Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thought Process

I have read many biographies of famous and or important people over the years. Two recent examples are Nikola Tesla and Elon Musk. I like the fact they wanted/want to do something to benefit mankind.

That is the thought that surges through my mind and controls my thoughts, not money or fame but to help everyone, to come up with a game changer idea. My strength is my ability to envision something, my mind goes through the pros and cons of an idea. My weakness is the inability to proceed.

I am sure that I will find what I thought were insurmountable problems will be laughable down the road. Publicly stating a course of action and documenting the course of events will be exhilarating and scary, there will be butterflies a plenty for sure.

There will be applause and handshakes from some and head shaking from others as I continue along this journey. But this time there will be not failure from not trying. That alone will make me successful.

I will start a journal of sorts and at some point in time share it.

Time to draw a map and get started, no gps needed!

ray

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The disappearing man

Almost to the day from a year ago, I have lost 30 lbs. The last 12 lbs have come from giving up candy, cake, cookies, and ice cream. I bring coffee (black), tea (unsweetened) and water to drink throughout the work day, close to 120 ounces, each day. I do eat something for breakfast and dinner when I get home.  I never hit the vending machines at work.

This is not rocket science of course. I am old or getting older. I hurt in many areas, knees and heel bone spurs are on the list.

I am on my feet upwards to 12 hours a day, sometimes more. The last few hours, as the sales floor slows down, the mind no longer occupied becomes painful. I experiment with food choices. I realized long ago the addiction to sugar. The more I read I realized sugar wasn't the only culprit.

Processed foods. It is not real food is it? Additives. Artificial coloring. Artificial flavoring.
Natural flavoring. Whiteners.

Is it real food? How can it be? When you go through the drive in and order up and complain how long it took to get your food (we all have), ever wonder what you are eating that can be served so quickly? Chicken nuggets? boneless wings? pretend ice cream? hamburgers? (why do they call it a ham-burger when there is no ham in it?) but I digress.

Cheap food is not real food. It can't be good for you.

Labels. Read them. Spend some time looking up what the ingredients mean and do. Titanium dioxide is a whitener and it is on a golf ball and in paint.  Trisodium  phosphate, known as tsp, in the paint aisle, used to de-grease walls before painting, in foods. Be aware, be active, do it. If not for you, for your kids.

Next.
Another 30 lbs. Even then, that will bring me back to 1980 weight wise. Not enough but goals have to be attainable.

Wish me luck, wish us all luck. I will need it.

Ray

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Why is hemp illegal? Here is an example.

There is always a reason and most of the time it has to do with money.
from wikipedia
In 1937, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed in the United States. It levied a tax on anyone who dealt commercially in cannabis, hemp, or marijuana. The reasons that hemp was also included in this law are disputed—several scholars have claimed that the Act was passed in order to destroy the US hemp industry,[106][107][108] with the primary involvement of businessmen Andrew MellonRandolph Hearst, and the Du Pont family.[106][108]
One claim is that Hearst believed that his extensive timber holdings were threatened by the invention of the decorticator, which he feared would allow hemp to become a very cheap substitute for the paper pulp that was used in the newspaper industry.[106][109] Modern science suggests that this fear would have been unfounded. Improvements of the decorticators in the 1930s, machines that separate the fibers from the hemp stem, could not make hemp fiber a very cheap substitute for fibers from other sources due to the fact that the long strong fibers are only found in the bast, the outer part of the stem. Only about 1/3 of the stem are long and strong fibers.[33][106][110]
Another claim is that Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury and the wealthiest man in America at that time, had invested heavily in DuPont's new synthetic fiber, nylon, and believed that the replacement of the traditional resource, hemp, was integral to the new product's success.[106][111][112][113][114][115][116][117]
The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict decided in Leary v. United States, and ultimately superseded by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
Hemp was used extensively by the United States during World War II. Uniforms, canvas, and rope were among the main textiles created from the hemp plant at this time.[118] Much of the hemp used was cultivated in Kentucky and the Midwest. During World War II, the U.S. produced a short 1942 film, Hemp for Victory, promoting hemp as a necessary crop to win the war.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp
ray

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

When I was a young lad I thought the Dave Clark Five were better than ...

the Beatles, mainly because of Dave Clark who I thought was a better drummer then Ringo at the time. I had all this expertise because I thought I was a drummer or really I was a wanna be drummer.
They had energy, a sax player, great singing and great songs. And their own movie!

