Monday, September 29, 2008

700 Billion Dollars

Are you out of your mind? I love America but this is what I can't stand about this "politically correct" country. We are so concerned with helping those that are selfish, careless or lazy that we continually take advantage of & neglect those that work hard & do their best to stay out of debt while living a very basic life, with none of the frills afforded these selfish CEOs of major companies.
The government is going to bail out companies that give 60 million dollar retirement packages to their CEOs & then rip off the consumers. So the government plan is to keep the same CEOs & officials in power while giving them more tax dollars to waste. Are you nuts? The other disturbing thing about this plan is that the people writing the plan are the same one's who knew this was happening but never did anything about it or told anybody.
Let the chips ride, you can't manage your business, you don't deserve another chance unless it is with your own money. I would rather see the government take that 700 billion dollars & give every person that got hosed by these corrupt agencies, an equal share of the money because it wasn't their fault. I know you can say that many people took chances with debt & brought this on them self but it was the lending agencies that kept putting these adds out to entice people into debt, while promising things they couldn't deliver.
Let me explain how much money 700,000,000,000 (seven hundred billion dollars) is. It would take you over 22 thousand years to count to this number so it is impossible to count this high in a life time. This is insane & I am completely opposed to this stupid idea which ultimately has become a bail out to protect the guilty & politically motivated, while passing the burden on to the tax payers that keep doing what they are asked to do because they don't have much choice. You see, we won't get a bail out if we mis manage our money, we will get fined more money, have our property & business taken away & then be put in prison. Doesn't seem fair does it?

NPC Opinions

I don't support "politically correct" but many people do so when I have an opposing view, should I avoid conversation with the opposition or should I stand behind my views? I don't really care what your opinion is because I can't stand myself if I don't stand behind my beliefs & express them to anybody. I just had 5 shirts printed & they all have different thought provoking sayings. in small print on the left side / front, it says "Proud American"
On the back in larger print, there are various sayings.

I know these strong opinions are offensive to some but all these whining, lazy, politically correct fruit cakes, offend me, so now we are even. I believe we need to stand up for what we believe or politically correct "air heads" will decide what we believe.
I have friends who disagree with me & we have honest, healthy debates on many different subjects which is what I think is supposed to happen on opposing views. My problem is when people are so interested in the politically correct cause of the day that they won't use their own brain to make a decision.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I was just talking to a friend & the topic of donating time to a cause came up so this started my brain thinking about all the charities, fund raisers or community groups I have volunteered for in my life & how many people say no. I have been involved with events which when you talk to people in the preliminary stages, everyone wants to help but when it comes time for the first meeting or project, you can't find a soul except for the same face or faces sitting in the corner The same people which volunteer or accept invitations to help everyone & don't even know the word "no". These type of people are always helping somebody or giving time for a cause, these are local hero's but most of the time they go unnoticed because they don't expect anything for their time & they aren't trying to pat them self on the back, so nobody ever realizes who helped on the project, charity or event.
The other type of person which is by far the majority is the ones who say they will be there or will do a task for a project but at the last minute find an excuse not to be there or complete the project. Or if they do the work they want to be in charge, they want all the recognition & tell everyone how wonderful they are. yuck !!
Get involved, say no, do whatever you want but if you say yes to volunteering your time or abilities, just do it, because if you don't, somebody else will have to & after what I have witnessed over many years, I know exactly who will be doing your task. The same one's who always do it, the volunteers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Becoming a good coach can be very complicated at times but can also be very rewarding & although many people have a few of the pieces, it is difficult to find somebody that has all the pieces. What makes a good coach becomes the first question & once that has been determined all the rest of the questions can be answered. I feel that a good coach can adapt to situations & personalities, not just the team personalities but also of the parents, other teams & officials.
A good coach must be organized and able to teach skills which will encourage athletes to excel but also to be challenged. A good coach must be able to gain respect from the team while encouraging the team to be united in one effort. A good coach like a good human being must be a good example & a good listener. A good coach must be able to take direction & not be offended by opposing opinions. As you can see, there is more to coaching than telling somebody how to play a game or how to perform a skill. I have been very blessed over the years to have worked with some very good coaches & the coaches I work with now are among the best I have ever been associated with. You know who you are & thank you for teaching me & helping me.
At times the job is thankless but at other times, it can be the most rewarding job on earth next to being a parent or teacher. I love coaching & although kids are a little restless, they are a lot easier than adults because adults are just big kids with attitude.

