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Well, let’s see, after working every single solitary day for the past 10 days approximately 10 – 11 hours each day, I get to have Saturday and Sunday off this week. Roy and I have gone out of town for our home business, which is always productive, fun, and relaxing. Hey, why do something if you don’t like it, right?

Anyway, we have wonderful friends that we are seeing with whom we always have an awesome time, because they are all just as crazy as we are. Together, we all work to better ourselves and each other. Now there’s a novel concept, eh?

I think that’s what more people in America need to learn … or maybe, more to the point, need to get back to doing. They need to learn to help themselves more and work with others that will help them become the best they can be, as opposed to sitting back with their hands out expecting someone else to just take care of them.

Step out and do something with yourselves. Do something crazy … and find friends that will work with you for the betterment of all of you. By bettering yourselves and those around you, the world will become a better place all the way around.

Do you want to know why Roy and I are successful? We step out of our comfort zone and WORK for it … that’s why.

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I dedicate this post to my fellow business builders.

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Carry on, all.

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Roy and I have noticed the habit that many people have adopted, which is excusing boorish behavior when it comes to athletes, actors, politicians, etc – essentially anyone that is in the public eye or when the person in question is a “minority”. Now maybe we aren’t being politically correct here, but, like we have said before, neither Roy nor I will be politically correct when it comes down to “rightness” and “fairness” and “truth”. Unfortunately, sometimes the truth hurts, but the only way someone can correct a wrong is to hear the truth and to take the mental blows. Whether or not someone is a “celebrity” or a “minority” has absolutely nothing to do with anything. We don’t look at color. What we look at is true inner character.

Look at Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks, for example. He is the most recent public figure that exhibited obnoxious behavior for all to witness. Surely he has come through adversity and has made something of himself. For that, we commend him. There are others that have done the same thing. We each have our cross to bear and our demons to fight and our issues to overcome. Admittedly, some have more than others, but we would never judge what another may or may not have endured to get to where they are now. Certainly, I’ve had my share of things, as has Roy. We wouldn’t judge other people as we wouldn’t want them to judge us. Nevertheless, if the vast majority of people acted anywhere close to how Mr. Sherman did on live TV minutes after winning a championship game, shouting into a camera and putting down another player, taking all of the credit for a TEAM effort and diminishing what the Seahawks did together, they would have been told to grow up, to deal with their anger management issues, to be more humble, to learn to take the heat when under pressure. However, when Mr. Sherman chose to do that and was rightfully admonished by the majority of Americans (and the world, for that matter) for acting like a spoiled brat, everyone is now being told to “cut him some slack because he grew up in a poor neighborhood and is black”.

I don’t know about all of you, but I do know how Roy and I feel. We come from what others might call the quintessential white Anglo-Saxon Protestant American Caucasian background. We grew up in the working middle class. If any of our children, family, friends, co-workers, or whoever had done something similar, personally we’d be not only appalled by them but embarrassed for how they tarnished their legacy. If we’d done that when we were younger, there would have been hell to pay with our parents. We both would have been more afraid of our parents than anything someone could do to us on a football field.

Surely fighting through a terrible school system and getting out of the mean streets of Compton, CA, to go to Stanford and then play in the NFL is an accomplishment for Richard Sherman. Actually, it’s a massive accomplishment. Surely doing all sorts of good works in the community is commendable. However, standing in front of a live microphone and a rolling camera and shouting into it nearly demolished everything for which he worked. Excusing it away as “ok” because of where he came from is only perpetuating the lie … the lie that it’s “ok” for those that come from a poor background to act like spoiled brats with no consequences because “life was hard for them growing up”. It’s the “poor, poor, pitiful me” syndrome. In our opinion, if someone wants to play in the big leagues … both literally and figuratively … and be a part of what America has to offer anyone that works for it, then that same person has to learn how to act like a productive and caring member of society and not like a spoiled brat.

Life isn’t fair. I learned that a long time ago. My mother and father taught me that when I was a child. If life were fair, my middle child would still be alive. If life were fair, Roy and I wouldn’t have gone through massive financial set-backs, most of which were not caused by us but by less-than-scrupulous people, companies, and the IRS that tried to take us down. We could have lashed out, yelling life isn’t fair, that we’re better than that, and that everyone else owed us. We didn’t. We got in the trenches and FOUGHT to overcome it. We had some wonderful mentors and team members that helped us navigate through it. We are now doing ok. People now try to tell us that we’re “lucky”, but we aren’t. We worked like pack mules for every last cent we have right now. Richard Sherman has worked for his also. He wasn’t “lucky” either. He had loving, caring, giving parents who worked to help him move forward, but he still had to do the work and get himself out of it. Mr. Sherman did that, just as we have.

However, be that as it may, it doesn’t give him or us a “pass” to be jerks on national and international TV, blowing to bits every single thing that was overcome. Mr. Sherman, like us, worked diligently to get out of a bad situation. He does good things with his life now. That’s a great credit to his work ethic, but bellowing into a camera certainly doesn’t help showcase what has been done or illustrate to others in a similar situation the right way to be in life.

So, in our minds, trying to say that people reacted to what he said and did was because they’re “racist” is nothing short of ludicrous. I don’t care if you’re white, black, pink, blue, or chartreuse with orange polka-dots. If you’re being a jerk … YOU ARE BEING A JERK. Own up to it. Don’t make excuses. Fix the problem. Don’t blame everyone else. Don’t continually pull the “race card”.

