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  1. 1. Houston ™ november 2008 Vol 1 no 5 Money SMart Howard LorcH triSH Bonnet - (pg.12) SoMa SuSHi ryan Snyder - (pg.14) cHiLL in tHe Loop (pg.10) viStria 3d (pg.8) a SpeciaL tHankS to aLLen HeLfMan at river oakS cHrySLer & Jeep a giving Man
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  3. 3. inside PublisHer’s note - 6 A Piece of My Story... HealtH - 16 Finding Balance noVeMber 2008 Feature - 8 tea - 18 Vistria 3D Green Tea? Feature - 10 in MeMory - 20 In The Loop Tobi Watashe Feature - 12 insPiration - 22 Money Smart Sippy Cup Feature - 14 Soma Sushi November/December 2008 • Vol 1 No 5 www.thechillmagazine.com www.chill-magazine.com publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean chapman features editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maryln appelbaum (sean@thechillmagazine.com) gary watashe daniel cohen writers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . kelley davidson Brad Murrill Brad Murrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . inspirational Motivator thia Mckann (brad@thechillmagazine.com) tobi watashe photographer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . tammy price art director + designer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . deborah Jones www.tammy-price.com (djones@deborahsgraphic.com) (tammyprice@mac.com) design assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . gary watashe chill Magazine is published six times a year by chill Magazine L.L.c., 104 industrial Blvd., Suite a, Sugar Land, texas, 77478. ©copyright 2008 by chill Magazine L.L.c. all rights reserved. chill Magazine is a registered trademark of chill Magazine L.L.c. reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher. photographic material submitted for publication is sent at the owner’s risk and, while every care is taken, chill Magazine does not accept any liability for loss or damage. chill Magazine is distributed and published by chill Magazine L.L.c. chill Magazine welcomes written and photographic submissions. we cannot guarantee the return of all material so please do not send original prints. Submissions can be sent via e-mail or posted to the publisher. november 2008 5
  4. 4. CHill witH tHe PublisHer A Piece of My Story... I t has been a very humbling couple of So, how does one have such a positive attitude months for me as it has for many others and stay humble? For me, I have to take some with the election, economy and hurricane time out of my every day life and take a look at Ike. Houston needs to give itself a big pat on the what I do have. back for getting through the storm, and we are all coming back even stronger. At this very moment my life is perfect! I have people who love me, and a loving relationship. Think of life as a maze. Every maze has a start I’ve come to realize as many of you have and finish line. When I am on the go, and things probably known for a long time, that the greatest in life are smooth, I think to myself, “I am doing gift is the “present” moment. Cherish life and well, everything is perfect.” All of a sudden I hit live, laugh and learn through it all. a wall, and it is imperative to change the direction in which I am running, but it takes a positive Chill Magazine is giving all fellow Houstonian’s attitude and humbleness to do so. It is not easy, a huge pat on the back! but it is simple. For example, when life is smooth sailing, it is the same for those close to me as Chill Magazine would like to give a special well, just as when I hit a wall the same people in thanks to, Allan Helfman with Helfman River my life hit the wall with me. This is why staying Oaks Chrysler and Jeep. For the last 22 years humble and being positive is imperative. This is Allan has done at least one charity a month the way to get through difficult times because raising millions of dollars to help our city. Thank with this attitude, times do not seem difficult. you MD Anderson Cancer Center for saving lives every day. Thank you Hal Martin for advertising in Chill Magazine, and supporting a positive publication for the people of Houston, TX. Thank you Ryan Snyder with Soma Sushi Bar. We at Chill Magazine love your restaurant. Also, a special thank you to a my role-models, supporters and teachers. Robert Gadsby, Tammy Price, Samir Becic, Mark Stevens, Howard Lorch, Trisch Bonnot, Chad Hufsey, Marty Appelbaum, and many others for supporting Chill Magazine. Chill Magazine is very grateful for all of our readers, and we would highly appreciate your feedback. If you have a positive story, you would like to send us, please email info@ thechillmagazine.com. Thank you, Sean Chapman Founder and Publisher 6 theChillMagazine.com 7 theChillMagazine.com
