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This is the Something About Food? Blog, where Chef Chris Clarke discusses new podcast episodes, travel, restaurants, and more!

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Sum It Up Sunday - That's Normal!

Up at 10,250 feet above sea level is Leadville, CO’s normal.

Up at 10,250 feet above sea level is Leadville, CO’s normal.

Goldie, who is sloooowly learning to love me, I think….

Goldie, who is sloooowly learning to love me, I think….

Leadville is my home base for the next month as I take on one of my favorite cat-sitting gigs. The other night someone asked me “Where do you live?”. “For right now,” I told them, “right here.”

This has been my “normal” for a while now, ever since I sold the condo in Longmont and headed out on my journey. I’ve had no real “home base”. This vagabond lifestyle flies in the face of all that is “conventional”. I don’t have a 9-5 job. There is no money coming in, as I live off my savings.

The book is almost done and I hope to have it published by the end of October at the latest. That will bring in some income. As the podcast grows (hey, share it with others, will ya?) we hope to monetize it more,

There is no-one on the planet more zen then Sid here.

There is no-one on the planet more zen then Sid here.

Unconventional has always been my normal. One of the things I’ve learned through the years and journey’s I’ve taken, outward and inward, is that there is no “normal”. Whether you are single, paired up, married, or polyamorous, that situation is your normal.

Maybe you work 9-5 M-F, or, as I used to, all sorts of hours: 40-60 hours a week, with no idea of when your days off will be until the beginning of that week. You may even work graveyard shift, as I did often when I worked in factories during college and a bit later on. And there is the new “gig” economy, where folks, similar to myself work after they have worked out or taken their kids to school in the morning. They plan trips and work around that, rather than the other way around. Again, that is their “normal”.

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I celebrate everyone who is living their life in a way that makes them happy. What I am working toward is being a writer/podcaster who can work, travel and have a homebase near familly and friends. And who knows, maybe, just maybe, someone will see what I can do and will say “we want you” and set me up with a YouTube, cable or TV show.

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At this point, after traveling the world, writing a book and interviewing so many interesting folks I see that all there are is possibilities. You just have to decide which one you want to try next.

Tell me, oh Hungry Hordes, what is your normal? I would love to celebrate it.