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Things to Make YOU Go Hmmmm . . .

March 25, 2009

As promised here are some inspiring words from some brilliant people to inspire you folks in your journey wherever it may lead . . . .


ON POWER . . .

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

 

 

ON FEAR . . .

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear”

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

 

 

ON EXCELLENCE . . .

“With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.”

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)

Nichomachean Ethics

 

 

ON THE FUTURE . . .

 “Sin bravely . . . We will never have all the facts to make a perfect judgement, but with the aid of basic experience we must leap bravely into the future.” 

Russell R. McIntyre

 

 

ON PLANS . . .

“Everybody’s got plans . . . until they get it.”

  Mike Tyson

 

ON SUCCESS . . .

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to be at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

Bob Dylan

 

Alright there you go. Hope these words may act as a light that will guide you on your path . . . at the very least I hope they left you scratching your head.

Good luck and I’ll be blogging soon. 




March 23, 2009

Well, in what could be my final post for what could be my final academic venture into the world of academia I thought I would not pull any punches and just discuss anything I notice that just puzzles me.

In a way this blog, the school assignment portion of it, is kinda indicative of life itself. I was given a task (create a blog) to which there were no creative limitations. In life, with post secondary education, you are given the choice to choose whatever path you like . . . there is no set destination.

This was one of the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, trying to write down something poignant and witty that will get peoples attention and keep it. Let’s hope that life, from this point on, isn’t as difficult. Alright, enough babbling let’s get to the good stuff.

Things That Make Me Go Hmmm – Pot Pourri

5. People that wear baggy jeans around their knees.

Okay, seriously can anyone explain this phenomena to me. Why do people want to walk around looking like they have $6 132.64 in pennies in their pockets and it is weighing down their pants down sooo much that there is no belt that can prevent this. It looks stupid and come on, who’s going to take you seriously.

4. People that take themselves too seriously.

We all know these people. They hardly smile, they are a little arrogant and have an air of implied moral superiority to them. As my good friend Kym has pointed out, life is too short to be focused on JUST one thing without stopping to enjoy the other less serious things. Stop, laugh act human for a bit, you won’t regret it.

3. Twitter – It makes me go hmmm . . .

And for this and to discuss my feelings I post this little video . . . 

Enough said, I guess I don’t understand Twitter, so I can’t be too harsh on it. I hate changing my Facebook status unless it is something truly funny and monumental but still, I change it maybe every two days . . . I couldn’t imagine changing it hourly.

2. Me, Myself and I

I often make myself go hmmm . . . for example, I have spent 7 years in various post-secondary institutions (funny word . . . conjures feelings of mental institutions) and still find it necessary to put things off until the last or nearly the last minute. I mean come on, what is up with that . . . you figured I would have learned something by now. But, try as I might I can never really start a project early . . . I only hope that when in the workforce money and the fear of termination help me with this problem.

1. Paris Hilton and her ilk

Okay, I know this is silly but I am seriously running out of ideas here, I guess I have covered things that anger me (yes I have been using this blog as a way to vent my frustrations, and no not on the request of my therapist . . . she is quiet for the most part . . . am I kidding?) I think Paris Hilton embodies the worst possible things in our world. Stupid people with money. Also, someone who has the opportunity to influence sooo many people and address so many issues but instead we are more interested in what she is wearing or what art form she is going to taint now (See House of Wax and listen to her album). Honestly, there should be an irresponsibility tax applied to her where 25% of her income goes to the needy. She is the embodiment of evil, my friend Katie Pockele has Miley Cirus . . . I hate Paris Hilton and her lil dog too. 

Well that is it, that’s all I can think of for right now . . . my next post will be an inspirational one, using the words of the greats of the past to inspire the greats of the future or anyone who wants to read them.

Sayanora! Here are some eloquent words to leave you with.

 

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passion a quotation.” 

 Oscar Wilde

 

A Break from “Things That Make Me Go Hmmmm” . . .

March 21, 2009

Soooo . . . I made a big decision today. Not a life altering, amazing or shocking decision but an important decision none-the-less.

I have decided to quit my role as Security Manager at Big Buck’s and leave the bar totally. There is no bad reason for leaving, no hard feelings, but I think it is a phase in my life I have outgrown. As the saying goes “it’s time to put away childish things.” So in the spirit and format of my blog here I am going to write two lists. On one list I will put the things I will miss, on the other the things I probably won’t miss at all.

Things I will miss:

5. The funny things drunks do.

Drunk people are unpredictable. I loved it, you’d have the tough guys that would headbutt walls, the drunk girls that would tell you that they weren’t drunk as they trip over their own feet. Never a dull moment.

4. Not spending money at the bar.

Working at a bar gives me an excuse to not go out to the bar and spend money. This was very friendly on the wallet.

