Life In A Day

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Aloha friends,

Whenever I get the rare opportunity to lay on the couch and watch whatever I want (i.e: when the roommates are out) I usually try to indulge myself with something moving or somewhat educational. That usually leads me to netflix’s extensive (haha) array of documentaries. I have always seen Life In A Day in the documentary list but always tended to look past it and move on to stuff seemingly more interesting (Exit Through the Gift Shop – a documentary about street art and in particular the ever evasive Banksy, highly recommended and quite cool). But since I have already watched all of the sports documentaries that seem interesting and couldn’t find anything on the tube to watch I decided to give it a try. Continue reading

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Life’s Instructions

Before anyone asks the answer is yes. I just “stumbledupon” this and am reposting it verbatim. I’m sure the creator of this will not be opposed to it being spread. I will harken back to this posting in future scribbles, so memorize it, Now. 🙂

With Love,

Life’s Instructions

  1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Look people in the eye.
  3. Sing in the shower.
  4. Own a great stereo system.
  5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
  6. Keep secrets.
  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
  8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  10. Whistle.
  11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
  12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
  13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
  14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
  15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
  16. When playing games with ! children, let them win.
  17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  18. Be romantic.
  19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.
  22. Be a good loser.
  23. Be a good winner.
  24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
  25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
  26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
  27. Keep it simple.
  28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
  31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the
  32. things you didn’t do more than the one’s you did.
  33. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  34. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
  35. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  36. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
  37. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
  38. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
  39. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
  40. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
  41. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
  42. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
  43. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
  44. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
  45. Become someone’s hero.
  46. Marry only for love.
  47. Count your blessings.
  48. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
  49. Wave at the children on a school bus.
  50. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
  51. Don’t expect life to be fair.

Currently Listening To: Overrated – Five Times August

Happy Monday

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Embrace Monday! There is no such thing as a case of the mondays, luckily it’s not a disease, so get over the fun and excitement of the weekend and start enjoying getting back to work. Get out of the “daily grind” by changing up your days, be it grabbing lunch outside (as I did today), listening to some different music at your desk, or emailing an old friend you haven’t heard from in a while. Make everyday different so you can enjoy it for a new reason each day. Work should never feel like work and if it does try to find what you truly love and embrace in life and make a career out of that. If you are too old or too stubborn to make a career change then sack up and figure out a new routine that keeps you on your toes and at least somewhat enjoying what you are doing. Be happy you have a real job or occupation and be thankful for the roof over your head and the food on your table. If you were able to go out this weekend and enjoy yourself then get excited about moving up in the world, doing the best work you can today on Monday and enjoying yourself again next weekend. The harder you work today, the more enjoyable you can make tomorrow.

End of ramble,

Mike

Currently Listening To: Trucks driving down the road

No Music, No Life – First Post

ImageThis is my first blog post, hope you (whoever that is) enjoy it. Who knows if anyone will ever read this stuff, but I figured why not try it out. So without further adieu, here is my thoughts on life and music, this will probably come up many times in the future since I love music and cannot do anything without listening to music (most often Pandora streaming from my phone or computer, in my car and blasting from my headphones – which incidentally Frank stole, I need new ones if anyone wants to toss me some 🙂 ).

Listen to music whenever you have the chance, it instantly makes you feel better, no matter what the situation. Life is based in emotions and every song can stimulate one or several emotions on contact – whether its reminding you of a party you went to 20 years ago or reminds you of the first dance you had with your wife at your wedding. Anything in life worth anything takes work – whether you are searching for wealth, fame, fitness, or friendship. There’s no better way to put the work in for these goals than doing so with your favorite tunes on. Working out is nearly impossible without a workout buddy and if you cant convince your lethargic buddy to hop on a bike with you the next best training partner is your MP3 player (or tape-deck if you’re old-school). Even as a write this article I am still rocking out to some tunes, speaking of which this song is awful, give me one second to change it – a little Vertical Horizon, takes me back. So back to working out with music – I could not have worked out today without my android spitting out Country Radio. Since my coach and workout buddy cancelled on me today I decided to take a nice long bike ride in the 82 degree weather – most beautiful day so far this year. After I rode 6 miles around the lake front, past the college, and through the beautifully gaudy town – I got back on the bike path and my rear tire decided to pop for the 3rd time in 3 weeks – damn Dan’s Bike Shop not replacing my tube but probably patching it – that doesn’t work anymore for a 12 year old BMX bike when an old man is peddling as fast as he can to catch up with the 86 year olds sporting $5000 bikes in Lake Forest haha. But after it popped a friend of mine was kind enough to allow me to drag my bike into her garage for the night and begin my long treck back to the ole apartment (only a 2.5 mile run) but I friggen’ hate running. On any day in any condition I would rather sprint a mile in the water than jog a mile in the sunny breeze. But after my 20 minute stroll complemented perfectly by my country radio – I made it! Probably my fastest 2.5 miles ever – thanks in large part to Carrie Underwood and Eric Church who made the last mile a lot more enjoyable.

Until Next Time,

Mike

Currently Listening To: New Country Radio on Pandora and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson (I hope she reads this and marries me).