Monthly Archives: October 2016

How will you change the world?

Hope is great word.  According to Wikipedia Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.

Is hope more than just wishful thinking?  To me it always seemed a passive attitude, like you were waiting for something to happen.  To me, I always wanted to help it along by doing anything possible to make what I hoped happen, to actually happen.

I feel like with enough people with true hope, the world could change for the better.  I also feel like people are swallowed up in the immediate and material that people are distracted away from the real point we’re here – at least what I feel like is the real point we’re on the planet.  To make a difference.  I’ve spent the last several years so wrapped up in trying not to be miserable at work, trying not to bring that home, trying to save enough to do the things I want to do without spending so much that I can’t save, etc.

I feel like I have a lot to give.  I’ve done a decent job, imho, raising two wonderful children and giving back through the community and getting involved in things.  Lately tho, now that I have time to sit and think, i’m coming to the realization that I can do more.  With the technical skills I have, I want to try to help non-profits or agencies that help homeless and mentally disabled people do more to stretch their taxed budgets.

I have some ideas on who to contact and get that moving.

What are you going to do?

Happenings of a travel newbie…

I decided to start what might seem like an obvious list of things to bring when travelling, that I nonetheless figured out the hard way.  Feel free to comment, I’ll add it to the list.

  1. Do not bring two small containers of conditioner, shampoo is necessary.
  2. Take that old beat up pair of headphones and stick them in the bottom of your bag.  You will need them when you forget your decent ones and you’re on a flight surrounded by a group travelling halfway across the world who thinks it’s necessary to talk the whole three hours of the flight minus the ten minutes before landing when most of them fell asleep.
  3. Air horn to set off once ChatterBoxPackOfTravellers falls asleep.
  4. Comfortable clothes to travel in.  Thought about it, and had the clothes, next time I’m changing into sweats.
  5. Smaller device to watch movies on than my 17in laptop that I couldn’t open all the way.
  6. USB charger to plug my dying phone into said humongous laptop.
  7. Sharp pointy things for my elbows to move the butts of the people who leaned against my chair waiting to get to the restroom.
  8. Upgrades to move from the 2nd to last row before the bathroom because I have so little status with United Air.
  9. Extra pair of reading glasses to try to do crossword puzzle on my dying phone.  One of the butt leaners stepped on my glasses the .0000001 seconds after it fell from my pocket because I leaned forward away from the stinky breath of the traveller behind me trying to talk to my neighbor.

Yeah, it was all kinds of fun 🙂

Be Thankful & Get Off Your Ass

With everything going on in the world from Hurricane Matthew(no relation), to deciding which shiny turd to vote into office, to Clowns roaming neighborhoods on the east coast freaking people out – you have to take a minute and realize that you have a lot to be thankful for and you have a lot to do.

Life can change in an instant, do you want to be left standing there after a huge loss/disappointment/tragedy or even at the end of your days saying “I should have…” or “I wish I had…”.  There have been a lot of videos that I’ve seen lately that talk about people on the verge of death or late in life having things they wish they’d done when they had the chance.

The big question I keep asking myself is “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?”  I’ve been thinking lately that I’m a good man.  I’m a good friend (most of the time when I reach out to people), a good husband and father, and just good in general.  I like helping people, it makes me feel better about my own little world.  Lately, i’ve been feeling really mortal.  Having just left a bad situation, i’m slowly recovering, and thankfully some of the health issues I had going on are slowly but surely fixing themselves.  I’m no longer sweating through my undershirts by 10am or having trouble being around people 🙂  One thing that I do have to do once and for all is get my sinuses fixed.  Having surgery tomorrow to reduce some of the swelling in the internal bits and fixing a deviated septum I didn’t even realize I had.

Other than that, I have been making an effort to make myself uncomfortable by taking on things that are not in my sandbox.  I’ve fiddled around with the bass, but I’ve always wanted to be that guy that picks up an acoustic and plays campfire stuff everyone can sing along to.  So I finally decided to do something about it and was playing my daughter’s acoustic, which is smaller than normal and hard to learn on.  A good friend who is an excellent blue guitarist went out and bought me a new acoustic to play on and I committed to taking lessons.  Here’s what I sound like after two weeks:  (admittedly, I need to stop being so negative about my playing.  I’m going to be recording more on a weekly basis before my lesson to track my progress.  This is supposed to be Lyin Eyes by the Eagles.

It’s frustrating, my fingers are still hurting a lot, but you know what, it’s so satisfying when you get something.  It’s totally different from what I expected, and truthfully, it’s harder than I thought it’d be, but 1000x more rewarding.

So, in a long rambling way, I guess I’m saying that you should just go for it on something you’ve always wanted to do.  Worst case scenario, you can cross it off the list of “I wish I had” and move onto the next one 🙂

Good luck and let me know what you’re working on.  I’ll be your cheerleader!