Friday, October 9, 2009

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it. ~Haim Ginott

Isn't it interesting how you hear older parents say that this generation "is lost" or "needs saving"?    

While we all know this has been said about every generation by the previous one (Adam and Eve probably said this about Cain and Able)--you rarely here these folks accept responsibility for this "situation".

How can you say "I think I'm a good parent, better than my own, at least" and then blame your childrens' generation for their own woes?  Sure, you can be the best parent you can be and there'd be no guarantee your child will be the best behaved.  Likewise, some of the most well-mannered folks were raise by some, shall we say, less than stellar parents.

The reality is you have to do the best you can with what you have and be thankful for what (and who) you have; and hope and pray that your children turn out well.  

If this generation does need saving, it is not going to be by a previous generation who has thrown up its hands and turned a blind eye to the challange.  I say that is the generation in need of saving.
Maybe if my snooze button told me it loved me once in a while I wouldn't have to hit it so hard.
I'm a man of my convictions, but far more proud of my acquittals.

How to slip Google's Word of the Day into daily discussions. "Foofaraw"

The Internet makes the foofaraw associated with one's mundane comings and goings entertaining.  Whose idea was this thing anyway?  Al Gore?  Bill Gates? 

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

When you die . . .

When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it's not, mmmmmmm, boy.

Canada looks like a pretty nice place to visit frmo Google Street View.

Maybe I'll add this to my Bucket List. 

What do you think of Robert Pagliarini's Article about Parents being busier than non-parents?

If you don’t have kids, you don’t have a time problem.

I have friends without kids and I want to wring their neck every time they say, “I’m so busy. I don’t have enough time.” You don’t have enough time?! Are you kidding me? My theory, which seems to be much more popular with my friends that have children, is that people without kids are inefficient and don’t fully value their free time.

Yes, I said it.

Unless you’re a really bad parent, raising children requires an enormous investment of money and time. Your other 8 hours probably feels more like your other 8 minutes.

Common sense says that if you have children, you will not be as productive. There’s no way you will be able to get as much done. That book you want to write? It will take a lot longer. Time for exercise? Limited. People without kids have so much more free time that it’s almost unfathomable.

So if common sense is accurate, why aren’t people without kids so much more successful and productive? Fortunately, they waste their time and are inefficient. Too harsh? I’m speaking from personal experience.
It’s my daughter’s birthday today. She’s four years old. I discovered that I get as much done now as I did before she was born. How is that possible? It’s because I’m a whole lot more efficient now.

I only have a fraction of the time to read, work, exercise, watch TV, etc. that I used to. Because of that, I do things faster and I’ve eliminated people and eliminated things that aren’t important. My productivity has remained level but my efficiency has gone through the roof because of my daughter.

This becomes quite apparent every couple of months when my mother-in-law takes her for a couple of days. I get almost nothing done. I think I’m going to be able to use all of my free time to catch up on stuff but end up wasting most of it and doing very little. I fall back into bad habits.

The trick for you childless folks out there is to place more value on your free time. Of course, that’s like telling Joey Chestnut to savor his next hot dog. When you have so much of something, it’s hard to place much value on it.  Here are a few tips:
  • Create a sense of urgency. If you think something is going to take two weeks, start on it a week before it’s due. Force yourself to work more efficient by eliminating dead time.
  • Fill your day with more to do. It’s obvious that the more you do the more productive you will be, but what’s less obvious is the more you do the more efficient you will be. When you have a hundred things happening at once you can get in the zone and get more done more quickly.
  • Track your time. Don’t think you waste your time? Track it for a day or a week. If you really want to get depressed, have a friend with a child track his time and compare the results.
If you don’t have kids you have all the time in the world. Go forth and use it. Let me know what you do with it. In the meantime, I’ll be at Disneyland


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Say it aint so, Perry B?

Perry Belcher quits teaching Internet Marketing?!?!?!   After such great success and an awesome interview with Jay & Sterling of Internet Business Mastery.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Awesome Seersuckers or just for suckers?

So, they say "At last, seersucker trousers that keep your legs precisely 90 degrees cooler than traditional seersucker pants."  Maybe I should have paid attention in science class, but how does this work again?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Four Biblical events as captured by Google Earth satellites.

This is interesting.  What will Google think of next?

Moses Parting the Red Sea.

8 Must Have Gadgets for a Business Trip??

Ok, so, I am taking a trip to London in about 2 weeks and I know that there are things one must have.  For instance, I know that there are power current differences and I should have some kind of adapter so my laptop and Blackberry (what's left of it) doesn't explode.

So, then I come across this ad saying "8 Must-have Gadgets for Your Business Trip" and I'm like "Sweet"!   But when I look at the items I think the title should read "Expensive Items to Make You Feel Cool and Look Pretentious".  What do you think?

The Unique Origins of 25 Popular Products

The Unique Origins of 25 Popular Products

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Nothing of me is Original . . .

"Nothing of me is original.  I am the combined effort of everybody I've ever known."
--Chuck Palahniuck, Invisible Monsters

The Mother Load Layered Cookie Bars

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Difference between the Obama "Fist" and the Bruce Lee "Fist".

So, my 4-year-old son does not like to be hugged by other boys. So, I tell him, "if a boy tries to hug you just give him the 'Fist"". "The Fist"? he says. I say, "you know, like we do." Even the President & First Lady do the Fist.

So, lo and behold, he goes to school, the boy tries to hug him and, out of the blue . . .FIST! He punches the boy right in the chest. Doh! Apparently, I was not clear on the subtle distinction between the Obama fist and the Bruce Lee fist.

And, of course, when asked why he did it he replied "My daddy told me to". Ahh!