Saturday, October 1, 2011

looking for yourself out there.....

Train............................Drops of Jupiter

On insight.............

Intellectual knowledge exists in and of the brain.
Because the brain is part of the body, which must one
     day expire, this collection of facts, however large
     and impressive, will expire as well.

Insight, however, is a function of the spirit.
Because your spirit follows you through cycle after
     cycle of life, death, and rebirth, you have the
     opportunity of cultivating insight in an ongoing
     fashion.
Refined over time, insight becomes pure, constant,
     and unwavering.

This is the beginning of immortality.

-Verse 35
Hua Hu Ching, The Unkown Teachings of Lao Tzu
Brian Walker

Opening paragraphs......

Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature.  And while I occasionally step over the line and into the world of the melodramatic, it is what I must do in order to communicate clearly and effectively.  In order to make my point understood without question.  I have no words I can rely on because, much to my dismay, my tongue was designed long and flat and loose, therefore, is a horribly ineffective tool for pushing food around my mouth while chewing, and an even less effective tool for making clever and complicated polysyllabic sounds that can be linked together to form sentences.  And that's why I'm here now waiting for Denny to come home - he should be here soon - lying on the cool tiles of the kitchen floor in a puddle of my own urine.

Simplify those goals.............












Thanks Nicholas

It's understood..........................

Ray Charles.............Hit the Road Jack

Friday, September 30, 2011

U2...............Beautiful day............

Hey...............wait a minute


















thanks Will

Having just written another check..........

..........I am rooting very hard for "C"

Perspective.............




































thanks will

Taking chances................

Take every chance...................
    to relax,
    to learn,
    to grow,
    to heal,
    to dream,
    to forgive,
    to play,
    to say "thanks,"
    to give,
    to receive,
    to hug,
    to love.

Detachment...........

    Spiritual alignment is with context rather than content.  To
watch the mind is far different from identifying with it.  To
witness and observe are beneficially removed from the
alternative of emotional involvement and gain-or-loss
participation in the world of perception.  To watch the mind
from a detached position is educational, nonstressful, and
can be done with equanimity.  Whereas the consciousness
level of the witness/observer increases awareness, the ego
watches with the expectation of 'doing' or 'getting'
something.

-David Hawkins, Discovery of the Presence of God

Every trick in the book..........

Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross...............circa 1970

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A stage full of greatness........

BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, and Jeff Beck
play Sweet Little Angel

And thirsty, too.....................























thanks Will

Those pesky capitalization rates...........

Under the heading of "you pays your money and you takes your
chances" comes this wonderful paragraph from an article in the
National Real Estate Investor:

"Nearly one in three (32%) respondents to the e-mail survey
expects cap rates to increase over the next six months
compared with 33% who expect them to decrease.  About one
in three respondents believes that cap rates will stay the same."

I'm glad we got that cleared up.

Performance art perfection.......

"Painting the Flag."  This has been winging its way through cyber
space.  You may have seen it.  If not, please do.  Volume up.

There is always a catch..........

thanks Ka-Ching

Opening paragraphs.....

It was the Rembrandt that solved the mystery once and for all.  Afterward, in the quaint shops where they did their marketing and in the dark little seaside pubs where they did their drinking, they would chide themselves for having missed the telltale signs, and they would share a good-natured laugh at some of their more outlandish theories about the true nature of his work,  Because in their wildest dreams there was not one among them who ever considered the possibility that the taciturn man from the far end of Gunwalloe Cove was an art restorer, and a world-famous art restorer at that.

-Daniel Silva, Portrait of a Spy

The Federal Government creating jobs.....?
















Thanks Tom

It's raining................again

Honest, you do.......................

Sam Cooke.........................You Send Me

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

At The Crossroads...............

Santana and Clapton.......................Jingo

Old School...........................

Duke Long has a great post up, titled "10 Ways Old School
Commercial Real Estate Is Still Kicking Ass."

Here is his #1 just to give you a flavor:

1. I get my butt up and moving- First of all commercial real
estate does not happen sitting at the desk. It happens in the
field. A successful pro must be in the field every day, yes
every day.

