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Random Thought for Friday, April 10, 2015: Happy Allergy Season!

IMG_20140430_120300Welcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

There are moments when you write a long wonderful piece to share with the masses.  Something thought provoking and profound.  Then, as you engage in the beginnings of the tissue paper recycling process, you find something that conveys your thoughts so much better.

In the spirit of bowing to a greater artistic expression concerning allergy season, I give you one the greats moments in film from the classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Random Thought for Friday, February 20, 2015: Revenge of the Sinus

IMG_20140412_155334Welcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

 Yup, it happened.  I got a nasty sinus infection with a side of ear infection.  Fun stuff…NOT!

 I did my best.  I ate right, got plenty of sleep and still ended up getting my ass kicked from some unknown bug that decided to move into my skull.

Heads up everyone, we all actually do have holes in our heads, they are called sinuses and they make lovely homes for all kinds of mold, spores, fungus and other bugs that just like to come in, force our nasal passages closed and make us miserable.

Pro tip to all you little infectious bugs out there.  Want to stay inside a human being, don’t make us miserable.

We humans really don’t like it when we can’t breathe or when you begin that lovely waterfall/desert torture.  You know what I am talking about, when your left nostril is blocked up like the Berlin Wall and your right nostril is like a pressure washer gushing nonstop…until a few hours pass, then the nostrils reverse roles.

Yeah, do that and we are going to Musinex your ass and not think twice.

You see, when you make us miserable, after about say a week, we go to the doctor and get some help.  Sometimes that help comes in the form of an antibiotic and that is in essence, your eviction notice.  As soon as we pop those 2 pills for the first dose of a Z-Pack, your time is up, get the hell out.

Learn the lessons of probiotics.  They are your well behaved little bugs.  They live in other parts of the human body and do good things.  They eat stuff that our cells don’t use and/or discard and in return, help to keep us healthy.

Good bugs that help humans feel better stay put.  Bad bugs that make us feel bad, out through the nose you go!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Random Thought for Friday, November 21, 2014: He’s two now…

20140609_150843Welcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

My son turned two years old.  Oh my god.  Yup, two years old and already he has like 50 girlfriends.

I am soo screwed.  Of course, it didn’t help matters that when he was still a small baby, we put him in onesies that had things like “I like to be picked up by older chics” printed on them.

What has it been like?  Well, any parent would tell you it has been awesome and I will be that giddy proud father and say the same thing.

It has been awesome.

What I love the most is how everything is new and magical.  Logan find new things and ways to explore the world and it keeps me and my wife on our toes all the time and or course, we find ourselves remember our childhoods.

It is the little things like he will never see a working rotary phone, a tv that doesn’t have a remote control or is not a flat panel.  He will not know the joy of watching SciFi movies on a UHF TV station…he will know about Sharknado, this generations good/bad SfiFi film series.  Mine was something about killer tomatoes.

He will never know a world where computers are not everywhere and a world where if you want a book, you had to go to a library or a bookstore..

When I was a kid, camping was something you did for fun with your dad or with the scouts.  Now it is what you do in online games.

He is a child of the digital age more than I am in the sense that the analog world is so small now.  It makes me sad that he will not share in some of the joys that I did when I was a kid, but its tempered with the knowledge that Logan will too, have the same moment I am having now.

He will see a world where people don’t use smart phones as we know them, where we live on a planet that doesn’t have trees or gas powered cars.  He may know a world where the view of Earth from the Moon was a bit greener and Mars was still a red planet, not the dull grey of a partially terra-formed world.

Heck, his kids may even ask him, “Dad, what was a ‘blog'”?

Happy Birthday Logan and Happy Friday Everyone!

Random Thought for Friday, November 7, 2014: Shan Yu

wpid-wp-1413824213598.jpegWelcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

I must apologize right now, I promised myself that I would forgo any discussions on politics as I’ve found such discussions are usually very divisive and can end up in a lot of hate being slung around, but this time, I just can’t be quiet.

Years ago I used to watch a wonderful SciFi show called “Firefly”, perhaps you have heard of it.  Yes, I was in love with this show as it was very good, entertaining and filled with wonderful characters.

One of the episodes, War Stories, I believe it was, had a wonderful quote that came to mind when I saw the results from the most recent elections here in the USA.  It’s a quote from the character Shepard Book concerning a fictional emperor Shan Yu.

“…fancied himself quite the warrior poet. Wrote volumes on war, torture, the limits of human endurance.”

“Live with a man 40 years. Share his house, his meals. Speak on every subject. Then tie him up, and hold him over the volcano’s edge. And on that day, you will finally meet the man.”

