Christmas Gift to Myself

As it’s been quite some time since my last post and life at Freight Farms has really taken off, I’ve been thinking of good ways to get back in the carfree saddle. 

 

After opening gifts this morning, I’m considering making Carfreebrad even more free form thwn ever before. How you ask?

By going 100% mobile only posts. I know it doesn’t sound le much but I think it will force me to get right to the point and focus on the main idea of each post. 

 

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My Unexpected Life….

As you well know, my post writing frequency has dropped off dramatically but I WILL NOT apologize for that.  Sure I’ve gotten some feedback from people missing my witty internal dialoque being broadcast for the world to read but I’ve also had a lot of support from people that are happy to see me not write CarFreeBrad.com. I appreciate the support either way.

I previously outlined all the reasons I wouldn’t be/couldn’t post as much(Freight Farms, School, fill in lame excuse here) but my excuse of the day is my current lifestyle as seen through the eyes of my friends and family.

From a certain perspective, to describe CarFreeBrad today as “Living a transient life doing weirld stuff” would be 100% correct.  Freight Farms is progressing at a rocket ship pace, Techstars has proved to be just as intense as advertised and living 3 nights a week in Brighton is an interesting twist but this has all been expected.

What has been completely unexpected are Freight Farms customers and supporters, affectionately known(as of now) as Freight Fans.  We knew going in that food is a huge problem that touches everyone and that people care deeply about it but I had no idea how deep and intense that passion ran until I began to really get to know the Freight Farms community.  The community is very specific to Freight Farms including our customers, team, advisors and investors but also includes so many people that support the various aspects of Freight Farms outside of food like small business development, job creation, technology, innovation and personal empowerment.

The moral of this borderline preachy rant is that I haven’t been able to post on a regular basis because I’m totally enthralled with hearing from every person that has an opinion or thought about Freight Farms, meeting our customers and generally living a life in overdrive that must appear really weird to many and very fulfilling to a few.

And don’t worry, I managed to pick up a new bike during this time as well!  Pictures forthcoming.

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It’s BACK! A real post & HUBWAY!

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks with Freight Farms joining the TechStars family.  If you’re not familiar with Techstars, don’t worry you’re not alone, but it’s what you might call “Kind of a Big Deal”.  Without going into, because I’m exhausted after this week, I’ll simply say I can see why they crank out winners.  Everyday is like a week in the real world!

Back to the task at hand.  I’ve been more than a little down lately because the frequency and quality of my blog posts have been directly correlated to my bike rides.  Short and Sucking!

Don’t cry me a river just yet because I saw the most glorious sight I’ve seen in a while, the HUBWAY stations are back!  No bikes yet but just the idea that the racks are out is like when the calendar tells you it’s the first day of spring.  It can be 10 degrees and you haven’t slept in a 3 days but the energy is palpable!

It looks like I’ll be staying in Brighton at least a few days a week now so you better believe, I’m gonna’ ride the hell outta’ Hubways this season.

 

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For Shame CarFreeBrad, For Shame!

If I don’t write posts am I still a blogger?

Posts to come, I promise!
Quality, no such promises.

What do you want to hear about?

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The Fine Line Between Dedicated and Foolish

If I should have learned anything years into this “car free” thing, it’s that I can’t make up my mind that I WILL be riding in the storm before the storm even hits.  Call it what you want.  Whether the adjectives you choose are positive or negative, the fact remains.

When I can’t push the door of my building all open because of the snow, I probably shouldn’t ride.  If that was the only irrefutable fact that I ignored this morning, I’d get ok with it.

Between the weather people, the school/work closings and the fact that there were only ambulances, police and plows out on the road my personal evaluation is leaning more toward more negative descriptions.

To make a short story long, I lasted about 1/4 of a mile before giving up and walking my bike the rest of the way.  Based on the looks, reactions and comments I got from the few people I did see, there was good reason to question my decision.

 

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Where? Doing What?

Freight Farms is honored to have joined the family at Techstars Boston last week and we’ve already made major progress. But an issue I saw coming has become more pressing.

I don’t know if it’s the reality or the reaction, that is driving a higher level of urgency. My best guess is a mix of both.

The issue is that we now work out of Cambridge in Kendall Square and I live in Worcester! Up to this point the commute made complete sense as I completed my last class EVER in graduate school and Freight Farms was in a stage that required me to be at our unit in Worcester as much as in the office.

Now school is done, Freight Farms Leafy Green Machine is on the market, selling well, i need to be at the office more each day and the commute is making less sense.

As a wise man once said, “when you come to a fork in the road, take it.” As a fast growing startup, it might be time for some creative problem solving (Read: call all my friends,family and Carfreebrad fans for a couch to crash on during the week).

