Thursday, July 24, 2014 17:42

Role-Play It As It Lays

July 7th, 2014

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I remember reading a book on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) a few years ago and like most books that I read that are supposed to “improve myself”, I pretty much forgot everything that I read (which is generally why I avoid reading such books). However, I do have one take away from the book…which is that how a person uses language unconsciously projects the learning style.

If they say “I hear you”, they’re an auditory learner.

If they say “I see you”, they’re a visual learner.

If they say “I feel you”, they’re a kinesthetic learner.

Beachfront Manor Hotel, Lincoln City Oregon Sucks

March 23rd, 2014

I think it’s possible my Google Plus review could be filtered so I’m reposting it here:

Had the Groupon for an upgraded suite at the Beachfront Manor. Brought the family for what I hoped to be a wonderful long weekend in Lincoln City.

What a piece of sh** place.

Why?

Let me be very specific about my criticism…especially since this is supposed to be a premium lodging place:

IT’S 2014 PEOPLE…NOT HAVING WIFI IN YOUR HOTEL IS LIKE NOT HAVING A TOILET IN YOUR BATHROOM. THOU SHALT HAVE WIFI IN YOUR HOTEL ROOMS. MOTEL FRICKIN 6 HAS WIFI IN ALL THEIR ROOMS AND IF THAT LOW-END CHAIN CAN DO THAT, SO CAN YOU.

Structured Settlement Scumbags

February 23rd, 2014

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For those who don’t know, “Structured Settlements” was / is a “Top 10″ Google AdSense keyword for a couple reasons:

1) Successful businesses in this vertical can make a ton of cash.
2) Most people who choose a structured settlement post judgment are desparate, stupid, or both.

One of my wife’s relatives who lived at our house for a short period of time made the very immature choice to take a structured settlement and because she resided at our address, our address got added to the various structured settlement mailing lists, meaning that I’ve been seeing their direct mail pieces for a while. However, my interest was piqued when we received a letter that was addressed in what appeared to be 10 year old kids handwriting yet also contained the standard bulk mail stamp. Opening up the letter, I saw the following:

Stomach Distress

September 3rd, 2013

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Everyone has a series of embarrassing incidents that they prefer to keep hidden from public view. I’m no exception. However, here’s one story I’m not shy to share…

We used to have a maid service at our house once a week. They cleaned the house each while I worked and, depending on the day, there would be either one or two women cleaning house.

On one particular day, the maids were doing their work at the same time I was getting over some sort of “stomach bug”. One of the main characteristics of “intestinal issues” is that the “byproduct” smells particularly raunchy and at those times, one is thankful for excellent ventilating fans in each bathroom :.)

Hand Of God Stuff

August 1st, 2013

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I believe. Everyone who believes has a story about how they knew they believed. About a half dozen years ago, I wrote about mine for my personal website. I fully admit with no shame or embarrassment that Marvin Gaye is more responsible for my belief in God than anyone else (with apologies to my wife and Billy Graham who finish second and third).

But I digress…I’ve experienced two other “Hand of God Stories” since Marvin’s anthem:

Did you ever have the dream where you look down at yourself asleep?

I did.

A New Use For Duct Tape

July 6th, 2013

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When I came back home from the gym yesterday, my wife immediately pulled me into our living room area where she showed me the following:

There was a small hole in our ceiling and yellow jacksts were making their way through the hole and into our house. She had been dousing them with bug spray but that hadn’t done anything to fix the problem and they were still coming inside. My immediate thought was that we got a wasp nest in our crawl space (we’ve had them outside before). However, we quickly had to do something about the hole…and the first thought that came to mind was:

The Subway Grate

June 24th, 2013

“…I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway…” Glen Campbell

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I spent the summers of 1986, 1987 & 1988 in New York City being an intern for the now defunct Bear Stearns. I left NYC for the last time in 1988 meaning that it’s been almost 25 years since I’ve been there (and truth be told, I don’t feel the slightest desire or interest in returning).

Fear Of Flying

May 25th, 2013

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I will never “choose” to get on an airplane.

I have to fly for work and I accept that. I have to fly to see family and I accept that. I don’t have to fly for any other reason and I choose not to. Vacations for me generally involve a car trip (and perhaps a Groupon…there are so many good deals to choose from). I don’t have a passport and I suspect I never will.

The Beauty of Brutality

April 15th, 2013

“Let us rejoice and let us sing…
And dance and ring in the new…
Hail Atlantis”…Donovan

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Ideally, the use of music in film is to accentuate the action being shown on the screen. When the director makes the right choice, the synergy can be incredible (such as when Antonioni layered Pink Floyd’s “Careful That Axe Eugene” onto his Dali-esque final scene of Zabriskie Point).

The Godard Coincidence

April 2nd, 2013

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I guess my relationship with the films of Jean-Luc Godard could be described as “It’s Complicated”.

I’ve gone out of my way to seen every film I have had access to…which might be close to 30. Yet, it’s hard to say I really like his films…it’s more that I find them extremely interesting.

His early to mid-60’s films were the best. Known as the father of the French New Wave, Godard’s films had an incredible style to them even though I didn’t necessarily understand the point of his artistic effort. He also featured incredible looking women (especially the smoking hot Anna Karina) and allusions to socialist politics which weren’t all that obtrusive at first but got much more so later to the detriment of his art IMO.


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