most years around this time of year i get to go to an industry convention in lovely anaheim, california and most years i see patricia bragg of bragg liquid aminos fame walking and talking with folks. she’s remarkably witty and spry for her 83 years of age.
odin loves braggs on his rice so i thought this year it would be fun to talk and take a picture with her so i could show him who i get to hang out with while i’m out of town 🙂
i casually mentioned that i had a son, odin, who was born 16 weeks early and was really small but was now a strong, healthy kid, that he really, really loved braggs and rice and that he’d be super happy if i had my picture taken with her because he would recognize her from her picture on the bottle. she got very excited and told me that she was born early 83 years ago, only weighed two pounds and was in the hospital for months! we talked for a bit about prematurity – maybe for a little longer than the other people waiting to talk with her would have liked.
she’s a really nice lady, i’m glad i took the time to stop and chat!
as most of you know i work for organic valley, but you might not know that we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary and it was an amazing experience to celebrate with some folks from the cooperative at a recent trade show.
it’s incredible to ponder all we’ve accomplished over the past 25 years as an independent farmer-owned cooperative and i hope they’ll let me be a part of the story for the next 25 years.
george and other coop leadership said a few words about the cooperative’s history and future. i get a little goose-pimply when i think about all the exciting things coming up!
a band of current and former employees then hit the stage and. seriously. knocked. it. out. of. the. park. holy cow. i wish i had shot some video. i’m sure there will be some posted eventually. it was an incredible show made all the more incredible by the fact that it was homegrown talent. and if you live in the driftless region you can catch most of them playing sets around town throughout the year.
several hundred folks hung out with us at the anaheim convention center to hear the band and have a few drinks. a fun time was had by all – totally looking forward to what our 50th anniversary party will be like 🙂