3. The energy.

I loved working at the bar because it let you feed off the energy of the crowd. Nights would go fast or slow based on the liveliness of the crowd. Hallowe’en at Buck’s was always a treat.

2. The violence.

I am by no means a violent person, but when the situation called for it I loved the brutality of it. The keeping peace, the controlling the drunks and my favourite “convincing” drunken jerks to apologize for their behaviour to our female patrons.

1. The camaraderie.

I am gonna miss all the guys I worked with the most. I had been there almost 4 years and seen a lot of good and bad “bouncers” come and go but no matter what their background or attitude when it came time to work we were a team. Some of the closest friends I have are because of that job.

Now the things I am not going to miss so much.

5. The stupid things drunks do.

You lose faith in humanity after seeing the stupid things people do.

4. The politics.

I had 4 different managers when I was there with 4 different management styles. This was confusing and sometimes made work unbearable.

3. The stereotypes.

Well working at a bar, especially in security, has its own sets of stereotypes attached to it. Meathead, Dummy, Arrogant, God-Complex. These are all words I have heard and been called, after awhile these things start to get old and frustrating. 

Also, it is very hard to meet that special person when you work in a bar. “Bouncers” have a bit of a reputation as being less than moral with the ladies. That kind of stuff follows you around. 

2. The time it took up.

People gotta work. With school for the past six years and working there for the past four you really begin to miss those weekends holidays and New Years . . . working New Years the past four is kinda sad. Working til 4 a.m. every Friday and Saturday is a little taxing as well.

1. The violence.

As much as I liked it at times, I despised it at others. Now I never really feared for my safety but; being stabbed, bottled, beaten, burned and a gun held on me takes a toll on a person. I mean there are no permanent injuries but there are scars that will be here forever, stupid and needless scars.

I am sad to be leaving this bar and the industry as well. In all I have worked in bars in 5 cities, 2 provinces and in various sectors of society.

I have enjoyed the experience, met lots of interesting people and been on YouTube once for something I am not very proud of (thankfully it has since been taken down). I believe that the whole experience has taught me patience above all else but also that everyone has a story and no matter how incoherent or expletive induced it may be respect is always something to be given.

Goodbye Big Buck’s I will miss you.

 

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

– William J.H. Boetcker

Things That Make Me Go Hmmmmmmm Pt. 4

March 20, 2009

Alright so here we go again . . . around and around. In this installment I’m going to discuss things that confuse me about people in general. I guess this is just a social commentary on things I see in people thay others might as well. I, of all people, am in no position to pass judgement but here goes anyway.

5. Fakes

I am sure this is something that drives you all nuts too. People that act one way but feel the other. We see it is school and social situations most. But, I think that we see it more often in people that are authority figures to us as well. WHy would someone act the one way and do the opposite . . . what is the point? Isn’t this a gross misuse of time and energy?

4. Perma-Rut People

Now I am sorry but this made be brash and blatant. My biggest pet peeve is when people have a problem that can be resolved but choose to just continue doing what they are doing because of routine. For example: I have this female friend, this female friend has a boyfriend. This boyfriend goes out of his way to belittle,demean and emberass my friend for the sole reason of making himself feel bigger and better about himself. No matter how many times I offer to give this guy a “lesson” in manners and every time she says “NO, it’ll be different.” Now as mad as I am with the guy , I am equally mad at her because she is the only one with the power to do anything. I understand she has invested a year or more into this but  . . . COME ON!!!

3. Braggarts

I am sure we have all seen these people before (I am sure I may have been one before), but don’t these people drive you nuts. Nough said.

2. Overly Affectionate People

Come on. . . . in public, really?

1. Constantly Negative People

I know sounds silly, I am not always the bright shinning rainbow of goodness and joy, but people that constantly have nothing good to say annoy me. Example: At my internship there are currently two young ladies that have been here for a year or more, one of whom’s father is the co-founder of the organization. All day these girls do very little and complain about how much they hate it here and how much they are annoyed by co-workers and their supperiors. Not once have they thought that I may not particularly share their same view or even want to be bothered to hear it. It angers me because I feel like yelling “Then quit! If you hate it so much then quit, there are hundreds of people who would die for your job.” I am sure I would be met with a response that goes something like this. “Naw . . . they pay me too well.” GAH exhausting.

Well that’s it for this post…only a few more left. . . .and I am usually pretty stuck for ideas . . .  I’ll try and think of something obscure and neat for the next one.

 

“Clothes Make the Man. Naked People Have Little or No Influence on Society.”

                                                                                              – Mark Twain

Things That Make Me Go Hmmmm Part 3.

March 17, 2009

So after a boring previous blog I am going to try and spice it up with a little help from my friend Mr. Macaro. In this edition I think I will tackle my trip to Phoenix this past reading week and comment on being Canadian in a foreign land (it sure seemed like it).

