John Lee takes over the blog and tries to make sense of what his humans have done.
About a thousand miles stood between me and my destination – the RV Entrepreneur Summit in Fredericksburg, Texas. A lot to drive in one go, but stopping to sleep meant unloading the SUV, or risk leaving the packed vehicle unattended. Or sleeping in it in some strange parking lot, somewhere. I decided to keep driving… Continue reading Feeling the fear
Too often I get bogged down in problems that are small potatoes, relatively speaking. Taking a bigger view always provides the perspective I need.
"Practice an attitude of gratitude." The first time I heard that saying I was sitting in an AA meeting. No, I'm not a good enough drinker to qualify for membership. But my mom was! My mother was practically paralyzed by the thought of interacting with others – even those who'd traveled down some of the… Continue reading Raking Poop and Other Things to Appreciate While I Still Can
When I left California for Georgia with two small kids in tow, I imagined the change would enable me to build a life filled with love, family and financial stability. That this was the polar opposite of reality at the time didn't dampen my expectations a bit. While people who become actual adults have learned… Continue reading Imperfect Little Packages
With boxes arriving almost daily from Amazon or one RV doo-dad manufacturer or another, our garage has quickly become cluttered with empty or nearly-empty shipping boxes. Since parking the RV in the driveway a month or so ago we haven't had sufficient clearance to park our vehicles in the garage. Except for having to get… Continue reading The First Volley
I think Chris "Ashton" Kutcher may have finally grown up. While some of Kutcher's words to the Teen Choice Awards audience may have fallen on deaf ears (because they were attached to screaming teenage girls), it was great to hear him tell teens that work is the path to opportunity, to not buy into the… Continue reading Opportunities look a lot like work, and other sage advice from an unlikely source
Until a month or two ago I'd never heard of Type-A Parent, a social network for thousands of parent bloggers and the base from which a huge and wonderful annual conference springs each year. Maybe that's because I'm not a type A (though I would be if I could do it by snapping my fingers)...or maybe it's… Continue reading Big blogging conference invite
Who brainwashed you? Parents, friends, teachers, government, media, entertainment, advertising, the education system, the banking system, and organized religion. In that order although they are all interrelated. ...It’s a massive recruiting machine that tries to keep us from our true happiness by redefining happiness in various ways that are inaccurate and even harmful. From James… Continue reading James Altucher thinks you’re brainwashed
Caution: May cause emotional distress in individuals unaccustomed to feeling passionate about anything.
Date a girl who doesn’t read. Find her in the weary squalor of a Midwestern bar. Find her in the smoke, drunken sweat, and varicolored light of an upscale nightclub. Wherever you find her, find her smiling. Make sure that it lingers when the people that are talking to her look away. Engage her with unsentimental trivialities. Use pick-up lines and laugh inwardly. Take her outside when the night overstays its welcome. Ignore the palpable weight of fatigue. Kiss her in the rain under the weak glow of a streetlamp because you’ve seen it in film. Remark at its lack of significance. Take her to your apartment. Dispatch with making love. Fuck her.
Let the anxious contract you’ve unwittingly written evolve slowly and uncomfortably into a relationship. Find shared interests and common ground like sushi, and folk music. Build an impenetrable bastion upon that ground. Make it sacred. Retreat into…
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