Monthly Archives: June 2017

No Thought = No Problem

I’m back from vacation from the internet.  What did I learn?  I can’t tell you, you need to go and do it for yourself.  I was actually surprised by the amount of comments I received that said “I could never do that, you are brave!”

Short and sweet.  You cannot control everything – if you think you can you are a fool.

Don’t be too attracted to money, in fact, forget about it for a while.  Imagine what you would do with your life if we lived in a society where everyone is forced to live in a cardboard box and cars don’t exist.  Or, if you had enough money and never had to work another day of your life again, what would you do?

Just stop buying stuff.  They are all liabilities.  You are fine the way you are.  You can get the hot girl or the man of your dreams.  Your family will respect you.  Your friends, you can tell them that they are losers.  The only person that matters when it comes to judging your own life is you.  Think it’s hard to separate yourself from the judgement of others?  Realize that they are the one’s who have constructed their own hell on earth and are trying to drag you out of heaven.  Go read C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce for more of what I’m talking about.  His argument, even as a devout Catholic, is that heaven and hell are on Earth.

You might also remember such a thought at the beginning of Think and Grow Richwhere Carnegie talks about Al Capone:

“I have spent the best years of my life giving people the lighter pleasures, helping them have a good time, and all I get is abuse, the existence of a hunted man.”

Sound like someone you know?  Don’t let people who create hell on earth for themselves and others phase you.  You can withstand their presence and deny them.

I’ve figured out what I would do if I never had to work a single day for the rest of my life.  There are several things in fact.  At first it is a very difficult thing to imagine, but let it sink into your subconscious and the ideas will start flowing out.  You will know it when it hits you, it will just make sense, no matter how much people tell you otherwise.

Be like Forrest Gump.  You don’t need to be smart to succeed.  Let life carry you naturally from one place and person to another, and then grasp onto something with all your life and you will leave from it a better person.  This is what I think is meant in the movie when he says he thinks our lives are a combination of destiny and making our own destinies.

Shrimp boat captain, army general, football player, whatever – nothing is going to fulfill you 100%.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t give 100%.  Why think about whether or not you should do a good job?  Is that even a valid question in a personal development blog?  Of course you should do a good job, even as a janitor.

Be thoughtless in your life situations.  Don’t analyze why you are where you are too much.  Do a good job always and keep your mind focused on good feelings.  Do you even really need to be ultra successful to be happy?  Do you need to be the CEO, big time blogger, or whatever to be happy?  In fact, would that cause more of a burden on you?

I have found true happiness in lightness of being.  True happiness in love.  True happiness in adventure.  True happiness in hard and honest work.  These things make my life go around.  After all, that is the point of personal development, finding how to live the best life you possibly can, and being the best version of yourself you can.

Get lost.  Forget success.  Find happiness, then spread it.

Yeah, even that one thing that made you happy once.  Even that.  There is nothing wrong with it.  It is right for you.

Wine 201 – How to read a Wine Label

So let’s deal with each question one at a time. First, let’s touch upon the questions which are universal:

Who made the wine? The company or firm that made the wine or, in some cases, the wine’s trademark name. Pretty straightforward. Sometimes it’s the name of the family or company that makes the wine, sometimes it’s the name of the winery. The answer to this question is pretty straightforward.

However, it should be noted that who made the wine weren’t the same people who grew the grapes used in the wine. The family/company most likely purchased the grapes from an outsourced vineyard. On the opposite end of the spectrum you have “Estate Wineries“, who are wineries who happen to grow their own grapes. So if you see “Estate Wineries” or even “Estate Bottled”, you know that the winery/company had more input on how the grapes were grow.

When were the wine grapes harvested? This would be the vintage of the wine, the year in which the grapes were harvested for the wine. Thus a 2003 riesling means that the grapes for the riesling were harvested in 2003.

The vintage does not necessarily mean when the wine was made, but many countries have laws stating that a certain percentage of a wine must have been fermented in the same year the grapes were harvested. In the US, if a bottle has a vintage of 2003, you can be assured that 95% of the wine had been fermented in the same year the grapes were harvested. In Australia and most of the European Union countries, the minimum to qualify for vintage dating is only 85%, but some local appellations require a higher percentage. Bordeaux, for example, requires 95%. Other wine-producing countries, including Chile and South Africa, require that only 75%, but that doesn’t mean all wines go that low.

Moving on to the next question and answer in the next post. Do not miss it!

Value, Function and Aesthetics By Way Of Pavers

It has been 2 years since my family and I moved to our current house. The house has a big yard and it is airy which is good for the kids to play. I also like the wide surroundings perfect  for barbecues and for entertaining friends. I’ve made a brick barbecue and oven in the backyard which added to the appeal of the house. I really love cooking using the oven for the barbecue. It somehow gives a rustic appeal to the house. Modular walls were already installed when we moved in so there is less noise going in the house which is a good thing when we want to relax.

I always wanted to have concrete or brick pavers to compliment the landscaping. Our old address has concrete driveway pavers installed and I find it functional as well as beautiful. It added value to our old address and when we sold it, we were able to command a good price for the property. My wife and I decided to have pavers installed in our present address. We wanted to have the same effect: aesthetics and added value to our present property. We decided to install these interlocking blocks for our driveway and patios of the house.  Presently, poured concrete is used in the driveway and it is showing cracks, so we thought it will be better to replace it with something better and more durable. We decided to have concrete pavers for the patio and  clay brick pavers for the driveway. I personally installed the pavers on our old home so doing the same job will be easier this time. First, we talked to our masonry supplies contractor to make a quote for us. A brochure was sent to us where we checked the products if there are new designs available and then, we decided to what color and pattern we would like to have on our project. The blocks were delivered 2 days after talking to the contractor.

I worked on installing the blocks every weekend. I laid out the groundwork and the design. It took me about 5 weeks to finish the project and set the pavers nicely to the ground. I think I did a good job because there were no loose pieces. The color we have chosen complimented the surroundings nicely. My in-laws visited us last weekend and they gave us a thumbs up about the brick and concrete pavers. The blocks are made from molds so it allows easy installation and precision shaping. The concrete pavers mimic the look and feel  of natural stone and are much cheaper than natural  stone pavers. It’s very  easy to maintain with regular sweeping and occasional rinsing. I’ve also applied sealants to protect the surface. An individual block is pretty easy to replace in case it breaks. Unlike poured concrete, these pavers move with the earth. It allows the paving system for expansion and contraction without producing surface cracks. It will stay strong and durable for years if it is laid down correctly. It has a non skid surface which makes our home safer for everyone especially the kids.

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