New Challenge – Week #2

To recap week 1 of my new challenge, there are some things I should highlight.

First, the people.  I have met a few people on the way that surprisingly, were quite helpful and interesting.  In general, I find people to be annoying, self centered, and rude.  I am not sure why I have that general feeling and, quite honestly, last week seemed to disprove my feelings.

I met three people and all of them were willing to talk and help me navigate through this new challenge.  Not only did they confirm that I was on the right platform, heading in the right direction, but they also were more than willing to provide me with invaluable advice.  Things like, “make sure you use google maps”, or “download the public trans app so you can always know the status of your next train” were more than helpful and made me understand that, as much as some people are rude and untrustworthy, many are kind and wiling to help a fellow brother.  I would like to learn more about these people and highlight their life stories without mentioning names of course.

Second, part of my new commute is that I walk to and from the train unless the weather is bad.  Walking along roads that you typically travel by car certainly gives another perspective on not just everything around you but also your own mental view of the environment.

For example, I noticed a creek as I walked the road I have probably driven on a million times at this point.  I never knew the creek was there and suddenly this new world appeared right before my eyes.  Confirming my general disdain for people, I saw lots of garbage strewn about, causing me to wonder about the origin of the trash.  I am no environmentalist but why do people think it is okay to throw their crap out the window?

It’s just a total lack of respect.  This is God’s house but most do not see it that way.  I am sure, however, that if they were in His house and He were there staring at them, they would not be so disrespectful as to discard their cigarette butt on the floor or toss their lollipop wrapper at God’s feet so why do they do it now?  I do not like cursing in my writing.  It shows a total lack of creativity.  BUT, in this case, I am calling it like it is …. because they are complete ASSHOLES!  That’s why they throw their crap out the window and into God’s house.

Second, and conversely, you then see beauty that is completely hidden to the driving commuter.  Beauty that you miss when you fly by at 45 MPH.  You see the random purple flower standing tall amidst weeds, empty cigarette packs and gum wrappers.  You see a bright, red cardinal in a bush staring at you.  You see and smell the honey sickle bushes and many other flora not viewable when driving.

Third, you find yourself challenging the elements.  As I walked to the train on Friday night, black thunderheads were looming as they typically do in the late summer afternoons.  As I walked and looked to the west, it was all blue skies and puffy, white, cotton ball clouds.  Then as I walked straight to the south, it was complete darkness with flashes of purple as if God was in the sky taking pictures.

What are you going to do?  I was totally exposed and unless I hitched a ride with a stranger, was at the mercy of whatever the weather had in store.  Interestingly, however, I was not scared.  I felt a sense of energy and symphony with nature, and I simply kept my stride, enjoying the beauty the skies provided.

I made it to the platform energized.  No rain.  No lightning.  In fact, I made it in time for the earlier train.

Now, I look forward to the week 2 of this new challenge.  Stay with me.



A New Challenge … here we go!

How does one obtain freedom?  Well, for many, I think freedom equates to financial independence, right?  Money does not cure all problems, but it certainly helps.  For those who have financial means can either say “nope sorry, not doing that (bluntly, go F yourself, I’m not doing S),” or “yeah, that sounds good but on my terms.”  Those without, are constantly at the mercy of others, and to a point have to be a yes man or woman.

I am testing something new these days.  My car has recently died.  As I started to consider my options, like do I buy another used car for cash thereby being a slave to repair job after repair job, do I lease something, thereby being a slave to a monthly cost, or do I maybe look at another way???

I’ve decided to look at another option … public transit.  This option is a bit of a challenge for a suburbanite like myself but I’ll be darned if I am not willing to give it a try.  To my amazement, I have found that if you challenge yourself to something, you can be quite creative.  Suddenly, things that were not an option at one point, become a distinct possibility.

I started this new process on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.  This decision coincided with a decision I have been mulling for years and gave myself a deadline of June 30 to make.  That decision was to run my first marathon.

Thinking differently has forced me to start my training, a process that, quite frankly, I began thinking was not possible because my time is so limited (heck, I can’t even find 30 minutes a day to write anymore!!!).  Turns out, God has given me a sign that I can do it.

I have decided to listen; hence, the new challenge of which I am about to embark …


Well …

Blogging 101 would probably tell you that blogging regularly is what makes a blog successful.  I have been severely remiss in this area over the last few months.  It certainly is not for lack of things to write about but merely a lack of time!

Like a New Year’s resolution, let’s see if I can make a new commitment stick!



End the Legacies PLEASE

Who else is done with the legacies of political families?  I know I am.

Hilary, go away.  we don’t need another lying Clinton in the white house.

Chelsea, please don’t follow in your parents footsteps.

Jeb, take a hike pal.  This country does not need another Bush.  And tell all the Bush kids and grand kids to find another path.  the last thing we need is a Kennedy-like legacy from the Bush family.

Please don’t let the Obama girls go into politics.

Think about all the damage that has been done by Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

Let’s end the era of legacies.  Time for new blood.



Old Dashboard

It has been a while since I last posted.  That is regrettable but I must move on.

However, something has changed in WordPress, and I cannot seem to get to the dashboard without going through the old stat viewer and looking at my comments.

What am I missing?  Help.


A Little Help for Republicans

I once blogged about Ben Carson, who I thought was extremely intelligent, thoughtful, and rational. Last week, however, he showed he is not ready for prime time when he answered that homosexuality is a choice and as proof cited that many people go to prison straight and come out gay.

Come on Ben, really?  I’ve been on the edge of my seat for months wondering if you are going to run for office and that’s how you answer a question like that?

I sat there bewildered and was suddenly overcome with an epiphany.  It is so easy.  I felt like a kid in third grade who knew the answer while I watched my classmate get it wrong.  My hand was in the air and I found myself going “ooh, ooh, pick me Mr. Cuomo, pick me!!!”

Alas, it was just me in my living room unable to answer the question, unable to put this so-called “journalist” in his place.  In my humble opinion, here is how all Republicans should answer these “gotcha” social questions:

Interviewer: So do you think homosexuals should be allowed to get married?

[Picture an incredulous look, a look of  utter surprise and bewilderment and disdain … as if to say “are you an idiot?????”]

Candidate: Seriously???  Are you serious?  Did you really just ask me that question?

Interviewer: Uh, yes, answer the que—

Candidate: Ok, let me get this straight.  We have $18 Trillion in debt and growing every day, we have nearly $130 Trillion in unfunded liabilities, we have an unsecure boarder, we have the government taking over healthcare resulting in millions of lost coverage or increased costs, we have people who have either given up looking for a job or settled for part-time work because of government policies, we have Iran developing nukes, ISIS is on the rise, terrorism is on the rise, people around the world are being persecuted for being Christian or Jewish, wages for the middle class are down … just to name a few of the crises we face and you want to ask me about HOMOSEXUALITY?????

Are you crazy or just plain stupid???

We have real problems facing this nation and the world at large!!!!  And all you can focus on is homosexuality????  I could care less about that!  We have REAL issues to solve man.  Get your head out of your you know what.

Ask me questions about how I think we can solve the REAL problems, and I will answer them, BUT ask me one more STUPID, SILLY question about social issues, of which the Federal Government should have no part in, and this interview is over.  GOT THAT!!!

Imagine the stunned look on Chris Cuomo’s face if Mr. Carson answered him that way.  Come on republicans, get your act together.  This advice is free, but I will start charging next time!  Move over Karl Rove!!!