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Vices? Who needs vices?

Vices? Who needs vices?

I lead an extraordinarily happy life. These days I am beyond happy. I am enthusiastic about everything to do with being alive. I love to feel the breeze, hear the crack of thunder and the flash of lightning, see the birds and wasps flying around, and scan the ground for snails and earthworms. You see, I have some major advantages because of some choices that I have made. In addition to having an extraordinarily fulfilling spiritual life, I have no vices. I…

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Get off the f’ing phone!

Get off the f’ing phone!

Today I was driving in the fast lane and some idiot was moving at less than 30 miles an hour even though the speed limit was 45. As I grudgingly passed on the right (I dislike passing on the right) I glanced over and saw the driver was having a very animated discussion on her cell phone. She was shouting and waving her arms and making faces, and definitely not paying attention to her driving. In fact, quite often her…

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No whining allowed

No whining allowed

I used to have a sign over my desk at work which said, “No Whining allowed.” It was effective, much of the time, but it sure didn’t win me any popularity contests. My boss at the time had his own sign which stated, “Your lack of planning is not my emergency.” I found it interesting that his sign was not adopted by his replacement. Whining is the realm of losers and, worse yet, saboteurs (those who seek to undermine and…

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That’s insane!

That’s insane!

So a fired ex-LAPD cop writes some silly, retarded “manifesto” blaming everyone for his problems then goes out and starts shooting people, including killing cops and a civilian, stupidly lets his getaway car break down and burns it, hides in a cabin in Big Bear, idiotically gets found and involved in a huge battle with over 200 cops, kills another cop and finally bets burned to death in the cabin (so it is believed), most likely because, not impressing anyone with…

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Show me the evidence

Show me the evidence

One of the problems today is someone will make an asinine statement such as “the single entity responsible for the most deaths in all recorded history is the catholic church” and we all take it as fact without supporting evidence. We all nod our heads like sheep and think “yep”. And some of is who still have a brain cell firing say, “wait, that’s not right, where’s the evidence?” And then we’re told “well, prove it wrong”. No. That’s not…

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Is it so bad to be uncomfortable?

Is it so bad to be uncomfortable?

I will admit that when I photographed an all-male bellydance show for the first time, I was a bit uncomfortable, but I quickly loosened up and enjoyed the show. I’ll tell you when all the dancers, including Mark Bissell, gave me a group hug, I was really uncomfortable, but I somehow survived the massive shock (sarcasm) to my psyche. I know I will need countless hours of therapy to recover from the emotional pain from that event, but I think…

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One of the problems today

One of the problems today

One of the problems today is someone will make an asinine statement such as “the single entity responsible for the most deaths in all recorded history is the catholic church” and we all take it as fact without supporting evidence. We all nod our heads like sheep and think “yep”. And some of is who still have a brain cell firing say, “wait, that’s not right, where’s the evidence?” And then we’re told “well, prove it wrong”. No. That’s not…

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Browsers

Browsers

After many months of using several browsers side-by-side on my home and work computers, I now have a conclusion. Google Chrome is by far and away the better browser (on Windows, can’t speak for macs). -It is more secure -It’s usage of memory and CPU is very good -It’s updates don’t tend to make the browser unstable (as is a problem with firefox) -It is super fast -Everything i use on a day-to-day basis (about 40 sites) works perfectly -The…

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A night of terror

A night of terror

I’ve started writing a book on how to survive a disaster. Here’s the first draft of the introduction. Let me know what you think. Introduction – A night of terror One morning, very early, I was rudely awoken by a low rumbling sound and a gentle shaking. My eyes snapped open immediately and sat straight up in the bed. A few seconds later, the whole room moved violently, crazily, for what seemed like forever. I pushed my wife out of…

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Belly dance and me

Belly dance and me

I’ve been asked many times by many people why I am so involved in the belly dance community. I always answer the same “it keeps me out of trouble”. Everyone laughs, thinking I am joking. Actually, “keeping me out of trouble” is the the gods honest truth. Hanging out with belly dancers, being involved with them as friends, as a photographer, and on a number of other levels, helps keep me sane, lowers my stress level, and improves my life…

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