Stop saying “It is what it is.”

Instead say, “I am extremely disappointed in the outcome of this situation and I understand there is nothing in my power to change it. So it is pointless to complain and bitch about it. So I will move on with my life and look to the positive things in life that I can control.”

Pointing out the obvious and displaying your shitty attitude just makes you look like an ugly person, so don’t do it.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Do you know what “I” would do for the education system if “I” were in charge? Well, Mister Stephens, what would you do? First off, I would make it mandatory that every single high school student before the age of 16, take a career management class. We would call it … that’s right you guessed it, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Part of that year long course would be investigating, researching, job shadowing and interviewing real live people doing the job. It would include budgeting, finance, credit, and a slew of other actual helpful tactics to manage your career, the finances that go along with it and the ways you can earn income. When I was teaching that class, at the college it was too late to tell someone they picked a really shitty career with no hopes of ever making any money. Trust me when I tell you there are thousands of unemployed video game artists/developers. My year long course would include ALL kinds of professions, from trade to pHd and I would have forums where students could actually learn, ask questions and decide what is right for them.

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NO ONE plans to be an Uber driver, a ditch digger, or construction worker. It just doesn’t happen that way. And no one tells you that you can make money as an influencer, a sugar baby, a housewife/husband, … or even as a drug dealer. But yet, all of those occupations exist. Almost every job out there has the wonderful things and the shitty things. It is a good idea to know what both of those are before you commit yourself to that career. A buddy of mine from high school, super smart, went on to be a lawyer. He was very musically inclined and artistic, so I wondered why he would go in a direction like law. Well, turns out he didn’t stay a lawyer and he went back to his artistic side of things.

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WHY do you want to be a millionaire? What do you want/need to buy that is THAT expensive? Know what your minimum and maximum salary needs are and focus on what is important. Making 200k a year sounds great, until you find out you have no life, and you work 70 hours a week. I think to myself, “If I didn’t have any bills, how much would I need each month to live comfortably?” Once you have that number you don’t have to kill yourself to overachieve. Just remember, NO ONE is banging down your door to pay your bills in full each month. They’ll get their money when they get it, right? As one of my managers once said, “We work to live, not live to work.” And when you confuse the two we will have a coming to Jesus meeting to get your priorities back on track.

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Yo Biden. The department of education needs a revamp with a focus on finding students meaningful careers that will pay their bills. Each graduate needs an understanding of where their money comes in and goes out. It’s not rocket science, but kids these days can’t even do math or count back change. There needs to be a small business course so everyone can learn about tax breaks and advantages they had no idea they could claim. I don’t have a doctorate, so I don’t think that person in charge would be me. I just came up with the idea that could literally revolutionize America for a better tomorrow. Although it could be a lot of fun developing courses like, “eBay, and other online sources of income.” And while we are at it, everyone needs to take an ethics course.

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Forgiving a small amount of debt doesn’t fix the problem of students going into careers with no idea how to earn an income. Millions of people have useless degrees that have no relevance to their actual source of income.
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Elon Airport

So if you didn’t hear, in addition to SpaceX headquarters in Texas, Mr. Billionaire has decided to build his own private airport. The airport less than five miles from his base of operations had issues and probably didn’t kiss his ass. So you know, he has his own private jet that some kid on Twitter was following him. Musk offered him 50k to stop posting it on Twitter and the kid said no. So of course it makes sense to build an entire airport just for your own personal usage. Of course there will probably be Tesla chargers everywhere on site. Great for the Texas grid right? I mean, if they installed millions of acres of solar chargers on all that land then maybe … just maybe they might stand a chance.

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And just in case you missed it, one ticket for the Mega Millions lottery was sold in Illinois. Yay for them/him/her. I still call it the idiot tax. Lotteries are the biggest scam that everyone seems to be okay with on a worldwide basis. Sadly that winner ends up getting taxed at an obscene rate, actually more than 50% considering state taxes that also are entitled to the winnings. So I guess when you wonder where the government (in the USA) gets all their money, they literally steal it from lottery winners every single day. I would love to see the books for the Internal Revenue Service. The bank account must just be massive.

