• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Hey everyone, I'm Josh - one of Paul's new minions! Wish me luck!  RSS feed

 
Josh Pasholk
gardener
Posts: 139
Location: Southern Oregon
34
  • Likes 4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hello Everyone!

My name is Josh Pasholk and I just got hired by Paul so I'm here to tell you all little more about myself.

One of my first jobs while I was still in high school was in the Deli at a local Natural Food Store. I literally got a note from the office with a message from their manager at the time to "Call so and so to go work" THAT DAY! This was the start of something much more than I realized at the time. I knew the manager from being friends with her son, she knew I wanted a job and needed someone that day so I went to work. Fast forward about a year and I was offered a job in the produce department after I helped out with a remodel they went through. The produce manager was thoroughly impressed by me and my work ethics so I quickly rose to assistant produce manager. Now, taking a step back - I didn't know anything about what organic even meant let alone the difference between that and commercial - I literally had McDonalds for lunch on my first day in the deli.

This job was the foundation for what I now believe about everything really. The way that the general manager seemed to care about what his customers purchased in terms of health and wellness really resonated with me. I was beginning to understand a much larger picture about how food fit into more than just our mouths. Working in the produce department, I saw the end result of a chain of distribution that is fundamentally broken. I didn't fully realize how and why until I later discovered permaculture. Simple things like not growing things in rows and using cover crops and mulches to improve everything made so much sense to me.

It wasn't until I discovered Paul's podcasts that I took permaculture seriously. Until then, I didn't see it as a professional thing - the person who introduced it to me was literally a white dude with dreads that was taking deli food scraps for his chickens - not exactly the best first impression. After listening to about a dozen or two podcasts I realized that this was for me. Something about Paul's attitude regarding everything from not using cardboard to larger things like taking a longer approach to short term problems. He is also super entertaining to listen to as he doesn't put up with bullshit and has a titanium backbone. I like the fact that he's known as the "bad boy of the permaculture world", it deters the idiots to some extent. I'm a huge fan of him and his work.

Anyway, I also worked for a while in the technology education-corporate sector for a company called Lynda.com. Now, let me just be the first to say I wasn't a software engineer or even an educator - I worked in the shipping department at first. I had about 3 or 4 hours of actual work a work a day but had to be there for the full 8. This allowed me a lot of time to learn about things online. I literally watched Facebook go from the dorm rooms to the boardrooms of major companies. Watched as all of the products around me began to grow social media logos everywhere. It was there that I discovered my tech side. Before this I never spend too much time on computers and didn't have a smartphone. This was also before the launch of the iPhone - which I also watched with reticence. Everyone around me was getting one and I just didn't see the point.

After a little under a year I remember getting my first smartphone, a Blackberry Pearl. I didn't really fully understand how to use it and probably didn't need it. It did however make me want an iPhone. When the iPhone 3g came out I dove in and bought one through AT&T, I've been on that cycle ever since. I am now active in whats known as the "jailbreak" scene. This basically means that I can customize my phone how I see fit, and install things that aren't released in the App Store. An example of this is I have deeply imbedded software to prevent anyone I don't want calling me from reaching my screen. They can still call but it doesn't make it though. This, working with Do Not Disturb, makes it so I almost never get calls from numbers I don't have.

Back to permaculture, I was living in a great little place that had a decent size yard so I began the process of converting it into a polyculture system. I started a bunch of small hugelkulturs and swales as well as a keyhole garden and a bunch of herb spirals. I got about two years into this project and my life sort of fell apart. My wife didn't believe in the tenants of permaculture and thought it was just a phase I was going through. We split up after a number of fights and all that icky stuff. I also lost my job around the same time. This sort of catalyzed my brain in the direction of the lab. I have worked to position myself to be able to move out there and am now almost ready to visit. I just need to buy my plane ticket. I've been picking up building and construction skills along the way of working a bunch of side jobs as well as starting my collection of power and manual tools.

I plan on setting to work on a bunch of different stuff for Paul in the coming weeks, a lot of affiliate stuff and social media - mainly reddit. He and I just had a great talk last night about reddit and things we can do there. It was very motivating and daunting at the same time. Paul has tasked me with growing the homestead sub by a factor of 10. With 46,000 subscribers that would mean growing it to be around 460,000 people! I'd be happy to double the subs by the end of the year. I will be spending a decent amount of time at first trying to set things up to accomplish that along with all the affiliate stuff. Wish me luck people! Later tonight or tomorrow I will be posting in the inner circle forum about some things I'm going to do in the reddit space along with some more information on what everyone can do if they'd like to help.

Alright, if you made it through my rambling there you deserve something, maybe pie? At least an Apple...

Thanks again for all the help and support I'm sure everyone here will give me. I hope to help permies and Paul's empire take over the world!!







 
Ann Torrence
steward
Posts: 1191
Location: Torrey, UT; 6,840'/2085m; 7.5" precip; 125 frost-free days
111
bee books chicken duck goat trees
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Welcome Josh! It will be fun to watch you dive into all these assignments.

