Things I Know About Women!!!

If one was to be 100% honest, this should be a blank page! Like all men, I am not the wisest in the area of women. I mean, I got divorced after 11 1/2 years of marriage and have remained single for the 17 plus years since then. Apparently, the one that had me was the only one for me… if you believe in that whole “there’s only one for me” nonsense. If you can’t believe in that, then you must believe that I’m an abject failure with women. As a side note, the “one that had me” obviously did NOT believe in the whole “there’s only one for me” thing as she has now remarried and living “happily ever after.” (sure, sure… I wish her the best, really… I do)

So, if you read anything about “how to” do a blog, short pieces (or articles, or posts, or rants, or whatever you want to call these) are the best. “Things I Know About Women” will naturally be short and swe… maybe bittersweet and not sweet.

Based on extensive life experience and internet research, I have concluded that if you live by two main rules… and only these two… you have a pretty good chance of making it through life without being devoured by the “weaker sex” (yeah, right).

The two rules are below:

  1. In all things that require a decision of any kind, the woman is ALWAYS right!!!
  2. In the unlikely event that the woman is WRONG, please refer to rule #1

This applies to EVERY possible choice in which a decision has to be made, a direction must be taken or any type of multiple choice situation. In fact, you may not even know there was a choice. If a woman makes a statement, then it MUST be true.

Speaking of statements, ANY statement made by the male of species is wrong. It’s just a fact! If a man says it, it is not valid. Someone asked me the other day…. “if a guy goes hunting, alone, in the woods. He is not within earshot of anyone. No one can hear. If all of these facts are true and the man makes a statement out loud, even if just in talking to himself and there is no female of the species around to correct him, is he still wrong?”

Well, the answer is YES, absolutely!!! How do I know? My female boss just told me so (see rules 1 & 2)

Thanks for listening (reading) Comments are always welcome!!!

Joe

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Ferguson, MO… I didn’t really want to, but I feel like I have to!

*sigh* This is certainly a post that I don’t want to make. I generally try to stay away from politically, racially, police-state related topics. This one, however, seems to be resistant to going away, so I guess my two cents will be heard (read). So… here goes!!!

I have absolutely no clue what REALLY happened in Ferguson. I wasn’t there. I don’t think there is any real clear, definitive videotape of the incident. If I had any money, I’d be willing to bet that at least 99.9% of the people protesting, commenting or otherwise involved also have no REAL clue as to what happened. In my not so humble opinion, never have so many people been so opinionated over an issue that they really know very little, if anything, about.

Is what happened a tragedy? Of course it is. Both for the officer and the youth involved. One life lost, one life changed forever, countless lives affected by this and I can’t think of anyone who came out “ahead.” Everyone lost. No one gained anything. As far as I can see, there is no good in this at all. There is no silver lining anywhere.

Another issue that amazes me in this situation is the generalizations that are being made. Are there bad cops in this world? Of course there are. Are ALL cops bad? Of course not. Are there young thugs out there? Of course there are. AND… they are NOT all black. They are white, red, brown, yellow and every color of the rainbow. No race or ethnic group has the monopoly on thugs. Similarly, the same goes for bad cops. The are NOT all white. Like thugs (and they really pretty much are thugs themselves) they come from all races and any ethnicity.

Was (Is) Officer Darren Wilson bad? Was Michael Brown a thug? Somehow everyone thinks so, depending on which side you fall upon. I do not know. I only know what I read or see in the “news”. I have no confidence that what is presented in the media is fair or even factual, so I can not and will not pass judgement. Even if they both were as “bad” as either side portrays the other, is that a good reason to generalize that behavior? Seems like one side classifies all young males of color as a certain way while the other side believes all white male cops are a certain type. Neither is true… and that may be the ONLY fact I am completely sure of. Why would we classify an entire group based on the actions of one (or more) individuals.

