Frisky Whiskey

Sip Sip, drip drip, you dropped your bib silly kid

Trying to be an adult will give you a jolt

Your ass is on the couch being a slouch

Oops, I forgot you’re a louse

A parasite always out of sight hiding from daylight

I’m not here to be polite while I’m surrounded by light

No double down downy will clear your air

Take a glare, stare, I’ll make you shit your underwear

Poof you disappeared.

Balls to the walls, your now hanging on the wall

Frisky whiskey—-OH how you get people Tipsy

Little sissy on the tizzy doing the dizzy

Bam

Slam

I don’t give a dam

Back that ass to the damn to fill the hole you little mole

Don’t scroll while you roll

I’m in your skull and you are DULL.

Let me get you some never-dull

Shine your skull you troll and pay the fucking TOLL

 

That was fun. Always stay creative.

 

Thank you for stopping by.

Fun in the sun

It needed have been done.

Get your hands in the air.

That’s not air, that trail has you under a spell

You better just ring that bell

Don’t be scared, is that shit in the underwear

Is it what you thought it was? Can I have applause, while you look appalled, curled up in a ball; as I eat pork roll

Given a fuc* like a bug, all snug in the rug, your about to be rung, because this is not done

A dog eating a milk bone, waiting on the phone, ring- ring that was just your spleen that was just screened

Fluffy cat licking its paws raw, from the jig sawed bird with the last song it just heard

Where’s the key for the limousine, get another magazine

Pop -Pop Spock has the Glock and the clock just stopped its tick tock

Just slip it

Spit it

Clap. Clap put it back on the rack, before you get slapped, smacked or jacked

Steal the real; tell your friends my shit on the reel

I just don’t give a fuck!

See me on the street I’m just bobbing to the beat.

Defeat just put you to sleep.

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That was fun. Always stay creative.

Thank you for stopping by.

Attitude

new-jersey-december-2016-219triptripHello everyone, and welcome to another post.  Before zipping along, I wanted to share an observation which I recently discovered from John C. Maxwell, “People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude”.  Very true.  Attitude can often be the difference between life and death; think about those who climb or have climbed Mount Everest.  Attitude may very well be the difference between life and death.  Or, what about working on home repairs, such as repairing a roof, or even climbing a tree – whether as part of one’s job or just for fun; attitude can make all the difference.  A negative attitude can make that “honey do list” never-ending, or climbing that tree could suddenly become hazardous without the right attitude.  If you are surrounded by negative influences, then the ordinary becomes bitter.  One of my favorite mantras now is about cutting lose the chain of negativity (from the anchor), and letting that anchor sink to the bottom of the ocean.

To continue these points regarding attitude, an old favorite from Zig Ziglar is, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”.  Also true.  If one is surrounded by negativity, however, this may be difficult to fulfill.  It is important to separate yourself from negativity, whether it is individuals or a company, before you lose yourself to entrenched negative thinking or worse, a negative environment in which you cannot grow. I call this the one stop shop of death to your individuality or potential future possibilities for growth.

15965960_10211809674897763_2715644845445657381_n15977493_10211809673097718_4611004595877573695_nIt seems unrealistic to encourage everyone to try to have a positive attitude and inspire and foster others to live life with some gusto, adventure, or even with their own originality, but is it?  Is it unrealistic to try to encourage others to refrain from negative thinking? Social media platforms come to mind.  How many times has a post or action on social media infuriated or upset you?  Let’s take Instagram for example; sometimes scrolling through individual feeds can spark (positive) ideas and conversations, and result in excellent contacts, but on other occasions, it and other social media platforms seem to do nothing but bring down one’s mood.  Not every social media account is positive – or even realistic, but some are worth reviewing, particularly if we take a minute to ponder the message or intent of the account (particularly business-related or entrepreneurial feeds).  If we have an open mind instead of a closed one, what opportunities do you think could result?

This brings me to the concept of the phrase, “one-man army”; in many ways, while this has been used in a negative manner, I consider it an immense compliment. I am one person just doing my own thing trying to be happy, and if working 10x harder than the person next to me is negative (i.e., comments such as “you’re working too hard”), then I suppose that is a matter of opinion.   I always wonder why individuals opt to jab, rather than encouraging others to persevere.  Is it just easier to be negative?  I’m human so, yes, sometimes, when I let down my guard, comments such as these bother me, and are just another irritant like getting tazed or OC’ed.  However, once I refocus, I can “embrace” the constructive criticism.  Here is just a thought to consider next time anyone is on the verge of picking on someone with malevolent (or even ill-humored) intent. We are all created equal, but we do not all share the same equal mindset of what real work entails.

