Posted: January 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m a firm believer that you’re only as good as your quirks.

First, a toast to the pioneers : To the kid who first demanded his mom cut the crusts off his sandwiches. The schoolyard hop-scotch champ that started stepping over all cracks in the pavement, and the superstitious lumberjack who began knocking on wood. I salute you.

Its the quirks that make you…you. We’ve all got a dash of weirdo mixed in when we were made, and its a good thing too, otherwise the world would be a Baskin-Robbins with 31 flavors of vanilla.

All the glorified traits: charisma, personality, swag…etc.. they’re all just a collection of quirks. An amalgam of weird. Now we spend most of our lives trying to hide it – change it, re-wire ourselves to act another way. The normal way. But for the lucky few of us that embrace it (ahem..Tawf) – and learn how to rock the weirdo in us all, that’s when something special happens.

At Sabi we’ve got our quirks. This will become clear once we open the restaurant, but even now,  how many businesses blog like this? We’ve blogged about hitting rock bottom (still my favorite post), revealed how we stalked our most important business partner, or about learning life lessons from the Jersey Shore (coming next blog…) We hold all board meetings at the Olive Garden over bottomless salad bowls, sitting there, eating lettuce drenched in delicious Italian dressing until we’ve addressed all issues.

We listen to the Elton John song Blessed anytime we’re going to a Casino. We do yoga together at 7 a.m every morning. We’ve got a little statue that Dan’s girl Stacy found in New Orleans, he’s a patron Saint of Business Luck named HomoBonus – and my first responsibility every morning is to tend to him.


HomoBonus and my sacrificial offering to him


Its crazy quirks that keep you grounded when your career, investment, and general livelihood are up in the air – a position all entrepreneurs are familiar of.

This is part of what our motto, do what you do, is all about. Not worrying about the norms, not worrying about what others want you to do, what others want you to be. do what you do – the good, the bad, and the just plain weird.






  1. Stacy says:

    saint homoooo! it looks like he is glowing in that picture haha….i knew that sketchy voodoo shop in new orleans wouldn’t let me down

  2. Nisha says:

    Bravo. And in the words of …someone great…we are all a little “PSW”

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