5. The weight issue. Seriously . . . just because there are more fast food places that police officers in Phoenix it doesn’t mean that you have eat there.

4. Just because I come from a place that is bitterly cold and all exposed skin is hidden I am not allergic to the sun, but thank you to the 39 people that asked me if I was.

3. As per my last blog . . . NO ONE SIGNALS IN PHOENIX . . . it is more of a weaving and hope you don’t hit anyone maneuver.

2. I know I say “out” and “about” and “house” DIFFERENT but I will not keep repeating it just because it makes you laugh. Just like I won’t ask you to say “creek” because you pronounce it “crick”

1. Arizona is misleading, went to a baseball game, was hugged by an enormous Armadillo mascot and was shocked to find . . . THERE ARE NO ARMADILLOS IN ARIZONA.

And one for the Road . . . 

Canadians do not live in Igloos, we don’t constantly fight off polar bear attacks and yes we are polite people but do have a military (it’s lying in wait).

So thus ends another installment of the blog . . . hope they are getting better and not worse . . . any comments, just send them my way.

In closing . . . 

“The beaver, which has come to represent Canada as the eagle does the United States and the lion Britain, is a flat-tailed, slow-witted, toothy rodent known to bite off it’s own testicles or to stand under its own falling trees.”
                                                                                                                           – June Callwood

Things That Make Me Go Hmmm Pt. 2

March 5, 2009

Hey All!

So the first Things That Make Me Go Me Go Hmm went pretty well, so I am at it again. I could use suggestions on further topics, but for now we will tackle the topic of driving. I am an admitted road rager by the way.

5. Not Signaling – We’re not all mind readers, we don’t know when you are turning or not. That’s why they invented those lil lights on the back of the car.

4. Weaving – It’s the QEW not the Indy 500 there is no need to weave in between cars at high rates of speed to get to where you are going.

3. Slow Pokin – Okay the listed speed says ?? and yet you are going 10 – 20 km below that. That’s just plain rude.

2. Ice on Your Roof – If you are gonna scrape your windshield, why not take the time to scrape the ice off of your roof . . . it is dangerous when you are driving along and chunks off ice hit your car while you are driving, dangerous and potentially deadly. 

1. Tail Gating – This is when one person follows at a distance that is unsafe for the purpose of  “bullying” the person out of their lane so they may pass and continue on at an unsafe speed. Not the nicest thing to do … especially when the person will usually get out of your way anyway.  

Alright so perhaps not as exciting as last time but again . . .  I am open to suggestions on further topics, lemme know.

Until Next Time . . . 

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.
Mary Ellen Kelly

TMBS – Things That Make Me Go Hmmmm – Bar Patrons

February 8, 2009

Alright, this is BLOG #2 . . . and I thought after meeting a BLOGs-pert (Zoe Siskos) I would try to have this be a lil more insightful, so I am starting Things That Make Me Go Hmmmmm which will be a comment on all the messed up stuff I am witness to.

So I work at a Nightclub and have for 3 years now, I am a “bouncer” so I see the worst of the worst in your everyday drunken bar fly . . . so here is my list of annoyances.

1o. If it’s your birthday and people are gonna be buying you drinks all night anyway, don’t pre-drink your face off before you get to the bar. I hate having to be the bad guy and kick out a person on their birthday after only being there for 20 mins.

9. Ladies, we live in Canada, it gets cold here in the winter . . .  coat check is $2, cough medicine is $10, kleenex is $3, NeoCitran in $8 . . .  you do the math.

8. If you get kicked out of a bar, don’t tell people at the door your dad is gonna buy the place and fire us all . . .  pretty weak if you ask me.

7. Guys, wearing mixed martial arts shirts DOES NOT make you a mixed martial artist. 

6. Ladies, it’s a bar, they serve beer in glass bottles . .  walking around barefoot is generally a bad idea

5. Couples, there is no sex in the champagne room . . .  so there is no sex in the back corner of the bar either . . . spice up your sex life somewhere else.

4. If you get thrown out of a bar, punching yourself in the face, punching a stop sign and headbutting a steel door are not intimidation tactics . . . we get it ..you are tough.

3. Ladies, short short skirts that look like they should be shirts require underwear . . . leave a lil mystery about yourself.

2. Playfighting in a bar is like playfighting in kindergarten, not a good idea except it’ll get you tossed on your ass and not put on time out.

AND #1.  Contrary to public opinion, GUYS, women don’t like to have their behinds and/or frontal areas grabbed as they walk by . . . it’s just plain creepy and makes us all look bad.

That’s it for this week. .  . hope you all find this as amusing and interesting as I do, let me know if I should keep the Things That Make Me Go Hmmmm thing going. Looking forward to hearing your feedback.

As always I will end with the words of another:

Against Stupidity the Gods Themselves Contend in Vain.

Friedrich von Schiller (1759 – 1805)