When it comes to labor, I have put in my fair share of time, and I truly do understand intense manual labor. I cannot say this for everyone, nor would I even speak for another in this regard.  However, throughout my life, I have encountered a lot of Individuals who do not comprehend real pain or work. They can say it all they want, but until they actually feel it, then those words are hollow and mean nothing more than self-aggrandizement. I’m getting older, so I do feel it more, but I still know my limitations and capabilities. So, please, I want to hear you tell me “one-man army” or “you don’t get it”; all these comments do is motivate me. As I have said before, I am only one man trying my best. I don’t have a team to help me to do the little jobs, so if this “one man army” is upsetting your company’s status quo, and you have a TEAM of people, some of whom were hired to create original content, and yet, your team members continue to utilize the work of other individuals and claim it as their own, then I would encourage such companies to reevaluate the hiring process, and seek individuals who believe in original thought.

It’s all about mindset and how you look at the LONG RUN. I’m not saying owners of any company will not make mistakes in terms of placing trust in employees to be honest, particularly in terms of pesky components such as plagiarism, but know when the air is ripe at least.  I’m not here for peanuts and popcorn to watch a movie. I am the one creating the movie.  So, from the “one-man army” and until the next post, enjoy the start of the year and as always thank you for reading. My wife is laughing at me for this one, but that is just fine with me, because she is my team.

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See you in the next post.

 

To Think or Not to Think

20161221_160829-animationHello readers, I sit here looking at my screen deciding on the topic for today’s post. I recently returned from a great kayaking workout on December 31, 2016 and my creative juices are flowing. It’s a tradition I stick to every year regardless of weather. One thing I will continue to state is if you are going to venture out onto the water during winter months, be safe, be prepared, and be smart.  Just the other day another kayaker lost his life and this type of loss is always disheartening to hear. My sympathies go to the family of this man.  20161214_082557020161214_08280220161214_111941So, what do I write about? Money, social media, my son and his priceless expressions I get to enjoy watching, my thoughts on socially controversial topics, my future book in the editing phase, boats, planes, trains, automobiles, etc.?  Scientific innovations?  The 7 wonders of the world?  Entrepreneurship? I would like to talk about anything that may motivate someone to do something that he or she enjoys. I can sit here, yell and scream, but let’s face it.  Although I do not mind being assertive, because some need that tough love shit to get motivated, I would prefer to keep this post positive, a tint of humor, with a dash of entertainment. I guess my near death experiences could be a topic of interest? (There have been multiple experiences, and it is scary thinking about it.)  For example, think about a soft cover jeep rocketing into the exosphere only to come back down to the troposphere, with the tail slapping a tree, igniting on fire like spaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and landing into a creek at the bottom of a cliff. That one was a mouthful. I walked away from that experience with a different perspective. We can talk about water accidents, too – i.e., hypothermia, heat exhaustion, crashes, deaths, blacking out, and my, oh my, the list goes on.  So, where does one begin to write when there are so many topics from which to choose? Just what do writers decide to write about when there are so many potential options?    What drives the writer?20161214_15192820161214_152038A thought came to mind and one of which I am confident a few readers may have experienced.  How many of you may have had at least one person tell you one of the following:  Don’t think too much; You’re overthinking it; You are thinking too much; or my favorite, Your brain must be on fire.    What the osmosis is that?   I would like to hear from the readers and their thoughts on why people might say such things. Please add them to comment box below.

I am just free writing and trying to show my sense of humor. It’s a new year and new possibilities.

