Friday, June 09, 2006

Aloha CMC Alumni!

My alma mater, Claremont McKenna ran a short article on me in their summer CMC magazine. It must be hitting the mailboxes because I'm getting some great emails from old friends. In Hawaii, even our mail is slow... I haven't seen the spring edition of the magazine yet, much less the summer.

So, thanks for tracking down my blog. Please, drop me an email at suzanne(at) I'd love to hear from you.

And yes, I find it amusing that CMC wrote me up. Yes me, the girl who never went to class, failed calculus, passed on the desk job, and now lives barefoot on a coffee farm, was deemed worthy of an article. Ummm, April fool's?

OK, that's a little glib. I think I'll spin it that I'm really a CMC success story. I took the box, and thought outside of it. And have lived pretty much happily ever after by doing so. I get to drink great, GREAT, Kona coffee everyday. My "job" varies from weedwhacking (oh so sexy) to negotiating contracts with Taiwanese roasters. I spend more time at the beach than in front of a computer. And I don't have to answer to anyone.... except my dogs who demand dinner by 4. PLUS, I live in Hawaii, surrounded by family and friends. How freakin great is that?!

So that's the upside. For anyone who's ever run a small business, you know the downside. It's a lot of work. And it's good that coffee is my passion, because farming demands nothing less than everything. Things like amount of rainfall versus fertilizer inputs will keep you up at night (definitely not sexy). Don't even get me started on the politics of Kona coffee.... my blog is full of that.

But it's mango season. No one gets to complain during mango season. Life tastes too good right now. Especially when I have 4 trees going off.

So, what have you been up to? And when are you coming to visit?