A quiet weekend, except for the radio show.

thHow’d you spend your weekend? I got to be on local radio, where I talked about “Your Playbook For Tough Times” and acted in an on-air skit.

“The Big Alaska Show” is an every-Saturday event on KFQD-AM. It’s a mix of interviews and (alleged) comedy bits, some of which hit and some of which miss. The hosts, Steve Stripling and Mike Ford, cheerfully describe it as “the longest-running error-riddled radio program in Alaska.

And I did my part to help that along. Wouldn’t you?


I was one of two guests this week, the other being Mike Dunham, who talked about meeting and interviewing both Lowell Thomas and Lowell Thomas Jr. He says his claim to fame is that he shook the hand of the man who shook the hand of Lawrence of Arabia.

Dunham was my former editor at The Anchorage Daily News, which came in extremely handy when Uncle Steve and Mike Ford wanted to talk about “Your Playbook For Tough Times.” Dunham talked up the book’s readability and tight writing (that’s an editor for you) but also praised my cheapskate tendencies. Bless his heart.


Post-radio R&R

During a commercial break we were handed a one-page skit to read on the air. If you’d like to hear the result, catch the podcast here. (Pressed for time? I come in at about 18 minutes and 40 seconds.)

The rest of the weekend was blessedly quiet and low-key: a little yard work to button down the garden for the winter, a quick trip to the used bread store, pleasant meals, some reading, a lovely trip to the basement sauna, the rest of my unpacking* and lots of sleep.

After the stress and fear surrounding my recent trip south, I really, really needed some rest and rejuvenation. If all weekends could be this restorative I think we’d have fewer wars.

*All except for the swag from FinCon16, which still fills a big bag to bulging. Boy, will that be a fun giveaway in the near future.


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  1. Used bread store….that’s hilarious!

    ****Side Note

    I went back and read that post. My dad was a repairman and traveled around the city every day. He always brought home a couple of brown paper bags of Butternut bread that we put in the freezer…and for only three in the house.

    A couple years ago, I helped a friend buy a whole pickup load of bread from the Aunt Millie’s store. It was a really cheap price ….like two bread carts for $27. I grabbed out several loaves of EXPENSIVE apple, raisin, cinnamon swirl bread. He was questioning me, of course. (Ok more like looking at me like my hair was on fire) There was a week left on the dates and the bread was $4 a loaf. They were selling a grocery cart of assorted bread, pastries for $7!!

    There are five in his family and they have never purchased bread that way.

    • Donna Freedman

      We go to the used bread store just about every week. Although we stick with the $1 or $1.50 multigrain, we sometimes see Dave’s Killer Bread for $2 or less and I know that stuff isn’t cheap.

      Tortillas are another great deal there. A regular special is “buy one, get two free.” So we pay $1 for three packages of the biggest, softest tortillas they sell.

  2. My bread find for the week was a bag of 12 rolls (including Portuguese and Solaio bread) for $1.99 at Giant. Bread you actually have to chew!!!

  3. Now that the allergist told me I am allergic to wheat, I miss my bargains to the bread thrift store for expensive whole wheat, $4 loaf for $.99. And, that is the name on the store–Bread Thrift Store.

    I discovered I can have a bit of white bread, enriched wheat kind, but a loaf lasts me forever since I rarely eat bread now.

  4. Ha! We call it the “Dead Bread” store. My favorite one has shut down its local outlets and their one remaining store is too far away for anything but an occasional foray, alas. It kills me that a six-pack of Whole Wheat Thomas’ English Muffins is five dollars in the regular grocery stores. Nope, not payin’ that.

    I buy Dave’s KB at Costco. The price is still steep, but it makes all other bread seem like air-spun drywall. Costco sells Thomas’, but only the white bread version, so I rarely buy them any more, sniff.

    • Donna Freedman

      The Dave’s is usually $3 in the used bread store locally, but it is $1.50 sometimes. Mysterious, huh? And we sometimes get the Oroweat double fiber English muffins, never paying more than $1.50. The tortillas are still the best deal, but I have to be in the mood to eat quesadillas or burritos so generally they end up in the freezer. On other hand, yesterday I had a makeshift wrap sandwich: Grey Poupon mixed with a little mayo spread on a giant tortilla, a couple of layers of the thin-sliced turkey and ham that DF found deeply discounted, and some grated Monterey jack cheese. A brief trip to the microwave, roll it up and lunch was served.

      I may start using “dead bread” to change things up, too.

  5. This has nothing to do with this column but I can’t find anywhere else to put it. I am subscribed to your column but never get it. It doesn’t go into my junk file either. Please unsubscribe me and resubscribe me and see if that will work please. I LOVE your blog!

  6. I’m glad you’re having fun publicizing your book. I clicked through this site to Amazon and ordered it, and it arrived yesterday. Your introduction to the book is great. It really compels the reader to read on, and find some hope and helpful tips in the following chapters.

    I also liked the colors on the cover. I am sure no one had any intention of subliminal persuasion, but I noticed that the dark green interchanged with black was vaguely reminiscent: oh yes, currency. The color of money. Works for me. It looked crisp and clean.

    It will stay near my desk, where I can refer to it as needed. Some of the tips I already do, while others are still waiting for me to try.

    • Donna Freedman

      That was exactly my intention when I chose the colors! And the white cover is as close to the off-white-greeny hue that’s also on U.S. currency. Glad that someone noticed this. (You’re the first commenter to make that connection.)

      Thanks for buying the book, and thanks for your comment here. If I may ask a favor: Once you’re finished reading, would you leave a review on Amazon? It doesn’t have to be super-long; just a couple of paragraphs about what you found helpful/how you think the book could help others would be greatly appreciated.

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