Kids & Obnoxious Parents

I have been coaching kids for almost 20 years but the one thing that never changes is the overly supportive parent that begins the game by talking calmly to other parents & sharing stories about their wonderful children but as soon as the score gets close, their child is benched, the referee or umpire makes a bad call on the team or their child, you would think the parents became posessed by demons. Some parents go crazy, they become parent, coach, enforcer & referee all at the same time. I have had parents yell at their child to go to a certain position on the basketball court, swing the bat a certain way, yell at coaches, parents & officials. I have had parents run onto the field to attack an opposing player (yes, child player), parents, officials & coaches. It has been said that some parents are re-living their youth through their children but I think that although this might be partly true, I believe there are some parents that want their child to be a super star & they will do anything possible to achieve this & if anybody gets in the way of stardom, you will have what I call "parent Bi Polar disfunction". It isn't a recognized medical condition yet, but I am sure it will be, in the near future.
Some parents get so out of control during child activities & competitions that they lose control of all brain function, they become clinically insane. I know I am using clinically, even after what I posted in another blog but I sat around & talked about this with some friends & according to the dictionary, that qualifies as clincally proven.
I know that when my kids have been left out or not been given the opportunity I felt they deserved or had a bad experience, I have jumped in front of them as if shielding them from harm but what I now realize is that although we want to protect our children & see them succeed but nobody will succeed at everything. The one thing we neglect is that learning to deal with hardships makes our children stronger. We may not like the fact that our child isn't the team super star but look at most team super stars when they get older. that was the best time of their life & they are miserable as adults.
What I recommend to parents is to support your child & help them deal with trials & dissapointment but let them deal with it, don't do it for them otherwise they will be dependent on you or somebody else for the rest of their life & the last thing I want to stress as a coach, if you have the tendancy to be a "bi polar parent", take an aspirin & an anti anxiety pill before the games. I am not supporting drug use but am helping my fellow coaches. VBS


You can't believe how many people respond to my thoughts & enlighten me as to a different point of view. After reading some opinions I feel I don't have any idea what is going on in the world because the comments are presented in an adversarial way & in such a way that pose the thought that I don't do any research for my opinion or my decisions. Other comments are made with insight & research which when challenged by my point of view, enable a great debate. Some people simply respond with a "right on" or "I couldn't agree more" but in any case, I love to discuss real issues with people that really care & with people that do their homework.
I have strong opinions on most of life's events or challenges but will change my opinion when showed the err of my way's, which is why debating everything in life is great for interaction, social skills & for peace of mind. A good debate can re-affirm our own views, it can change your views or it can provoke deep intellectual reflection & soul searching which is always needed for reaching intelligent decisions & for determining who we really are.
To all of you reading this, thank you for your your opinions & not being afraid to share them because it is as has been quoted, "IT IS EASY IN THE CROWD TO FOLLOW AFTER THE CROWD'S OPINION, IT IS EASY IN SOLITUDE TO FOLLOW AFTER OUR OWN BUT THE GREAT MAN, IS HE WHO IN THE MIDST OF THE CROWD, KEEPS WITH PERFECT SWEETNESS, THE INDEPENDENCE OF SOLITUDE"
Share your thoughts & don't be offended when people disagree, it is our rights as human beings to have opinions & it doesn't matter how we gain those opinions but it also doesn't matter that people disagree with us. Debate is good, so go debate somebody, just do it with patience & respect not with anger or selfishness.

Admiration or Weakness

A few incidents have taken place recently which caused me to stop & think. I know, thinking may not be my strong point (haha) but on this occasion my brain was actually working & I wanted to discuss my thoughts with you. When we admire somebody is it because we want to be like them, we feel we are the same as them & can relate or are we really feeling inadequate about our own abilities or place in life? I think it is a combination of many things but when I admire somebody, it can be because they have excelled in any field, have similar interests & you feel a bond or you can feel inadequate & wish you were like the person you admire. It can also be because they have something you want & the desire to have what others have, can be a motivating factor in many things but having what others have shouldn't be confused with coveting because to covet something or what somebody has is not admiration & tends to allow many other problems to consume you.
Admiration is not a bad thing & can actually help motivate us to improve our life if used correctly but as I have been contemplating those which I admire, I find a wide range of people that I would say I admire but for many different reasons. I admire people because they have perfected what their passion is & shared it with others, I admire people because they have excelled in what they do or what they love & I admire people who dedicate their life to helping others, not for personal gain or status in life but because they truly love people.
Why you admire somebody is your personal choice but the people we admire should motivate us to develop the same qualities in our own life & not try to be somebody else but to find out who we are & be the best we can be.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cancun Vacation

