Month: May 2015

Dress the Part

Dress the Part

When we go to a play we see people dressed in character for the part.  Imagine watching a Shakespearian play where folks were dressed in everyday clothes, would you still get the same enjoyment out of the play.

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How about a movie or even a sitcom where folks were not dressed for the time, or period.  How about a zombie movie but there were no special effects and there was no way to tell the living from the dead.

What about a sporting event, instead of uniforms everyone just wore their “street clothes?”

When we are looking for a particular vocation during the interview process we should dress the part.  If I am looking to hire a business professional what should I expect of candidates as they walk through my door?

What about if I am looking for construction workers?

Simply put, when one is interviewing for a job one should look like a seasoned “whatever the occupation is” person.

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When we perform these task, one should adopt the established dress of the other workers and I always went just a little bit better.  Why?  Not so much to look better for others but, it will make you feel a little better.

If you are job seeking; what do you think that should look like?

Without wasting time telling you what you most likely do, let me cut to the chase.

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Job seekers should get up at the time they would normally get up for work and, they should shower, shave or what have you and dress as if they were going into the office.

TV and all of the other distraction and entrapments of “home life” should be marginalized as much as possible as you are now at work.  Your job while looking for work is “looking for work!”

From there they should start the process of seeking employment which means research, making calls, working on your resume and cover letter and setting appointments.  Each and every day should consist of the same machinations until you have secured employment.  Starting your day like you were working is key to getting hired.  That includes dressing the part.

Once hired it is imperative that whatever your occupation is that, you dress the part.

I know some preachers who wear denim pants to preach in.  I know some others who are overweight, sloppily dressed and it would appear that an iron has never touched their shirt.

Then there is this!

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Pastor Wayne Chaney

I don’t care how much of a theological genius you are, if you look like a slob, that carries into your life and could lead others to think that you take your job as seriously as your dress, not very…

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There are some great commentators of the faith, which appear to be slobs.  They are very much obese and again appear a little hedonistic. To me and I am sure others, I question their sincerity, accuracy with the facts that they espouse as they are less than credible in appearance.

Gene Scott who was theologically “spot on” appeared on TV as, well, less than authoritative and more like a huckster.  Unshaven in wrinkled clothes, often wearing an old hat smoking a cigar he would request donations of nothing less than $5K.  He was so out there that people watched him and yes, people donated to him even though he showed them how he had prized Arabian horses etc.  I wonder what would have happened if he had dressed the part and been more conventional.  My guess is that he would not have been near as successful as this is a case where breaking the rules worked, much like the bearded lady at the circus.

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I don’t want to beat this to death but it is a proven fact that students perform better in schools which have uniforms.

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Shawnigan Lake, BC- Spet 13/08- – UNIFORMS – Shawnigan Lake School students, from left, Owen Samuel, 16 years old, Katherine Lin, 17 years, David Basche, 18 years and Maddie McLeod, 17 years, all grade 12 students at the Vancouver Island private school, chat after lunch on the campus. For Private School Supplement on uniforms. Photograph by Diana Nethercott

There may be some high-tech companies where people are a *“little off” anyway, that can dress in the pajamas and still get things done but, as a rule for the 9 to 5 crowd, if you want to get the most of your employees no less than corporate casual should be the rule with the exception possibly on Friday.

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*Programmers are a different breed.  The clock has little to no meaning to them and they would work until they had to pee or eat.  Many of them who have worked for me in the past came in late and may see the sunrise but, it would not be because they got up early.

Rules were made to be broken and with programmers and some high-tech people who march to their own drummer; dress, regimentation and “life” is nothing more than a suggestion.  Creative types tend to fall into this category such as artist or musicians. You can try and reign them in but managing these types are a little like herding cats.  Google and other high-tech companies have figured this out and are pioneers in the field of flexibility.

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For the people who are more mechanical in nature dressing the part is salient advice and worth adhering to.

As I re-read this before posting I should note that “mechanical in nature” is about 90% of the population and not a bad thing, it is simply a thing.

-Best

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eBay and Honesty

eBay and Honesty

By the title you can guess where I am going with this post.

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I am a big boy and smart enough to know when a deal is too good to be true… Having said that some folks are just over the top dishonest.

I collect and with some luck restore, vintage electronics.  I don’t do it for money; I do it because it gives me pleasure.  I enjoy repairing something that someone else could not for one reason or another and… Sometimes I simply enjoy the challenge.