  5. 5. Feature H ouston entrepreneurs Austin Welch and Vistria3D stands in a class all its own by employing Jason Matsumoto have an eye for the the most feature-rich, cutting-edge technologies future of digital visualization. After years which provide functionality that enables viewers of working in 3D engineering visualization for to do everything from expand scenes to full screen the energy industry, and armed with experience without loss of quality, to viewing interactive floor spanning a wide range of challenging multi-million plans with “hotspot” links that allow navigation dollar projects, the two young Houstonians set from scene to scene, to tagging elements within out in early 2008 to start a company that would the scene that provide viewers with an incredible offer Houston business owners the cutting edge in degree of interactivity. In conjunction with interactive visualization. that,Vistria3D has the ability to shoot all their VR tours in HDRI, a new form of digital photography After months of preparation, Vistria3D was that takes the tours to a new level of detail, clarity launched in June of this year. and visual “wow”. Vistria3D offers Houston businesses the newest Co-founder Jason Matsumoto explains, “Vistria3D wave of 360º panoramic photography in the form can integrate these immersive VR panoramas into of rich and interactive virtual reality (VR) tours. whatever deliverable our clients require. High- High-quality VR tours give viewers the ability to end product developers and resellers utilize VR virtually be within a photographed scene – to look imagery to illustrate their unique products such around and zoom in and out of desired areas. as yachts, jets and RV’s. Real estate developers, parks, public venues, retail stores, restaurants, Austin Welch told us more about Houston’s need banquet halls, and historic sites can all benefit for virtual tours. from virtually capturing and sharing their visual environment. “Today’s online users demand an increasing Vistria3D level of visual information. We wanted to have a “Simply put, V Vistria3D’s core 3D company that could produce virtual tours to their full current capability. mission is to SERVICES GROUP help our clients “Also, with rising gas prices and Web 2.0 leverage today and · Quality Virtual Tours for Web technologies, more people are turning to the tomorrow’s powerful Vistria3D web for valuable, media rich information about 3D and visualization · High Dynamic Range Photography locations they might wish to visit. technologies to help Our goal is to create the most their businesses · 3D Visualization visually stunning virtual tours become more available. Virtual tours profitable.” · Rich Media Development Virtual Reality Tours that can give a business the upper hand in Visit Vistria3D showcasing their facility, online at · Reverse Engineering & 3D Content get more people in their www.vistria3d.com. door and, ultimately, · 3D Technology Consulting increase sales.” 3D Solutions for a 3D World™ 5535 Memorial Drive Ste. F - Box 209 Houston, Texas 77007 713-429-4112 tel 281-840-5590 fax www.vistria3d.com 8 theChillMagazine.com november 2008 9
  6. 6. Feature in the loop personalized attention to each property Realtors... Their team consists of top- represented, they can help you find the notched licensed realtors – members of the best tenant for your leasing needs. National Association of Realtors. With realtors on board, they follow a strict code In The Loop agents have the knowledge of ethics and business practices and offer Houston’s premiere and prospective tenant market to help you lease a wide variety of property services found from realtors in sales to their clients in leasing. In The Loop agents’ full-service leasing types. They currently represent landlord clients with everything from main focus and specialty is in leasing. authority! duplexes to mega-complexes, quaint bungalows to high profile estates. It’s what they are Their full service philosophy extends and where you further than just the tenant. Landlord representation by the In The Loop team or your tenants includes a marketing image promoted in high impact publications on both local and want to be. national levels. This ensures they reach not only the local Houstonians looking for a new home, but newcomers and corporate clients transferring to the Houston area. To make the process even easier, they offer to screen prospective tenants for the qualified credit and background requirements desired, with complete and confidential reporting. F or Prospective Tenants... In The In The Loop prides itself on free Properties… Their agents have Loop agents are specialists in finding professional quality service with a personal information about properties in a variety the best properties in Houston’s touch. Their agents have canvassed the of Inner Loop area neighborhoods most sought after area – Inner Loop. Inner Loop area to develop a vast portfolio such as Bellaire, Downtown, Galleria, Let them help take the pressure out of of potential leasing options. They build Greenway, Heights, Medical Center, finding the perfect place for you to call working relationships with each property Midtown, Montrose, Museum District, home. Their agents work one-on-one owner, and personally tour each property River Oaks, and West University. Call, with clients, paying careful attention to to gain a greater knowledge of what e-mail, or stop by and they will put each detail. Whether you’re looking for that particular residence has to offer. together a list of prospective properties an apartment, townhome, house or loft, with formats including: hi-rises, lofts, they will help you explore a variety of For Area Landlords... sometimes a simple apartments, privately owned duplexes, options, always keeping in mind your “For Rent” sign out in front of a property fourplexes, efficiencies, garage apartments specific criteria such as square footage, just isn’t enough. With the help of their and corporate leasing properties. location, amenities, and lease value. experienced agents, targeted marketing, and 10 theChillMagazine.com heChillMagazine.com november 2008 11
