Unemployed? Here is one Tough Cookie



I  have always admired people that take their lives into their own hands and do something about it. Just like Cookie. Who is Cookie? That would be the gentleman above. Several days a week I have seen this guy with a sign in hand, standing on the side of the road on the Oakland, Berkeley border. Yes, standing in the sun for hours on end; hawking his delicious burritos.


His real name is Corey Stowe, and he and his wife Elizabeth August are working their butts off to make a dime. You see, Corey worked in construction for years, and then got hurt. He had to decide what to do, and they came up with this  fabulous idea. So while he is out there selling his wares from his food cart, his wife is on Twitter and Facebook telling people where he is located.


Their food cart is called Guerrilla Grub and their motto is to satisfy the people on the streets of Oakland, one breakfast burrito at a time. He sells foil-wrapped $3 breakfast burritos mostly at the MacArthur Bart station. Plus, he is as genuine as they come, and does everything with a smile. That says a lot to me. He likes what he does, even if it is a real hard job. He knows this is his shot and he is going for the gold.


I understand it takes money to start a small business, but sometimes it can be started with just a small amount- but yes a whole lot of commitment and hard work is needed. And of course, a good idea.

Money isn’t the answer to the problems, it helps keep us fed, clothed, and a  roof over our heads. Yes, it’s a necessity for those things, but it  doesn’t provide us with happiness.”
People like Cookie and his wife have the right idea.  Jobs are scare. It is time to go out and create our own.

It’s to be tough to be a cowboy these days riding a difficult range, but in Cookie’s case, he is riding one heck of a delicious burrito.

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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