The Grillfield.

When it comes to university dining, if this isn’t awesome then I just don’t know what is!

Congratulations to Virginia Tech’s Dining Services (and especially their fearless leader and good friend Ted F.) for accomplishing yet another awesome innovation. I can’t wait to see how these on-campus, university-funded food trucks perform once the students are back in just a few short days!

Learn more about Virginia Tech’s new food trucks by clicking through on the image below.

I’m even more eager to check out how the food is when I get a chance to make it home this fall!

 

Caliendo vs. Barkley.

So I’m a big sports fan and this time of year is golden. Especially with the Olympics going on, a great NBA season and finals  having just concluded, and the NFL season starting up, that really means just one thing…

College football season is upon us.

Well, that means that it actually means 3 things: NFL AND Fantasy Football is upon us!

Tonight, ESPN is airing 28 hours straight of Fantasy Football coverage to compete with the coverage of the Olympics, and they had comedian Frank Caliendo on to do some impressions to get us through the day and a sixth of fantasy football coverage. I had no idea he did such an amazing Charles Barkley from the NBA – check out the video below!

Coming Out: Painting Leah.

As I continue my journey toward being the best possible advocate for anyone with a marginalized identity, I’ve been more and more intrigued by the journey travelled by those who are transgender. The T in LGBTQ (I, A, etc.) stands for transgender and the generally accepted definition of that term is anyone who may have an internal self-identity that doesn’t necessarily correlate with the gender they were assigned at birth.

Folks who are transgender, I’ve learned, often experience constant confusion about why they feel this way and once they come to accept their personally-defined gender role, they can develop means of trying to live a more authentic life, not conforming necessarily to what society has defined them as. It’s the definition of a struggle.

I relate to that struggle in (what I think is) a strange way, as my I’ve had conflicts all my life with my body not necessarily always performing or doing what I would prefer it to do as a person with a physical disability (paraplegia).

As an advocate, I’ve learned over the years that the best thing you can do for someone is simply be present as a support system for them. That’s why I’ve spent time reading more and more and therefore learning more and more about the challenges that people who are transgender face, so that I can be a better advocate and support in those situations for people that I know and love.

One of the most direct influences and exposures I’ve had through this journey is easily Jazz Jennings, a young girl who is a well-known trans activist, too. I’ve watched both seasons of her show that comes on TLC (I Am Jazz), which chronicles her successes, struggles, and interactions with everyday life as a growing teenager who also happens to be trans. I ended up on her YouTube channel and discovered the video below, and wanted to share it with you all. The narrative is inspiring.

Painting Leah: A Short Film by Jazz Jennings” depicts a young artist who comes out to his mother using his passion and talents as a painter. It’s moving to watch. From the creation of the painting, to the dramatic journey down the stairs to where he knows his mother is waiting, he eventually comes out to her as trans, with his trans name being “Leah,” hence the title.

Take 3 or 4 minutes to check out the video. If you understand the narrative behind it and have compassion for those who are a part of the trans community, I can almost guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

Tribes. A Book Review.

2 things to start with, right out the gate:

  • 1. One of the first things I ever heard author and entrepreneur Seth Godin say was that before any blog post he ever writes, he tries to write it like it’s going to be his last. As an avid blogger, that really stuck with me.
  • 2. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to try and develop a business, create a following, start a movement, etc.

If you read nothing else in this blog, know that those are the 2 main reasons I picked up Tribes

Read more after the jump …

Baby girlllll.

No words necessary. The picture should be just enough. :)

Because I just continue to be really impressed by Apple.

If you’ve read HESONWHEELS with any kind of frequency you, for sure, know by now how much I value Apple as a company. See this and this if you’re not quite sure.

That’s why, today, I really want to share this new program that the company recently launched with you. I follow the website MacRumors closely and today they posted a story about Apple’s partnership with ConnectEd.

President Obama launched the ConnectED initiative back in 2013 and through it the federal government pledged more than $100,000,000 worth of funding to schools that were classified as underserved across the United States.

By teaming up with and supporting the initiative, Apple is committing to the goal of accessibility, inclusion, and most importantly here: education equality. Not only are they providing technology but they are also providing the education and training that is needed so that teachers and students alike can take maximum advantage of that technology.

Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.

There are other companies like Verizon and Microsoft that have also gotten involved with the ConnectEd initiative. Check out the links within to learn more. Simply put: thank you, Apple, for being so pronounced in your support of education and access in so many ways.