The secret to success is to have low expectations.
Simplicity + Functionality = Beauty
Accept nothing less than mediocrity.
Never underestimate the power of compounding interest.
Tesla (the physicist, not the rock band) once said
"There shall be no rest, lest a taste for idleness be acquired."
I saw the following posting on a kayak website:
"Never judge a day by the weather. The best things in life aren't things. He who dies with the most toys still dies. There are 2 ways to be rich - make more or desire less. No rain, no rainbows. Take it easy. -Hawaiian rules to live by"
I think Budha would agree with the "desire less" part.
I've been accused of having a type A, sometimes corporate minded, obsessive personality. Here are my rules to live by...though you may not live very long.
"Time is money, money is time. Never waste either. There will be plenty of time to rest when you're dead."
To have a job I enjoy which pays me enough money and gives me enough time to enjoy the activities I love and to have good friends with whom I can enjoy these activities.
I'm not a big city person for various reasons:
In my utopia, people do nice things for each other with no ulterior motive. Friendship has no bounds on race, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation. People speak the truth and honesty is assumed. When someone says 'A,' we interpret 'A,' not 'B,' and not 'C.' People don't read into statements or misinterpret them. People are treated as individuals and not stereotypes. Nobody is wrongly accused. People aren't mean. The strong help the weak and the weak are grateful. There are no bullies. Status is irrelevant. People help out in the best way they can. Effort and intentions matter. People respect privacy, property, and the environment.
The most important things in life
· Good boots.
· Good teeth.
· A car that gets you from point A to point B reliably. It doesn't have to look good...it just has to do its job.
· To be able to fight well enough to defend yourself or at least to be able to run fast enough to get away. If you can't do either, you're screwed.
· A good boss.
· A strong back.
· A good pair of knees.
· A healthy outlook on life.
The nine Cs
It is interesting that many of the biggest causes of stress all start with the letter 'C'. Precisely a reason you should not date people whose name starts with 'C' or give your children 'C' names. There are nine 'C' stresses...can you think of more?
· Cash: not having enough
· Cars: when they don't work
· Computers: when they don't work (for the Windows 98 operating system, that is most of the time)
· Children: why I don't have any
· Chicks: can't live with them, can't kill them
· Credit: when it is bad
· Cops: when you didn't think they were watching
· The C programming language (and C++): because pointers suck ass· Commitment: death or marriage...hmmm, let me think
When I am king... (yes, I'm pretending I'm Adam Corolla)
· Married people who work at the same location or for the same company MUST have the same last name.
· Companies that construct anything that might lead to environmental pollution must pay the government a security deposit so that if they go bankrupt, there will be money to clean up what they've done.
· Pennies will be abolished.
· People will be able to claim pets adopted from an animal shelter as tax writeoffs.
· Teenagers who are not recognized as adults when it comes to seeing a rated R movie will not have to pay adult price admission.
· Documents must define acronyms before using them.
· Asking, "When are you two going to get married" in front of your non-fiancee girlfriend will be cause for justifiable homocide.· In addition to beltway on-ramp signs stating east, west, north, or south, they will also list clockwise or counterclockwise.
· There will be what I call "reality pricing." We already have this for cigarettes. Why not for other things? If you heat your home with coal, you will pay a tax to help cover the environmental and health damage resulting from burning coal. If you obese (for non-medical reasons), you will pay for more health insurance. If you engage in very risky hobbies (e.g. base jumping), you will pay more for health insurance.
What I fear
What I'd like people to say about me after I die:
How to be like me (not that anyone would want to):
I'd rather have...
People often ask me about the red patch on a cap I used to wear. It is the insignia for the Second Marine Division. Everyone needs a logo. Some names are well suited for a logo. The name "Saki" is not one of them. If your name is Joey, you can use a baby kangaroo as your logo. If your name is Bill, you can use a duck head as your logo. If your name is Oliver, you can use an olive branch as your logo. If your name is Dick,...well...you know.
One day, I was feeling sad. Then I read something that made my day. I think it is a little Buddhist without intending to be so. Regardless, the message is universal. Click Attitude.
Who am I?
In many ways, I think of myself as the average American male.
Saki-speak encompasses some words, pronunciations, and phrases that may be somewhat unconventional.
Bostonians tend to drop R's. I sometimes add them
Silicon becomes silicorn
Leprechaun becomes leprecorn
Poison ivy becomes poison ivory
Potato becomes pahtater
Millimeter becomes millermeter
Willow becomes willer
Centipede becomes centerpede
Delaware becomes Dellerwhere
A capella becomes arcapella
Window becomes winder
Pro bono becomes pro boner
Bachelor-proof: The state of being infallible to the weaknesses commonly associated with bachelors. For example, a recipe is bachelor-proof if the ingredients and cooking time provide ample room for error. Clothes may be bachelor-proof if it can be successfully washed and dried under many different machine settings.
Fugly: Fat and ugly or f**king ugly.
The Saki Effect: When notice is given that Saki will be attending a social event, a mass exodus of women takes place.
Jelly donut: A reference to someone who is soft (weak). This is a term used by my platoon. Not sure if other platoons used this term.
In 1493, Columbus sailed the deep blue sea.
Leaves of six make you itch.
In American English, we borrow certain words from other cultures. Similarly, I borrow words from other people. Jimmy has influenced my dialect considerably.