Why did this of all things pop into my head?  Well, aside from being slightly insane from working a lot of hours lately in the IT realm, something stuck me.

Why did the Democrats lose virtually every contest they were involved in this time?

Democrats will tell you it is because they usually do not fare well in a mid-term elections.  Historically, that is really not the case.  The exact opposite had happened in my lifetime more than once where the Democrats swept the mid-terms.  Do your own research, you will find that this statement is simply spin and yes, it has been used by both the Democrats and Republicans.

Republicans will say it is a mandate to stop President Obama, to reign in the Democrats and turn the country away from the present course.  This, while seemingly more plausible and I suspect was a driving factor, it is still not the entire story.

What happened is part of the beauty of our Constitution; that we can engage in such a civil revolution and yes, this was just that, a small revolution.  Nothing so grand as our revolt against Britain a few centuries ago, but still rooted in the came concept from another document, the Declaration of Independence.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

So again I ask, why did the Democrats lose virtually every contest they were involved in this time?

Simply, the American people are that roommate of 40 years of Shan Yu.

We are tied up and being held over the edge of the volcano.  We have come to the point that we are sick and tired of being sick and tired and we want things fixed right now.

It is why the Tea Party and Libertarians are gaining traction in this country.  The Democrats and Republicans have their established records of success and in the past 30 years of failure.

We have taken our collective dose of Fukatol and voted with our hearts and minds.

We have changed the landscape of Congress and of many of the governor seats of many states not due to loyalty to any one political party but rather in an effort to “throw off such Government”, to end the stagnation of our economy and the continued rise of invasive control of our lives.

Will it make a difference this time?

Only time will tell and I will say this as many people are thinking it. If things do not improve, I can see the first Tea Party controlled Senate, Libertarian controlled House of Representatives and the first independent President being elected within my lifetime.

I wish the Republicans well and I hope they listen to the American people this time.

I want for things to get better and yet part of me would love to see my prediction come true.  Tea Party and Libertarian candidates not only seem to understand what needs to be done, they are actually doing it.

Who knows, Ted Cruz might even be the Senate Majority leader.  It would certainly be interesting…

Happy Friday Everyone!

Random Thought for Friday, October 24, 2014: Origami Boulders???

wpid-wp-1413824219216.jpegWelcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

Last week at work, I made a silly joke about transformers, a piece of paper and crumpling it up.  “See, an Origami boulder!”

Apparently, it’s a real thing,

So I can take that and the Jump to Conclusions Mat from Office Space off my list of original ideas and I encourage everyone else to take similar action.


Well, ask yourself.  When was the last time you went to the movies and there wasn’t a single remake or reboot playing in the theater?

If you are my age, you have to think back about 20 or more years.  I suspect in the next 20 years, there won’t be a single original thought in American Film and please, please, please let time prove me wrong.

Don’t misunderstand me, there are some very good remakes out there.  The Star Trek reboot has been very well done, The Thomas Crowne Affair was also a stellar job and one can’t forget Ocean’s Eleven and the way the captured the essence of the original so well.

Remakes should only be done every once and a while and not become the main content that is being presented to the theater going masses.

Re-releasing older films is a better way to go.  Keep things as original as you can or do something really ground breaking, create something new.

Take a hint from Pixar.  They are successful simply because they came up with original stories and presented them very well.  Toy Story, Finding Nemo and UP are some of my favorite movies.

Of course, this would require people to use their imagination.  To do so, you have to make a conscious decision in your life that money is not the most important thing.  You have to be an artist and I’m not talking about that “hipster at Starbucks in fine clothes” stereotype of an artist.  I’m talking about the artist who holds down a full time job and works on their craft when they are not working.  Art for the sake of art doesn’t work most of the time.  Art for the sake of creating something with no intention of getting anything back from it, that’s how you pour your soul into something.

You have to be willing to create something and put it out there for the world to see.  You have to accept that whatever you do, you will suck at it and continue to suck at it until your work is appreciated.  You have to be a bit selfless in what you are doing.

You have to have drive and discipline in what you do.  You have to grow up and still be that kid inside.

Take a look at the character Frank Castle portrayed by Nathon Fillion.  His character keeps a copy of his first rejection letter framed and hanging in his office.  It is what drives his character to excel, to keep writing, to simply keep doing what he is doing not out of stubbornness or pride but dedication to his art, his craft.

Of course, if all the paper in your office is predominately rejection letters, it’s time to try something else.

I hear origami can be fun.  Full contact basket weaving is also fun, try it sometime.

Just do one thing.  Keep it real, keep it original.

Happy Friday Everyone!

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