep your eyes open and look for the little things in your life to bring you joy. I doesn’t have to be anything that costs money, maybe all they need is a hug or something.”
What are the happiest days of your life? “Being with my family and grand kids. They make me happy. I love going to live concerts. Live music brings me so much joy. Writing too, that is a lot of days.”
First impression . . . Otterocity what does it mean to you? “Joy. When you think about otters, they are cute playful happy creatures and very intelligent. I think of an animal that doesn’t worry about stuff and goes with the flow.”
P.S. “I love the cover of your book Otterocity. I really love the boat.”
Me: Thanks. The boat on the cover has meaning to the story.
Thanks Pat for this great OtterView. You have a joyful spirit!
|Posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Otterocity is all about having fun and bringing a joyful spirit to your life. One such place to see that happening is Fremont Street in Las Vegas.
A few months ago I went to Las Vegas for a conference. One night I went down to Fremont Street to watch the light show and walk around. There are some pretty interesting characters there. You can sense the fun people have dressing up as various celebrities and outlandish characters. One person was dressed as a copper cowboy.
We started talking and I found out that he has fun dressing up as the Copper cowboy and really enjoys meeting people.
He truly has the sense of Otterocity.
Keep having fun and brining joy to others!
|Posted on January 24, 2013 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
It was time for our annual capret cleaning. I called around for some special deals and called the usuall "Big Chain" carpet cleaning companies. Then, I Googled carpet cleaning in Fort Collins and Rapid Rasponse Carpet Cleaning came up. They are a local company and their website was neat and organized. They had tons of information about their company and their processes, as well as mutiple testimonials.
After surfing their site I decided to give them a call. Heather answered and was very pleasant to talk to. She asked several questions and proceeded to give me a quote that was reasonable. As a new customer I received $35 off. I decided to give my business to them, being a locally owned business.
The day of my carpet cleaning I recieved a prompt call before my appointment time. John, the owner, said they were a few minutes out and would be there shortly. John and his son Daniel showed up and explained their process, measured and gave me the final bid that was close to Heather's estimate.
So far impressed . . .
I got a chance to go out and look into their truck. I noticed that their equipment was clean, in good shape and well organized. This showed me that they really cared about what they were doing. If they took that good of care of their equipment, they would take care of people's carpets.
The RX-20 is an amazing machine. Instead of the standard cleaning wand, that most carpet cleaning companies use, Rapid Response uses this neat machine to clean your carpets. It has three steam nozels that spray 220 degree steam while five suction ports extract the water. The whole thing rotates like a giant buffer for your carpets. The RX-20 instantly cleans, agitates, sucks, and fluffs up your carpets.
In talking with John, his philosophy is to take his time and get the job done right. His processes leaves little residue, and your carpets dry quickly. Other carpet cleaning companies rush in and rush out leaving your carpets soaking and can have a crunchy soapy feel to them the next day.
Our carpets were fluffy, soft, and dry within several hours. Rapid Response exhibits several otter traits. They work smart, adapt (to different stains) and communicate well.
I was impressed with their service and quality. I would use them again!
Rapid Response has Otterocity!
|Posted on January 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
The other day I got a fortune cookie with my food, cracked it open, and read the tiny blue words on thin piece of paper. Like other fortunes found in cookies it was really vague.
Here is what it said:
"An old wish will come true."
Instantly my mind started racing.
What wish will that be?
. . . world peace.
. . . win the powerball jackpot.
. . . get a million dollar movie deal for my fantasy novel.
. . . get a promotion at work.
. . . go to Greece and travel Europe.
. . . become an olympic champion.
. . . win the Tour de France 8 times.
There were thousands of grand wishes that I had hoped for in the past. There are thousands of small wishes I hoped for in the past too. Then I thought a moment longer.
What are wishes anyway?
Wishes are hopes for change. They are a want for something more in our lives. They are the beginnins of goals and things to work for in your life so that the wish will come true. Wishes are a catalysit for getting what you want out of life.
Here are some wishes I just thought of to increase otterocity in my life.
. . . I wish I can work smarter, not harder.
. . . I wish I can have a more creative mind.
. . . I wish I can adapt to new things in my life.
. . . I wish I can have a more playful disposition and enjoy life more.
. . . I wish I can communicate with others better.
. . . I wish I can improve my teamwork and work with others better.
. . . I wish I can focuse on my own individual uniqueness.
. . . I wish I can persevere through challenges that are thrown my way.
. . . I wish I can love unconditionally.
. . . .I wish I can have a joyful spirit at all times.
These are all good wishes to bring change, and a positive outlook on things.
Maybe one of these will come true for me.
(Or, maybe I can blow the biggest bubble gum bubble in the world)
|Posted on January 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Step into happiness and a world of pastry fun that is whimsical and yummy! Jean-Philippe Maury displays his chocolates, cookies, cakes, crepes, an more at the Jean Philippe Patisserie in the Belagio Las Vegas.
When you walk up to the European-style pastry shop you are greeted with the world's largest chocolate fountain.
Then, as you enter the shop the center case greets you with all kinds of chocolates, cookies, and pastries. Overhead, you are greeted by strange cakes.
Along the wall are all different kinds of cakes, in any theme you can imagine.
Jean-Philippe has Otterocity!
