This afternoon we met up with our buddy Jim and went up to Brainerd Dragstrip. We used to go up there pretty often back about 10 or so years ago. I had forgotten how loud it actually was. The event they were holding was the Southeast Gassers shootout. Josh from the Moonshiners TV show was there, so that was pretty cool to get to see him in person and hear him talk to fans, as well as watch him race. The worst part about the whole thing was the parking. The guy flagging us in obviously was ready to take his break, because he tried to send us way out in a pasture where we would have very easily gotten stuck. We stayed for 3-4 hours and watched most of the event. Wrecks, while cool to see, take ridiculously long to clean up. And they really need to keep the kids doing their racing either before the event or during the week, as that detracted away from what most everyone was there for. We had a great time hanging out though!
Live beneath your means. Return everything you borrow. Stop blaming other people. Admit it when you make a mistake. Give clothes not worn in 3 years to charity. Do something nice and try not to get caught. Listen more talk less. Every day take a 30 minute walk, Strive for excellence, not perfection. Be on time. Don’t make excuses. Don’t argue. Get organized Be kind to kind people. Be kind to unkind people. Let someone cut ahead of you in line. Take time to be alone. Reread your favorite book. Cultivate good manners. Be humble. Realize and accept that life isn’t fair. Know when to keep your mouth shut. Go an entire day without criticizing anyone. Learn from the past. Plan for the future. Live in the present. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff.
We spent part of yesterday installing a new unit at the house. The old one was on its last leg until a few days ago when the blistering heat killed it. One day after work, walking into the house felt much like walking into an oven. The nights weren’t so bad since we opened windows and used the attic fan to pull in the coil night air. The new unit though, worth every penny, and in the long run should help pay for itself with 20 years of improved efficiency over the old unit.
Just had a really great time shooting off fireworks with Billy and his family for Independence Day!
I had the chance to listen to the Libertarian Town Hall that was on CNN a few days ago. I’ve long in this election cycle thought that we had poor choices on the two sides, and while Johnson is better, I can’t see wasting my time voting for him. He’s, in my opinion, Republican-Lite. Especially since Weld is his running mate. Throw in the fact Romney would like the ticket reversed, that’s a red flag this third party would be no different than the other sides. Whoever wins, you can be sure, the wars will continue, the destruction of our liberties will continue, and our deficits and debt will continue to be piled onto future generations assuming there’s not another catastrophic crash in the economy in the near future.
For our annual Father’s Day motorcycle ride, we rode up by the Ocoee River and up through North Carolina. We ended up stopping by one of the newly built casinos and checked it out for a bit. As you can expect, what money we played with we left without. I was a bit surprised that smoking was okay inside, but now looking back, that shouldn’t have surprised me. To be mid-June, it was chilly at times in the Nantahala. We ended up riding just shy of 300 miles, and had a great time as we usually do. Looking forward to many more of these rides with my Dad and brothers.
With as many opportunities that are out there to improve one’s situation, you’d think more people would accept nothing less than success on one of these endeavors. Too many people want life to change or become better, but aren’t willing to put the work into making it happen. Too many people quit before even trying. I think that’s why business is such a hard thing for most people. They want the outcome but aren’t willing to make the sacrifices to make it so. If you fail, atleast you tried. And no matter how many times you fail, you can always try again. But if you don’t even try or worse, quit, you put a roadblock in front of yourself that may last a lifetime. We get one shot at life, and too many are willing to sit by and watch it pass them by. Some with regrets and some won’t even know what they missed out on enough to even have regrets.
Yesterday morning, a neighbor on our street, was killed when his vehicle was hit head-on by someone texting and driving. He was just 24 years old. One guy’s life was cut incredibly short, because some guy’s text was more important to him than another human being. One guy’s family is now forever changed, because some guy’s text was more important to him than another human being.
The text you need to send can wait. The cars you’re meeting, the families inside, they are more important than any text you need to send—I promise you that.
This weekend Dad and us spent a good bit of time doing some landscaping at our Grandma’s house. It’s amazing the amount of curb appeal that can e gained with just a few hundred dollars worth of mulch, block and flowers. Rather than just going straight along the house with a thick layer of mulch and block, we did some curves into it to add some personality. The weather was just perfect for some outdoor work, and our Grandma got some flowers to enjoy this year.
Yesterday we said goodbye to a good companion and friend of 15 years. We got Jake when we were in the 10th grade. He was minutes away from being put down at the local shelter when we say those big beautiful brown eyes and adopted him. He will undoubtedly be the best dog I’ll ever have the pleasure of having in my life. He was by Mom’s side the entire time she was going through her battles and would constantly check to make sure she was okay when resting. He was a great friend to all of our cats, a protector of our house, and a great friend to all of us. He’s going to be greatly missed.
The world bursts at the seams with people ready to tell you you’re not good enough. On occasion, some may be correct. But do not do their work for them. Seek any job; ask anyone out; pursue any goal. Don’t take it personally when they say “no” — they may not be smart enough to say “yes.”