 

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What If?

If abortions become illegal, under any circumstance, … then in 18ish years we can expect that the low-end hourly workers will return. Right? Because in theory, the last 20+ years or so, women have been aborting those babies, who never make it to the adoption or foster care system. Science and technology made it possible to women no longer have to breastfeed, so they use formula. Well now that there is shortage, the babies that did make it, won’t because they will die of malnutrition. Sorry ladies – that you didn’t want your nipples sore, so you took a pill to dry up your milk. It really makes me wonder if those women who decided to abort their mistake … if they will have consequences in the after life? Personally I think if you don’t want to have a baby, don’t put a penis in your vagina. I also know that if a woman is raped, that she can immediately have any traces removed within the rape inspection done with the nurse. Texas made it quite clear that there was a lot of unprotected sex going on that women all of the sudden had to admit.

 

The world is producing less babies. There are more people who are living longer that they are supposed to due to science, technology and medicine. Think about the millions of people who are alive because of a pacemaker. Exactly, and they are just a fraction of the people who faced death and survived.

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And did you see Dr. Strange 2? Wow, that should really be WandaVision 2.0 on steroids. No question now who is the strongest Avenger! I really liked that they introduced some new/old characters as cameos into the MCU. Isn’t it weird how you can buy crypto and not have to buy a whole coin/share? Like you can own .0000215 of one bitcoin. Bad week for Bitcoin as it dropped millions of portfolios. I think it was down to like, $28k, and it WAS trading at $48k the week before. Wow. No I didn’t buy any shares, I don’t have an extra $28k to buy an invisible magic money coin. But there are thousands that are selling their partial coin ownership.

 

 

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Media News Sources Blocked

Instagram joins the latest media news outlets that is being blocked by Russia. Damn. Yep, they can only hear/see what Russia wants them to see. Did you know that they are telling Russians that the Ukraine is full of NAZI’s and they are taking back what is theirs. They also bombed a maternity ward hospital. Fucking bastards. I am pretty sure that my site isn’t banned, and in fact, I have more and more international readers than I do readers from the United States. Crazy huh? And if you haven’t been watching the news or can’t … McDonalds, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and even Paypal have shut down operations or will be shortly. Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, … yeah, all are now history for Russians.
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While the people have nothing to do with the war, it is the citizens who are being punished. When Trump bombs with a drone, we the people in the U.S. didn’t get punished … other than having to hear/see his obnoxious voice/face. I think I saw over 2 million refugees have fled, although if you aren’t white you aren’t going to be admitted. Even in the U.S., white Ukrainians were refused asylum. So, don’t try to enter the U.S. from Mexico, where they are still racists. Last I checked there was still a war in Afghanistan, but I don’t see anything in the news about that 20+ year war. Why? Brown skinned people.

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And here is the latest coronavirus number for the U.S.
DAILY AVG. ON MAR. 11 14-DAY CHANGE TOTAL REPORTED
Cases 35,036 –49% 79,400,847
Tests 973,360 –12%
Hospitalized 31,323 –43%
In I.C.U.s 5,725 –46%
Deaths 1,272 –33% 965,746
It appears that “most” of the U.S. has done away with masks as most people have gotten the shot and booster. In Colorado we are at a 90% vaccination rate.

Okay … many of you are wondering if I watched the new Batman. And yes, as a matter of fact, I watched it twice and then had to watch the YouTube spoiler review since evidently I missed a ton of shit since I don’t read the comic book or keep up with any of the “Easter eggs” they put in the show. It is NOT a superhero movie. Go in thinking … this is the DARK Knight who is going kick the shit out of a lot of people. There are a lot of long, boring scenes. This is NOT your DC Avengers movie. This is also not Oscar worthy. He wears a costume most of the movie. It is him or a stunt guy? Right. Would I recommend you spend the extra cash to see it? No. It will come to HBOmax. It will come to blu-ray/dvd one day. Instead you should watch the Amazon Jack Reacher. It has a real plot, with real people characters, not a comic book rebooted, reboot. Technically Batman should be dead. He’s just a man, not an immortal.

