Thursday, April 30, 2009

Seven P

Prior Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance –

Dad calls the above the seven “P” method of life, sounds simple and easy to follow doesn’t it.

First let me say to everyone who has commented upon, linked to me, following me or who has sent me an email since I posted, just thanks so much for your support and all of your kind words. I believe in the axiom: "that you get out of things what you put into to them" but your response has been well above anything I could have expected.

So, just thanks guys, (you too S and F) the comments were very humbling and reinforces my belief in the community we have going on here. I really would like to thank those whose blogs I have not read as of yet or commented upon, who have chosen to follow me or comment upon these posts, so please just give me a few days so that I may respond in kind. I would like to take a minute to point out this community directory being compiled by Steevo here. And if I have omitted anyone, in regards to linking, please just send me an email or leave a comment.

I thought I might try and do some interactive things with this blog and my readers, which I think makes blogging a more worthwhile experience. First I am going to try and respond to every comment made; I like it when other bloggers do that. As many of you know I am an attorney, so from time to time I was hoping to make you all members of a jury, I will lay out some facts to a case and see what you think about how the case should be resolved. Some days I may get a bit political or legal on you also, we will see. Also like today I hope to ask you a question or two and look forward to all of your responses, especially those from overseas to today’s question.

My Dad has a bunch of expressions he passed on to us as we grew up. I love my dad maybe more now than I ever did before. Dad is really a simple guy who grew up during the Great Depression; whose parents were both dead by the time he was 16; joined the marines at 17; went to Korea to fight in a war came back; went to work; raised a family and he is now retired in Florida. It is tough to tell Dad a hard luck story or to formulate reasonable excuses for lack of effort too. In some other post I will get into all that, later on, describing my family some more and possibly some issues, Dad and me, had earlier in this life.

I’ll bet most of you have learned expressions or common sayings, maybe passed onto you by family or friends, that guide or affect your life. My Dad is a big believer in being prepared for things and something preparation does for me is to give me a sense of confidence. Whether it was taking a test in school, playing a sport, taking an interview, meeting a client for a big meeting or going to court, if I am prepared I am always more confident. My Dad would love this post of Gurney’s I read today, and anyone reviewing for finals or revising for tests at any school at any level may benefit from taking a look at his post. Preparation I believe is one key to success in any event in life and when those times arose that I was not prepared Dad would let me know about it as the results were always evident.

He had another little saying that I have taken to heart a lot more after meeting a certain little Aussie and I think I will share it with you also. Now we never had a cat and quite frankly I and they aren’t even friendly, as I am allergic to them, but Dad always says that “you got to let the kitten have the ball of string every once in awhile or he won’t come back and play with you”.

Dad believes in fairness and balance in this life. He suggests there maybe times in life when you should save another’s face, so don’t try and win every thing in life, allow others around you to share in success, and they will stick around you. He explains if you try and have everything your way and put forth no thought or effort for others, you may end up without friends at all, just people who may want something from you. Friends to me are everything in this life and I am so glad to have all of you who I have come to consider, new friends.

So here is what I would like to know: what expression, saying or axioms have affected, guided or influenced your lives; who taught you it and what does it mean to you?

Take care and be safe


Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Hi, how are you? That is the easy part and what to say next is the problem, so we will give this a ride and see where it leads us. I want to say thanks to those of you who blog as these blogs and their authors have done so much to improve my life. I have read so many of your thoughts and come to realize I am not as crazy as I once believed, so thanks for writing them.

For those of you I have not met yet and to save some time I have a link to an Interview I did for Col of Grasp the Nettle Blog, which tells you the basics of who I am, my views on some issues and what I do for a living, if you have any questions about the interview or me, just ask.

Quickly though I am 48, alone, an officer of the court of the commonwealth, and a friend.

Like a lot of you I have been heavily influenced in life by the music I listen too and the words within the songs. Pink Floyd released Time when I was in my mid teens. I have always thought this was a bit of anthem of my life, for when I was young I lived in the same small town for over 40 years just kicking around in my hometown just waiting for something or someone to show me the way. Alas, no one has come by and now as I watch the sun every day as I have become older and lonelier.


Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way. Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain. You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today. And then one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun. So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking Racing around to come up behind you again. The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older, Shorter of breath and one day closer to death. Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time. Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way The time is gone, the song is over, Thought I'd something more to say.

For your enjoyment:

Until recently I thought I would live that English way of quiet desperation simply waiting for this life of mine to get shorter till that one day I would run out of breath. But now after meeting so many of you, maybe I will forge a new path, not promising anything, but I do know I no longer want to live in that English way, and hope fully I might just find some one to share some sunshine with.

So thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my thoughts and the ride, as we travel through time together. I look forward to your advice, support and criticism.

Take care and be safe