  7. 7. Feature Money producers in Wachovia Securities’ Private Brothers and Goldman Sachs, where he Smart Client Group - and the biggest secret to developed the necessary tools to work with some of the nations’ wealthiest families. high-net-worth investors. Earlier this year, How does he do it? Lorch was named to the Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors List for the second year Trish Bonnot, his 24 year colleague has in a row. Needless to say the paper route is been a huge reason for his success. He used but a cherished memory. to have as many as 6 or 7 people working on his team, but 5 years ago, Lorch and Lorch has always Bonnet decided to do it alone and run their been a fan of the practice single handedly with no support NBA. Growing staff. They manage roughly 250 accounts up, we thought for oil company executives, high-net-worth he would become individuals, NBA players and corporate a professional CEOs. Since doing this, they managed to basketball double their business. The relationship coach. He was Lorch and Bonnet have is based upon the basketball respect for one another and an appreciation manager for his Howard Lorch - of each others abilities to produce high-school team great results. Howard says “Trish does (which included 2007 Research everything around here” and just smiled. his friend and Magazine’s Great teamwork! famous NBA coach Pat Riley) Advisor As the son of Holocaust survivors, Lorch and later in college Hall of Fame grew up in Schenectady, N.Y. His father, a buyer for a grocery chain, died when he at the University of Houston, where (1 of 5 inducted was six, leaving his mother to work as a he roomed with nationwide) supermarket demonstrator, baking cakes the All-American for social events on the side. “It was an legend Elvin Hayes, H oward Lorch, the Top Financial “I remember it like it was yesterday, early reality check for a young kid”, says a client of his today. Advisor with Wachovia Securities “Lorch says. “The guy said: “It doesn’t Lorch. A man who knows how to manage “My clients are great in Texas has been with the firm for look real good for you. You’re young, money and take responsibility for himself because I consider thirteen years and specializes in high-net you have no experience and your and those around him, in business and in every one of them worth individuals, corporate clients, and physchological test’s say you’re more family. my friend”. to attend the many professional athletes. interested in people than you are in Trish Bonnot - Selected le Conference business.” This did not change his heart one Lorch got a paper route when he was 12, Lorch attributes his Barron’s Winner’s Circ When Howard first decided to break into bit, in fact, in retrospect it may have been his first introduction to the business world. success to pure passion Advisor’s Summit the words that pushed him to succeed and “That’s when I really learned about the and wholesome Top Women Financial the Financial world with rookie status at a regional brokerage in Houston, he was told become one of the nation’s Top Advisors in importance of customer service, something relationships. People ask he was more suited for social work than for his field. I still hold dear today, I also found out I him “why at 64 are you still working, the broker life. had a talent for sales”. you’ve done so well, why aren’t you Some 39 years later, with $1.3 billion in retired?” “The point is I’m not working,” With a sharp mind and passionate love for assets under management, the 64-year- Over the years, Lorch has been associated says Lorch. “This isn’t a job, this is a work he never gave up! old Lorch is one of the top individual with gold-standard firms such as Lehman passion!” 12 theChillMagazine.com november 2008 13
  8. 8. Feature Interview with the General Manager of Soma, Ryan Snyder by Chill Magazine, Sean Chapman Chill: Ryan, are you a Houston native or months, we had opened 6 juice Snyder: Yes, I love Sushi. I’ve been eating did you come from another state? bars. Blimpies was a publicly traded Sushi since I was 2 years old. I would company at that time. I left because it say I eat predominately vegetarian Snyder: I was born in Baltimore. was bought out, and the decision was except for fish. Because true vegetarians made to discontinue the smoothie bars, dont eat fish, but i only eat fish and and just stick with sandwiches. have never ate any other type of meat Chill: Did you grow up around the food or poultry. Chill: Are there plans for industry? Chill: Seems like doors certainly opened up more restaurants to be new opportunities at just the right time Chill: What is the favorite part of your new opened in the Houston Snyder: My mother was a well known- for you. job here at Soma? area? gourmet vegetarian chef in New York, and my stepfather owned “The Village Snyder: Yes, they sure did. Snyder: Friday night at 8:30 pm is “game Snyder: Yes, so far we have Market” in Baltimore. I day.” That is when it all comes together. three Azuma’s, one started my professional Chill: So Ryan, how long have you been We prepare all week, and Friday, we get Hue, and one Soma. career in 1996 with with Soma, and how did you get the to shine for our customers. I like to see We have a new Azuma one of Houston’s job? the restaurant “alive,” and it feels good coming soon to Sugar best known natural to know I contributed. Land, next to Whole food restaurants, A Snyder: I was subconsciously looking to foods, and we plan on moveable Feast. At the move on to another challenge that Chill: How do you keep up with all the more Soma restaurants time, it was located excited me. When I found out that the long hours and customer service? to come soon as well. on West Alabama and Azuma group was looking for staff and Greenbriar. that I would have the opportunity to Snyder: I’m from Baltimore, so I’m full of Chill: Thank you Ryan work with the world renowned chef, that East Coast energy! and I hope you have a Chill: Why did you Robert Gadsby, I instantly knew this wonderful and healthy leave the Moveable is where I wanted to be. Soma Opened Chill: Does Soma cater food, and if so, holiday season. Feast, and where did January 3rd, 2008, and I started what sort of food do you offer? you go after that? working here in mid January. It’s a Mon-Wed: 11:30-10:00pm, prime place to meet and a “launching Snyder: Yes, we do. We cater to the Thurs/Fri: 11:30-11:00pm, Snyder: I left to work pad for the Washington area night life”. customer’s needs. We offer Japanese, Saturday: 12:00-11:00pm, with Joe Conza Vietnamese, Chinese and Soma’s new Sunday: 12:00-10pm one of the founders Chill: Where were you before you came to American Cuisine. of the Blimpie Soma? somasushi@gmail.com sandwich chain, to Chill: Who is the Chef here at Soma now www.somasushi.com assist him in opening Snyder: Kubo’s in Rice Village. I was a that Robert Gadsby is no longer here? (713) 861-2726 up Smoothie Island manager there. juice bars all around Snyder: Joseph Shead. He is Robert 4820 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007… town. Within 8 Chill: Do you eat a lot of Sushi? Gadsby’s protégé. 14 theChillMagazine.com november 2008 15
  9. 9. HealtH Finding Balance Kelley Davidson “W ork is just so busy right It has been shown repeatedly that lost in the corporate shuffle. Lululemon • Bring health and fitness into your now, that I don’t have happy employees are better workers employees are asked to write out their short workplace. If they do not already time …,” is the number and fit, healthy employees produce term and long term personal goals – career, provide this benefit, ask for a one excuse I hear from my clients about more and take dramatically less sick health, and personal – and then post them subsidized membership or discount why they miss workouts and eat poorly. days! Therefore, whether you are the on the wall as a daily reminder of what they to your local health club. Of course, my response to them is usually boss, an employee, or both, making an are driving to accomplish in their own lives. that they actually do have time, but they effort to help people find balance in • Ask for healthy food to be served have made the choice to make work a the workplace is good for everyone. As an athletic wear company, it would or sold somewhere in your office priority over their health (which, by make sense to hire employees who live an and catered to meetings. As an example of the way, does not usually elicit a happy One company that is taking the U.S. by athletic lifestyle, but “Lulu” takes it one healthy snacks, go to www.thrfruitguys. response). I am not saying that work storm right now already embodies this step farther by prompting their employees com and sign up for organic fruit to be is not important and should not be a philosophy. Lululemon, a yoga-inspired to go into the community – trying different delivered weekly straight to the office! priority, as indeed it should! However, it athletic apparel store originally from classes and facilities, and even pays for it! is so easy in our society to let our desire Vancouver is a shining example of what The culture of this company is so deeply • For those with flexible hours or who to forge our financial freedom, drive our the workplace could become. The creator rooted in promoting the whole, healthy work from home, set specific hours reputations, and simply succeed in the of the business, Chip Wilson’s mission for living of each of their employees that it is that you will close the computer workplace to overwhelm us that we loose the company is “to provide components virtually impossible not to notice when and do something to nurture the fragile, but vital, balance we need for individuals to live longer, healthier, you walk into their stores or converse yourself. It is too easy to slip into to be to be truly healthy and happy. and more fun lives,” and accomplishes with their employees. The pride in the that black hole of not being able to this goal by guiding his employees to personal growth they have achieved separate work and home time. When the typical workweek has seemingly be the best that they can be in their own