… AND DON’T SAY IT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE PICKED ON, BECAUSE YOU’RE MISUNDERSTOOD, BECAUSE YOU SHOULD GET “SPECIAL TREATMENT”, BECAUSE YOU’RE A MINORITY, BECAUSE YOU’RE WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BLAME IT ON TODAY …

If I had done this … or anyone of any other race had done it … people would have reacted the same way … that we’re being boorish, rude, and insensitive. It’s humanity reacting to humanity, not one race or political group reacting to another. This boils down to a group of human beings telling an individual human being that they’re being an obnoxious, shameful, foolish jerk. Period. Like we said above, we’d react the same way to a spouse, our children, our family, and/or our friends. Oh, hell, our children would be more afraid of our reaction than what any opponent on a football field could do or say to them. That’s pretty true of most any of our family and friends. We hold ourselves to a very high standard. So should Mr. Sherman. Boorish behavior shouldn’t be excused away. Boorish behavior is simply BOORISH BEHAVIOR, no matter where you grew up or what you’ve been through in life. Continually pulling that “race card” is childish … plain, flat, and simple.

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Therefore, we would like to address the following specifically to Mr. Sherman, although others that like to blame anyone but themselves for things that they themselves do can take to heart for their own individual circumstances what we say.

“Yes, Mr. Sherman, you worked long and hard to get out of the streets of Compton and to better your life as well as that of your family. You’ve accomplished a lot. Nevertheless, you were being a rude, insensitive, boorish, self-centered loud-mouth acting like a spoiled brat when you bellowed into Erin Andrews’ microphone and looked into Fox Network’s TV camera. Admit it. Don’t make excuses. Act like an adult and shoulder the responsibility. Then, after doing so, work on fixing whatever the issue within yourself is so it doesn’t happen again, so that people can see the character you truly wish to portray and not the image you have worked so hard to overcome.”

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Really? It is? We won’t notice. This State Worker/Government Analyst will be working all 3 days. Roy will be working tomorrow for the County. He’d work more if they were open and it was available.

Since when are all government workers lazy and overpaid again? Remind us.

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How many of you would do what we do? So many complain about their financial circumstances. *THIS* is why we succeed, even when we are knocked out flat.

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In the midst of it all, we continue building our 2 (yes, that’s right … TWO) home businesses. We’ll be out of town for that next weekend.

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Go ahead … remind us again how lazy we are and how “life isn’t fair”.

No. It isn’t. Go even it out by WORKING for it. That’s the *TRUE* American Dream. That’s what “equality” is all about … having a fair shot at getting ahead in life ON YOUR OWN.

“I have a dream, a song to sing, to help me cope with anything. If you see the wonder of the fairy tale, you can take the future even if you fail … and my destination makes it worth the while, pushing through the darkness …” ABBA

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“All the security you have in the world is right between your ears.” Ken Nelson; ILD Global

Be strong in who you are and in your beliefs. Build your mental strength. Don’t sway with the cultural mores and beliefs of the time. Know what you stand for NO MATTER WHAT. Others may not understand. It doesn’t matter. Be mentally strong.

DO WHAT IS RIGHT … NO MATTER WHAT.

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Don’t worry about what small minds think.

You are your own security.

Develop your spirit into a big one.

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Baby, it’s cold outside

While I have major sympathy for the people in the middle and northeastern parts of the United States since I’ve lived in those parts in the past (the late 1970s to be exact, one of the last times they had this type of horrendous weather), I will readily admit that I am glad not to be there now. Roy, having grown up in Maine, feels the same. I’d rather deal with the drought we are experiencing in California currently than the frigid temperatures there. So … on this warm and sunny Friday afternoon in Sacramento … I offer my favorite part of winter:

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Carry on, all!

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The “thought police” are at it again (or, rather, shall I say, STILL). Anyone that reads this blog or that knows Roy and me will know full well our opinion of BO (the White House occupier who isn’t Presidential material). He’s a pathological liar, hell-bent on changing the fabric of America. The mamby-pamby lamestream media are feeding into this hero worship that borders on treating him like a god. Because we don’t like him or his gang of thugs, we’ve been called all sorts of names, not the least of them being “racist”. Nothing could be further from the truth, so GET THIS STRAIGHT:

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… & yes, someone has a typo in the above, but the meaning is ***QUITE CLEAR*** …

… CARRY ON, ALL …

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As 2013 ends and 2014 begins, we shout “hooray”. This has been a fantastic year, and we are looking forward to another great year coming. We continually remake ourselves depending on what life tosses our way. So … when someone tells us that we can’t do something … we prove them wrong … and we announce ourselves as we go.

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We’ve been able to once again land on all 4s and carry forward, no matter what gets tossed in our paths. We firmly believe that we can do anything we truly desire … and we continually strive toward it.

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I know that you may think we’re nuts … but whatever … we learned a long time ago to say “thank you” when someone says we’re weird or nuts or not normal. We live our lives happily and hope you do too.

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We wouldn’t want to be normal. Like we’ve said many times, being normal would be boring and no fun whatsoever.

Thus, as 2013 ends and 2014 begins (geez, Jill will be SIXTY this year … and she feels more often than not like she’s 16 instead of 60 … and Roy keeps trying to catch up to her age-wise, but he never will …) … we’ll end with this:

Being normal sucks. Go out there and make waves. Stir the pot. Enjoy life. Cause a ripple. Turn things upside down every once in a while. Let your light shine brightly.

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Happy 2014!   We wish you a joyful and prosperous new year.

 

2014

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