Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 12:17 pm

And the big winner of the 2016 Presidential Election is...

Corporate Media.

These media giants hand-selected these two clowns to be our front-runners with remarkable precision.

No matter who wins this evening, big media achieved:

a.) Guaranteed ratings for the next four years, because people won’t believe what he/she did today.

b.) No real reform or change. Everyone on the planet was glued to their set for the last six months watching candidates trade barbs, while that same senator/representative that’s been sitting in Congress for the last two hundred years doing squat will silently squash the next candidate who might just propose term limits... preventing that incumbent senator/representative from sitting in Congress for another two hundred years... and further losing touch with the voters of this country.

Our “representatives” are so out of touch with the citizens of this country, they should be mandated to live on our wages and walk in our shoes to continue to make policy for us.

I can only guess who the media will dig up for us to vote for in four years.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 9:58 am

Hunger

Sometimes it is good to get away.

Away from those parts of your life that oppress you. The job, the home, the life.

Getting away provides that opportunity to regain your focus—to find clarity. That opportunity to move ahead again.

As Pete Campbell said, “Stable is that step backwards between successful and failing.”

Okay, maybe Pete Campbell isn’t the best example. What about Steve Jobs then? “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

Both of these must become part of my daily mantra. The former applies because I do get caught up in stability and comfort. When we’re comfortable, we leave so much on the table. We leave LIFE on the table.

Hunger can be such a discomfort, but it can also be a driving force. I need to embrace this as a constant reminder to improve... to become successful... to better compartmentalize... to share my gifts with others.

Onward and upward. If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.

What i'm listening to:
Hamilton My Shot
Original Broadway Cast
Hamilton

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 9:59 am

Escaping escapism...

I’m on the road again. Call it escaping, if you wish, but I’ll call it clearing my head.

Oh, wait... I talk about escaping in my journal, not here. Well, with a broken hand, writing is much more difficult than typing...

Anyway, it’s eerie how I always manage to find this clarity when I’m away from home. I liken it to “seeing the Matrix.” The trick, however, is to get my thoughts recorded before they recess back into my murky mind forever.

Sunday night, I was watching a popular television program when something snapped. I switched it off. I’m not emotionally invested in these characters (with the show in question, it’s a good idea NOT to invest in the characters). I realized I’m no longer invested in any of the characters of the show I watch.

So, maybe I no longer need to watch television. I kicked the habit cold turkey nearly a decade ago... on the upswing to the best time of my life. It’s time to make a return to that.

After all, if you spend more than two hours a week in front of the television. Your life is passing you by.

Besides, I don’t want to be that guy who’s legacy at his wake is, “He watched television.”

What i'm listening to:
Sundown Carefree Highway
Gordon Lightfoot
Sundown

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 9:19 pm

Do not try this at home...

I think it speaks volumes that people are so desperate for the old headphone jack, they are actually following viral video instructions on their $500 phones and attempting to reveal the hidden jack.

Maybe Apple is listening. I know the lack of a physical headphone jack is a deal-breaker for me, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I’m fairly certain the SE I purchase this fall will be my last iPhone.

Seriously, don’t do this to your phone.

What i'm listening to:
Emotion I Really Like You
Carly Rae Jepsen
E•mo•tion

Friday, September 23, 2016, 8:56 am

A li'l romanticism...

Here’s to that moment when Summer walks out of your life... and opens the door to meeting a new, lovely, young woman—named Autumn.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 12:10 pm

Simply dangling...

And then, there’s the convenience of pulling your earbuds out of your ear and having them just hang... around your neck, from your shirt collar... easily accessible to absent-mindedly locate them to put back into your ears.

They’re so much easier to locate with a wire to follow, don’t you think?

On another note, I’m apparently listening to a lot of Ariana Grande lately. #notThatThatsABadThing

What i'm listening to:
Dangerous Woman Into You
Ariana Grande
Dangerous Woman

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 8:30 am

Working lunch—why?

Recently, I finished a life-changing bit of enlightenment called The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

I believe everyone should read this once in their lives. I know some people who are super intolerant of the word “fuck,” but anyone who can look past that will get value out of this book.

