Two Pugs, a Bicycle, and Some Really Good Bread
If I were a rich guy (which I'm not) and if I could afford to have a business that didn't turn a profit (which I can't) I'd start a little bakery and deliver bread by bike...like many businesses did prior to the auto. Yup, that's my pipe dream (ok...it's one of many pipe dreams...always been a dreamer and romantic...thus the reason I am not a rich guy who can afford to run an unprofitable business).
Delivering stuff by bike was commonplace just a few generations ago, and still is in many areas of the world...a few people even do it in the States. A couple summers ago I was in Boston (for the first time since a kid) and was surprised to see a pizzeria chain that delivered their pies by bike (The Upper Crust, click here). Their original location is in Beacon Hill and if you've ever been there you know how steep the streets are. They have large hotboxes bolted to the back of mountain bikes and huff and puff up and down the hills...it's very impressive.
Another is the Soup Peddler (click here for his site, and here for his book). I purchased his book a while back and it's pretty interesting. He's a guy who delivers soup by bike in Austin, Texas. And then there are the people at Bikes at Work (click here) who not only run a successful bicycle delivery business in Iowa, they also build and sell trailers so others can, too.
What I do is more of a cottage industry at best...I bake bread at home and at work on an irregular basis and sell it or give it to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and members of the club at which I'm employed. I simply enjoy making bread...it still amazes me.
I've been experimenting with whole grain breads for a while, and Ezekiel Bread is one of my favorites...and I've posted on this bread before (to read that post, which includes a recipe and detailed pictures and instructions, click here).
Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself.
My pretend bakery is named after these guys.