Well many of you have been asking me to set up another group vacation & because the past few have been fun, I decided to set up another one. I am working with JoAnna Inks, who is a travel agent & she is incredible, so make sure to book all trips with her. We are going to Cancun on an all inclusive trip, february 21st--28th. Everything is included so once we get this thing paid off, there is no other cost. Nothing is funner than going on vacation with friends or family (well most of the time--vbs). So if group vacations are fun then huge group vacations are better. We have had over 100 people on one of our trips & as few as 20 on others so it really doean't matter as long as you have fun & we do. Get ahold of JoAnna or myself if you have questions & we will help answer them.
Look forward to seeing you in Cancun.

Monday, September 22, 2008


This is one of my favorite subjects & although I research everything that I participate in or try to excel at, backpacking is probably the one thing that I am the most knowledgeable on. I research all the new products, read reviews, do my own testing & always try to keep in mind, weight, efficiency, pack size, necessity & durability. I have made all the typical mistakes when backpacking & some of those mistakes have been very costly, both physically & monetarily.
There are a few rules to follow which are always important & if you follow those rules, you will be as prepared as possible for a great experience. If you aren't prepared, you could have the worst experience of your life & in many cases people who aren't prepared have died.
(1) Always pick hikes that you are physically able to do (2) Never hike alone (3) Know where you are going & let others know where you are going (4) Only take what you need because more isn't better when hiking or backpacking (5) prepare for the unexpected. The mountains offer a an entirely different set of potential problems than the desert, the foothills have different dangers than the high peaks & wetlands have different problems than coastlines.
If you are doing a day hike under 8 miles or an overnight backpacking trip under 4 miles, you really don't have much to worry about if you have checked the weather, are in ok physical shape, are hydrated & are on a well marked trail. If you are this close to a road, you will probably not go far without seeing people which can help you if needed because most people stay within a comfort zone when hiking & that means they don't stray to far from the roads. The unfortunate thing is that the people you meet close to roads are usually a lot different than those you meet, far down the trail. The people who stay close to roads are less likely to appreciate the beauty or the magnitude of what they are experiencing while those who venture farther down the trail will be there for the challenge, the beauty or the experience & had to work for that experience. These people are friendlier because they know you have endured the same pains & overcome the same challenges, it is almost like seeing a friend, one you have shared life experiences with & enjoy sharing those experiences.
I have learned far more by talking to long distance hikers than I have ever learned in books, on tv or in outdoor equipment stores. As in the rest of life, there are people who think they know it all & are full of crap, so choose carefully when taking advice from somebody who appears to talk a lot but have very little actual experience. This is what happened to the Donner party & after trusting somebody they didn't know & believing his lies, they were trapped in the Sierras by Truckee & this became one of the most tragic survival stories in American history.
I will be discussing survival tips, backpacking & hiking tips & some of the hikes I have been on during future posts so if this stuff interests you as it does me, we can share experiences.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Referees, judges & umpires

I can't stand referees, judges & umpires. They seem to make the worst decisions when the game is the most important & the decision they make can change who wins or loses. Case in point, The San Diego/Broncos game last week. The play with less than 2 minutes left in the game, when The broncos quarterback fumbled the ball & San Diego got the ball, would have guaranteed a San Diego victory but the referee called it an incomplete pass, reviewd the call & admitted his mistake but still gave the ball to Denver. They went on to score a touch down & won the game. In real life if an employee makes a decision that costs the company money or makes the company go out of business, they are fired. Why couldn't the referee, say "my bad" & do the right thing?
Judging for gymnastics, diving, bull riding & any other sport that is judged for style is lame. I have watched olympic athletes do some amazing things but because the judge has problems with that athlete, they get low scores while loser athletes that kiss up or are liked by the judges, get high scores. This is wrong & needs to be changed. It is hard enough in life to become great at anything but to become the best & have everyone know it & then have some want a be judge give a low score because of their own small guy syndrome, is wrong.
How can you have 9 judges give a high score while one judge give the lowest score on the same performance, this is crazy. I think that when judges, umpires & referees make poor calls, we the fans or athletes should be able to throw up signs from 1-10 & rate them & that way if they get high scores, they can keep their job, if they get low scores, they are fired.

