Why should we give food to beggars when a beggar actually lives with us?


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All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as we call it. A chance for as Bill Cosby said so eloquently “beggars to go door to door and get candy.” I remember the first Halloween we celebrated in the first house we bought in Cincinnati nearly 20 years ago. We ran out of candy and ended up running to the store to get more. Barb had taken the bean out for trick or treating so I held down the fort passing out the bean’s candy with the bean, while Barb ran to the store to get more candy.

Oh the days.

I passed someone today on my way to work dressed as a clown, for a second I forgot it was Halloween and started making up a story about the person in the clown suit, then I realized what day it was and smiled.

Now that said I am not wishing for the days gone by when the kids were little and the holiday was big. I rather enjoy my kids now as they are and don’t miss the days when we panicked about everything.

So tonight we will have to ask the Labrador if we are allowed to give food to human beggars. She will probably say no, and most likely will throw a huge pout and sit in the living room glaring at us. If we don’t have enough food to feed the Lab when she begs, why should we give away food when beggars come to the door.

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Freezing on a walk yesterday


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Working on arranging my office this morning (house office – my work office is ready set-up and ready to roll). Got my author’s copies of my book this week – need to sign and send a bunch of them to various people who have helped me/guided me over the years. Its an early Christmas present for them Smile.  Went for a walk yesterday which may in the end have been a huge mistake. It started snowing hardest right about the big turn – which in my new walk path is the 1/2 point. Not the point of known return, the actually point where you are furthest from our house either way.

It was fun to walk in the snow – but I did get a bit cold by the end.

18 days from 1000 blogs posted on both blogs. That just blows me away sometimes. I do have a life outside this blog but then sometimes I wonder about that…

Anyway lots to do today. In theory we are going on a bike ride later today although as cold as it is I suspect that won’t happen. I don’t like riding my bike in the freezing cold. I don’t mind walking in it, but I do mind riding my bike. For some unknown reason I just feel cold when I ride in the winter.

Time to roll.

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The tiny snail circle filled with chanting snails


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Overturning stones

and seeking

lights and snails

that slithering like slugs leave

a yellowish trail

you can follow it,

the yellow trail for a ways

but then it fades to the green of grass

and slides off the earth

falling into space

to join with comets and attack mars.

But that is for another day

today we watch as the snails waltz

singing little snail songs to the snow God

who rises around them

in swirling smoke

only to fall back down

defeated perhaps by the gravity God

or the God of time

or simply pressure

failing to move beyond the tiny circle of snails

failing

regardless we watch

and wonder

if we to should gather in circles

and sing to the snow God

or the gravity God

any God.

any.

But we go back inside

for hot cocoa and memories.

They can’t take those from us now…

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I was so scared when she laughed


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I live within the concrete walls

each of a thousand eyes I see them all

lost and vacant

staring straight ahead

as fire trucks go blaring by

I was not afraid as she asked

but terrified when she smiled

and the lights fled

from the room

I will not come out

I said

the wall is not my family

not my friend

but it is quiet and safe

tight and snug

it guards what I cannot see

she would ask

I suspect

if it was ok

to be there

I have to say I don’t really know

as fire trucks go blaring by

I never thought to ask

I do not know

I said

and the smile left her face

fading to black

and I was scared when she laughed

 

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I feel sorry for self-entitled people…


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At what point is loyalty not a good idea?

My grandfather once told me as we were walking in Milwaukee “Don’t jump into a puddle until you know how deep it is first.” It has stuck with me. Loyalty is important, but always be careful with the people around you – they may not believe in loyalty.

That is a question that has plagued me my entire life. I have come over the years to realize sometimes its important that both parties make compromises rather than one party dictating change.

There is a risk in that however. The risk is that the first person will get what they “want” in the situation and then never complete the agreement. I can’t think of how many times that has happened to me. It is indicative of a competitive culture, even a competitive nature. I earned what I got, you haven’t.

I had a dear friend once who worked with me and lost his job. Not because he worked with me, but because of resizing in our organization. I worked very hard with all my connections to get him a job. Would he return the favor? I doubt it. But I realized this morning I don’t care. My core belief is that loyalty is a good idea. There is no point at which loyalty is a bad idea. There is always a place for someone who is loyal.

The problem isn’t loyal people who do the right things. The problem is self-entitled people who don’t in fact have loyalty to anyone other than themselves.

I actually feel sorry for them.

 

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It is a wealth I tell you, a wealth of information


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1.5 million steps yesterday as planned. Not all in one day, just since June. It seems like an ever growing number. I love logging into the web site and seeing how many miles I’ve walked, steps I’ve taken and so on. I should, at some point probably make a larger effort to change the goals, since I keep blowing out the existing goals but for now it is nice to exceed as I succeed!

