Wish I wrote this but I didn’t, just quoting

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE

1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking .

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a van – loose – was always great fun.

We drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem .

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents .

We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

HOW TO

DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them!

CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

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Live to work… Work to live?

The jobs I’ve had in the past haven’t really prepared me for the politics involved with my new job.  While I don’t mind the politics, I dislike that they get in the way of doing the real work.  We have to be nice to this guy even though he’s a prick, don’t mind her she’s crazy, etc.. 

In the reality I used to live in, I was insulated from the politics of decisions and how they were made.  I was usually handed a box of money and told to make it happen, which I did and I think I did well.  There are days I miss the simple work of installing a show over a week’s time with multiple vendors and multiple clients all having an opinion on how things should work and run.  In the end the event would come off just fine and everyone seemed to be happy.

Here we have to appease the masses when in reality the masses aren’t _MG_4886the issue, it’s the select few that make the most noise that are the issue.  The masses go along with what the few decide and in a way that’s the issue.  It’s not in the best interest of anyone to work like this, but it’s how we work now.  For good or bad this is the job at hand and we have to take as many opinions and make the most educated decision based on those opinions. 

To bad it’s not a dictatorship like so many other companies I’ve worked with, one person says “this is the way I want it to look” and then all the worker bees had to do is figure out how to make the impossible possible.

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I’ve always been good with the ladies…

Wow… I’m in Hawaii and loving it. It’s 26c with a light rain… It feels like heaven. The weather is good the scenery is excellent and the people are friendly.

So now on to the title of this post. I decided to stop off at a little overlook that’s near the place we’re staying, I pull up and look out over the valley as it’s covered in rain and mist and feel pretty much at _MG_8329 peace. Then I hear a voice asking if I want something, since I wasn’t really paying attention I look over and see an old lady either making the “I’ll give you a blow job” motion or the “Do you want to buy some pot” motion. Since they’re similar and I’m not interested in either I just smile and shake my head.

Old lady number two was more appropriate, she was just a nice person working in a clothing shop that I stopped in to find a gift for my niece and nephew. We ended up talking for a while before I made any purchase decision and we had a grand old time. She was very forthcoming about her life and travels, in the end she gave me come money off and something for free as I decided what to get the little ones. It was quite sweet as she took my money and then gave me a big hug calling me a good uncle.

Now that I have that warm and fuzzy feeling I think I might go for a walk and see what I see.

Bicyclists take note

You’re either a car or a pedestrian, figure your shit out and pick a place to ride.  That goes for all of you out there who ride a bike.  I know there are some of you who follow the rules and ride where you’re supposed to, but unfortunately there is a minority of cyclists out there who are ruining it for the rest, the few bad apples so to speak. 

What brings this on?  I almost hit a cyclist today because he was trying to sneak around traffic by jumping the curb as I had already started to turn left.  On top of almost hitting him he started yelling at me for almost hitting him.  I’m sorry but if I follow the rules of the road in my car then you sure as hell should follow the rules on your fucking bike and if you don’t then you should expect to get hit, seems pretty simple doesn’t it?  What a great way to start the week, but you know what, I’m going to finish the week in Hawaii drinking on a beach!

My Personality According to Someone Else

You are the absentminded professor, the same personality type (in at least one major system) as Albert Einstein. Plato said that the function of your type is to study nature and figure out ways to tame it. You see connections between concepts that others do not, and must sometimes stop to check in with your audience to see if you’ve made intuitive leaps that left them far behind. When you see a problem, you naturally apply technique or theory from an entirely different system and are the most likely type to make a conceptual, inventive breakthrough.

Ever since you were a child you questioned those in authority, not explicitly trusting teachers or other leaders to really be qualified enough to deliver the instruction they were delivering. You were open to their thoughts, but quick to identify biases or knowledge gaps in those in authority positions.

In fact, skepticism is one of your defining traits. You don’t trust titular authority, appearances, beliefs, traditions, customs, reputation, degrees, or credentials awarded by any agency or school. This is not conspiracy thinking or suspicion of bad intent, but an honest impersonal belief that no one holds anyone or anything to the high, accurate, objective standard that you do. You will be the judge of someone’s competence and no prior ratings by anyone else will sway your impartial evaluation.

You quickly brush aside prejudice, convention, custom and tradition for what works and produces results.

You define time by the event, rather than the reverse. You are certainly capable of making and keeping appointments by clock time (although you’re often a few minutes late) but in your mind you are living in a time interval based on a concept, activity or stage which you can clearly define. For you, a time period ends when a certain activity ceases, when a goal is reached, or when your attention naturally shifts rather than when a certain clock alignment occurs.

You are particularly concerned with the proper definition and usage of individual words. For example, you are likely to notice the error if someone describes something as “very unique.” If something is “unique” then it is incomparable to anything else. It can therefore not be qualified by the word “very,” because that word is necessarily used for comparison. You economize with language, using the fewest words, each highly defined, to get a point across assuming that others will feel bored or insulted if you over-explain.

You are prone to understatement. You will always err on the side of saying slightly too little, estimating slightly more problems or more cost in terms of time or money, slightly less exciting or beneficial results. This is done completely logically and you could go into more specific estimations if you thought the receiver would take such predictions logically, realistically and unemotionally.

Your special talent is understanding and optimizing complex systems. You can quickly explain how you personally fit into macro and micro social and economic machinery.

You are objective and when your friends come to you they know they can count on you to deliver the blunt truth. You recover quickly, if flinching at all, when someone puts you down or criticizes you personally. You realize that either the critique was deserved and you intend to correct it, or the person delivering it was incorrectly biased or misinformed and therefore the criticism was inaccurate and inapplicable.

You are known for your impatience with ignorance, incompetence, small talk, fake people, or too much time given to a small matter. You bring total involvement and attention to each moment in life.

As a parent you encourage individuality in your child. You particularly enjoy debating topics with your child. You encourage your children to be original, think actively, and take action on their own. If you see your child taking an un-recommended path you are likely to suggest alternatives, but wouldn’t consider forcing them or demanding that they act differently.

You face each activity with self-improvement in mind. While others think of games, work, even social events as a mere passage of time, you engage each activity as an opportunity to observe the nature of the event and further develop your mastery of the skills involved. For you, even relaxation is done with a sense of duty to optimize the rejuvenating effects.

You are an intellectual and enjoy logical investigation and theory building. You are honored when someone asks you to explain the rationale behind your latest project, but often find the audience uninterested in nearly the level of detail with which you are capable of discussing.

You respect yourself to the degree that you act independent of the impositions of other people. You would never just “go with the flow.” Your mind is always in motion and every action you take is by conscious choice.

Your type becomes most obvious in traumatic, stressful situations. While the rest of the world goes insane, you are the one who remains calm and collected, mainly because you realize that this is the best mind set for understanding and resolving whatever issues are at hand.

You are a true utilitarian. Your hallmark is your nearly empty refrigerator, containing exactly enough food for your next food interval and nothing more.

You have a wide variety of hobbies which get sporadic attention. Others may become frustrated with the fact that you start many projects but finish few.

Grade school can be particularly frustrating for your type because your desire to connect the music and mathematics lesson is out of the theoretical range of your respective instructors. You probably did quite well on standardized tests and found college style learning far more appealing.