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This is NOT the lot that I am writing about…

Small transistor radios from the 50’s and 60’s are a specialty of mine in that when I was a kid I thought that it was magic.  How someone in one place could have their voice come out over a speaker in a small battery powered device well, was magic.

Thinking back on those days I wonder what I would have thought about smart phones?!

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Selling and buying on eBay has its challenges and I think its opportunities for people to be a little better.  With the feedback scenario it somewhat forces us to play nice; and that is a good thing.

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While we should not need such a thing to play nice, that is simply the way of man. I wish it were different.

I often will purchase a “lot” of radio’s or a lot of some electronic thing that maybe I am looking for one or more of a certain kind in the lot and then sell the rest or repair them and sell them or what have you.

One such purchase was a purchase of a handful of RCA Radio’s from the 60’s.

When they arrived I opened the box and noticed straight away that they all rattled which meant that they had been taken apart.  “That was not noted in the description.”

Upon taking the backs off not only had they been taken apart but they had obviously been in some sort of flood situation as they were covered on the inside with mud. “Also not noted.”

To further the “insult” some of them had parts missing from them, also not noted.

I paid a fair price for these as if they were simply “not tested.”

When someone says something like, “I don’t know how to test this.” Translated, “I did everything that I know how to do and this thing does not work!”   I get that and I understand that people do this but… to sell something that has been taken apart, things removed from and oh by the way, had been under water!  Folks, that is wrong on so many levels.  This type of activity gives eBay itself a black eye and I think messes with the whole concept of eBay in that it is a self-policing community.

This blog is about one of those radios and how I managed to bring it back to life in-spite of the fact that it was pretty much ready for the re-cycle bin.

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Taking the back off of the radio it pretty much just came apart looking as you see it.

The mud and rust are all one needs to conclude that this was under water and most probably in a flood situation as this is also the way the rest of them appeared.

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Normally when water gets on electronics there is an acidic effect that actually eats the traces and I did not see that here.

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Removing the circuit board and cleaning both controls with contact cleaner as well as washing the board I could then dry it and apply power to see what needed to be replaced if anything.

IMG_2231One small capacitor by the volume control was the only part that needed replacing.  The rest was simply cleaning the mud out of the controls and doing a simple alignment.

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Miraculously, the speaker just needed the dust blown out of it and while it is certainly not perfect it plays about as loud and with the fidelity that a radio of this age will have.

IMG_2230 Here is the radio after cleaning and repairing with a new battery shield installed.

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People ask me when I am looking, what am I looking for in old electronics….

First and foremost, the case must be in tact. 

The more damaged the case, the less of a collectible it is.  The problem with transistor radio’s is that they are portable!  Portable means that they get dropped, knocked about etc.

One of the radio’s I purchased was a Walkie talkie which I paid top dollar for.  When I got it I found that it too had been under water but the board was green with corrosion and since it was surface mount technology with corrosion it was trash.

Folks, I will ding you if you knowingly sell crap.  I have not had too many that I have dinged but, I expect some modicum of honesty.  I sell as well as I am overly honest about what I sell as I would rather not get top dollar and have a satisfied customer than someone like me who feels the need to blog about it!

If it has been under water, tell the folks, it has been under water or under the chicken coop or what have you.  the simple truth is that not everything that you own is worth anything on eBay or Craig’s list or the local junk shop.  Somethings just need to be thrown away!

Had the fellow with the handful of radio’s been honest about them I might still have bid on them as the cases looked ok but at least I would have known that I was buying plastic cases that had been under water and, had parts missing!

Many people will not take returns on electronics and do you know why?  People will buy them, take whatever parts off of them they were looking for and then return them as not working!  So, they have screwed it up for everyone as I will certainly not take returns on electronics!

This is where it works really well if you take the time to “ding” a dishonest seller or buyer. If they do not make it right, than you know what to do.

If you have some old electronics that you would like to sell, drop me a line.  I have purchased radios from all over the globe and while I am not trying for a number that would have me move out of the house to store them, I am interested in finding some that I don’t currently have.  It does not have to work, it just needs to look good and have all of the parts.

-Best

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Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

How much do we notice as we go through a day?????
Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America – If you remember, she’s the wife of Todd Beamer who said ‘Let’s Roll!’ and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back on 9/11.
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She said it’s the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came home, and her children running to meet him.

Lisa recalled this story: “I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things  on the edge of her desk and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, ‘Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end.