My new goal is to further leverage the fitbit and complete the following:

  • 3 million steps
  • 20 flights of stairs per day average (currently at 17)

It was cool and crisp this morning. I really love the fall when it is cool and crisp. I have to get the boys out to rake the leaves (how can a postage stamp yard have more than a 1/2 acre?).

I find myself missing Chicago lately. I don’t miss Indianapolis nor do I miss the old house, but for some reason the last couple of pictures I’ve seen of Chicago made me homesick. Not sure why, I have lived in Chicago for more than 44 years. I worked there from 2000 to 2003 nearly every day so I’ve been there pretty recently. Most of my dear friends have moved on the city so I don’t know why I am homesick for Chicago, but I am.

At some point in the aging process your brain starts to play memory games with you. I suspect that is where I am now. If it were a computer or a server I would say “reboot and clear the memory.” How do you reboot the human brain? It is a question that I suspect will plague man as more and more information dumps into us.

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short early am blog today


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At some point during my walk this evening I will pass 1.5 million steps since June. It is truly an amazing concept when you think about it. What did we do without the fitbit. If you wanted to count your steps 2 years ago you had to count your steps or get a pedometer. Now you simply clip on a fitbit and away you go.

I wonder what else (actually I did post a blog about what else could be fitbitted…) I should be tracking (not could be).

I think I should spend some productive time working through what else can and should be measured. Just not on a day I have to present.

Short blog – more tomorrow.

(sorry forgot to post this morning I was rushing around to get out of the house and forgot to push the magic Publish button that is another thing that should be measured!)

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The key to consolidation is well, consolidating…


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Consolidation is the overall key.

I keep telling myself that. The reality is I am trying to consolidate, but you never know when you might need a 15 foot usb cable, or an extra HDMI cable. Throwing them away now means you have to buy them again later. So the letting go part of consolidation can be a bit hard. I just can’t let go.

Nearly 1.5 million steps since June and still on track for the November 22 1000th blog. It will also mark 288 straight days publishing both blogs which is also my longest streak for that as well.

I Tried a trail near the house yesterday that goes off into the wilderness that is the Muddy Flat water drainage area that is connected to our neighborhood. I didn’t go far just a mile or so into the woods. I am looking for the connecting trail that leads to the Washingtonian park trail (a nice paved bike trail). The GPS was useful, but the screen being smaller forces me to check it constantly. I know I am close, a couple more tries and I will succeed.

Interesting blog fact – my busiest day on both blogs every week is Wednesday. I guess I am a get over the hump day blogger.

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To my friend Ned


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I’ve been looking at a number of blog creation packages over the last couple of weeks. Its interesting to me that people say blogs are dead – yet there are 100’s of packages out there to build, manage and deliver blogs. I wonder how many there would be if in fact blogs weren’t dead.

The other side of blogging is the concept of course that it is quite simply your journal, you just happen to leave it on your driveway every day and anyone can choose to pick it up and read it.

Today I am thinking about my friend Ned. Ned passed about a year after I joined Microsoft when I lived in Cincinnati Ohio. He was my first really close friend in Ohio and he and I were the helpdesk for The Future now. Ned was the PC guy and I was the Macintosh and backup PC guy. We had a lot of fun helping customers via the phone, but business didn’t pick up quickly and they laid Ned off.

We stayed friends however, his wife and my wife going out to dinner – or visiting each others houses. Then Ned got sick. He was in Seattle getting treatments but kept his sense of humor. Knowing I was working for Microsoft he used to send me newspaper clippings about Bill Gates and his many speeding tickets at the time.

Sadly the treatment didn’t work and Ned passed on. He so wanted to meet Jacqueline but was never allowed to come over to the house for fear of infection. I don’t know why I have been thinking about Ned so much lately – he was a great person and a dear friend and I guess I miss him. Life is a tribute to those who have passed before us, their candles light the way.

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Time is a cruel mistress


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25 more posts and I have achieved 1000 posts on two different blogs. Seems somehow amazing to me and I am but 50,000 steps away from 1.5 million steps since June. When I was a school teacher we used to celebrate millions day which is why I love it so much!

I’ve spent a lot of time over the years trying to find myself – I guess everyone does that to a degree. I’ve wanted to be a lot of things over the years. Some real some little more than imagination. I suspect as you get older you start to think about the things you sought more and less about the things you accomplished.  It is all part of the noise we live in day after day.

Right now the noise limits as much as it it does anything. I find myself lcoked in a process of trying to end the noise rather than focusing on moving forward. Time is a child that moves slowly until it catches and passes you, then it zooms away into the distance and you never catch up.

Time to get rolling!

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