The Message I Missed

The Message I Missed

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, is one of my all-time favorite movies.  It’s in my top five and close to number one.  It’s one of those movies that I could watch a thousand times and I may have watched it a thousand times in my life.  If it happens to be on as I surf through the channels I’ll watch if for the one thousand and first time.

And the other night was no exception.  I was surfing and there is was, so I watched.

This night I had a revelation about the movie.  I saw something in it that I had never really seen before. Continue reading

The Circle Of Life (As Taught To Me In Rural West Virginia)

The Circle Of Life (As Taught To Me In Rural West Virginia)

Just a thought that came to me one day on my way to work.  I don’t know why it did but as trivial as it seems the idea fell into place.

I was thinking about some upcoming road trips to our new home in Florida and having to drive the major US highways.

On my way to work I drive stretches of back country roads and I thought how nice it might be to have a couple of days to make a drive to Florida on some secondary highways.  I thought it would be interesting to actually see the east coast of America, especially south of Washington DC into Florida.

This got me to thinking about all the trips my wife and I have taken over the years. Continue reading

PAYMENT DUE!

PAYMENT DUE!

It’s tax day tomorrow so I thought I would run this post again.

Over the weekend I did the one thing that is pretty much guaranteed to put me in a bad mood.  I did my income tax returns.

When I see how much I give the government in income tax it pisses me off, not to mention sales tax, real estate tax, per capita tax and so on and so on.

Don’t give me that crap about paying my fair share.   That horseshit is served up to the masses by the politician we make rich, and I mean rich.  They prosper off of the sweat of yours and my brow.

At one point I was prompted by the tax program to enter the whopping $47 I made in interest and I could watch as Washington immediately took $10 to $15.  It pisses me off and it should piss you off. Continue reading

Thanks Walt Disney

Thanks Walt Disney

Last summer I spent two evenings watching “American Experience” on PBS.  The episode was a two part show about Walt Disney.

The first night it aired I got sucked in from the beginning.

Walt Disney was a part of my life as a child.  I remember Sunday nights making sure I was in front of the TV to watch “The Wonderful World of Disney”.The_Wonderful_World_of_Disney_1969

Every week I would hope the show would be an animated piece like Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck or any of the Disney cartoon characters that I loved.  I loved the colors, the voices, the gags.  Through the early years when all we had was a black and white TV I still loved the Disney cartoons. Continue reading

Top Ten Things I Hate About The Cubicle World – Part II

Top Ten Things I Hate About The Cubicle World – Part II

For 17 years I was a manager and always had my own office.  You need a private space when you manage people.  There are a lot of confidential papers and conversations.

As the company grew so did my office and its furnishings.office-space

When I resigned from my management position my office had become very comfortable.

Now I am in the cubicle world.

I’ve noticed that I have developed a number of pet peeves that I didn’t have to deal with when I had my own office.

Although I’ll never go back to management again I sure wouldn’t mind having an office to avoid these things that I hate about the cubicle world.

Here are number 5 through 1.  (See my previous post for number 10 through 6.) Continue reading

Top Ten Things I Hate About The Cubicle World – Part I

Top Ten Things I Hate About The Cubicle World – Part I

For 17 years I was a manager and always had my own office.  You need a private space when you manage people.  There are a lot of confidential papers and conversations.

As the company grew so did my office and its furnishings.office-space

When I resigned from my management position my office had become very comfortable.  It had become a second home.  I will never let that happen again.  Don’t ever let your office be a home, it’s not.

Now I am in the cubicle world.

I’ve noticed that I have developed a number of pet peeves that I didn’t have to deal with when I had my own office.

I was never one of those managers who hid behind the closed doors of my office.  They were always opened except when I was doing confidential business.

Although I’ll never go back to management again I sure wouldn’t mind having an office to avoid these things that I hate about the cubicle world.

Here are number 10 through 6.  I’ll cover number 5 through 1 in my next post. Continue reading