Honestly, I can’t give a fuck about those people... or at least their intolerance.

Anyway, it’s time to start practicing what I’ve learned from this book. First? Working lunches.

Why do people subject themselves to eating at their desk while they’re slaving away at their job? Nothing is so critical you can’t get away for an hour. Nothing.

If you disagree with me, you’re not managing your work day very well.

Food is important to me and if I agree to join you for lunch, I have no interest in eating lukewarm food while hunched over a laptop computer and watching you talk with your mouthful.

No, none. If I’m going to join you for lunch, it should be an experience. Get out of the office, order a margarita (or two), and make small talk while waiting for the food to cool enough to eat... delighted it’s so fresh and hot and didn’t travel to the office in someone’s stinky car through the rain.

Why do you do this to yourself? Seriously.

I will no longer follow anyone down this rabbit hole of self-torture. You want to meet for lunch? Great! You want to work for lunch? I’ll work while you eat, then I’ll go grab a pleasant bite and a cocktail when we part ways.

And no longer accept any lunch invites from you. And no, I’m not sorry about that.

What i'm listening to:
My Everything Break Free
Ariana Grande
My Everything

Friday, September 9, 2016, 4:14 pm

Change for the sake of change

Change isn’t good or bad, it just is. Right?

This time it’s a change of $25 wired earbuds for $160 wireless earbuds. The benefits? No wire to get tangled up in. Plus, richer and fuller digital sound.

I think Apple over estimates just how much the human ear is capable of picking up... and that the less is more when it comes to putting sound through earbuds. Adding higher sampling frequencies to the experience actually can degrade the audio quality... it sounds like noise. I also don’t need yet another device to charge. Not to mention the high probability of losing such a small, untethered device and the high cost of replacing it.

Of course, I can still use the wired earbuds I know and love with an adapter, but can no longer charge my iPhone and listen through earbuds at the same time... unless I want to buy a $40 splitter.

Apple is notorious for always being right and not listening to the concerns of their customers, so the only way we could ever convince them to bring back the jack is by voting with our dollars.

However, I’m confident I’m in the minority 1% who believes this is a deal breaker and will keep an iPhone SE in my pocket... I’d better get one before they remove the jack from the SE too.

What i'm listening to:
Body Say Body Say
Demi Lovato
Body Say

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 3:15 pm

In this world we’re just beginning...

Several years ago a friend of mine was dating this cute li’l Jehovah’s Witness girl.

This song came on the radio one day, and he said it’s her favorite song.

I said, “Of course it is.”

It took him a minute, but he got it. You get it too.

What i'm listening to:
Heaven on Earth Heaven Is a Place on Earth
Belinda Carlisle
Heaven on Earth

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 10:33 pm

Welcoming Zika

It’s about this time every summer that I’m done. I totally retreat indoors with the following mantra:

KILL ALL THE MOSQUITOES!

What can I say? They love me. I must be terribly tasty to them. And sensitive. Damned bites take two weeks to go away... if they don’t scar.

Today, I caught a glimpse of a headline... warning that Zika is now in the area. Thank you, media, for that. Is fear the only thing left to sell, now that the social justice warriors have won their war on sex?

Sadly, I know the answer to that...

What all of these “enlightened” souls don’t seem to get is that people are the plague on this world. If you look back at history—at all—all people have ever done is destroy this planet we live on.

Why shouldn’t the world fight back? Going beyond weather patterns, which are the planet’s best line of defense, why wouldn’t the world come up with such biological delights as plague, pneumonia, smallpox, polio, AIDS, bird flu, brain-eating amoeba, and Zika?

People are stubborn though. In the past, we’ve found many cures for these problems... but for how much longer? Curing disease doesn’t make real money. Treating disease does. But treating disease may be all those li’l germs need to maintain their foothold.

Plus, with no cure, the media can continue to sell the fear... more real money.

We should have killed all the mosquitoes. Now, maybe they’ll kill all of us.

What i'm listening to:
Heart Like a Wheel You're No Good
Linda Ronstadt
Heart Like a Wheel
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