 

 

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Colorado is Cursed

Thursday afternoon hellfire winds tore through the Rocky Mountains, knocking down power lines sparking the first of many wild winter fires that would destroy the lives and homes of many. The Mile High city has seen less than an inch of rain and zero snowfall. As of now, the fires still burn like mad on New Years Eve. Over 600 high-end luxury homes, … gone. Burned to the ground. The Target in Superior … gone. 36 and McCaslin was hell yesterday. The sky darkened as the black smoke traveled for miles blocking out the sun, where it was only a bright pink ball hidden in the clouds of smoke.

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If you text REDCROSS to 90999 you can donate $10 to help the effort. They add it to your cell phone bill.

Pray for the much needed snow & precipitation to extinguish these flames of doom. Give thanks that you and your family are safe and still have a place to call home.

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And were you one of the few million who ventured out to see the all new Spiderman movie? <raises hand> Yes, it was a great movie and well worth the 2 hours of mask wearing. Matrix fans?  Yeah, guilty. What did I think of the reboot? I will just say that I loved the first and even the 2nd one. The 3rd was kind of a stretch, but I was highly disappointed that they recast Morpheus. Fishborne didn’t die. He just wasn’t invited back to the party. Truth? Don’t waste your time. You will be sad. Do you like scary movies? Antlers and Old are both thumbs up from me. And if you are reading this, then you made it to New Year’s Eve!!! Yay you’re not dead! Let’s all have a drink that 2022 is going to be a bigger, better, safer adventure for all of us. Cheers!

 

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Who taught you how to lie?

How old were you when you realized you could tell a lie and get away with it? Oooooohh good question! It usually is one that you have to think about for a moment, and then you think about what it was that you did when you lied. Or worse, you think about the one time you decided to lie and you actually got caught. Damn. Not exactly ideal. Some parents like to live in this fantasy that their kids don’t lie, at least … not to them. My mom certainly did not teach me how to lie, and my dad wasn’t going to share HIS secrets. He was one of the biggest liars I knew and never once did he tell me the tricks of his trade. While it is something you aren’t going to ask your parents, it is something that everyone should be aware of, and what the consequences are. Just so you know, lying under oath is against the law, and if you lie in an interview, pray they don’t follow up with further questions. Termination can be an option. Remember the movie “Don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead.”? Of course, you might not get caught and if it happens, they might just look the other way like in the movie.

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Did you know there are certain clues or signs that someone is a liar? Yep, it is true. In HR you learn all kinds of things when you interview someone face to face. Not looking at someone directly in the eyes many times can be a red flag. Whatever you do, don’t look away when asked a challenging ethics question. Don’t exaggerate your skills or abilities. Sure some things are hard to verify, but other things sometimes it takes a simple phone call. If you claim to know and have mastered Adobe Photoshop, then you should be able to detail your thought process when you retouch or edit a photo. Such as, “Well, before I touch a photo, I lock the layer and create a duplicate layer of that first layer in case if I need to revert back to original. I also like to have a “before” photo to show my results and the work that I have done.” Don’t be taken off guard or suddenly surprised when you are asked a technical question to determine your ability. Once I had an interviewer ask me to submit a marketing plan for the organization to prove my skills. I said I don’t work for free. If you want a marketing plan you hire me and I will do a SWAT analysis of your current offerings and make my recommendations for changes for improvement. In my opinion, if they are fishing for marketing plan proposals, they are already in big trouble. You better have an impeccable memory — so you can keep track of all your lies.