It was a great time for music and the world was collectively waiting.

Below is just a snippet. The first album I ever bought was one of theirs.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy - Pharrell Williams All Over The World 157 Countries!!

Title says it all!
So the next time you hear someone say something bad about another country, think of this video. Music and dance bring happiness to the world.


Granted, you may be sick of this song at the end but I am willing to bet you will want to watch every country dance!

ray

Saturday, August 30, 2014

When after desperately searching through 500 channels and there is nothing to watch I turn to...

Netflix, of course.

A little bit of this and that it seems like there is no end in sight in finding something that interests me.
Sometimes it may take a bit of doing but suddenly I will find something that I take a chance on, love it, follow the next recommendation and before I know it I am binge watching or learning something new.

Learning while being entertained whether it is while reading, doing, watching or listening is and always be a huge thrill for me.

How about that, no grumpiness this morning even though I woke up at 2:00 am and have not been to sleep since and I have a twelve hour labor day ahead of me!

mucho coffee time

ray

Friday, August 29, 2014

Man up and apologize, whether you are a leader, government, business or church, say you are sorry!

And don't wait for someone else to say it for you, say five hundred years later, sorry Galileo!

Really it is not that hard. Be responsible for your actions, admit your mistakes, it will make you a better whatever you are.

Please no pr spin. We can see through it. There must be some hidden rule that says do not admit to any mistakes, ever. Deny, deny, deny. No one and I repeat no one is infallible. Sorry pope.

Imagine if we had said we were sorry for dropping not one but two bombs on Japan, killing thousands of people and wiping out cities when Japan was already in the process of surrendering to us. We could have said "We just spent millions of dollars on development of these bombs see, and well, we had to try them to see what would happen even though we already tested them and knew what kind of destruction it would wrought, not once but twice on your land. To make up for it, we will rebuild your cities and help care for whomever was still alive." That would be right but it didn't happen.

Or if all the drug companies said we make stuff that we say will help you feel better but in reality we have no clue what will happen long term but it is not safe and we warn you through the disclaimers while we show you a pretty lady walking on the beach smiling wondering while the medicine she is taking makes her want to kill herself, ask you doctor for it by name.

You tell your kids to say they are sorry when they do something wrong.
Try it yourself.

Ray

Friday, August 22, 2014

Really, really really early morning thoughts from RJ

Good morning...

Ever wonder why we don't roll off the bed while sleeping? Is the body aware of the edge while we sleep? If we were on a ledge on a side of a mountain would we roll off? Just wondering.

Netflix is popular because it comes through with the promise of what cable was supposed to be, pay a monthly fee and have no commercials.

I am envious of people who have found what their true calling is in life. But do they ever get bored doing what they do?

It is a toss up this morning,what woke me up, having to get up to use the bathroom or my aching knees. Sigh...

After talking about something at work the other day, one of my fellow workers called me a genius. I said "If  I was so smart, why was I working here?" He said "Because you are too honest.."

I watch a lot of documentaries. One thing that I have learned is that people in general don't aim high enough in life with their goals and aspirations. Short changing themselves is oh so common. Guilty.

Is it nurture or nature? Confidence breeds success or success breeds confidence? I don't know. Watch a sport or competition and you will see mostly failure, one who fails the least wins most of the time.

I have yet to ever have to figure out mathematically if two trains are traveling from different directions at different speeds from different distances who will get to point A first? Just get there!

Can anyone still know how to read a map? The folding kind?

Have GPS apps gotten better or we have learned to ignore the mistakes they make?

If you are going somewhere new and strange and are going to get lost please do it in the day time. Lost at night is bad.

People who work on commission are slowly being weeded out as part of the sales process. I am a salesman who works on commission. A bright future ahead! Five to seven more years needed.

I almost never see anyone looking through the racks in the store at the music and video selections.

Tv salesman used to make huge amounts of money, not anymore.

Car companies are scared of the self driving cars of the future. Buying a car is an emotional purchase more so then a functional purchase.

Once one has a truck, going back to a car is painful. That is not going to happen.

Enough for now. Thanks for stopping by.

bye
ray






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