Individuals in America…

The power of the individual is underestimated in America. For every person who feels powerless there’s another who confronts the headwinds and wins through sheer determination.

THINK OF:

The Doors without Jim Morrison…… NOTHING

Apple with out Steve Jobs…… We’ll see

You may continue……. without me….

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Capitalization..

I have noticed that many who do a lot of texting have forgotten the “Art of Capitalization”.

Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

Let’s eat Grandpa.
Let’s eat, Grandpa.

Use punctuation–save a life.

 

Fashion and Media

The media tells us to all be alike, fashion tells us to be an individual….

In a world where everybody can get his message out, most messages are ignored. You must establish a bond, trust, in order to succeed today. Mainstream media is in bed with publicists and advertisers, neither of which had a direct relationship with the audience. If you want to get the public to trust you, people will do your marketing if they believe in your product.

It seems to me that Reality TV might be fake, but it’s underlying appeal could not be more now. The BLANDER you are, the less traction you are going to get. If you want to be famous, have a personality, offend somebody, be real.

 

Success

Shed your past if you want to succeed in the future. You may be angry that Apple changed its connector, but look what backward compatibly did for Microsoft.. I kept the company in the doldrums to the point where the Redmond enterprise completely missed tablet computing and is now playing catch-up ball.  (POORLY)

The winners are the innovators. Those willing to double down and never rest on their laurels. Apple will fade without a breakthrough product. STAY relevant….He who worries more about the past than the future is doomed.

A quick look at newspapers will show you that when you put the bottom line first, you head straight towards obsolescence. There is so little in the newspaper now, it is not worth reading. Either it has got to be the repository of all things local or be a fount of investigative journalism. At the moment it looks like a child’s toy a COLECO headed for the dumpster.

The MTV hangover.

Pop music is music for lonely people made by other lonely people.

We need more “shows” with no backdrop. No patter. (that’s dancing for you young folk”, none of the “trappings” of today’s music extravaganzas, which OFTEN resemble Broadway as opposed to the Fillmore.  Once upon a time music was something you listened to. Not it has become something you see. And we are worse off for it. Attribute it to high ticket prices. We went to shows when there were no tapes, no hard drives, because live shows were about experimentation, with every performance just a little bit different, with surprises and imperfections just like life. 

Six hours sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool

The myth that early risers are good people and late risers are lazy has its reasons and merits in rural societies but becomes questionable in our modern 24/7 society. The old moral is so prevalent; however, that it still dominates our beliefs.

Many don’t think that the young man sleeping at 10:00 am might have worked until the early morning hours because he is a night-shift worker or for other reasons. We label these healthy young people who sleep into the day as lazy – as long sleepers.

What time did you get up?????

The Holiday….. BLUR

Are the holidays a blur of cookies, presents, trees, gift wrapping, menorah candles, decorations, new clothes, visitors, travel, and New Year’s parties? Are you getting overloaded and exhausted just thinking about it—even if you adore the celebrations, family, and friends.

TRY THIS…..Volunteer. Even just a few hours in a soup kitchen, baking cookies for a retirement home, wrapping a present for a giving tree reminds you that you’re part of something bigger. Remembering there’s a bigger perspective—whether it’s for Christmas, Kwanzaa  Hanukkah, or the Winter Solstice—highlights the purpose of the celebrations.

What it’s about

Thanksgiving is an American holiday centered on the consumption of large amounts of food.  Of course, Thanksgiving can also be a lovely time in which families get together and enjoy each others’ company. Sometimes we even remember to be thankful.

Margaret and Helen, Best friends for Sixty Years and Counting

YES…. I stole this from Margaret and Helen…  A link to their site is at the bottom…….

Dear Family,

I’m not dead yet.  Thanksgiving is still important to me.  If being in my Last Will and Testament is important to you, then you might consider being with me for my favorite holiday.

Dinner is at 2:00.   Not 2:15.  Not 2:05.   Two.  Arrive late and you get what’s leftover.

Last year, that moron Marshall fried a turkey in one of those contraptions and practically burned the deck off the house.  This year, the only peanut oil used to make the meal will be from the secret scoop of peanut butter I add to the carrot soup.

Jonathan, your last new wife was an idiot.  You don’t arrive at someone’s house on Thanksgiving needing to use the oven and the stove.  Honest to God I thought you might have learned after two wives – date them longer and save us all the agony of another divorce.

Now, the house rules are slightly different this year because I have decided that 47% of you don’t know how to take care of nice things.  Paper plates and red Solo cups might be bad for the environment, but I’ll be gone soon and that will be your problem to deal with.

House Rules:

  1.  The University of Texas no longer plays Texas A&M.   The television stays off during the meal.
  2. The” no cans for kids” rule still exists.  We are using 2 liter bottles because your children still open a third can before finishing the first two.  Parents can fill a child’s cup when it is empty.  All of the cups have names on them and I’ll be paying close attention to refills.
  3. Cloe, last year we were at Trudy’s house and I looked the other way when your Jell-O salad showed up.  This year, if Jell-O salad comes in the front door it will go right back out the back door with the garbage.  Save yourself some time honey.  You’ve never been a good cook and you shouldn’t bring something that wiggles more than you.  Buy something from the HEB bakery.
  4. Grandmothers give grandchildren cookies and candy.  That is a fact of life.  Your children can eat healthy at your home.  At my home, they can eat whatever they like as long as they finish it.
  5. I cook with bacon and bacon grease.  That’s nothing new.  Your being a vegetarian doesn’t change the fact that stuffing without bacon is like egg salad without eggs.  Even the green bean casserole has a little bacon grease in it.   That’s why it tastes so good.  Not eating bacon is just not natural.  And as far as being healthy… look at me.  I’ve outlived almost everyone I know.
  6. Salad at Thanksgiving is a waste of space.
  7. I do not like cell phones.  Leave them in the car.
  8. I do not like video cameras.  There will be 32 people here.  I am sure you can capture lots of memories without the camera pointed at me.
  9. Being a mother means you have to actually pay attention to the kids.  I have nice things and I don’t put them away just because company is coming over.  Mary, watch your kids and I’ll watch my things.
  10. Rhonda, a cat that requires a shot twice a day is a cat that has lived too many lives.  I think staying home to care for the cat is your way of letting me know that I have lived too many lives too.  I can live with that.  Can you?
  11. Words mean things.  I say what I mean.   Let me repeat:  You don’t need to bring anything means you don’t need to bring anything.   And if I did tell you to bring something, bring it in the quantity I said.  Really.  This doesn’t have to be difficult.
  12. Dominos and cards are better than anything that requires a battery or an on/off switch.  That was true when you were kids and it’s true now that you have kids.
  13. Showing up for Thanksgiving guarantees presents at Christmas.  Not showing up guarantees a card that may or may not be signed.

The election is over so I’ll watch what I say and you will do the same.  If we all stick to that, we’ll have a good time.  If not, I’ll still have a good time but it will be at your expense.  In memory of your Grandfather, the back fridge will be filled with beer.  Drink until it is gone.  I prefer wine anyway.  But one from each family needs to be the designated driver.  I mean it really.

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