It can be taken away at any moment.

Perhaps this is God’s way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, ‘So I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.
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It doesn’t have to be something you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone’s house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the “stuff” of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted.

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The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset.

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Beautiful beach and waves of Caribbean Sea

Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn’t do.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

GOD Bless you every day of your life.
  
The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts,
  
The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers,
  
and the very best place to be is.. .
  
In the hands of God.
 HAVE A GREAT DAY! 

Interesting Scam

Interesting Scam

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There is not a day that goes by that someone does not try to scam me or “my e-mail” into opening some document.  Of course it will be infected or at the very least take me to some porn-site or some site for Viagra or some such non-sense.

I have spoken about these ad nauseam so I won’t go in to too much detail about the latest.

The e-mail starts as an email from the bank regarding a wire transfer that was aborted by my bank from my account.  “Click on the link to view the reason why it was aborted.”

There is a number with a dollar amount, my e-mail which was collected from something and…a link to a dropbox account which is where the Trojan or what have you lives.

This could be anything from some innocuous advertisement to ransom ware.

There was no bank logo on the e-mail and hovering over the link you can tell enough that you should not click on it.

The criminals and ne’er-do-wells are forever trying to get you to self-destruct, so don’t take the bait.

Keep really good anti-virus and malware software updated and running on your computer and make certain that your important stuff is backed up to some sort of non-volatile medium.

Oh, and Happy Friday!

-Best

What does it mean to be an adult?

What does it mean to be an adult?

What does it mean to be an adult?

That question sounds so innocuous, and so simple that some may feel that this is a waste of time to read, much less to write about it.

With recent events around the globe, and here in the US, I am beginning to think that many simply have no clue.

Admittedly, it was a different age when I became an adult.  Drinking age was 18 and so was the age for the draft.  It seems incongruent with today’s understanding of things that drinking age is 21, and while there is no draft; you can still enlist and still die for your country at 18.

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The economy has been an excuse far too long regarding jobs.  I think that people have found other ways to survive whether that be living in the bedroom that you grew up in or, making money off of the radar, so you can get government funding to make up the difference.

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The truth is that one set of circumstances will begat the second which in some cases could lead to activities which are less than conventional.

While the Socialist among you believe that this is ok, trust me; you are stealing from those of us who don’t and, you are taking away opportunity and resources from those who truly need it.  If that seems harsh, sorry but, you really need to hear the truth. If you think that you somehow are “entitled” to it you are most probably wrong.

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Think of it this way: You pull up into a parking lot and the only close up spots are handicapped; you park there anyway as you are every bit as good as someone with one of those plastic mirror hangers that they keep in the glove box for when they too don’t want to park at a distance. I see you do it, others see you do it; have we become so callused, so bereft of what it means to be a loving caring human being that we rationalize that this behavior is somehow ok?  Someone that truly can’t walk is going to need that parking place, just like the young single mother is going to need that “assistance” with her bills, and you will have taken it from them because, you somehow feel entitled.

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Obama Care has “stuffed up the process” here in the states as many, (too many) companies have gone to part-time and contract employees to avoid paying for health care, thus putting the problem square on the back of tax payers.

Corporate lawyers have figured out all of the ins and outs of the 2000 plus pages of the bill that congress could not be bothered to read before they passed it so, who gets screwed?

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Over 50 million folks are on food stamps or some form of government assistance. That number is staggering and bespeaks of a problem that politicians have dealt with by throwing money at it.  It is foolishness of epic proportions and because of politics, it has become a pawn or “football” if you will, that is used as a “distraction,” among other things.

This “football” was used during the last presidential campaign.  You remember, Romney and Ryan were throwing grandma off of the cliff. Total Bullshit but many bought it because many have stopped thinking.  Truth be told, to quote Jack Nicholson, “you can’t handle the truth!”

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  • If you watch John Stewart and think that is news, you can’t handle the truth.
  • If you watch MSNBC and think that blather is the news, you can’t handle the truth.
  • If you hear only what you want to hear, you can’t handle the truth.

If this describes you, don’t vote.  Most probably you are too damned lazy to vote anyway so do the rest of the civilized world a favor and stay home, smoke some more pot and enjoy the mellow tunes from the music coming from the radio upstairs, from your mom’s radio.

This is a pretty pathetic depiction of youth in not just this country, but many others. While “we” learned to seize the day, you learned, let someone else do it. Where did that come from?  This victim mentality that exist with you; where did that come from?