I would like to think that there are plenty of individuals on this planet that think about everything or whatever factor that piques their interest, and especially if it benefits not just oneself, but others as well?  Consider the term “think tank”.  People get paid for thinking and who wouldn’t want to be paid for thinking on multiple levels? Now, the likelihood that each of these individuals has a degree (or multiple degrees) is high, but what about those without a degree who are paid for using a skill that think tanks love? If someone has a talent, or capability to brainstorm with certain given subject matters for which companies or entities pay, should these individuals be allowed to use their gift even without paper credentials?  What do you think?   I’m curious to hear your thoughts.20161214_16130020161216_120024Here is another question. Do our memories become opportunities for reflection during certain times? Do we as humans continuously think about some topic regardless of anything we might try to do not to think? I kayak to do just that and sometimes kayak for longer durations than other kayaking workouts, but I know I am still thinking, using my brain, my frontal lobe working together with the motor and sensory cortexes, shaking hands with the broca’s area so I can write this post with some humor. I want to think. I enjoy thinking. I want to use my brain. I want to learn. I want to continue growing and utilizing that muscle. I would like to think that others would as well. We are all students in this life; in my opinion we all continue learning daily.20161219_17061520161231_083241I guess I found something to write about after all, because I just keep on typing. The brain. I love it. Just the term, “brain,” is intriguing.  What an unbelievable organ we each possess and yet so many people take for granted how vulnerable we really are when it comes to our brains.  The following example made me scratch my head, however.  One day, while hanging out with a few individuals, the subject of due process in the court of law, particularly, the topic of torture, whether sanctioned or not, became the topic of conversation, particularly where we each stood on this subject.  The person who initiated this subject matter opened a can of worms with this topic, because no one wanted to talk about it and when he asked what my position on this matter was he almost started a fist fight with me when he heard my response, simply because my response was not what he wanted to hear.  He immediately became confrontational.  How ironic considering the question he posed!  The good vibes in the area completely vanished as he, the originator of the question, became agitated from the logical responses I provided – prior to being interrupted by his temper. Have you ever watched a minnow swimming in a small cup? The minnow is in a small cup bouncing and flopping around.  Interestingly enough, we barely spoke after that day – purely over a difference in perspective for a question he posed to the group.  The others in the group were reticent on the topic, but I firmly believe in speaking my mind, particularly if someone opens the door on a topic which interests me.new-jersey-december-2016-530tripWe should cherish our freedom of speech, my readers.  If you ask a question, particularly one that is on a complex and highly-emotional topic, you better be prepared for an answer. Did I think too deeply on this post? About what shall I write next? After today we have another 363 days of learning to go for this year.

See you in the next post.

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Inspire

Encourage

Talk

Show

Participate

The pondering question:

new-jersey-december-2016-061tripnew-jersey-december-2016-285tripWhat keeps me going? What does someone say to another individual or a large audience if you are ever in a position to be sitting or standing on a stage in front of hundreds of people? What about a classroom? Maybe it’s a complete stranger.  What keeps anybody going in life?  Bottom line.  I only have one question for you to ponder down the road, when you are going through something or maybe when you have reached a point in life where you have no idea or clue what to do, when you have nowhere to run or hide, and you are forced to face this one question. Do you want to live or die?

This is a direct and clear cut question we should all ask ourselves. The normal reflex would be to say “Yes, I want to live,” partly due to the stigma of saying “no”.  In other words, would an individual automatically be labelled as someone in need of help?  What do we do? Is that person depressed? Suicidal?  Dangerous? Perhaps that person is having a bad day.  We automatically reach a hypothesis before learning the truth.

At one point or another in your life you are going to be where no one can relate to you or vice versa and that feeling of alienation will overwhelm anyone. It doesn’t matter where you are or who surrounds you, this will happen regardless of demographics.  That’s the true refection in the mirror…There comes a pivotal point in which you must decide whether you will fight, push on, face it all, or step back into the cave where the reflecting shadows can continue portraying what you want to see or feel, so you don’t confront your demons?  I think of Plato’s Allegory here – i.e., the point where you must have the courage to face yourself.  I’m not here to preach to you, but I do know one day your life will come to a complete halt.  You will look at everything and everyone in your life and wonder what the hell am I seeing, as if for the first time? Why have I not seen this before? Why have I not realized this before? And SWOOSH, that moment is gone just like that. Though that moment has come and gone the question is what will you do next with that humbling insight? The wrist watch arms are spinning and the question still remains for you to answer.

Do you want to live or die? Personally, I want to live. That is what keeps me going. LIFE!  I want to be happy. See my wife and son smile and learn from one another. I want to see friends and loved ones enjoying life.new-jersey-december-2016-434tripI want to be free. I want see our youth stay the hell out of JAIL! I want to see our youth engaged in positive activities without the fear of harassment. (Note to readers:  This will be the intro into a separate post on this topic “Youth and jail”.) Would you not rather see young adults fishing, kayaking, surfing, jet skiing, and other recreational activities rather than killing or fighting you, your neighbors, friends, teachers, authority figures, and most importantly each other over ridiculous nonsense, because they tried abiding by certain expectations only to have them thrown in their faces. Let’s consider the following hypothetical scenario.  A young adult is legally fishing somewhere, and another individual had a problem with this person fishing in that location, and as a result, decided to be a bully, perhaps because he or she would like to be doing what the young adult was doing.  However, this individual opted to be the instigator instead of the influencer.  (Notice the emphasis on choice!  Bullying is a conscious action on the part of the bully.)  We want the youth to abide the rules, but when it is do as we say, but not as we do, then we have a conflict of interest do we not?