So, now what? Somehow we need to move past this and I don’t think anyone is ever going to be completely happy with the results. Should cops be required to where some sort of “chest cam”? It seems like a good idea. Should someone maybe take a look at the training of police officers? Of course. Being a cop has to be a hard job. You leave for work each morning not knowing what kind of day it might be. Maybe peaceful, maybe a couple traffic tickets or an accident? Or maybe, a day that will change your life forever?

And to the young people? It’s equally hard. Especially if you’re growing up or living in an oppressed neighborhood or situation. BUT, maybe we should be teaching our kids RESPECT. This is one of my pet peeves. It seems to me that respect has been replaced with “entitlement” in our youth. And, this is not race or ethnic group specific. You know what??? You’re NOT special until you prove it!!! You’re NOT better than anyone else until you prove it. You do NOT deserve “special” treatment until you prove that you’re “special” yourself.

Do I have answers? No, only ideas… and not well founded or researched. Just the things I think. I worry about our country though if we continue to slowly destroy ourselves from within. If we keep it up, we won’t need to worry about some terrorist group or foreign country taking us down. We seem to be doing a damn fine job of it already!

Joe

PS. As always, I’d love to hear (read) your take on it

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Isn’t It Ironic?

I find it more than a little ironic that in order to promote distancing ourselves from our computers, cell phones, tablets and the associated social media, we utilize the very tools we are criticizing. Damn, that first sentence is way too much for me. But, it’s true. I saw the video below and thought it was very, very informative and thought provoking. I love social media for how it enables me to be connected to people that I might not even have contact with. It does not come without a price, however. I find myself checking my phone far too often, not even turning it off at night. I’m seemingly always online whether it be laptop or cell phone. Most of my interactions are online chats, texts or emails, instead of real conversations. So with this post, I’m issuing a challenge… tomorrow, please have a conversation, a real conversation with someone that you would have just texted, emailed, or chatted. Face to face would be the best, of course, but a telephone conversation is even more than a text!!!

Give it a try… TALK to a friend… I dare ya!!!

Joe

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RIP – Robin Williams

There’s been a lot of these Robin Williams’ remembrances and I don’t think this one will be any better than any of the others, but it will be mine. I’ve always thought that Robin Williams was a genius. His ability to go from rip-roaring slapstick comedy (Mrs. Doubtfire setting her boobs on fire, anything Mork ever did, the voice of the Genie) to painfully accurate drama (One Hour Photo, The Fischer King, Good Will Hunting). His talent was not measurable, in my humble opinion. I don’t think we ever got to see all that he had and now, sadly, we never will.

And yet, as we now know, he was unhappy, possibly to a degree equal to his talent. Depressed, lonely, yet loved by millions. It’s something I won’t even pretend to understand. You would think that he had everything, but to him, apparently, he had nothing. Something that is hard to fathom, but I am a firm believer in that we all have our own realities and my reality might not coincide with yours (or the world’s) but that doesn’t make it any less real to me. I don’t think I’ve ever had to deal with such issues personally, but I have witnessed it first hand in some very good friends over the years. I don’t profess to be knowledgeable in any way, shape or form, but I do think that the best someone can do is just “be there”. Through thick or thin, good or bad, up or down, just let your loved ones know that you’re there… listening… comforting (if that’s what they want)… caring!!!

Oddly enough? Coincidentally or maybe just fate, I came across this video today. I wish Robin Williams knew he had millions ready to stand by him. I was one of them.

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Residence vs. Living

Well, my Facebook post about finally getting my South Dakota Drivers’ License has caused quite a stir here. More so than I thought. I guess I better explain a little and maybe use this opportunity for input, comments, advice, anything you have to offer!!! Please use the comment section below. And now for a little story…

Once upon a time there was this boy named Joe… yes, I know, he’s 57 years old now, but he’s never grown up, never become a responsible person and in short is still a boy. Now that may be a bad thing to a lot of people and that’s OK. It works for me and, quite frankly, that’s all that matters (the exception being my kids, whom I love dearly and with all my heart and would do ANYTHING for).

