I was in Taiwan last year and I lost my precious prescription glasses traveling – OMG! So, I walked down the sidewalk and purchased a $5.00 pair of 1.5+ magnification reading glasses as a temporary solution from a friendly street vendor.
But, what I quickly realized is that these 1.5’s were actually better then my precious $500.00 prescription glasses. This realization has indeed changed my life. No longer am I constantly papering my once every two year prescription reading glasses. Being very careful not to scratch them. Having to remember where I put them all the time. These days, I dont care about my glasses anymore. I even abuse them, drop them, lose them… forget about them, leave them in the car – all the time now. I have glasses everywhere.
Its gets even better, now I buy $10.00 glasses in three packs from Amazon.com. In all different styles, colors and magnifications. One for the garage working on my bikes, another 2+ magnification for close up reading in bed, one to dress up, one pair to try and look cool. I am so happy.
What a joke I have been living thinking I needed ‘prescription’ glasses all these years. I am now free at last to see how I want to see.
About two months ago I was riding my Kawasaki motorcycle to work one morning. I pulled over and stopped on the side of the road to adjust one of my rear view mirrors when a local Police car suddenly appeared. The officer rushed out of his car and came at me. I turned around to say “thanks for stopping, but I am ok, only adjusting one of my mirrors” but the officer was not interested in my safety only to look coldly at me and say, “I need your license and registration!”
Not happy with this police officers attitude toward me, when I was simply stopped on the side of the road, I said, “Why are you hassling me?” At this point he mumbled something into his shoulder mic and 20 seconds later another police car arrived with two officers wearing combat fatigues. A very nice spectacle, I felt like a criminal for sure, though I have a completely clean track record. After giving them my ID and registration, they could do nothing but look at me and say, “ok, you can leave.” – very nice of them. I almost said, “I’m glad I gave you guys something to do this morning.”
I live in a small town with less than 10,000 people with very, very little crime. But like most Police departments these days they do have an armored vehicle and a lot of war toys – which they like to parade, and even walk around in combat fatigues. Add some boredom…and you get a very aggressive Police force. I really do sympathize with the Ferguson Protests. One thing I have also noticed, most of them in my opinion are overweight, for professional crime fighters. Maybe if they were in better shape, they would not need so many war toys to play with.
It is time to stop our Police Militarization Programs. These programs are a big waste of time and money. Lifting some weights and eating less is a much better idea I believe. Perhaps being friendlier to citizens would help too.
I’ve been harping on the US healthcare system lately…mostly because, as a business owner who pays for health insurance for my folks I feel like the system is so unfair and inefficient it grates on me. But that is another issue, one I need to let go. In fact, the problem is not entirely the fault of the system, its the end result of the choices of foods/nutrients that Americans put into their mouths. So, it really is an end user problem – helped greatly by packaged food companies with questionable food labeling practices.
Lately I decided to try something different and eliminated a lot of foods I had been ingesting such as, milk chocolate, red meat, alcohol, caffeine and sugar. The first few weeks were pretty tough, but now I feel great and no-longer have any urge to eat or drink any of these foods. Its been a great experiment (lost 15 pounds without trying) and I hope to continue for at least one year then reevaluate how I feel.
I couple of days ago I came across this video, nothing really new, but wow! I almost had a bowl of Cheerios this morning for breakfast which is rare for me, then I looked at the box and for one serving of Cheerios it contains three grams of Sugar! The box made it look almost healthy – not.
I have “been told” by American physicians that the US healthcare system is the “best in the world!” It’s not, it is the most expensive (and profitable) health care system in the world.
“The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance.”
As a general rule, I really don’t have any kind of beef with Facebook.com. It’s a business like any other, nothing wrong with that. But I have to admit the site really gives me the creeps. Maybe because I am a tech guy, wannabe…with my own linux server hosted in a data-center cage as part of a larger project (x2crm.com). So it is easy for me to spin up a WordPress site and have complete control over my blog.
Not that I would recommend anyone buy a rack server, build it up, connect it to the cloud, etc…not worth the effort I agree. But in return for this expense and effort, I have a least one small reward. Big Brother is not watching everything I do, or the interactions I have with my friends. I like it this way. This is why there are no ads on this site at all. Kind of a rare thing these day to see a website without an ad on it somewhere. I like this approach but it also has a big drawback in that I can not be ‘friend-ed’ on my site. This site is more of a semi-anonomous one-sided journal. Ok fine.
Today it seems it is becoming harder and harder to be open and be private at the same time. I do have a Facebook account. I never user it. I get the creeps every time I log into it and try my best not too, ever……except when I get a ‘Friend Invite’ from a Facebook user. So, how do I respectfully accept a friend request, login and out of Facebook as fast as I can and let the friend know that ‘I don’t do Facebook.’ I am only listed there so folks can find me, same for Linked-in.
So, please do not be offended when I do not accept your Facebook Friend invites. I am still your Friend. I just do not believe our interactions should serve as the profit engine for big media companies. I dont want target ads (very creepy) intruding upon my personal interactions. BTW, I also thought FB was a bad idea in 2005, how wrong I was.
Amazing, I just broke my glasses last week. How did Facebook know that?
I have always been motivated by the achievements of other humans. Last December in an experiment to clear my mind, I removed every picture from my office except for a few images of guys that I admired for some special reason. At first I was kind of surprised that these last three images left hanging, were human based. But for example, when I needed some inspiration to go for a long cold bicycle ride in the dead of winter, Lance was always there to motivate me to get going.
Last Friday I finally did remove these remaining idols from my wall to be replaced by a simple picture of our solar system. I think I got the idea from the Radio Shack poster, but now that the solar system poster has been up for a few days I really like it. Instead of focusing on people, I now think about planets. Not from a physics perspective, but more from a “zoom-out and chill-out” frame of mind. I think it is a better motivator.