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Clint Eastwood and Chrysler are right

The best Super Bowl commercial wasn’t about chips, dogs, tablets or shoes. It was about great people and a great country who have faced various forms of adversity over two centuries and, invariably, overcome it to become even greater people and an even greater country. It’s not a commercial. It’s a wake-up call to stop complaining about the direction in which we’re going and start doing your part to steer it in the right direction.

Whether your country is the United States or one of the many others around the world is unimportant. Embrace it. Sustain the good. Change the bad. Do your part each and every day. Ultimately, making your piece of the world a better place plays an important part in collectively making the world a better place.

Don’t sweat the small stuff…

I saw a movie tonight where a character said, “Stop waiting for something to happen.” It was a really simple line meant only to serve as a bridge between scenes. The movie moved on, but my mind didn’t.

To me, it really made sense. We spend a lot of time waiting for the next holiday, milestone, event…or in some cases, for life to get better than it currently is. As a result, we often overlook the fact that, while we wait, life continues to happen all around us. We are so focused on what’s next or what’s wrong with eight now that we fail to appreciate what’s happening in the moment or the fact that we even got that moment at all.

So, what is the lesson herein from which we can all benefit? Stop sweating the small stuff and just live. That’s all there is to it. Go on. Go now. Live.

(See? I can write short, sweet and to the point…occasionally.)

Happy I am that I can be a splash of color…

….in what can sometimes be a grayscale world.(Taken on the iPhone 4. Edited in ColorSplash app for iPhone.)

Twitter is the virtual equivalent of Merry Pranksters, and this is the bus that is taking us “Further”

That said, I would like to think that I’m the Ken Kesey who seeks to take the geeks further on our virtual trip. Hopefully, there are plenty who are willing and ready to go further.

This bus is of course the original “Further” bus made famous in the late 1960’s by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.

Never heard of the Merry Pranksters? A reading of Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test is highly recommended. It’s a great history lesson on how the beatnik movement evolved into the hippy movement. The Merry Pranksters were the catalyst that made it happen. It also has some great, hidden lessons on how life should be lived to the fullest. You can get it on Amazon or at your favorite book retailer.

(Thanks go out to @HamjamIam for providing the unadulterated picture of a local bus…that is really short.)

 

 

I took the road less travelled fourteen years ago

This is what lie around bend. Thankfully, I made the right choice.

Excuse me, could someone turn the elevator music back on?

Riding in an elevator can be an awkward experience. Let’s face it. You’re packed into a very small space with complete strangers. Some may have bad breath. Some may have body odor. Some may have that look that says, “I like to harm small animals and bury them in my yard.” Of course, there are the friendly people, too. Yes, some smile and try to make polite conversation. Overall, the experience remains an awkward one, at best.

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That’s where I believe ‘elevator music’ came into play. I have no personal knowledge upon which to base this. I’ve done no research. I didn’t even Google it. It just randomly popped into my head (as many things do) and seemed to make sense. Playing music in an elevator would give everyone something else to focus on, while they desperately try to avoid brushing against the person next to them.

Why is elevator music so distracting? Well, normally when someone refers to it, it isn’t in a flattering light. No, people generally use the term elevator music when referring to some annoying or monotonous tune. Sometimes it may be because it is a xylophone version of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, which is obviously tantamount to sacrilege. At any rate, the point is that elevator music has a specific purpose and important role to play in society. We just seem to have lost sight of that important fact.

This leads one to ask, “Where has the elevator music gone?” I’m not old enough to remember an elevator with actual music. I know I’ve never been in one. Are there old elevators out there with broken music systems? Alternatively, is it that no elevators really ever had music playing in them? Is the term simply a result of media lies (right or left wing…take your pick)? If not, they should. If elevator music played on the elevator stage before, it’s time for it to make a comeback. After all, a little elevator music couldn’t make the awkwardness any worse…..unless of course the guy with the creepy smile standing next to you starts to dance.

(P.S. If we can get some music injected into our elevator rides, I’d like this one included in the mix, if someone would be so kind.)