He uses his imagination and brings fun to the wonderful world of pastries!
|Posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:40 PM||comments (2)|
Bringing joy and fun to others is what Otterocity is all about. My good friend Brett Miller brings joy and fun to kids through a kid-friendly, bright and cheerful hair salon.
Brett and his wife Rachel own a Pigtails & Crewcuts franchise in Westminster, Colorado located in The Orchard Town Center shops on 144th and I-25. Pigtails & Crewcuts is a kid-centric hair salon for girls and boys to come and have a fun, enjoyable experience while getting their hair cut or styled.
Not only do they offer haircuts and styles but they also offer kids manicures, pedicures, ear piercing, and birthday parties. Parties Include: A dedicated Stylist and Party Hostess to makesure you have a great party in their fantastic party room! Each theme party includes hair up-do style, nail polish, dress up, make-up if requested, theme activity/craft, balloons, cupcakes, juice boxes, plastic/paper goods, group photo with signable frame, and they take care of all the setup and clean-up! Sit back and relax and enjoy the party!
Looking for the latest kids accessories, organic shampoos and conditioners, Pigtails & Crewcuts have it at an affordable price. They even carry the popular Knot Genie Detangling Brush.
Brett and Rachel, keep brining fun to children through your fun salon, Pigtails & Crewcuts.
You definitely share Otterocity with kids!
|Posted on November 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Many people who go to Las Vegas never venture far from the strip. However, there is a lot to see outside of the bright lights and big casinos. Last month I went to Las Vegas for a business trip and went a day early to visit my mom who lives there. She took me to the neatest place in Vegas.
If you get the chance, take a morning or afternoon out of your day, rent a car and head to the western mountains. Take Charleston Blvd west until you reach the edge of town. A few miles further and you will find a beautiful desert oasis on your right.
Just outside of town you will find beautiful Red Spring which is in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
There are hiking trails, rock climbing and for those who just want to look at nature there is a nice oasis boardwalk at the Red Spring: Desert Oasis.
Red Spring definitely has Otterocity.
It is a fun, neat, and interesting place to visit and is not your ordinary Vegas tourist attraction.
|Posted on November 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
In light of the new move Lincoln, I wanted to post this inspirational and motivational quote I have posted near my phone at work.
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
So, moving foreward today . . .
Whoever you are.
Whatever you do.
Aspire to be a good one!
|Posted on November 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM||comments (2)|
I saw this video on Yahoo and thought it was cool. It demonstrates several of the qualities I write about in my book Otterocity. Otters are very smart creatures. They are one of the very few animals that can problem solve and use tools. It is no surprise that the otter in this video actually thinks to jump up on the boat to escape the killer whales hunting it.
Another trait that otters possess is perseverance. They live their whole lives in the water and are constantly hunted by killer whales, sharks, and eagles. They must endure hardships, like bad weather, losing a pup to a predator, and foraging for food.
Otters are truly amazing creatures.
|Posted on October 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
This is me Ottering on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. I was having a fun time at the October Fright Fest 2012 and wanted to show it.
If you don't know what Ottering is, then read my blog post:
Tebowing Vs. Ottering
Please send me your photos of you or others having a fun time somewhere, or doing something fun.
Submit Photo Here
|Posted on October 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
I am always on the lookout for people who have passion and enthusiasm for what they do. Tuesday I visited the Ft Collins Coffehouse at 3701 S. Mason Street in Fort Collins,Colorado. It was the second time I visited as our writing group meets there once a month for our morning coffee networking time.
I met Andrea Sebald who is the owner/operator along with her husband Mike. I got to talking with her after our writer’s group was over and found out that running her small businessis her passion. A year ago she was looking for a small business to purchase and was presented with the opportunity to take over the coffee shop. They bought the business in March of 2012 and changed the name to Ft Collins Coffehouse.
Now, it is a little tucked out of the way, but well worth the visit. The coffee shop is light and airy with wonderful smells of coffee and tea floating in the air. It is located one block West of College Avenue across form Midtown Arts Center and IBMC above Boomer’s music. They have a full menu of coffee, tea,espresso, and other hot and cold beverages as well as seasonal drinks like the Pumpkin Pie Latte.
They have a large open seating area with a small stage that they use for open stage night on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. where random people can get up on the stage with their instruments and jam. I am thinking of going just to listen one Wednesday. Thursday nights is Cruise Night. Cruise on in for a warm or hot drink and camaraderie. They also have a conference room in the front of the building you can rent by the hour for your group or meeting.
If nothing else, you have to go there to play Ms. Pac-Man.
So, share in their enthusiasm for coffee, enjoy the good atmosphere,and contribute to the success of a small business.
Ft Collins Coffehouse, keep up the Otteroicty!
|Posted on October 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Otterocity! Field Guide by Tim Northburg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wrote this book as a follow up to Otterocity! I wanted it to be a guidebook for inspiring you and to help motivate you into action to bring a joyful spirit to your life. We all face challenges. It is how you meet those challenges and it is the attitude you choose to take when facing those challenges head on that makes the difference in your life. I hope you enjoy.
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|Posted on October 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Otterocity! by Tim Northburg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wrote this book to help people, who are going through tough times in their lives, find joy and happiness again. If you are touched by the economic downturn, in financial distress, experienced the death of a loved one, or are having a tough time in general, this book was meant to inspire you to bring a joyful spirit back to your life. If Otters can be hunted by predators, constantly forage for food, deal with harsh conditions living in the sea, and possess a joyful spirit . . . so can we. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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