Damn, I’m 73 today. Starting in the mid 70’s I am in my 5th decade of working in the “business”. In the mid 70’s this what we DID NOT have available to us: Cell Phones, Fax Machines, Computers, Email, Internet, Social Media, Texting, and a host of other must have “stuff”, it was amazing we survived. In the 70’s a Friend was actually a Friend, someone you met and knew what they looked like. Executive Protection meant you actually protected an Executive – what a concept. Well these are the ramblings of an old man.
Life is too short to be mediocre.
Many people do not reach their goals because they are afraid to fail. In 5 decades I have screwed up so many times that I can tell you from personal experience – fear of failure is really overrated.
Facebook has become the chest thumping capitol of the world, come on, if you are a leader and an expert at whatever, do you really have to say it on every post? A hint – if you have to tell people you are an expert and a leader – YOU’RE NOT.
By far this is the best Facebook message I have received – “No matter how bad and tough you think you are when a two year old hands you a toy phone you answer it.” I know when my four year old granddaughter hands me her toy phone not only do I answer it but I also have a conversation with her imaginary friend which usually more enlightening than most of the posts on Facebook.
Speaking of Facebook this is from the original Miscellaneous Ramblings: Don’t assume malice for what stupidity can explain.
I don’t need to be associated with people that make me look stupid. I have a proven track record that I can do that all by myself without their help.
Along that same line, the saying, “With age comes wisdom “- well that is not exactly true in my case. I sold my Porsche and bought a Malibu – an f’n Malibu.
Just in case you’re wondering I’m not arrogant, I just have deep personal confidence.
I think it was Mickey Mantle that said this and I can vouch for its validity: If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken much better care of myself.
When you are 73 people call at 9 PM and ask, “Did I wake you?”
Also at 73 my supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.
Are we are becoming the land of guarantees and not the land of opportunity? And why do I have to press one for English? When my parents came to this country they did not have the luxury of dialing 5 for Italian.
At VDI we have computer control lighting system to control the decision making process. Joe and Larry have added a new control button for me – “old and slow”.
I’m sure you have witnessed someone looking to the heavens and say “God why me.” Be honest, you know the answer back would be “because you are dumber than a bag of rocks.”
When you are teaching ramming thru an interpreter and you say “hit the vehicle here” and 5 minutes later the interpreter is still talking – nothing good is going to happen.