working for this company is evident, which become fifty hours a week at a minimum, lives. In the spirit of “like attracts like” is something one does not see very often. It is so easy to get stuck in the mediocrity when do we have time to make healthy and keeping with the theory of attraction, of the “day to day” and forget that we can meals, workout, have a social life, and his lofty vision of “elevating the world The question now becomes, how do make our workplace better for co-workers sleep! Of course, in order to feel fulfilled, from mediocrity to greatness” can only be those of typical 9-5ers start to work and ourselves. When we spend at least we still need to feel centered and connected accomplished when every employee is truly balance into the workplace? Try one-third or more of our lives at our jobs, to the most important things in our seeking greatness in his or her own life. these things to get you started: they should be a place where we find a lives such as our family, friends, health sense of fulfillment and accomplishment and hobbies. Seeing as the cost of living I realize many companies have goals and • Write out your own short and long versus a place that robs us of our energy, is not likely going to tumble anytime missions that sound similar. Sadly, I have term goals for every aspect of your life vitality, and life in exchange for a paycheck. soon, perhaps part of the solution is to witnessed that although employees may (family, career, and personal) and post We owe it to ourselves and our companies bring more balance into the workplace. have constant reminders of these goals, them on your own office wall or on your to manifest our best self – by creating the the necessary small, daily steps seem to get screensaver. Make sure you mark your best and most balanced lives we can live. Kelley Davidson progress as you get closer to your goals! 16 theChillMagazine.com november 2008 17
  10. 10. tea Green Tea? by thia McKann, the Path of tea antioxidants are 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times better than vitamin E in protecting the immune system. I Most green tea comes from China and Japan, but other countries f you have been reading lately about grassy. Some varieties taste sweet, while like Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India produce it as well. All the popularity of tea, there is no others can be a bit astringent or bitter. teas come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) but the difference doubt that you have come across an rests in the way they are processed. Green tea is dried and either wet article, or two, about its green variety. Next to water, more people drink steamed or dry wok rolled, but not fermented like black tea. The With the rising cost of healthcare, people tea than any other beverage. Before shorter processing time gives green tea a lighter flavor than black tea. are looking for more natural ways to tea was considered a beverage, it was improve their health. It seems that used as medicine in India and China There are many kinds of green tea to choose from. Japanese green everyone – from Dr. Andrew Weil to to relieve depression, headaches, aches teas taste totally different than Chinese teas. Some of the differences and pains, improve digestion, and for are subtle and some are not. If you really want to do a good tasting detoxification. According to the Chinese, experiment, you will need to look outside of the grocery tea is an energizer that enhances your store. They usually carry a few brands of green tea, immune system, and prolongs life. which are usually in tea bags. These are not typically high quality teas and will not give you the best taste. Once Many trials have been done on green tea’s you try loose leaf teas you will never want to have tea health benefits including Houston’s own bag tea again. Schedule a tea tasting at The Path of Tea MD Anderson Hospital. According to the and learn about green tea first hand. We do not charge National Cancer Institute, “ … studies for this very informative presentation but only for the have shown tea catechins act as powerful tea you drink. It is a great way to spend an afternoon. inhibitors of cancer growth in several ways: They scavenge oxidants …, reduce the Preparing green tea is easy but you need to incidence and size of chemically induced remember to use cooler water than for brewing tumors, and inhibit the growth of tumor oolong or black tea. The best way for brewing cells. In studies of liver, skin and stomach greens without a thermometer is accomplished by cancer, chemically induced tumors were observing the water being boiled on the stove. shown to decrease in size in mice that were fed green and black tea. It has been helpful When you see little bubbles coming up from the bottom, in inhibiting oral bacterial plaque, reducing you have acquired the perfect temperature for most green inflammation, helping prevent diabetes, teas. A good tea shop will give you the steep time for each and increasing metabolism resulting in tea you buy. The kind of water you use is also important. Oprah – is talking about the benefits of weight loss. Green tea also lowers stress Tap water should never be used to make tea because it green tea for your body, mind, and spirit. hormones which allow the body to relax.” has chlorine and other chemicals in it. This will affect the These are just a few of the reported taste of the tea. Spring water makes the best tasting tea. Many people we see in our tea shop are benefits. For more detailed findings, visit afraid to try green tea. They think it will our website at www.thepathoftea.com. Come in and let us share more about organic taste just like if it came out of the lawn green teas with you, here, at The Path of Tea, mower. The flavor of green tea is often If you need another reason to drink 2340 West Alabama, 713 252-4473. described as healthy, fresh, or sometimes several cups of green tea a day, the 18 theChillMagazine.com november 2008 19