I heard of a “professor” who teaches in some college up north telling her students that young white men were the problem with the world?  That is the most racist thing that I have heard and this is coming from some “young black women.”  Take your white privilege bullshit and smoke it too!  If you and the likes of you are preaching this victim mentality; you are injuring your students.  In effect you are excusing their poor behavior and or giving them “rational” for future bad behavior.  Instead of following in the footsteps of MLK you are following in the footsteps of Satan!

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Sixty years ago before MLK you might have had some sort of argument, but not today!  That excuse is gone and those that hold on to it are simply ignorant; or wish to be so.  It was more than just black people and white women that elected Americas first Black President, White guys did as well!

The sky is the limit; not just for white folks but for anyone in this country that has a dream.  If you can’t teach that, you should not be teaching.

Some of us with younger people still at home ignore the problem and just think that it will fix-it-self.

As I watched “Failure to Launch” a few years ago, parts of the theme resonated with me as I had kids working for me that lived at home and were clearly making enough money to have their own place.  Why?

That movie was over simplistic in that money was not an issue, he was simply too comfortable.

I wonder how many kids that still live at home are simply “too-comfortable.”

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Truth be told many have this mentality where they want it now.  Instead of getting out of moms house and renting an apartment or buying a starter home they buy a new car, not just new car but a fancy ass new car, and a motorcycle, and of course all of the latest electronic gadgetry of the day.  They do this while living in the basement, eating moms cooking and having her do their laundry.

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Mom fucked up!  She may as well pull a Kathy Bates and take a Louisville Slugger to their knees, it is equally destructive to them as human beings.

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Socialism does not work, it may appear to work for a while but at some point in time the money machine will have to stop printing money.  When the value of the dollar falls low enough that all of the countries which are currently devaluing their dollar as well will cause an economic destruction in other parts of the world like we saw in Greece last year, the World Bank and others who are playing Monopoly or Alchemy 101 with the world’s finances will find that unlike the big-bang, “You can’t get something from nothing!”

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There is this thing called “Macro Economics” but I guess they don’t teach that anymore either.

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My guess is that the uber rich are buying something that is “not tied to paper money” of any country. When the feces hits the rotating oscillator and a new world currency is created replacing the dollar the euro etc, they will have enough of whatever it is, to be rich again with the new currency and thus in control.  If I had to guess I would say something to do with energy, uranium or even coal perhaps.

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The governments, for whatever nefarious reasons that they have contrived are compelled to ruin the world’s economy by printing money, monetizing the debt and it cannot last forever.  Maybe this is part of a grand scheme to have a one world government controlled by the uber-rich Gorge Soros’s of the world.

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Maybe it is simply short-sighted megalomaniacs playing god while they can, and “fuck the insects” (you and I)!”

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I think it is more than likely the latter, if you keep up with the dynasties that we have created over the years and how they came into power you can see that they don’t give up power too easily.  The truth is no longer a concept that they subscribe to. Much like Martha Stewart actually spending time in a federal prison for insider trading, the politicians of today need that reality check.  Had she been a politician, nothing would have ever been said of it.  When a recent Dallas city councilman was caught taking kickbacks his honest to god response was “everybody does it!”  That was his total defense and I will be damned if they did not find some judge in another state to let him off. How did they get the venue moved out of state to begin with?  What judge could say what he did was ok?  Karma is a bitch however; he died.

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May all who practice such folly meet their maker in such a fashion!

So what is the lesson, if you want to be a crook, become a politician; and you start that process by becoming a lawyer.

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This is what BS looks like in a suit

So, adults, what is it to be an adult?

With power comes responsibility!

As you learn to drive you are “responsible” for what you do with that car.   We have laws that you must adhere to if you want to stay out of the “steel bar hotel.” Simply stated, there is accountability for your actions.

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As you age and you feel the need (desire) to have sex, much like the car, there are responsibilities that go along with that behavior /action as well.  By diminishing “God” we have cheapened life to the point where millions of babies are aborted yearly.  So we are dealing with that responsibility “accountability” by murder, legal murder of a baby where it should in fact be the safest, in its mother’s womb.

Obama himself when promoting the “war on women” stated that he “did not want his daughters to be punished by having kids for having sex!” slightly paraphrased but that is what he meant!  Have you ever heard a sitting president make such an outrageous statement with absolutely no backlash from the complicit media!?