sports junkies

I have been known to show signs of extreme excitement or life altering pain while watching or participating in sports & I thought I was a sports-a-holic until I recently watched a guy that was so into the game that he had his team tattooed on his back, he had season tickets to all home games, he had a room in his house made into a shrine of his team, he dyed his hair the team colors & he wore all the team clothing everywhere he went.
I hardly ever watch a game unless it is a playoff game or a championship game. I don't wear team clothing, I don't really have a favorite team although I do have favorite players that I keep track of because I admire them. Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, Brett Favre are among my favorites but I don't really care about a team. As I am thinking about it, I do like to watch teams or players I don't like, lose. For example, I will watch the lakers, Aaron Rogers or the 49ers as long as they are losing but as soon as it looks like they will win the game, I change the channel. Is this because I am a sports-a-holic or because I have some deep rooted issues? Well regardless of my personal problems, I know a lot of you out there that are much worse than me & watch all the games, have all the latest athletic clothing or gear & can't wait until the next week when you can support all your favorite teams while being oblivious to anything except the game during those 2-12 hours of games on a weekend.
To all you weekend warriors out there, "if your not living the dream, support those that are"

Rich & Poor at the same time

I can't help but think that anyone who votes for Obama must have there head so far up a really dark place that they can't see what a two faced hypocrite he is. He claims to be of the people & come from poor beginnings. He claims to understand the poor folk & knows how to unite the Country behind his take from those that provide work & those that pay taxes & give to those that sit on their butt & do nothing except complain plan. He with his wife who if she showed emotion, her face would crack wife, both graduated from Ivy league schools, where only the rich are accepted & are in the top 5% income bracket in the Country. His middle name is Hussein, does that name mean anything to you? He changes his views more than anybody I have ever seen & most politicians change there minds regularly based on polls. Sad but true. There is an older song which says "I need a hero". I bring this up because Obama isn't a hero, he is a zero. He Has zero experience leading a business, state, city or country. You will say, he runs his campaign & has done a great job but I will say, you are nuts if you think he has done this. He has so many rich & powerful people telling him what to do & say that he doesn't have any idea what he believes. He was put in as a Senator by people that told him what to do & say. His votes in the Senate were based on people that told him what to do & say & he is running for president because of people who are telling him what to do & say.
As you can see, nothing about Obama is poor except the lies he tells trying to portray himself as a man of the people. I take that back, He hasn't done a poor job at all, he is fantastic at telling lies & selling his line of crap because so many people believe it. Wake up & do some research of your own, it isn't a big secret who Obama is unless you are just ignorant or just don't care.
One thing is a fact. Obama has no idea what it's like to be poor & his policies, views & beliefs are all scripted for him by very powerful people that have greedy personal agendas.

Always Happy

Is it just me or do people that always act like they are happy, make you sick? I understand the idea of being polite even when you are not happy, I understand not hanging your dirty laundry in public, I understand trying to be positive even when life is falling down around you but some people come across with the same answer every time you ask them how they are doing & it is fake.
Just be real. You don't have to dump your life problems on everyone but just be real. I know people that when asked, always say the same "can of crap" response & if you didn't know them, you might think that these people are the happiest people on earth & never have problems. The issues I have about this are that I do know these people & there life is a disaster. They could have just lost there house by fire, there kids won't speak to them, they could have just lost a loved one & rightfully so, could have reason to be a little down but because they want there image to be left in tact, they respond with, some flowery lie of a response.
Here is some advice for those people who always use the same line when asked how there day is? We know you aren't happy every day & that when you say you are, we know you are lying. It is ok to have a bad day & here is how you can respond without sounding like a whiner. Just say, I've had better days but theres always tomorrow--I am ok but the future looks bright---life is full of surprises but we are getting through it---It's been a rough week but I'm optimistic about the future. These are just a couple examples of somebody that is real & positive but not negative.
I understand the need to please people & put on a smile face but when you are fake, we all know it & it makes you look worse than when you complain. Just be real & we can respect you regardless of how your day is.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Say Thank You