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Whatever you do, don’t change your “story” or lie.  Especially if you are being questioned by a police officer. Stick to your story, no matter how awful or stupid it may sound. Although, technically, you are not under oath talking to a cop, supervisor, HR representative or even your parents, so you can just lie all you want. Just remember, there are consequences for those actions. Am I saying it is okay to lie? Yes, no … maybe. Would you spare someone’s feelings by not telling the truth? “That skirt is F’ing hideous.” vs. “I love your skirt! Vintage.” Exactly, we all saw Mean Girls so we know there are all kinds of lies we tell/see.

 

And for the record, “I” didn’t teach you how to lie. You’ve been lying for years. Some people lie to themselves daily, like the ones who catch COVID and are literally on their deathbed telling the doctor they don’t have it. Millions of people don’t go to a physician for a health check because they don’t want to hear the results, so they just live in denial. Words are power. Use yours to empower.

 

 

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Veritas — Truth Serum

“A drunk man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts.”

 

Dispensing more good advice … this is my favorite quote. What it means in the simplest terms — if you get drunk and your sober friend does not, chances are you will spill your secrets and or truths. You won’t remember it, but he/she will.  So keep that in mind the next time you decide to get hammered with your best “work” friends. You really don’t want your subordinate employee knowing all the dirt. Years ago I created a rule for myself that I did not associate with people from work, while I was still employed there. If one of us quits or moves on then it would be okay to “hang out” outside of work. If you go to the happy hour events with coworkers you will find out all kinds of secrets.
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Now some people think this is bad advice as they have made a lot of good or great friends from the workplace. Good for them. I also know of “friends” who had dirt on their other friends and used it to blackmail their coworkers into doing their bidding. In some companies things like, days off and preferred schedule shifts are highly coveted that can be easily granted or denied. Of course you can BE friends AT work. I am saying when you leave the building and go off into your merry little world, there really is no need to have a work friend join you.
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Women are catty (bitches) and men are … untrustworthy. And when it comes to money and the workplace, things can get even nastier. I am talking about sales people who steal sales from each other. Commissioned sales and friends in commissioned sales are not a good combination. Just remember that everyone comes from a different background and way they were raised. Simply being employed at the same company and working in the same department is not reason enough to have a new best friend. I have also witnessed when two best friends apply for the same promotion.  You can already guess where that is headed. In the game of sales, there is only ONE number one salesperson each month.
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And just in case you haven’t had a role model tell you … NEVER get drunk at a work function. Romance and the workplace is not advised. You don’t want to work with your ex if you have a bad break up, right?  I also do not advise in “friending” your new coworkers on any of your social media platforms, especially Facebook. People are weird and some people do not have good intentions. Remember, there is evil in this world, and sometimes it is in your own company. Trust no one.

 

 

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Words To Live By

Let’s play a game. I like games. Don’t you? In this game,  you are going to contemplate your words of wisdom that you feel your pupils/children/followers should know. Something that is maybe unique to you, or just plain good business sense. My grandma gave me some advice once. We were sitting in the bank and she was cosigning a personal loan for me. She looked over at me and said, “Never tell people how much money you have or don’t have. It is none of their business. If people think you have money, they will treat you nicer, but some people will just want you for your money.” She was right.

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So how do you let people know you actually have money without telling them you have money? Well, you could carry a lot of greenbacks in your wallet or money clip. I know when I saw a guy with a money clip full of 100 dollar bills, I had a feeling he was well off and probably rich. Guess what, you can have a lot of paper in your wallet without being “rich”.

