Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quick Funny

A married couple had been out shopping at the mall for most of the afternoon, suddenly, the wife realized that her husband had "disappeared". The somewhat irate spouse called her mate’s cell phone and demanded: Where the heck are you? Husband: Darling you remember that Jewelry shop where you saw the Diamond Necklace and totally fell in love with it and I didn't have money that time and I said Baby it'll be yours one day. Wife, with a smile blushing: Yes, I remember that my Love. Husband: Well, I'm in the Bar next to that shop.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Day Off? Really?

This is not a complaint, but I do not really like shopping. The whole materialistic attitude of the world is sickening. The deals you run into at the store are always encouraging you to spend more. If you spend this amount, you get this, but for $10 more, you get THAT, and THAT is much better.Yes, we ended up with THAT instead of this, which will make people I know happy.

On Friday, 12/9/11, I went with Chris and Phil to Waterloo to see Rains, Hatebreed, Sevendust, All That Remains, and Five Finger Death Punch. It was a good show. I got home at 2 AM and at 8:30 AM, I was on the road to Lynch in Mount Vernon, which was perfect because while I waited for the F-150 to have its oil changed and the tires rotated, I had about 1 hour to write my concert review. I wrote it longhand, which means that it will be edited heavily when transcribing it into the PC.That's the way I usually work. My rough draft, when handwritten, gets plenty of editing when I am typing it into the PC, which is good. I was reading where the "problem" with computers is that writers think their first draft is their final draft. I don't really have that issue. I do edit a lot. Sometimes, as recently as last week, a review started out with one paragraph as the lead-in, but it was published as the conclusion. It's strange.

Tomorrow, I return to work. My co-worker was in India since Thanksgiving Day and returned to work today, but I, my co-worker, and manager all were off work today. I am anxious to hear about the trip tomorrow.

Other than that, my weekend went way too fast.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

One Year Anniversary

There used to be a WWE wrestler that was in CM Punk’s stable called “Straight Edge Society” or SES. This was before Punk became a face and overwhelmingly popular. There was a female in the group, real name Serena Deeb, who joined when CM Punk brought her out of the audience and gave her a crew cut to absolve her of her vices. The SES is long gone – it would be difficult to find someone who remembers who was in the stable with Punk. Deeb had issues with alcohol and partying too much. She recently posted the following:

Today I am incredibly proud, as it marks one full year I have gone without drinking alcohol. A year ago I looked myself in the mirror & reevaluated my priorities. I decided to make serious changes. I have always wanted to be a role model & help others around me because I believe that makes the world a better place. I hope this message can inspire & encourage whoever reads it.

Often times when people approach change, it can be overwhelming. One week is hard, one year is even harder and 'forever' almost sounds impossible. From my personal account, I think it's helpful to take things one day at a time & to constantly remind yourself of the bigger picture.

We all have changes that we want to implement. A new year approaching is the perfect opportunity. Don't limit yourself & the potential that you have to live a better life. Change is never easy BUT with a challenge, you build a stronger character. Self confidence & a strong will are very empowering. Take small steps & don't look back- "Be the change you wish to see in the world." :-)

I find this inspirational. I think that doing something you always said you were going to do is a powerful step in the right direction.

In my life, I have an example. On 12/2, I had 2 separate conversations with 3 different co-workers. The consensus was that all four of us wanted to walk to be healthier, but we each had separate reasons for not doing so. On 12/5, the first day of my 42nd year, we began the slow process of being healthier. If you walk from where we sit to the other end of the building, I think it is a ½ mile. Therefore, I walked 1 mile on Monday (I had a Monday PM meeting) and 2 miles today (Tuesday). Baby steps.

I also drank fewer calories of pop. More on that vice another day.

Club Scene in JW

The video below is from a movie that was rated R by the MPAA. Viewer beware!