I was driving home from the airport yesterday & was reminded of why I hate driving around other people. Most people are rude & those that know me will say, I drive to fast, I drive to close to cars in front of me, wah wah wah. I have a speed that is comfortable for me & respect other people's right to drive any speed they want but when your right to drive slow, stops me from driving the speed I am comfortable, GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!!!!
When a car comes up behind me (yes, it has happened), I pull over anywhere I can, outside the fog line, turn lanes, passing lanes, I have even put my signal on & pulled into opposite lane because the moron wouldn't pass when they had the chance. All I want when I do something nice for you, is a simple wave, a mouthed "thank you", a honk of the horn or any acknowledgment of appreciation.
When a car pulls over for me, makes room for me to get in to a lane or does any good deed for me while driving, I am honking, waving & thanking them because it mean a lot to me when somebody does something for me or anyone else.
I don't need a Christmas card or be invited to family functions, I just want a thanks for being kind.
All of you have seen this, you get behind a car or group of cars & the car in front is going slow & every time they get to a passing lane, they speed up. As soon as nobody can pass, they slow back down. I don't know what these people are thinking but I can promise you that the cars behind them are hoping for divine intervention & that this car breaks down or that you are able to get beside them & show them how much you dislike their poor driving skills. This only adds to everyone's stress & is simple to avoid. All you have to do is, pull over when cars are behind you (obviously they are faster than you) & say thank you when we pull over for you or do random acts of kindness while driving.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Marriage--What is it ?

I am going to offend some people with this so put your seat belt on, it may be a rough ride. The good thing about reading something is that if you don't like what you read, stop reading. If you don't agree with what is said, it is only an opinion, we all have them.
Marriage is ONLY between a man & a woman, anything else is simply a union, nothing more & nothing less. It's like the guy who proposes to the woman he loves & then they say they are engaged but have no wedding date planned. It's a union, not a marriage. Besides if you can't commit to a date, who wants you anyway? I know the politically correct nut jobs out there, want to make everyone happy & allow you to do whatever you want but it is wrong. I don't hate gays although they ruined a perfectly good word that used to mean happy. I have very good friends that are gay or lesbian but I don't agree with their lifestyle & I don't feel it is the same as a typical, man, woman relationship. You can spew all the evidence you want about why it is the same but it won't change my mind & apparently it won't change the mind of most Americans.
When we cave in to pressure from special interest groups or views that we don't agree with, we are not true to our self & we are one step closer to being controlled by the government. To some it would be easier to let everyone do whatever they want & let the government make all our decisions but when this happens we will no longer be free.
Believe what you want but God would be heartless if he played games with people's gender & identity. He doesn't & any feelings you have for someone of the same gender are your personal choice but have nothing to do with God's plan.
The problem with this country & the world right now, is that people want to be accepted & if we act like we are the "IN" crowd, we are cool. Being cool today means you allow any minority to get their way, allow the minority view to determine what the majority does & you don't oppose anyone that has an abnormal view.
Be gay, be lesbian, I honestly don't care because it is your choice but don't shove it in my face, don't tell me it is ok & don't ask me to vote to make it legal for you to get married, I won't do it because I think cool is standing up for what is right & standing tall for what you believe even when politically correct says you shouldn't.
Once again, politically correct has ruined our nation by trying to control our independence & our right to voice an opposing view.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Indentured servants or slaves

I have thought about this awhile & whether I should go here but as I was watching the news, which is depressing most of the time, I heard a black man say how much he hated whites & loved his home land of Africa. I thought about the statement & was puzzled by his point of view. It was Africans that sold blacks to most countries, including the United States. The reason was because the African government didn't put much worth on the African people who were poor. The original plan was to have United States business owners, purchase the Africans as indentured servants, which meant there would be a contract of so many years & once the contract was honored, the African indentured servant could have a piece of land, be set free of contract or go home. Considering where they came from, this wasn't the worst deal they could have.
The problems started when many African indentured servants began to multiply & become large voting blocks. this frightened some greedy white communities & the indentured servant plan became slavery & we know the rest.
The problem I have besides slavery, is that many black Americans are still whining about slavery & how their ancestors were picked on even though it was northern white Americans who gave their lives in the Civil war along with the leadership of President Lincoln, to free them & give them equal rights. Something never discussed during black rallies or history. Blacks were picked on in a terrible way by some people but so were the Indians, the Mexicans, the Irish, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Polish, The Mormon's & many other religious or community groups. The difference is, that everyone else has got off their butt & worked their way out of the problems they had. I am not speaking bad about blacks or individual black Americans but I am a little ticked off by the whining black movement which wants everything given to them because their family was picked on by a small group of sick Americans. I would like to see the same anger about the Country they love, Africa, who sold them for money. Which country did the most damage? I don't think it was America because have you seen Africa lately?
If you don't like it here, leave, go back to Africa. If you are here, quit whining & get a job like everyone else that has been picked on. I have no hard feelings towards you but I don't owe you anything.