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There are other ways to show you are rich without using cash. You can have an American Express charge card. You have to pay those off in full every month, so if someone is making a big purchase on that card, they obviously have a lot of money in the bank to pay it off within 30 days. When I worked at Best Buy Magnolia I sold a huge entertainment package, well over 10k. He put it on his AmEx BLACK card. That was the first time I had ever seen or touched a metal card and of course I was impressed. You have to make bank to even qualify for that card. So naturally I asked what he did for a living. He said he owned a couple of mortgage companies, so he WAS the bank. Yeah, those guys who loan you money for homes. Damn. Funny thing is he looked like an average normal guy, other than his expensive Italian shoes. One of the things I have learned working retail luxury sales, … you can NEVER tell how much money someone has just by looking at a person. “Some” things like jewelry and accessories can give you somewhat of an idea, and with women you can get a good idea by simply looking at her purse. There are some purses that are worth more than houses … yeah it is crazy insane. A leather bag worth more than a house. For men, it is usually a really, really expensive large gold watch and expensive shoes.
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Some additional thoughts on money. When people think you have money, they may ask to “borrow” it. Unless you really love that person and want to give that person a one time donation, don’t do  it. You probably won’t get your money back and you will lose a friendship over it. Trust me on this one. I have done it time and time again and the outcome is always a bad one with hurt feelings from someone. One time a “friend” wanted to borrow money and I flat out said no. She didn’t pay back the last “loan” so why would I just give her money? That’s right, her credit was zero. Steal from me once, shame on you. Steal from me twice, shame on me. Some people are just plain evil. Bad egg. Bad intentions. Bad results. Our prisons are full of them.

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“Baw weep graw weep ninny bong.”  It’s the universal greeting. Guns are not exactly friendly. – Hot Rod & Kup, Transformers G1

If Kyle Rittenfuck had a sign that had the universal greeting on it and was wearing a red cross logo, THAT might be interpreted as a “friendly”. Kup said it best, guns aren’t friendly.

 

 

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White Asian

So, … where are YOU from?  A common question that people ask you when you are first introduced. It is a simple way to get to know someone better. When someone is of the same place, chances are you have a lot in common. All my life I have always been telling people that I am from Vietnam, but I was adopted into an American military family at 4 months. Well imagine MY surprise when I decided to take a DNA test to discover my roots. Turns out I am NOT 100% Vietnamese. Wait, what? Yep, the proof is in the science. I am only 45.6% Vietnamese. Not even HALF. Yep, I am blown away. Looks like all those years of Asians calling me “White Asian”, with 31.4% of European lineage — they weren’t so far off. Yep, looks like my dad wasn’t Asian after all. How crazy is that? When you are adopted you don’t have any medical history. You are just out of luck. Not anymore.

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So initially I looked up 23 and me, which is heavily advertised for DNA testing. However, this other company, CRI Genetics, does a plethora of detailed information that tells you more than your own doctor. And these tests don’t lie. You are not self diagnosing yourself like you normally do with WebMD. You are getting actual real scientific data that proves YES or NO that you do or do not have a medical condition. Like for instance, I had no idea that I am lactose intolerant. So all those hot milked frothy Starbucks laced with hormonal milk literally were making me sick. And did you know that 90% of the world can’t stomach milk, except Europeans for some strange reason. Although I have never had a dairy issue, other than drinking hot milk. Maybe since I am part European that has something to do with the genetics. The report also told me that I do NOT have a sensitivity to gluten. Yay me. I knew it all along. I had a friend who self diagnosed herself as a celiac patient and thus refused to eat “gluten” or any carbs. Except you can get carbs from other things that don’t have gluten. It is kind of scary that all it takes is 2 mouth swabs of spit and you can literally find out all kinds of genetic DNA information.  Turns out that you inherit all kinds of things from your ancestors. Most parents worry that they will pass a genetic medical condition to their children. So if you are curious and want to investigate even further. The site is CRIGenetics, and don’t buy it right away. Look around the site, and wait for the pop up to give you the 50% discount.

 

After you purchase they mail you a kit, you swab it and about 2 weeks later your results show up on their website. I found out my lineage 50 generations. I also opted for the additional “Who might you be related to that is famous” report. I should get it in a few days. If anyone cool shows up I will be sure to share it with y’all.

 

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