  11. 11. in MeMory In Memory of T Wat e... obi T ash obi was the editor of Chill Magazine. She was a beautiful woman who I am proud to say was my mother, and my teacher about life. I will tell you a quick story about Tobi Watashe. She did not know when to stop working. She loved the concept behind this magazine. She believed in it, and knew that it could help the people in this If you knew Tobi, than you knew that city. She was ill for a long time, and there she brought laughter where there was were times when I would tell her to slow sadness, and love, where there was pain. down or take a break from working, She loved everyone with no judgment and she would say, “I love my job!” in her heart. She kept walking no matter how hard her life was, and she made Thia McKann, owner of The Path of Tea, the people around her, feel special and Lexia with Metaphysical Matrix, I would loved. Tobi Watashe loved you all!!! not know you if it were not for Tobi. She cherished your friendships dearly. She was a wonderful soul and an even better friend to me. Thank you Tobi This issue is dedicated to my mom, Tobi for giving us all your friendship, love, Watashe, who passed away November kindness, patience, thoughtfulness, and 1st. She will always be remembered as a passion for life. You showed us that no very bright light by so many. Everyone matter what tribulations life brings, to treat she came into contact with, was blessed. others with kindness, face adversity with a She was my mother, friend, teacher, positive attitude, and overcome obstacles. and the editor of Chill Magazine! 20 theChillMagazine.com november 2008 21
  12. 12. insPiration Cigars Sippy Cups Brad Murrill I t’s June. It’s Houston, and you know what drive. Carter was unable to understand that that means. It’s hot - very hot. It is that what was in this particular sippy cup was not kind of hot that makes automobiles in what was best for him. The cup looked good. Houston capable of multitasking … it’s a car It had always worked before. He had seen and an easy bake oven! enough sippy cups to know that this is what he wanted. Why wouldn’t his mom simply get Looking up from the infant car seat in the rear him what he thought was best? of the car, 18-month-old Carter noticed the lone sippy cup in the drink holder next to the I think sippy cups come in all shapes console between the two front seats. Carter and sizes. was hot, sweaty, and thirsty. Obviously, he This is the perfect job for me. I would thought, the contents of the cup would help be so pumped if I were hired. him to feel a little bit better while mom made the drive back home. He began to try his best I cannot believe he will not ask me to to communicate with mom. What started with marry him. What is he waiting on? grunts and the point of a finger quickly grew We are perfect together. to a loud cry as he thought he was making it perfectly clear what it was he wanted. If I get into this school, I know I will love it. I love the city, the vibe, However, there was an issue. You see, this the weather, the people, and the sippy cup had been slowly curdling in the reputation is unbelievable. This is torrid Houston June heat for several hours. where I need to be. Sippy cups are great for parents as the screw on top prevents spills, but they are not coolers. Just a small raise, a small one, that I am sure the milk inside had turned into is really all I need. If I get this raise, a yellow, near cheese-like substance that a then all will be perfect. buzzard would certainly turn his nose up upon further investigation. But Carter did not I can almost see God sitting in the front seat know that. of our lives looking back at all of us who are screaming and crying because we don’t get Carter sat in the backseat and screamed what we want. What makes us so mad is that bloody murder because he saw the sippy cup, we often confuse what we want for what we and knew it held exactly what he needed. Jill, need. Maybe God doesn’t want me to choke his mom, was doing her best to communicate on something He knows I just can’t stomach. with him. She tried and tried to tell him that Maybe I should remember that God knows the milk in this cup was bad, but effective what I need. Maybe the things in life I want communication with an angry 18-month- will actually make me sicker than a dog. Who old is a mystery that the best of science has knows? Isn’t it funny how often we seem to yet to crack. This was going to be one long act like Carter and God our parent? 22 theChillMagazine.com november 2008 23