People that kiss up

It's a fact of life that everyone kisses up to somebody in their life, maybe for a job, get a loan, gain acceptance into a family or group or to find mr or mrs right. My problem is, that unless you absolutely have to kiss up to somebody, why do people do it? I hate it. Just say it like it is, say what you mean & quit zigging & zagging around what you want to say. Unless it is an employer, a spouse or in law parents, just let it fly. I have learned that even when I have kissed up, which by the way, I am reformed now & don't do it, I still make people upset. So why waste time, just tick them off & get it over with.
When people kiss up to me for whatever reason they feel the need to do so, I hate it. I would rather have somebody tell me, they can't stand me & will never want to be around me rather than kiss up. People that kiss up are liars & I can't stand liars so from now on when you see me & want to kiss up, remember to tell me the truth, even if it hurts. I give you permission.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Instructions in English

OK, I can't stand calling a business or looking through instructions that are marked in english & spanish. This is one of the most stupid things I have seen in my life & it is all about greed. Money, money money. I have been to other countries & I can promise you that there is "NO" instructions or messages on a phone that are in another language other than the country you are in. I know people who have lived in other countries & it took years to take a drivers exam because it was in the native language. Americans on the other hand who are trying to profit from everything, change the drivers test to be in other languages. Are we nuts? How can this happen when signs are in english? Oh yeah, they use symbols now that nobody understands, smart move, morons. Now nobody knows what you are trying to say. Have you noticed the deer crossing signs? They don't have deer walking across the road, they have a deer on it's hind legs standing up. When was the last time you saw any deer standing on it's hind legs? NEVER. Come on, this is in sane & we are nuts to think having drivers liceneses in other languages will do anything except confuse us & make the roads more dangerous.
heres the other complaint. When you have an automated message service which says, If you want english press one & if you want spanish press two, don't speak to me in spanish when I press one because I have no idea what you are talking about & it annoys the crap out of me.

Is it just me?

I can't figure this out? I express an opinion & I get ripped apart by people who have different opinions. Am I the only one that thinks people are way to consumed with trying to change everyones opinion & are not spending enough time accepting the fact that (NOBODY AGREES 100% OF THE TIME). Duh.

conservative or liberal who cares

I am amazed at how much venom is spewed by any political election but especially during this presidential election. I have received numerous e-mails from conservatives & liberals who are absolutely on the verge of losing their minds with hatred or anamosity over candidates or private political views. This is crazy & whether you want Obama, McCain or somebody else, it is your right to say so & it is everyones else's right to do the same.
Do whatever you have to do to chill out or go to that happy place you have & ride out the rest of the campaign season. People are so stressed out over this that they can't focus on anything else. I had a lady tell me today that she doesn't like being stressed out so her & her family have "fun time" so they can forget all the day to day garbage we deal with. I thought about this & feel we should all have fun time. So my advice is, if you can't find your happy place, go have some fun & forget the election for awhile because realistically no president is going to make a huge difference because special interest groups & big business won't allow the change needed to help anybody. It is impossible so quit thinking your guy or woman can walk on water, they can't.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How Much Is Enough

If you could choose how much money you wanted to be happy & to take care of all your needs for the rest of your life, what would you ask for? I thought about this for awhile (you can now see how bored I must be to think of this junk) & the dollar amount kept changing. I first thought a million dollars with interest would be perfect. I then thought about rising costs, vacations, kids, grand kids & toys (motorcycles, kayaks & backpacking junk). I then felt I needed ten million dollars. Once I started adding up what I currently make & multiplied it by 20 years I realized I was greedy with my ten million but could really be happy with a lot less if I wasn't so greedy. I know we are talking theoretical here & that if you can wish for something you might as well make it big but I realized we live in a society that wastes everything & we don't need money to be happy although if were not happy, money will help us deal with it better & we can pay our bills.
Only you know how much is enough but as far as for me, I just want to pay my bills & take 3 or 4 vacations a year to be with family & friends because I need family & friends to be happy, not money.