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So, about 7 years ago, I hatched out a “5-year plan”. something I had NEVER done before in my life. Something adults do, not me. I wanted to somehow live a life of travel (not necessarily leisure). And I set out to figure out how. Well, after 5 years of planning and a lot of research, I came upon a plan. To live on the road, I knew I would need some sort of income, because living my life of irresponsibility had left me with very little savings to count on in my retirement years. I certainly had NO desire to work until Social Security started. I wanted to retire at 55.

Turns out I love the obscure and unusual, especially when it’s sort of out there in plain sight. The plan that I came up with was to travel around the country in a small RV or van and take photos and tell stories of weird and unusual places I encountered in my travels. I would live full time in the RV or van and figure a way to earn a living along the way.

Part of the research I did included “where’s the best place to “live” while really travelling full time. I checked with a few “full timer” websites and the consensus came down to three states, Nevada, Texas and South Dakota. One of the major advantages of these states is no personal income tax, but another was cheaper vehicle registration, especially South Dakota. South Dakota also has what’s called a “transient residency” law. This allows me to claim South Dakota as my residence while travelling. The key is you can’t “LIVE” anywhere else.

Well… I have been working as a “relief” manager and Manager on Duty for several years now. I haven’t had an apartment or a house or any sort of dwelling since about 2010. So I chose South Dakota and set out to complete my plan. I reregistered my van there and even “retired” from Motel 6 in October 2012. Then there was a little “kink” in my plans and although I won’t go into detail here, I ended up losing my entire retirement savings.

So, back to work I went… van was registered in SD.. but Joe was not. Until now. I may have retired again… there are negotiations ongoing, but nonetheless, I took this opportunity to travel for a bit of a road trip. One of the goals of my roadtrip was to finish up my “residency” in South Dakota by getting my Drivers’ License there. Got that done.

Now… here’s where I ask all of you for your input…

    Am I an idiot for thinking I can make it on the road with just the support of people who look at my website clicking on links to buy stuff from Amazon?

    Should I return to the corporate work-a-day world like every other “Joe” out there to be underpaid, unloved and generally unhappy?

    Or should I pursue my website of weird stuff and photographs, doing something I really like but maybe being even more broke than I already am?

    If you would like to see what I did in 2010 in a sort of “trial run” go here: http://www.thekidsthinkiamnuts.com (it’s kind of old and stagnant now and you need to use the entire address… including the http://www to make sure you get to the right place)

As always… I appreciate the fact that you think enough of me or this website to listen/read my nonsense. I have big plans if it all works out.

Joe

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Road Trip Thoughts & Pics

So, here it is Sunday morning and I’ve been on the road since Wednesday. I did an earlier post, but since then my internet accessibility (wow.. that sounded impressive… it’s not) has been very limited. One of the highlights of this trip was my first trip to Mt. Rushmore. It was pretty amazing, but this fat old dude found out there’s a lot of walking and stairs and such!!! LOL I think I might have to plan a return when I’m in better shape!!!

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I spent a ton of time driving, which is something I don’t mind at all and I love being on the road. I try to do a lot of travel off the interstate/freeway. It was called an interstate when/where I grew up, but when I moved to California in 1978, the name was changed to freeway. Is there a difference? All I know is there are way too many people driving on them!!! Over the last few days, I saw a whole lot of this and that suits me just fine!!!

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Obviously, there are a few things to see along the way. Who knew that the Transportation Department promoted safe sex and contraception?

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Signs are one of the few things that you can pass time with while driving and still keep your eyes on the road. It’s dangerous to be looking at the scenery or whatever may be on the sides of the road when you’re clipping along at 80. Yes, 80 mph speed limits are back and even more amazing is that the van could go that fast. Of course, when it happened I was going downhill with a pretty strong wind at my back. But, there’s also signs on vehicles that caught my eye… I thought this one was a pretty clever variation of telling drivers it’s not safe to pass on the right side of an 18-wheeler.