When I first started selling real estate, I quickly learned that the
most difficult task of the day was opening my car door.  It was
so easy to drive around and look at property. So easy to drive
across town to see a prospect (or a suspect) and then neglect to
get out of the car to actually talk with said prospect. So easy to
rationalize that the "time was not right,"  that I should come back
later.

Once the fear was overcome and I learned how to just get out
of the car (or get out of the office) and engage with people, my
sales business improved a bunch.

If you are in sales, and who isn't, following Duke's "10 Ways"
(17 hours?) is the tried and true path to success.  You can
tweet that.

Hugh chimes in.............



















courtesy of http://www.gapingvoid.com/

Uh-oh..........................















Thanks Jessica

Be creative every day..............

Draw a stickman.   Don't go here unless you have five minutes to
see it through............but do go here!  The intertunnel is truly an
amazing place.



thanks Gerard

On stuff..................

From Paul Graham's classic 2007 essay on stuff:

"I have too much stuff. Most people in America do. In fact,
the poorer people are, the more stuff they seem to have.
Hardly anyone is so poor that they can't afford a front yard
full of old cars.

"It wasn't always this way. Stuff used to be rare and
valuable. You can still see evidence of that if you look for it.
For example, in my house in Cambridge, which was built in
1876, the bedrooms don't have closets. In those days
people's stuff fit in a chest of drawers...."

Full essay here.

Stuff...............continued...

This blog believes that, individually and collectively, we have a
spending problem.  Here, one facet of that gets discussed:

"For many compulsive spenders, Stuff is comforting.  When
these people buy things (even on credit), they feel wealthy.
But in time, Stuff becomes clutter.  One of the great things
about setting goals and recognizing what gives meaning to
your life is that it helps you differentiate the Stuff from
what's important."

"Stuff plays a huge role in your happiness - or unhappiness.
Stuff costs money to buy, store, move, and maintain.  But
the costs aren't just financial.  There's a mental toll to
having too much Stuff: You thing about it and worry about
it; it becomes a burden.

"There's nothing wrong with owning things you use and
value.  The problem is accumulating Stuff you never use. 
The best way to cope with Stuff?  Don't let it into your
home in the first place."

-Excerpted from J.D. Roth's Your Money: the missing manual

P.S.   Just for the record - books are not "stuff."

The year was 1957...................

The Diamonds........................Little Darlin

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Feels like a Bon Jovi kind of evening.....

Livin' on a Prayer

On why youthfulness is not wasted on the young....

Example # 1:  Check out the Mighty E.'s latest find - here.

For the easily amused....

Assets.................

"Your greatest asset is your earning ability."

-Brian Tracy

Underfoot.........................

“Look underfoot. You are always nearer to the true sources
of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the
difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
Don't despise your own place and hour. Every place is the
center of the world.”

-John Burroughs

Getting real.......................

Forgive me for having a jaundiced view of the latest "jobs"
proposal coming out of Washington.  These are the same folks
who allowed the "stimulus" package to be hijacked by the
State governments, who used the money to defer for two years
all the tough decisions that need to be made about the cost
and delivery of governmental services.  These are also the
same folks who thought they knew how to pick a winner in
"green" technology - Solyndra comes to mind. 

Rick Platt, the CEO of our local Port Authority, knows more,
and cares more, about the creation of valuable manufacturing
jobs than your average politician.  Take heed of his opinion.
From his blog:

Does this mean I can't blog during business hours......

Ryan Holiday writes about the seductive (and maybe not so
productive) lure of the intertunnel.  Full essay here.  Excerpt here:

There must be 50,000 words of kindness and inspiration posted here. In a different context, these are good things (they are certainly better than, say, doing heroin) but they are not what people like us need. We need to WORK. And to work quietly and humbly and with discipline. The only relationship between work and chatter is that one kills the other.

Ouch.

Don't you even care............?

The Everly Brothers.............................Cathy's Clown

Monday, September 26, 2011

Do you want to dance...............

Music and a scene from the Thomas Crown Affair.....

Rene Russo and Pierce Brosnan

The fundamental rule of wealth building....

"Whatever your income, always live below your means."

-The Millionaire Next Door, Stanley and Danko

Opening paragraphs.................