I wonder if this same individual ever stopped to realize by that simple action of confrontation instead of positive reinforcement caused a ripple effect to the point that the young adult said to himself or herself, I am not hurting anyone. I am alone fishing and minding my own business and I get harassed for fishing. I get bullied for following the rules. I get in trouble for doing the right thing instead of doing harmful activities. Why bother? I give up.  I guess killing and fighting each other is better for society and my future, so I guess I will just do that instead of fishing.  See where I am going here, folks?  If an individual acts constructively, instead of putting themselves in a less-than-positive role, one which might lead to the corrections system, that is a no brainer. (This will be in another post.)

So, what keeps me going? I want to live. I want to make a difference even if it is just as simple as writing, taking pictures, or blabbing away on my blog.

Here is another question for you. What do you have to lose by trying to better yourself?

Well, to me that moment comes with a price.

That price is your ego. That price is your humility. That price is your pain. That price is your time.

That price is getting your heart handed to you wrapped in a pretty bow over and over and over and over.

That price is facing those demons that keep you from facing that mirror.

That price is your family. That price is your life.

How badly do you want to go forward in life?

I can sit here and break down every single price tag I just put on every one of those stated.

Crying because you are angry or upset, yelling at the wall or the sky, screaming at the top of your lungs to release something, beating the hell out of a kick bag, running, jogging, swimming, and the countless other positive activities that empower one to strive for a better tomorrow are all normal. Every one of these causes a reaction to that could benefit one’s life in a positive manner.

That’s a part of life. Get over it. Deal with it. Reflect upon that image in the mirror. Try looking at yourself beyond the reflection in the mirror.

So, when someone asks me what keeps me going, what would you like to hear? The truth or some bullshit story to appease you at that moment? Fight. Push. Strive. Inspire. Encourage. Talk. Put words into action.

Don’t try to push shit that you yourself are not representing. So, what keeps me going? I want to live to continue learning.

See you in the next post.

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Google Vortex

I sit here staring at dual computer screens. One screen has Google staring at me and the other is no other than the screen reflecting the words I am typing. My son sleeps soundly behind me in his little Fisher Price Rock & Play. Before we get into the post at hand, let that last phrase roll off your tongue a few times. Rock and play. Rock and play. I look at my son, now nearly 4 months old, and he is sound asleep. I am typing away and he is just out cold in infant land dreaming away of something happy I hope.  The Rock and Play is a phenomenal concept, because to me it is an adult sized hammock with frames. I want to wake up my son and tell him he needs to go to his crib, so I can lie back and relax in this thing.

Ok. Let’s turn our attention to the Google screen. It’s just staring at me and frankly sometimes I get tired of just wanting to research information, because there are so many topics from which to choose.  Information at our finger tips….Where do I start?  Information at the touch of your fingertips is an awe-inspiring concept; gone are the days of library card catalogs. At least for this particular post, because unbelievable materials can be found at the tips of those cards and who doesn’t enjoy the good old (DDC) So, Google:  I can take a chance and double click “I’m feeling lucky,” if I choose.  In fact let’s do that and see where it leads us.  What appears is as follows (and this pasted directly from the Google search):

“January 11, 2012

Nicolas Steno’s 374th Birthday

Known as the father of stratigraphy and geology, Nicholas Steno worked to understand history by what he could find in the ground. Rather than simply write books about his findings, Steno opted to do his own hands-on research. As an innovative thinker, he disagreed with his contemporaries in thinking that shark-tooth-shaped objects found imbedded in rocks “fell from the sky.” Instead, Steno argued that these formations were fossils. His dedication to analysis, critical thinking, and creative thinking make him a great subject for a Google doodle!