What is it about humans that we can't stand it when somebody has a different opinion than us? I see people lose friends, get fired or fire somebody, get divorced, break up & get so stressed out that they get sick just because somebody disagrees with an opinion. Are you kidding me? We are to up tight, lack confidence or simply selfish when we can't handle opposing views.
Don't get me wrong, I have all the right answers & it irritates me when somebody is so dense or ignorant that they can't see that. (hahahahahahaha)
Here is my advice. patience, consideration for others, relax & realize an opinion is simply a point of view. This phrase is much overused but seems fitting. Agree to Disagree.
You say what does that mean? It means you don't have all the answers & neither does anyone else, so shut up, listen, learn & if you don't agree, go on to another subject you agree on.
Happy opinionated conversations.


I have a problem & need some help figuring this out. I am going into the "NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT" shirt sales but can't decide on a price for them ? I can go to a normal print shop & pay the asking price while marking up the retail shirt 100-300% like most stores. I can have it made in another country because our labor prices are to high & then pay less for the shirt but mark it up 300-800% over the cost to manufacture the shirt. Finally, I can do the right thing which all of us should do & that is, I can pay an American company a fair price to manufacture the shirts so they can make a fair profit. I can charge a fair price, not to exceed 100% mark up, determined by the cost to advertise, handle & ship the shirt. If I choose the last option, I will help an American company, with American workers make a fair income & profit while making a small profit for handling the shirt orders & those that buy the shirts will not be ripped off paying huge prices because a shirt company or business owner is greedy.
I am doing research & will get back to you because I want you to have good quality at an affordable price. Wow, I think I heard that line on an advertisement somewhere. haha

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Quotes & Sayings

1) you are in the game or you aren't
2) Backpackers know pain they just deal with it better
3) If I'm behind you, I am faster, so get out of my way
4) If you want happiness, ride a motorcycle
5) Learn from your mistakes, get rid of them
6) Backpackers know pain, they just know how to carry a heavy load
7) Backpackers deal with life better because they always have a heavy load
8) If you think your the life of the party, maybe you have a big mouth
9) Don't bore me with your problems I have plenty of my own
10) If I have to listen to your problems, you have to listen to mine

Saturday, September 6, 2008

More shirt sayings

1) If you can't speak the language you can't drive a car
2) Loyalty for two nations means you are a traitor to one
3) You can only fight for one country which one do you choose
4) work hard-play hard-have fun
5) Obama + President = Disaster
6) Black or White shouldn't matter were in this together
7) McCain/Palin Rock--Obama/Biden Talk
8) I'm tired of supporting you, get a job
9) Lazy people annoy me
10) Help America, quit hiring illegal aliens

Friday, September 5, 2008


I can't help myself, I have these sayings, jabs, barbs, quotes & ideas flooding my brain all day long so I decided to write them down & share them with you. I think we should start telling others what we think & avoid the misunderstanding of trying to all believe the same way as a clone. The way to tell somebody what you think is not new & has been around forever. You can say what you think which takes awhile to verbalize at times, we can write it down, we can record it or we can put it on tee shirts, bumper stickers, hats, etc.
Heres the deal, I have issues & am aware of this but I am not always wrong, so why not say what is on my mind & avoid the confusion. If you see me wearing a tee shirt that says "i don't like whiners", well maybe you won't whine around me & we can both avoid saying or doing something which would offend the other. I know that just by putting my opinion out for the world to see, is offensive to some but to others it isn't. I am not saying this will solve world problems but it will sure make me feel better about what is going on around me & really, who else realy matters? If we aren't happy with ourselves we can't ever be happy with anyone else.
Here are some examples & I will be posting many so if you like what you see, just let me know & we can work something out.

You get the idea & many more to come so start watching because I will be making hats & shirts with all these on them & maybe we can find a common voice to share what we believe.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Palin Rocks

She is awesome!!! I would vote for Obama if Palin was his VP? (Not). But I would sure think about it because that would show he has good judgement & thus far based on his associations & ministers, he doesnt have very good judgement. Sarah Palin is like a breath of fresh air. Are you kidding me? this lady is what every American woman should want to be like & every American should look up to. She has problems, she deals with them, she has doubters & she deals with them. You are great & I am your fan.