Friday, September 28, 2012

Eight Things That Drip

Who knows?  It started with the retarded looking kid and just took on a life of its own.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Lot of Balls in the Air - Too Many Toos Too

I hesitate to say I've got too many balls in the air because I probably have what balls I need in the air.  I've added a few balls lately, but it was in a effort to become more balanced.  As in I was probably too focused on just a couple of balls and it was making me crazy because even with the extra attention to the balls nothing was improving.  So why not take the focus off a few, re-allocate some time to other balls and reduce the stress.

I'd read recently that too much stress was not good and eventually leads to a deterioration of the results for the thing you are stressing over.  Seems crazy to me at some level but makes sense at another level.

How I was able to finally embrace the idea was using the analogy of working out, weight lifting per se.  I know you can't get bigger working the same muscle over and over without any rest to grow.  Trust me you can't.  Trying to do that just tears the muscle down and eventually it just stops responding.  So you have to break the effort up, and if you are going to do that then it opens slots to do other things.  So I've added working out everyday for a hour and making cold calls for several hours everyday.

Why am I bringing all this up?  It just dawned on me that this has reduced my doodle time.  I can't doodle while cold calling, it is too rapid fire, and I'm spending less time just fretting and crunching numbers, so less doodle time.  Hmmm...I'll work it out, and make it another ball to juggle.

Oh, by the way, I hate those Verizon ring back tones.  Really?  What makes you think I want your music selection blaring in my ear?  And does one song really represent you?  And what about accommodating all the various groups or types of people that call your phone - mom, boss, clients, friends, pastor, one song really appropriate for all?  And then there are those that don't even change the Vivaldi classical default. I'm pretty sure there are way fewer classical fans than evidenced by the number who have it as a ring back tone.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

When You Die Are You Leaving Any Money Behind

If you were to find out today that you could never work again a day in your life.  Were never going to be able to earn any money forever. What would you do?  Really, stop for a second and think about the pit in your stomach every time you went to the mail box.  Because you know you don't get letters from friends anymore.  The only reason the mailbox is there is to receive bills, water, electric, gas, cable, phone, mortgage, garbage, and then the non-home bills, car, car gas, groceries.  How the heck are you going to pay for all this if not another dime would be deposited into your bank account?

Done pondering the immensity of the problem.  The fear you feel is the same, but only marginally less, than the fear you family will feel if you die and don't leave them any money.  September is Life Insurance Awareness month.  You should be aware that your family needs you, and you have a responsibility to protect them no matter what happens.  You know you are going to die, bottom line.  You don't know when. Just watch the news and read the obituaries.  There are a lot of young people the day unexpectedly every day.  Don't kid yourself it could be you.

Buy some Life Insurance.  If you have kids you need between 9-12 times your income or 2 time your home value.  No kids, then 7-9 times your income should do.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Jobs, Employment Report - August 2012

Well the new jobs created in August 2012, 96,000...Ya!  The unemployment rate 8.1%...Ya!

Ya?  Not really.  The size of the work force is shrinking, or better put the number of people who may of been looking for jobs is shrinking.  Why.  Well mainly because those individuals at the older end are plain and simple, just deciding to hang up their tool belts and ease into retirement.   Probably not their first choice, but after a while they recognize, or accept the reality of the effort versus return as not being in their favor.

It is inevitable...look at the birth curve.  The middle of the baby boom, the spike or year the the most babies were born was 1955.    They are all turning 57 this year and all those people born prior to them, back to 1945 are all older, duh!.  People don't want to work forever.  They may feel like they have to, but they don't want to, and more likely and eventually, they start to accept the fact they will just scale back and live however they can on whatever they have.  I'm not suggesting the 57 year olds are bailing on the job search, but those that are 60 plus are more likely and this trend will continue.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Technical Issues or Are You Just Stupid

I swear I knew this was going to happen.  I can just tell at the front end that I'm dealing with someone who just is not wired right.  And sure enough, the last three or four folks I've been dealing with, for whatever reason, are unable to execute a task performed easily by thousands before them without some how screwing it up.  I'm sorry it is not a technical issue they are just stupid.

What's even worse than them having their little technology issues is it is right smack dab in the middle of when I need everything to go smoothly.  When time is of the essences it would be nice if everything just lined up right.  But no, that's realistic to believe that is possible, might as well believe Santa Claus is going to plant you a money tree.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

XXX Rated, Maybe Just Rated R. From A Warped Mind Comes Warped Doodles

I don't know where my mind wanders can see where it wanders to here.  This is going to be one of those stress filled weeks.  I've got a back log of business to push out to get paid, but dealing with a collective mass of idiots.  So I don't anticipate any miracles.  But I sure need one.  It would get a lot of things caught up.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Something is Better than Nothing

I let my doodle pad get lost under a pile of out going mail and other bullshit and have been too lazy to pull it out, so I'd been doodling on my note pad. My note pad is the back side of any paper I have. Mostly messed up print jobs. I keep a box full even though I really don't print that much anymore. I can't, as I've posted before, scan my note pads in because they normally have notes from client conversations and such not suitable for your eyes.

I noticed that I was doodling so I found my doodle pad and refocused my doodling to it. I promise to get back to the regular nonsense I've done in the past.