Considering Steno’s contributions to stratigraphy and geology, I wanted to honor his birthday with a unique take on his work. I knew that the colorful and geeky aesthetic of stratigraphy was the right direction for the doodle, but the team and I weren’t sure how to apply it. Should we set the doodle in the middle of the country? Should we relate it to Google culture? Should I just make things up? Below are the exploration sketches. “

—–End of Google search direct quote—-

Now, that was a gem of a find.  That nugget left me curious, so I chose to research further on Nicolas Steno. I wanted to see what information I could find in three minutes; yet, 49 minutes pass, and I am still reading about this fascinating man.  I would have continued my research; however, my son woke up screaming.  The term “bloody hell” is an overture for my son cried so loud that the blood ran out of hell; Hell’s CEO was like, “God, what happened?  Why have you forsaken me?” After feeding my son, he started to fall back to sleep, leading me to return to do some additional research.  That’s reality; my son is now falling back to sleep in my wife’s arms.  So, I decide to browse Stanford’s research archives, leading me right back to where I started, another recap of a past blog post. The BRAIN. This reminds me of what I read regarding Steno, and his 1669 point, “The brain, the masterpiece of creation, is almost unknown to us.”  Today, 347 years later in 2016, the brain is still a mystery, in many ways. That is beyond fascinating because that means there are endless possibilities for future breakthroughs.

So, to return to our focus on Google, I am thankful for our tech advancements, as this provided the muse and the means to locate a topic.  While I am on the topic of technological advances, how many of my fellow readers know what Nanites are? Now this is a topic about which I could write multiple posts. Nanorobotics, Nanomachines, and Nanomites, oh my. Nanotechnology is a fascinating topic, one in which that which you imagine can become a reality.

So, until the next post I will keep researching topics or just free write as I normally do, as this helps me to feel good about myself. Let’s face it folks, if we do not enjoy what we are doing or do what makes us happy, then what is the purpose of humanity? We have 80 to 85 years to live and humanity would be resplendently boring if there were no excitement.

See you in the next post.

Mirrors Reflections:

It’s easy to look at someone else and compare your life with theirs, but that’s not your life, so why do we do this? Why do we compare ourselves with others?  I look around and see thousands of faces. I look into their eyes and I see anger, passion, ambition, admiration, fear, concern, confusion, love, curiosity, among others, as if a mirror is reflecting everything I myself have endured and experienced, and continue to pull back the curtain of life’s everlasting questions of what are we on this planet to do.

Do we speak of these things or do we just brush these realities under the carpet, so no one can see our true nature? Should I use fancy or brusque words to cause a ripple in the pond that may or may not rock the boat?  I am human as are we all. I know of pain, love, etc. – just as you. So why do people continue to hide from themselves?

Why do we hide from the reflection in the mirror?

What makes one human being better than another?

If you take away everything and stand as equals, what is left?

So, I sit here and I type and knowing all too well many individuals DO NOT GIVE A FUCK! Oops, taboo broken. Ripple in the pond rocking the boat. Have you ever considered the fact that a boat is meant to be rocked?  I curse a lot, so what! Oh My God! I have a mouth and an attitude problem.

I can use whatever words I choose, from the sophisticated to the repulsive.  Here is what I have learned over the years, although sometimes I wonder.  You can curb your language, so you don’t come across as a complete asshole, but the truth is I am (or at least can be) an asshole.  What did I just say? You don’t live 20, 30, 40+ years without learning the true nature of human beings and their capabilities. Don’t lie to yourself if you think someone will always be nice to you. That is not reality.

This is reality:

If you let someone continue to hurt you, they will.

If you let someone continue to manipulate you, they will.

Now, why did I say I was an asshole (or at least can be)?

I try to stand up for myself (AS YOU ALL SHOULD)  and sometimes the ones I stand up to have the power to manipulate those around them, or maybe someone will try intimidation tactics, or speak ill of me, or maybe someone is trying or just tried to pick a fight with me for some convoluted reason, but the fact remains that when I do stand up for myself, people take that as a sign of disrespect, which to me is ass backwards.  If someone is trying to tarnish your name/reputation, what do you do? If someone is trying to break your spirit, what do you do? If someone is trying to force you out of place of employment, business, or anywhere you want to enjoy your time or earn money, what do you do? What do you do when you will not submit to other’s perspectives?  You stand up for yourself.  So, if that makes me an asshole in your eyes, because I speak my mind, then I guess I’m an asshole.  I’m not here to placate others.  That crap was grade school antics, which by the way are alive and well in some of the adult behavior I witness. I want to see people succeed and not be pushed down. Don’t get me wrong, I act like a child myself, because I am the parent of an infant and often make funny faces and speak “baby talk” in my child’s presence.

The bottom line:  If you try to break a person who has already been broken you will lose every time!

Be yourself.

Fight for your passions.

Stand up for your ideologies.

See you in the next post.