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His answer and the answer of so many today is, “remove accountability!”  Baltimore has the same dumbass lame bunch of absolute bullshit reasoning and that is why Baltimore is in the shape that it is.  Oh wait, I forgot to tell you that there was some truth coming….  Stop voting for stupid people!

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Sure, those six officers are going to get a fair trial right before the hanging!

We deal with adult situations in other ways as well with the casual cheap hotel visit as most “parents” are not too keen on having more people living with them that they can no longer deduct from their taxes, but still have to feed, house, buy clothes for, put gas in their car that they end up paying for, and of course provide high speed internet and endless cable channels because “kids” today merit it!

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Hot Pillow motel rented by the hour…

We kid ourselves that they will figure it out, as they are still in bed past the lunch hour because they stayed up all night playing online games with their peers.

More truth be forewarned:  When you are old enough to think with your genitalia and act upon it, you are responsible for any and all outcomes and….You should be doing it under a roof that you pay for!

Again we have no accountability for the sperm donors out there, and parents of same; “you fucked up, fix it!”

While the government is seriously doing damage to these folks who feel entitled to handouts and getting them in exchange for their vote, parents are spending their retirements on keeping their kids in the bedroom that they grew up in, or they subsidize them in some way that they should not be doing.

Is there some magic age that you become and adult?

No, it is not a physical age but a level of maturity and character that you develop, if your parents did a good job.  Sometimes in spite of the parents people turn out all right and I attribute that to books.  Some would say the “grace of god” and that may be true but; just maybe reading is the key to much of what is wrong with the world today.

I would argue that there are some 16 year olds that have more maturity and character than some 30 somethings out there still living at home and playing the role of victim.

Character is doing the right thing when no one is around to see you do it.

Years from now we can look back at how internet pornography effected Gen X.

My gut feeling is that many young men will retard their natural instincts to procreate by taking the safe way out of “dating” by substituting it with self-gratification with internet porn and or Cyber-Sex instead of dealing with the real world of relationships.  With this retardation of natural sexual proclivities, I think we will see more young men living in their mother’s basement, living in virtual worlds of video games and other unnatural social settings through the internet.   Their social skills will undoubtedly suffer and their marketability will also suffer relegating them to either be a cyber-criminal, programmer or ditch digger.  When you exchange your social skills for the virtual world of the matrix, you are screwing yourself!

While this might cut down on the abortion rate, I think it will also affect the age at which kids become adults.  I perceive that there will be more mental issues to deal with, because of this unnatural upbringing.   We are meant to be social creatures.  One way people are tortured is by placing them in solitary confinement.  Many people rather be in their own little world today and that really says something about how far we have strayed from who and what we are.

Our social mores of today may change, much like “OMG and pokes” have been substituted for the casual visit, phone call and sincere salutation accompanied by a hand shake, warm embrace and a“how have you been.”

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Speaking of abortion…

I have always had a hard-line against it…  I do not think murder is a right that anyone should possess. You can dehumanize the baby by calling it other names and rationalize all you want but at the end of the day, it is murder…. And worse than that, it is premeditated.

So, is there ever a time when it should be allowed?

Sadly, I would have to say yes….

  • If the mother becomes pregnant unwillingly, “rape” than she should not have to bring a child into the world under those circumstances.   Make no mistake, the pregnancy should be termed ASAP, not after the child is a living entity. A baby has its own unique blood type and heart beat after 15 days, so before that!
  • If the mother’s health is compromised to the point of possible death, than that should be “her choice.”
  • If the parents, either have done drugs or are doing drugs than by all means, terminate the life before it becomes a viable life form.  In plain language, drugs-fuck-up-your-DNA “which are the instructions of how to put a life together.”  Both the Dad and Mom should be free of drugs before making a baby.

It would be interesting to know how long one has to be free of drugs before the genetic instructions “DNA” are reliable, if ever.

To summarize: take responsibility for your actions.  It’s not the government’s job, nor my job, nor your mother’s job! Once you leave school. It is your job.  Get a good education.  I really don’t want to hear that damned sorry ass excuse about bad schools or what have you.  There is the Khan academy online for free that teaches every subject that you could just about think of.  FREE!  Take some damned initiative!

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If you have a lousy teacher take the initiative to get some help from this and other sources online.  Instead of gaming or surfing porn, try learning something that you can use.

