Here's a challenge for all of us - By Noah Lifschey
Here are Noah's "Five Rules For Life": 1.)Give your pride and ego a rest. Sure, we should all take pride in ourselves; but when it becomes a tool to separate ourselves from others and promotes a sense of superiority then we're the ones who end up suffering. Same thing with ego - this is a constant battle for me in the music business, but the times that I'm able to let my ego take a back seat are when things get easier, more productive, and more creative. 2.)Dump the drama. This is something I picked up from my Dad by proxy. Give someone a break, accept an apology, go easy on the waiter who screwed up, let another driver move into your lane instead of rushing to not let him, actually listen when someone's talking, don't yell at someone just because you're angry, take a break from mad gossiping, try using logic instead of emotion when you're riled up. I truly can't understand why so many people prefer to make their lives difficult by being addicted to arguing, fighting, and theatrics. 3.)Dig yourself. Yep, this is going into Oprah territory, but it really is the foundation for a content life. I'll go on record as saying that loving yourself is without a doubt more important than any other kind of love. Why? It's the only kind of love that you can truly depend on and that positively affects almost every portion of your life. I'm not talking Hallmark card love or being a pompous arse - I'm talking about simply accepting who you are, forgiving yourself when you mess up, and not comparing yourself to everyone else. It ain't easy for most of us, but damn does it make an immense difference when you can grab it. 4.)Breathe. Most of us live in the past or the future, which are two places that don't exist. Fact: This moment is all that ever actually exists. When you think about all of the mental pain that goes along with staying mired in what happened or what will happen, it seems positively absurd to be anywhere else (even though it takes a hell of lot of practice to try and stay here). Be still for a second. Breathe. Give your mind a break from the miasma of constant thought and rumination. 5.)Don't spend your life wanting more. More money, more love, more success, more things, more whatever...you're never satisfied. There's nothing wrong with having some goals and all, but life doesn't deal an even hand and one has to try to be content with what's happening right now. Since the future never actually happens, spending your life wanting what you don't have is a spot-on recipe for unhappiness since you'll always want something else and never actually get there. Noah currently resides in Los Angeles, California, a music composer for television and a songwriter/producer in the record business
Best Pizza in Boise - Pie Hole on 8th St. - Try Thai Chicken (Wednesdays) or Pesto.Worst pizza I have ever tasted: Lucky 13, or should I say - tastless!
Best Overall City - where I live presently, Boise Idaho
Albuquerque, NM, Mexican Restaurant - El Pinto - Marinated Pork Burrito, W/ green chili sauce
Palo Alto, eat at Evvia. Truly, world's greatest calamari. - From Kathy Fored
Best Scone (ever) from 13 years on the road - Boise, Idaho - River City Coffee (was Big City Coffee - state st) 5517 W State St location - Also I cannot resit ,the Scone, at New Frontiers Natural Market in Flagstaff, AZ Also added is Boise Co-op - excellent my fav Peanut Butter and Jelly
Best GreenChile Burros - "the Burger House in Miami (aka La Cocina de Casillas) is open and they have the best green chile burros on the planet. "
Best Pizza - Fratelli's - Flagstaff - no really!!! order a pesto pizza - put parmesan and red pepper to taste - They'll ask, "Do you want anything else on it?" - NO!....Take Me Home!
Best Pizza - Hot Lips - Portland, Oregon. White pizza, w./ Butternut squash, Hazel Nuts, Roasted Garlic Cloves, Broccoli, Mozzarella, and maybe cheddar. - one slice enough
Best Coffee Beans - Cafe' de Dona Ella - farmed, processed and - El Salvador - my favorite type: sun-dried processed French (espresso) and Vienna Roasts
Best French Fries - McDonalds - lightly salted - produced and cut here in Idaho by JR Simplot, who is also one of the largest benefactors in Boise
Best Hamburger - Peter Luger - Brooklyn - order a piece of Bacon on the side - when you see it you'll know why - not cheeseburger - distracts quality
Best Italian Food - Joe Tecci's - North End, Boston
Best Stone Crabs - Joe's Stone Crabs - Miami
Best Texas Barbeque, Elgin, TX
Bever Street Brewrey - Best Restaurant Flagstaff, AZ
Cave Creek - Mexican Food - El Encanto - either location - Marinated Pork Burrito with green chili sauce - forget the rice and refried beans. A shot of Hornito's on curshed ice finished with mexican beer
Costco - Best cooked whole chicken and Barbque Ribs.
Favorite Beer - 1554, by the makers of Fat Tire - perfect with a robust meal
GatesBBQ. Best overall BarBQ Kansas City, Mo or Ks.
Hapa (CLOSED) - Best Restaurant - Phoenix, AZ
Malibu Yougurt - Best Frozen Yougurt, Mailbu, CA
My Favorite Bottled Salad Dressing - Annie's Goddess Dressing
My Favorite Red Wine under $20 - Massi - Valpolicella 2006, 7, 8 (but not 2009)
My favorite towns in America (so far) Ketchum/Sun Valley/Boise, Idaho, Entire Oregon Pacific coast, Flagstaff, AZ, Bozeman, MT, Sand Point, ID. San Luis Obispo,CA., Cave Creek, AZ., A triangle of 3 towns, 20 mi apart, Bend, Redmond and Sisters, OR. Woodstock, VT. Malibu, CA., Albuquerque, NM,
New York City - holds a place of its own - It is an Event!
Trader Joe's - Best almost everything - most everywhere.
Vivace - Best Restaurant in Tucson, Arizona
Worst Cities - Dallas, Chicago, St. Louis, LA, El Paso - for all the right reasons!