    The match scratched noisily across the rusted metal of the corrugated iron shed, fizzled, then burst into a sputtering pool of light, the harsh sound and sudden brilliance alike strangely alien in the stillness of the desert night.  Mechanically, Mallory's eyes followed the cupped sweep of the flaring match to the cigarette jutting out beneath the commodore's clipped moustache, saw the light stop inches away from the face, saw too the sudden stillness of that face, the unfocused vacancy of the eyes of a man lost in listening.  Then the match was gone, ground into the sand of the airfield perimeter.

-Alastair Maclean, The Guns of Navarone

A poem for Monday.................

I have come to drag you out of your self and take you into
      my heart.
I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew
     you had, and lift you like a prayer to the sky.
If no one recognizes you, I do because you are my
     life and soul.
Don't run away, accept your wounds and let bravery
     be your shield.
It takes a thousand stages for the perfect being to evolve.
Every step of the way I will walk with you and never
     leave you stranded.
Be patient, do not open the lid too soon
Simmer away until you are ready.
In this game I make the rules.
I roll you like a ball and chase you when I choose.

-Rumi

Great speeches........................

General Douglas MacArthur addresses Congress with his
"Farewell" address.  As a history major, I was well aware of his
"old soldiers never die; they just fade away" conclusion, but had
never read the whole speech.  One can agree or disagree with
MacArthur, but this is a speech worthy of our reading.

The full text of the speech is here. Video links containing the
speech in four parts are here, here, here, and here.  The
following video is a teaser. It shows the first six minutes live,
and then offers to sell you the balance.  Sorry.

Two excerpts here:

    "What people strive for is the opportunity for a little more
food in their stomachs, a little better clothing on their backs,
a little firmer roof over their head, and the realization of a
normal nationalist urge for political freedom.
    "These politcal-social conditions have but an indirect
bearing upon our own national security, but do form a back-
drop to contemporary planning which must be thoughtfully
considered if we are to avoid the pitfalls of unrealism"
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    "In war there can be no substitute for victory.
    "There are some who for varying reasons would appease
Red China.  They are blind to history's clear lesson, for history
teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but
begets a new and bloodier war.  It points to no single instance
where the end has justified that means, where appeasement
has led to more than a sham peace.  Like blackmail, it lays
the basis for new and successively greater demands until, as
in blackmail, violence becomes the only alternative.  Why,
my soldiers asked of me, surrender military advantages to
an enemy in the field?   I could not answer."

Showing off...................?























Thanks Roni

His name was Bill.........

The Crystals.................................................Da Doo Ron Ron



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kansas...........................

Dust in the Wind

Let me tell you a secret..........

George Strait.......................A Love Without End, Amen

Hotch-Potch....?

"Either the world is a mere hotch-potch of random cohesions
and dispersions, or else it is a unity of order and providence.
If the former, why wish to survive in such a purposeless and
chaotic confusion; why care about anything, save the manner
of the ultimate return to dust; why trouble my head at all;
since, do what I will, dispersion must overtake me sooner or
later?  But if the contrary is true, then I do reverence, I
stand firmly, and put my trust in the directing Power."

-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 6:10

A Verse for Sunday

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,

2   then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

3   Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

4   not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5   In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

7   rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

8   And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:1-8
The Holy Bible, New International Version

Prayer............

"Prayer is not the place for pretend piety; prayer is the place
for getting down to brass tacks.  Emotions that one might
hesitate to express with others are appropriately expressed
in prayer....God receives us as we are, and who we are is
no surprise to God."
-Marjorie Suchocki, In God's Presence

Different sizes in a day..........























"Who are YOU?" said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, "I--I hardly know, sir, just at present-- at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then."

"What do you mean by that?" said the Caterpillar sternly. "Explain yourself!"

"I can't explain MYSELF, I'm afraid, sir," said Alice, "because I'm not myself, you see."

"I don't see," said the Caterpillar.

"I'm afraid I can't put it more clearly," Alice replied very politely, "for I can't understand it myself to begin with; and being so many different sizes in a day is very confusing."

-Lewis Carroll, Alices's Adventures in Wonderland

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I know something about love....

The Exciters................................Tell Him