One of the skills that my employees seems to lack is time management.  It is my belief that one could go far by simply understanding the principles of time management and practicing them.

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This victim mentality will be your demise and it must stop!  You can never truly be an adult if you blame others for your situation.  You, you are in control of you.  You control your destiny!

Carpe Diem!

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Antiques

Antiques

Antiques

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Recently I explored a half dozen antique malls of sorts in northern Colorado.

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Smart phones have made impromptu research very easy.

I would hazard a guess that when people used to go to these places they were looking for some sort of something that they either used to have as a younger person or, they were looking for some sort of dust-able to go into a specific spot.

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For instance many will buy old books that “look good” to set on shelves to appear to give the casual viewer the idea that they are read by the person who owns them.  In fact they are there because the binding looks good.

Today we see many with smart phones in hand looking to see what something sells for on eBay, or other auction site.  Junk has become an industry for the aging who see this as a revenue stream.

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While it is true that most are unpleasantly surprised or taken aback by the fact that what they thought was worth big money is not, some are pleasantly surprised that some of these things that you would think are rubbish, are in fact gold.

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Thrift-stores have also become haunts for these folks as once again they are there with smart phone in hand and shopping cart full of “stuff” looking for something to place on eBay.  Interestingly enough, even the thrift store operator has done some research and marks their items with eBay prices.

A quick watch of “The Pickers” should educate the public on some simple “junking” etiquette.

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In order for me to buy it from you; there has to be some meat left on the bone for me to make it worth my while.

If you want to sell in an antique mall you need to realize that the mall you choose will have less than a 100th of the traffic of some online store, thus cannot possibly command eBay prices.  The catch there is that you will pay rent on your space to store your junk and you might make just enough sales to pay your rent so; you are in effect giving your junk to the store owner.  If you want to sell in this fashion you must have turnover, which means what you have has to be in demand and it must be priced low enough to tempt the online entrepreneur as well as the casual junk collector to take a chance on buying it.

EBay makes its money much in the same way but they do it in sheer volume, unlike the bricks and mortar antique mall.  They charge a small fee for listing and another small percentage of what it sold for.

If I were eBay; I would make that fee variable on the kind of exposure that you get.  New sellers do not get the same exposure as established sellers therefor, the same fee that is charged for one should not be for the other.  In this manner eBay would encourage new sellers to do what it takes to get better exposure which they already do in typical “nudge” fashion.

I do not believe that eBay is a business strategy for the normal person, although many folks try to eke out a living selling in this manner.  It is more a hobby and a way to de-clutter with me.  Keeping this in mind, I realize that my efforts are making others rich while trying to get the stuff out of the house and manage my life’s collection of clutter.

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As I too shop on eBay for more clutter, it is pretty much a wash as I trade my junk for someone else’s.

If you want to make money at this, specialize in something that you are passionate about.  When you see it at some thrift shop, estate sale, garage sale or even some newspaper; you will know if it has value or not thus you will know whether to invest or not.

Those who put their stuff in antique malls not only should your prices coincide with the traffic in that store but, your space should be organized in such a fashion that anyone walking in there should be able to quickly scan your shelves or area to see if there is anything in there that they are looking for.  Way too many times I see shelves and crap piled high where the only person who is really looking is a “picker.”

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So to the treasure hunter, if you are looking; take the time to dig through their crap and look for that obscure toy or tchotchke that you know something about that may be on the floor under the bottom shelf with all kinds of other crap in front of it.

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There are bargains out there but, keep in mind if you find them at an antique mall that could mean that the majority of people in there did not recognize it as valuable, and most likely the same will be true of online visitors.

Marketing what you have to alert the shoppers is than called for.  Tell me why I need this thing?  What will it do for me?

Sell the Sizzle, not the steak!

-Best

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Dead Penguins – I never knew this!

Dead Penguins – I never knew this!

Dead Penguins – I never knew this!

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Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins   on the ice in Antarctica ?   Where do they go? 

  Wonder no more ! ! !  
    
It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic   bird which lives an extremely ordered  and complex life.  The penguin is very committed   to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintain a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life. 

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If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of  the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into, and buried.
The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

“Freeze a jolly good  fellow.”
“Freeze a jolly good fellow.”

You really   didn’t believe that I know anything  about penguins, did you?

    
It’s so easy to fool OLD people.  
    
I am sorry, an urge came over me that made me do it!!!                                                                                                                                            

Oh quit whining, I fell for it, too.