I consider myself the average American. If the president of some foreign country wanted to know what Americans are like then he should forget the ambassador. I would be a much better example of Americana. Don't let my appearance deceive you. My ancestors have been in this country for over a century so I am as Americanized as anyone else.
- from Washington Post - In Maryland, discontent with taxes, economy paved way for Hogan's victory
- from "The Columbia Flier - Kittleman wins county executive race"
I like diversity. But there is much more to diversity than race. While big cities like Washington D.C. boast having a great deal of racial diversity, they are lacking in political diversity. This is not the kind of place I want to live.
- from Changing Demographics May Tip Balance in Race for Mayor in Washington
- from Political party strength in U.S. states
I am all for higher taxes to reduce our national debt. I believe in taxes to encourage people to make healthy choices (i.e. sin tax). Taxing junk food, alcohol, the burning of fossil fuels, fuel inefficient vehicles, and any product deemed harmful to people's health or the environment (e.g. aerosols, toxic paints, styrofoam, lead ammunition, etc.). People that make healthy choices (rich or poor) should pay few additional taxes. For the rest of us, our increase in taxes would be proportional to the unhealthy choices we make. Yes, I do make unhealthy choices. I enjoy my Diet Pepsi and empty calorie cheese crackers. But those are my choices and nobody is forcing me to consume them.
The problem with fracking is that it is "above the law." There are plenty of laws in place that control what can be put into the environment. Fracking operations have been given exception to many of these laws. I say companies that do fracking should be held to the same standards as any individual or small company. When this all started, the environmental groups blamed the Republicans. But now, the Democrats are no better. I'm not saying we should ban fracking...if it can't be done in a way that meets the requirements that would affect non-fracking entities, then the companies involved must be held financially accountable. And if they can't meet these standards, then their operation won't be profitable and they will stop. Capitalism can work as long as the government is there to make sure everyone plays fair and guarantees that nobody is above the law.
I think it is good to help the poor but more important to help the poor to learn to help themselves. Welfare should be a safety net, not a way of life. It certainly shouldn't be seen as an acceptable lifestyle. I believe in widening the gap between welfare and minimum wage. In many cases, disability can be treated similarly. If someone can't do their job because of a physical limitation, let's see if we can't retrain them to do another job rather than give them disability checks for the rest of their lives. A hand up, not a handout.
I think socialized medicine is a good thing. If the government is going to give out anything, then I'd rather have it give out basic level health care rather than long term unemployment benefits or extra money for people that keep having children they can't support. But I also think it is the responsibility of people to take care of themselves. Smokers already pay more for life insurance than non-smokers. Similarly, I think people that don't take care of themselves should pay considerably more for health insurance. The government needs to encourage people to make the right choices (e.g. eating healthy and exercise). Too much health care money is being spent on administrative costs. The fact that (as of 2016), other countries are paying less for American drugs than our own citizens is ridiculous.
I've got nothing against gay marriage, abortion, gender change, right to die, or owning guns. After all, America is the land of freedom, right? In that regard, I'm a somewhat of a Libertarian. But I'm not so sure about legalizing recreational drugs. I'd like to hear how other countries have dealt with this before approving it in this country.
It is good to own nice things but more important to live within your means. If only our politicians and the people who elect them would understand this. Our standards (both personally and as a society) need to be sustainable.
Illegal immigration is illegal and should be treated as such. Still, everyone, legal or not, has rights. I believe we should be open to accepting legal immigrants as long as they have skills that our country needs and are willing to live in places where their skills are in demand. I don't feel race or religion should be a factor. In my opinion, the 14th amendment should be repealed.
I believe that prison should be for people that are a physical threat to society. Victimless crimes such as illegal drug use and tax evasion should be handled with fines, community service, house arrest, etc. Such changes would save the government a great deal of money. I am strongly in favor of prison reform. Many prisoners have mental issues that need to be addressed by mental health professionals. Others need job training. Today's inmates are tomorrow's ex-convicts living among us. Whether or not they return to prison is as much up to us as it is to them.
I am strongly in favor of election reform. Too much money is being spent on campaigns that could be directed towards efforts that actually help people directly. Elections should be about the people choosing who will represent them. Instead, they have become about supporting political parties. Gerrymandering needs to end. The electoral process needs to be modified or thrown out.
Washington, D.C. needs representation in Congress. I would say this regardless of the dominant political party there.
As of 2016, our country is deeply polarized. We are too quick to label people and judge them without actually knowing them. The next time you pass judgement on a particular group, ask yourself how many people in the group you actually know. Be willing to diversity and break stereotypes. Seek to associate with people having different views and backgrounds than yourself. Be willing to listen to dissimilar viewpoints with an open mind. You don't have to agree with others but it is important to at least understand why they feel the way they do. Quit complaining and be part of the solution to unite our divided country. Here is what I've been doing in 2016/2017 to unite people:
There is no such thing as "God's chosen people." God is not a bigot.
The Bible is not "the word of God." Every holy document was written by humans, not God. Holy documents are man's interpretation.
Making food choices because of religious beliefs is just silly. It is your right...I just think that in the 21st century, it is silly.
God wants us to be happy and not feeling guilty for being an average human. Maybe if you killed someone while driving drunk or did something worse, then you should feel guilty but if you're just an average human, then get over it...everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is that you learn from them.
I don't like when people let their organized religion dictate how they think. People should learn to think for themselves.
There are good and bad people of all races, religions, political parties, and sexual orientations. I like good people. I dislike bad people. End of discussion.