Don’t keep calm…

Basically, go ahead and let yourself get anxious/excited. It’s OK! You might even enjoy yourself, in a way. Or at least it’ll be one of those things you can look back on and laugh about.

via Don’t Keep Calm….

Original source here: "Although counter-intuitive, getting excited helps with performance anxiety more than trying to calm down, and using certain statements can manufacture the remedy, creating major biochemical changes. There is a reason why not forcing oneself to calm down might work to improve our outlook."

Hollywood Park What a Run It Had

Hollywood Park, what a run it had!

Today (December 22, 2013) is the last day of racing at Hollywood Park before it's torn down. It's sad, but that part of town has been “the 'hood” for several decades now, so it's no surprise no one wanted to go there.

I worked there once, briefly, with the harness horses. It was back in the 80's, and it was not during a race meet, but just a place to stable the horses between meets.

from Hollywood Park: What a run it had!

"Once there was a very special racetrack, a bold, proud, brassy sporting palace of lakes, flowers, and an exotic species known as the goose girl, conjured up by movie moguls, frequented by celebrities, beloved by the masses. It was the place to see or be seen, whether you were a celebrity, a political figure, an industry titan, horse owner, or racing fan."


My Twitter feed:

Some of my better ones, according to me …

  • Never work FOR someone else, work WITH them.
  • I do some of my best work when I'm supposed to be doing something else.
  • Elizabeth this AM: Dad, can you get my other shoe outside? It's frozen to the ground!
  • My biggest worry, of course, is that I will no longer have anything to worry about.
  • Pulling my daughter in a sled on snowy sidewalk to friends' house, I turn around & see her waving like a beauty queen on a pageant float.
  • There's something just sad about a middle-aged man admiring himself in the mirror. But enough about me. Kidding. It was someone else.
  • Me: Can we throw this out?

    Elizabeth: Fine.

    Me: I see you've learned from your mom how to say “fine” without it meaning “fine” at all.

  • People need to be listened to – preferably agreed with – more than anything else. If you could do one thing for someone, that would be it.
  • 9yo daughter buys painting at Walgreens, and says, “It's made in China. They're really good painters.”
  • Wife tried to foist hazelnut creamer on me. Had to set her straight. I'm a manly man, and manly men drink their coffee black!
  • At Dr today the hot female nurse practitioner said “Wow” when I took off my shirt. Can you blame her? Too bad it was for wrong reason.
  • Life is like flying: You have to keep moving & make constant adjustments, but there's always time for a few loop-de-loops!
  • The person who knows that they're not innately superior to anyone is the better-informed person.
  • If anything is learned, it's not time wasted.
  • Life is so huge and full of problems. Luckily, life is so huge and full of answers.
  • Can someone please create an app that will block images of all recognizable politicians? My online world would be a better place.
  • Intellect is great, but don't fall too much in love with it. It's just one of several tools we have for navigating/creating our lives.
  • 9yo explains the FIVE basic elements: Earth needs Water, making Air, causing Electricty, making Fire, put out with Water. Full circle!
  • Don't hate others for being different from you. Do you really WANT everyone to be just like you? I didn't think so.
  • IQ doesn't matter. The smartest people are those who make the best use of their time, energy and talents .. without being a**holes.
  • et cetera (a.k.a. “etc.”): It's Latin for “blah blah blah.”
  • Daughter made my day. I said a misbehaving PC was retarded, but I outsmarted it and fixed it. She said, “Of course you did. You're my Dad!”
  • Having friends is so much better than having enemies.
  • Having an Obama 2012 sticker is as bad as a Bush 2004 sticker. You didn't learn your lesson after their first term?
  • “Snowboard Cross” is definitely my favorite winter Olympics sport! But to add difficulty they should make them answer texts while boarding!
  • Watching TV weather alerts is always educational. I always learn of a town nearby I'd never heard of. This time it's Dull, TN! Wow.
  • “Be as smart as you can, but remember it is always better to be wise than smart. – Alan Alda” My wife & I said this last night!
  • My 8yo daughter asking me to cook bacon & eggs, starts nodding her head, saying, “Yes.” A natural-born manipulator. I'm so proud. 🙂
  • I realize I'm at the Y, with no expectation of privacy or “quiet,” but I wish these women behind me would shut up! I'm trying to write! 🙂
  • Apparently girls rule and boys drool. Who knew? Makes sense, though.
  • U want heaven? Be an angel.
  • People aren't science experiments, they're works of art & should be treated as such.
  • As I was picking her up after school recently, Elizabeth got into the car and, very seriously, announced, “I can understand gibberish.” I just cracked up, with that gasping-for-breath laugh. She said, “What?” And I said, “I love you. You're just so funny sometimes!”
  • 8yo, talking about something she'll do as a teenager, pauses and adds, “But, you'll be dead by then.” I just had to laugh. So sweet.

More still (with some duplicates, I'm sure)…

Random Observations

Icelanders overthrow government and rewrite Constitution after banking fraud


"Icelanders forced their entire government to resign after a banking fraud scandal, overthrowing the ruling party and creating a citizen’s group tasked with writing a new constitution that offered a solution to prevent corporate greed from destroying the country."

The Fallacy of Lesser Evil Choice

"… the main issue here is that it is delusional if not moronic for persons who describe themselves as “progressive” to insist upon copping out to the “Lesser-Evil” candidate for fear of “losing” an election, rather than to support — whatever the odds — a candidate they will admit to possessing superior intelligence, moral courage and genuine goodwill."

via OpEdNews — Article: The Fallacy of “Lesser-Evil” Choice.