Joe Recommends Week II

by Joe Thomas

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I want to thank everyone who has stopped by over the past week. If you haven’t yet, check out my post from the other day about interning. For today, another edition of… Joe Recommends!

Wholesome Wave– Wholesome Wave is a great organization that tries to bridge the gap between local farmers and nearby low-income communities. One major thing they do is use their funds to boost the value of coupons and SNAP funding at local farmers markets, so that people who rely on those means to provide for their families can have access to good, local, fresh produce. This kind of work is something I’m very interested in, in case you missed it check out my post on my upcoming effort to take the SNAP Challenge. If you want to read more about Wholesome Wave, visit their website.

Jarvis Jones– Manti Te’o was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. He won six other major college football awards, the most of any player ever. He wasn’t even the best linebacker in the country. In 12 games, Te’o had 5.5 tackles for loss, no forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks, and 103 total tackles. In 11 games, Jarvis Jones had 22.5 tackles for loss, 7 forced fumbles, 12.5 sacks, and 77 total tackles. It’s not even close. On top of that, Jones suffers from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column. The doctors at USC refused to clear him to play, so he transferred to Georgia. If Te’o deserved to be on the Heisman stage, then so did Jones.

Why Me? Gluten Free– I don’t “get” gluten free. I don’t really know what gluten is, or what it does. I know that a lot of the stuff I like has gluten in it, so I haven’t quit eating it. I do know that a lot of people are trying to be gluten free, and if you are one of those people, you need to check out my friend Katy’s blog. She has a lot of insight into the gluten-free lifestyle, some cool recipes, and does a lot of fun things around Atlanta. She get’s the Joe Recommend’s Fetch Award of the Week.

Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes– What a badass.

Holding your child’s hand and teaching them to cross at a crosswalk– Nothing makes me more furious than watching a parent drag their child across a busy street in the middle of the street. If you want to take your life into your own hands, do it on your time. If you have a kid with you, walk the extra fifty feet to the street corner and wait for the light to change. It’s not going to kill you.

Sam Doores and the TumbleweedsLast week I wrote about Andrew Combs and his show at the Earl. The show was awesome, and I was lucky enough to see Sam Doores and the Tumbleweeds open up. These guys are outstanding songwriters and musicians, and really nice as well. Their sound reminds me of Packway Handle Band, but more to the country side than the bluegrass side. Here’s a great song of theirs.

Annapolis Blue by Olympic– Beano shared the story of the beautification of her and David’s dining room recently at Love Ya, Bean it, and spotlighted the paint color they used, Annapolis Blue. It’s awesome. Check out the pictures and the store here!

That’s all for this week. Keep an eye out over the next few days for more posts leading up to the SNAP Challenge, and a few other treats as well!

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