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In case you can’t see it… it says <-El Paso ... El Smasho->

I’ve got a lot of other things to tell and post, but I need to get a cup of coffee in me and do some other things. Please post comments below on this page (and on Facebook too if you want). I love hearing from you guys and that’s “no bull”

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Joe

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WOW… is it finally time to begin (again)?

Well, believe it or not, I’m “on the road” again. Got a wedding to attend in Louisville, KY on August 2nd so I’ve started on a journey that will take me through the northern plains (with a stop in South Dakota) across and down to Kentucky. Yes, there will be pics and such, but on my first day of travel, I didn’t do much. Somehow, I just needed to get started and try to get a bunch of miles behind me.

But I would be remiss if I didn’t at least get a couple shots off!!! Below are some photos from a sort of touristy, fake (made to look old, but isn’t) attraction in Kettleman City, CA. I had the great pleasure of having a co-pilot for this first day’s journey, a friend and former co-worker whose name shall remain anonymous for her own protection!!! LOL

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The greatest thing about this “old time” western town was a favorite ice cream shop, “Doc Bernstein’s“. It’s designed to look like an old fashioned ice cream shop.

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Looks good to me!!!

Apparently my reputation? past? beat me here as I found this posted in the men’s room. I didn’t realize just how famous I am.

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I would love comments and posts and such. I am trying to decide if I can do this full time (and retire)… seems like an oxymoron… but at any rate… please tell me if you like this sort of thing, what I can do better, etc. And if you want to support this thing, please use the link on the left to buy ANYTHING Amazon. I wouldn’t ask you to spend any more, just that if you’re going to buy Amazon anyway, I’d appreciate if you’d use the link on the page. I do get a small (very small) commission and other than this link have nothing to do with the transaction.

Thanks for your time…

Joe

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Something New in a Flash Mob

Those of you that follow me at all know my fascination with “flash mobs”. Initially (I believe) flash mobs were just dancers, not singers and in one particularly famous instance, everyone just stood still at Grand Central Station in New York (again, based on my very faulty, sometimes completely failed memory cells) I admit I suffer from CRS (“Can’t Remember Sh*t”) quite often.

Soon there were singers and dancers… and some pretty incredible talent. The Christmas stuff really touches my heart. But, today’s entry is something new, or at least new to me. LED lights are very much up & coming and they are doing amazing things with them wherever regular lights formerly were used. Some of the amazing Christmas light shows set to music are good examples of that. Well, this looks a little like that technology but with dancers “wearing” the lights. The results were pretty amazing to me. I hope you enjoy it as well.

As always, please comment

Joe

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Talent… And the Lack Thereof!!!

Well folks, in case you don’t know this about me, I have no artistic talent whatsoever. I can’t sing, can’t dance really can’t play any instrument although I was forced to learn piano and beat on the drums a little when I was in band. (I’ve got another one to post in memory of Mr. Juriga (RIP) coming up with the next post.)

The video below is from Britain’s Got Talent, the British version of Simon Cowell’s America Idol. Not exactly sure how all this is done. I just know it’s pretty dang amazing. I have trouble making bunny ear shadows on the wall. What these guys do is beyond belief.

The story told in the dance is amazingly touching. Not sure what something as simple as shadows can be so moving, but they are.


At any rate, that’s my entry for today. As always, love comments.

Joe

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Talk About Putting Words in Someone’s Mouth (Comedy)

This site/blog/whatever has never been about planning or regular posts, etc. I post when I remember to do it or if something strikes me as funny enough, witty enough or thought provoking enough to post. This falls into the category of just plain funny.

Two things that have always intrigued me are magic and ventriloquism. I can’t do either, but I love to see ’em. I had seen this ventriloquist, Nina Conti before working with one male audience member, but this one is apparently more recent. It was filmed at the Apollo and if YouTube is correct only a few months old. I literally laughed out loud when I saw this.

It’s amazing what two audience members in monkey masks can do when what they say is controlled by a ventriloquist!



So, let me know what you think!

Joe

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