Using My Brain — Aug. 16, 2021

Welcome to the World of Real Estate

Starting a new job today was a welcome relief from the drudgery of moving. After getting my ass kicked yesterday in the Great Fridge Swap, I welcomed the opportunity to use my brain instead of whatever physical power I might have left. This is the first time I’m working for a nimble, smaller company (although we’re part of a massive international organization), and I have noticed the differences right away. Most appreciated was that I didn’t have to spend the day watching videos on how not to sexually harass my colleagues or best practices to keep hackers from stealing our clients’ data. I feel so bad for the actors in those videos. You know they dreamt of being so much more than tools of the Evil Overlords of Human Resources.


She’s Speaking My Love Language

I awoke this morning to find a note from Wifey-Poo taped to the coffeemaker. It was such a sweet gesture and filled my heart in so many ways. First of all, it shows she knows that the first place I head when I get up and take care of Necessary Business is to the coffeemaker. Second, the kind, uplifting sentiments in the letter spoke directly to my primary love language, Words of Affirmation. If you haven’t read the book “The 5 Love Languages,” you should. And if it’s been awhile since you’ve taken the quiz to find out what your and your mate’s primary and secondary love languages are, you should do it again. I think we all tend to fall into speaking our own love language to our partners. That’s wonderful if you both speak the same love language. But if you’re like me and Wifey-Poo and have your love buckets filled in different ways, well, it might take some effort to truly reach your lover’s soul. It is oh-so worth it.


‘Don’t Blame Me, I Didn’t Say It’ of the Day

“I am president of the United States of America. The buck stops with me.”

President JOe Biden

I generally hate politics. I have little to no faith in our government. And I think we’re basically an empire on the decline, just like every other empire that came before us eventually declined. That said, I like someone who takes responsibility for his decisions, and Grandpa Joe did that today. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. Both parties are full of paid-for idiots. I do, however, agree that if after 20 years of trying to build up a government and a military, the results are so ineffective that both can be overrun in a week, you’re not going to get much of a return on investment by staying any longer.


Morning Brew

I’ve really been diggin’ the work put out by the young whipper-snappers at The Morning Brew. Their daily emails give me just enough of the news to keep me informed without leading me to want to slam my head in a car door because of the overwhelming crappiness of the world. I’ve now subscribed to several other newsletters they put out and have started listening to their executive director’s podcast, Founder’s Journal.


Today’s Reason to Keep Living

A boy in England raised more than $700,000 (presumably in the currency of our Motherland) for hospice by camping out for more than 500 nights. The story is really touching and shows me we’ve got something to work with in the next generation.


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Tree Haulin’ — Nov. 26, 2021

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Boy The Singer, Nov. 23, 2021

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Big Buck — Nov. 14, 2021

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Sloth Talk — Nov. 8, 2021

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Punk! — Nov. 5, 2021

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FIL’s Day — Sept. 19, 2021

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Work Drinkin’ – Sept. 3, 2021

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Moving Day – Aug. 13, 2021

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