(no pie for me, I'm on a diet LOL)
 
Lorenzo Costa
steward
Posts: 801
Location: Italy, Siena, Gaiole in Chianti zone 9
207
books forest garden trees woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Josh welcome to the Empire! permies is a community that functions like a forest, connections, connections, connnections, maybe all not clear but the mycellium is fertile and growing every minute.
You'll get into it really well! all the best!

 
nancy sutton
gardener
Posts: 659
Location: Federal Way, WA - Western Washington (Zone 8 - temperate maritime)
15
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Welcome, and a big hug, Josh!! Love your enthusiasm and your story.... looking forward to your adventure at the Lab
 
Tobias Ber
Posts: 485
Location: Northern Germany (Zone 8a)
15
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
..... BANANAHHHHHH!!! ......
 
Josh Pasholk
gardener
Posts: 139
Location: Southern Oregon
34
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Ann Torrence wrote:Welcome Josh! It will be fun to watch you dive into all these assignments.

(no pie for me, I'm on a diet LOL)


Thanks Ann! I can't wait to start really making a dent in all of the stuff Paul wants me to do.

Lorenzo Costa wrote:Josh welcome to the Empire! permies is a community that functions like a forest, connections, connections, connnections, maybe all not clear but the mycellium is fertile and growing every minute.
You'll get into it really well! all the best!



Thanks Lorenzo! I dig the forest analogy, very apt! I am hoping to nurture that mycelium to help it grow as much as possible!

nancy sutton wrote:Welcome, and a big hug, Josh!! Love your enthusiasm and your story.... looking forward to your adventure at the Lab


Thanks Nancy! I will most likely be posting tons of pictures when I get there for my visit. If the weather agrees with me and I don't piss anyone off I'll probably move out there!

Tobias Ber wrote:..... BANANAHHHHHH!!! ......


Lol, thanks? Is that a quote from Minions? Now I'm just picturing myself as a cute little minion dude.



I could only wish I was this cute...
 
Tobias Ber
Posts: 485
Location: Northern Germany (Zone 8a)
15
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
yay... from "despicable me part 1" ...


did your first day at the laboratory look like this?:


 
Jocelyn Campbell
steward
Posts: 4205
Location: Missoula, MT
393
books food preservation forest garden hugelkultur toxin-ectomy
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
What a great intro, Josh - it is awesome to learn more about you!

Tobias, I don't know if you know, but banana has even more meanings for Paul. Here is a pic from his coderanch.com stuff, and everyone is holding bananas because Paul wrote software he named BananaCom, which was basically the most popular web browser before web browers (and Microsoft) were a thing.



So bananas, minions - all of them are part of paul's empire for world domination! Haha!

(Hope this wasn't too OT from Josh's intro. I suppose a little meet-and-greet from both sides might help, though, yes?)
 
Su Ba
pollinator
Posts: 979
Location: Big Island, Hawaii (2300' elevation, 60" avg. annual rainfall, temp range 55-80 degrees F)
122
books forest garden rabbit solar tiny house woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Aloha Josh! Welcome to Paul's Permie Ohana.
 
Tobias Ber
Posts: 485
Location: Northern Germany (Zone 8a)
15
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
jocelyn, i heard about that, but did not think about it. there is a scene in that video, where the minions go totally bonkers when they see a banana ...

could you grow banana on the laboratory? micro-climate n stuff? that would make the minions VERY HAPPY ... probably ants like banana, too ...

btw: from a minion point of view, bananas are NEVER OT, cause they re the most important thing, there is.... (changing apples and/or pies into banana would be a thing .... )
 
Josh Pasholk
gardener
Posts: 139
Location: Southern Oregon
34
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:What a great intro, Josh - it is awesome to learn more about you!

Tobias, I don't know if you know, but banana has even more meanings for Paul. Here is a pic from his coderanch.com stuff, and everyone is holding bananas because Paul wrote software he named BananaCom, which was basically the most popular web browser before web browers (and Microsoft) were a thing.



So bananas, minions - all of them are part of paul's empire for world domination! Haha!

(Hope this wasn't too OT from Josh's intro. I suppose a little meet-and-greet from both sides might help, though, yes?)


Thank you Jocelyn! This wasn't OT at all! I didn't know that and it's super interesting!
 
Karen Donnachaidh
pollinator
Posts: 750
Location: Virginia (zone 7)
76
books dog fish food preservation forest garden hugelkultur hunting solar trees
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Welcome aboard! We anxiously await your contributions. Jump in and hang on tight.
P-Personal
E-Experiences,
R-Resources,
M-Materials,
I-Information
E-Exchange
S-Site

 
jimmy gallop
Posts: 196
Location: east and dfw texas
3
bee chicken forest garden hunting trees woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
welcome Josh good luck with everything sounds like you are hitting the ground running.

 
I will suppress my every urge. But not this shameless plug:
FT Position Available: Affiliate Manager Who Loves Permaculture & Homesteading
https://permies.com/t/69742/FT-Position-Affiliate-Manager-Loves
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!