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Bikes in the Hood(it’s a play on the ice cube/cuba gooding movie title)

Bikes in the Hood(it’s a play on the ice cube/cuba gooding movie title).

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32 Hour Workday and I Shouldn’t Be Driving….

In case you haven’t noticed, my posts have been few and far between lately.  That’s no accident.  Sure I’ve been pretty busy but who isn’t?  It’s been more a result of “drivers remorse”.

Last week, Freight Farms was in the home stretch on number of projects and one of these required me to transport 400 lbs worth of tools and equipment from Worcester to Boston and vice versa a number of times.  Lucky for me, my girlfriend who is about as supportive as they come, her basketball-coaching season ended, and she allowed me to use her car most of the week.

Long story short I was driving home last week after handing the keys to the newest Freight Farm to its new owner when it struck me that I maybe shouldn’t be driving.  I’m a pretty hardy person when it comes to lack of sleep, hunger and general pain but I began to think I was pushing it.  I looked at the clock and realized I had left my house over 30 hours before and had been working non-stop since at the office, on the farm and training up the new owner.

The weird part and what made me really paranoid was that I felt pretty good.  Sure my eyes were burning, my back was sore and my legs felt like they weighed a thousand pounds each but overall I felt good.  So I freaked out a bit, pulled into the mass pike rest area in Natick and loaded up on caffeine and snacks to power through the last leg of my workday.

Well, I made it home, finished up the day and went to bed early.  But it made me realize that I’ve never been nervous about falling asleep on my bike.  I’ve never had to fight to stay alert on my bike.  In fact, I find it hard to go right to sleep if I bike home after one of my really long days because the movement and fresh air invigorate me.  Weird thing to realize at the end of a 30 plus hour hour work day but that’s what I think about when driving on no sleep!

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Constraints Create Style

Over this last holiday season, I conceded defeat and admitted I needed to overhaul my wardrobe.  What had started as a quirky convenience was becoming borderline weird.  My wardrobe consisting of jeans, a gray t-shirt, black zip up sweater and boots/sneakers(depending on activity that day) was close to transitioning to the weird side.  I don’t like to fuss around in the mooring, afternoon, evening or anytime for that matter so having 1 pair of jeans, 8 gray t’s and a sweater worked great for me.  The sweater could “dress it all up” if need be while I could always layer down to just the T in order to work at the farm, bike or just when I’m hot in the office.

At Christmas, my parents hooked me up with some SWEET gear from Joseph A Bank and my style immediately when from a 2 to a 10! (Thanks MOM and DAD).  Unfortunately, I’m self-aware enough to know that I would tear through those nice things in about two weeks trying to go from my bike, to the office, working on one Freight Farm to building another then to the train and back on the bike.

I took a trip to Jos.A Bank to return a few things, really wish I could’ve kept them, to find the pieces that will fit my use for them.  As I walked about the store and watched others shop, it’s a really nice store for those that don’t know, I began to realize that I’m not a “style guy”.  Sure, when I get dressed 7 out of 10 times I can tell if I look foolish or not but I’m not good at planning my look.  Nor do I want to!

I continued to browse the store, mostly watching other dudes shop and began to realize that if I had lots of money, drove a car and went back and forth to my office every day style would be easy.  I could just pick one and go with it, case closed!

Since my case is/was far from closed, I smiled to myself when I realized that whatever style I end up with/in, it will be unique to me.  Sure the actual clothes on my back may be the same or similar to others but the journey to my style is paved by my unique set of constraints and will fit me perfectly!

My co-founder at Freight Farms has given Ted talks about this type of thinking about design and I always agreed but never thought much about it in terms of clothing and style.  It allows me to embrace my personal constraints and cultivate a style that is all me and not have to fuss about to get dressed.

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So That’s How That Works, Courtesy of a Would Be Light Thief

I decided to give myself a few days to calm down before posting about my latest bike debacle in order to gain perspective and avoid posting on emotion.

I left my bike at the Worcester/Union Station T overnight last week. Admittedly not a good idea and I was very uncomfortable the whole time about it. When I returned, after a very long few days in Boston, I found that all seemed to be ok. Then I looked at my front Dyno-hub light.

It was mangled, twisted and facing the wrong way. Apparently, some would be light thief had attempted to wrestle the light off but couldn’t overcome the mounting clip. They didn’t manage to get the light but fouled it up pretty good during the attempt.

Silver Lining! I now know how the light works inside and out because I had to totally rewire the thing and after some trial and error IT WORKS. Even the light sensor is back in action!

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