by Josh Gross
The trick to effective progress is to move incrementally. Take something you're used to, modify it slightly to move it forward in a way that's exciting rather than terrifying and confusing. Asian wraps didn't come from the ether, people. They started as burritos without beans. Taking a step back, burritos didn't sprout from Zeus's head either. They started as tacos with overgrown tortillas.
Yeah, great. Deep, even. But what does wading pool-depth analysis like that have to do with your social calendar? An excellent question, I'm glad I had you ask.
If we can accept that the way to engage in exciting new activities is to find a way to temper the new with the familiar, then all we have to do is look at the world around us for those opportunities.
For example. Q: What does Idaho have a lot of? A: Mormons. Q: What does Idaho not have an abundance of? A: Book release parties. So how can we combine these things into something new and different?
Well you could go to Rediscovered Bookshop tonight and see Brady Udall read from his new novel, The Lonely Polygamist, about a man with four wives and 28 children and is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Oh, and there's a brothel, a wanna-be gangster and a dog in underwear ... now that's what we like in a combo.