One of my favorite books, “DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF…and it’s all small stuff”, suggests “seeing it as a test of some kind, rather than as a serious battle that must be won in order to survive”.
Well, this year I really made an effort at getting back together with a part of my family that had become very distant. It was my oldest brother. About 20 years ago we had a typical brotherly disagreement, in which both sides said and did some things that were pretty stupid. Nothing physical happened, nor was anything lost or stolen. I got over it, but he decided he would never speak to me again.
I tried calling, writing, sending gifts, talking to my other two brothers and his family, but to no avail. And now, none of them talk to me. So, here I am again, wondering why? And hoping my favorite book can get me out of this.
Hmmm, I’m thinking, a test, this is just a test. Well, it’s true, I could just look at it as a test to learn something, to rise above it. Nothing else has worked, so sure, as an old friend of mine once said, “always ask ‘why not’, not ‘why’ in life; it will take you much farther”. That was Congressman George E. Brown, Jr. for whom I had the honor of working with for 4 years as an aide in his office.
One day, in about 1977, I went up to him and asked, “Congressman, would it be ok if I published a book of all the solar educational courses that were available in the nation’s universities and Jr. collages in the United States?” And, he said “Is there any reason why not, and I instinctively answered, “No.”
The National Solar Energy Educational Directory was published by the Solar Energy Research Institute, SERI, in Golden, Colorado, a few months later. A survey form was sent out to 80,000 deans of all the energy-related Colleges including, Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Sciences, etc. across the country. George, who was Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee wrote a nice cover letter asking for their cooperation.
It was a great office to work in. The people were amazing! It was located in the Rayburn Bldg. directly across from the office of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
Funny, but I just now realized George was the only Congressman who voted against the appropriations for the Vietnam War one year. Strange office neighbors, eh? What a great man he was.
I just totally forgot about my problem. Guess it worked.
Wouldn’t it be great if the truth was just being conscious of the state of happiness when we’re in it, (Bliss) and everything else was just a bunch of B.S. or small stuff?
And, if we just practiced a little bit every day to be in that place it might make the rest of our day pretty nice. Of course, the tide will rise and fall, but that would be a good rock to have to keep us centered. That might be real knowledge, the good kind.
I found two of these cowrie shells snorkeling last week, two days in a row. First time I ever even saw one practically. And, I’ve collected shells on Miami Beach for 35 years. In fact, I snorkel for shells, so much that the paper just had a story on “Where have all the shells gone? someone told me this week.
One night I drove my car up on the beach at South Point by the Jetty, then I backed my car right up to the water’s edge and dumped about six big grocery boxes of them back into the ocean for other people to collect.
It’s bad luck to take shells out of the Ocean. Trust me you will pay dearly. I have a whole another story to prove that. I was in the middle of the Sonoran desert with the Seri Indians on the coast of the mainland side of The Sea of Cortez across from Tiburon Island when it happened.
Look it up.
It was weird. Check out the history of the Seri’s that’s really interesting!
Thanks for reading my stupid blog.
You try writing a blog.
Yeah, I’m fully aware of all the typos, grammatical errors, punctuation errors, and misspelled words, and yeah, I don’t even know the difference between the meanings of the words, punctuation, and grammar, but you try writing a blog during your spare time – especially when it’s always after midnight till a little after freaking dawn. Sleep! who needs to sleep, I don’t need any stinking sleep! Who wants to go back and micro proof their work? I know a misspelled word can destroy a sentence, but I’m sorry, I don’t have the time and if it bothers you that god dang much you can just fix it for yourself. “Geeeezzzz,” Napoleón from the movie, Napoleón Dynomite. If you haven’t seen it, do it, and if you did and you didn’t like it, don’t ever read my blog again as long as you live.
Companies try to steal my mailing list, even though we have one of the best security systems money can buy. It’s called a friend who gets paid by Chase Bank to break into their computer system.\r\n\r\n14 years ago we had an employee give a copy of our list, when it numbered just 5,000 customers, to a module broker in Georgia. My attorney who was on that list has been getting emails from them ever since even though he swears he’s never heard of them and has no interest in buying solar unless it was from me. He’s a wonderful man by the way.\r\n\r\nAnyway we have always had a list of dummy email addresses on the list to monitor potential misuse. So, while there’s not much we can do about it, it’s amazing to me that anyone could be so bold. So, if you get unsolicited offers from a solar module broker in Ga. you might tell him he’s not as smart as he thinks. You might also look at his BBB rating, it stinks.\r\n\r\nI just made more money than I’ll ever need in real estate so this is all about feeling victimized, but darn it I spent my whole life doing this. I’m not happy when my whole office gets emails from him sent to their personal email addresses. I also see my 100 dummy addresses getting them as well. I just got two more of his emails just the other day.\r\n\r\nYeah stealing is a real drag. Report STEALING. I’m just curious to know to what extent he’s still doing it. If you think you have received unsolicited ads from this guy or anyone else please send an email to [email protected],\r\n\r\nJohn\r\n\r\nP.S. The guy who gave him the addresses ran off to Perth, Australia. He was an intern I hired from Turkey whom we caught skimming money, using a phony bank account for WT’s. Nice guys. Be real careful who you send money to!
Apple has just gotten themselves in quick sand. They will breath sand.
Boycott them or switch all your phones to Blackberry, it will be good for your brain and peace of mind.
Remember the victims of the San Bernardino massacre.
Tashfeen Malik was a mother with an infant. She was dressed and armed and probably more than willing to kill hundreds of people in the name of ISIS. Look for middle eastern people moving into apartment complexes. Watch them.
do a ton of things to save the environment. Or, a lot of people need to do everything in their power to do just one thing. \n\nI am doing everything in my power to lower the price of solar energy, and if you don’t like that, too damn bad.\n\nI just watched a TV special on vanishing species. How depressing.\n\njk
to just let anyone, who wants to come into America, just come in, at a time like this, from a place like that. He is sympathetic to Muslims because of his family and upbringing, I think. This is logical and understandable, but not when you can’t pick out the worst scum ever to inhabit the Earth from hundreds of thousands of good people. \n\nWhy are we making such a huge issue over Mexicans coming to work and send money to their poverty stricken families back in Mexico but allowing Potential terrorists in to detonate massive bombs, possibly even nuclear, to rip us into shreds.\n\nHelp the refugees from the war and strife wherever they are, but not in where the enemy wants to see everything destroyed and full of death. Don’t allow it to spread. Would we allow people from Ebola Stricken Countries to come to America if we could’nt screen them properly.\n\nObama is insane.