Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Benjamin Franklin was right

I get to travel around a bit for my job. It allows me to visit different businesses in my area as well as in others. I’ve been around for a little while, but still considered new within the group I work in. So, perhaps that gives me a varied opinion/perspective on things, i.e., not yet tainted.

I recently spent time at a location that I have worked at a few times before. This was a new, adventurous, aggressive work team. All modern design inside and out; marble floors, glass partitions, leather couches, plasma televisions, Otis Spunkmeyer, and fat salaries. The halls a buzz with activity, you could almost hear the money changing hands. Every possible space filled with talk of expansion and branching out.

This time was different. Offices were bare and staffing was sparse. The halls were empty, furniture gone. No longer was there laughter and boisterous talk. In their place, silence; just silence. Executives fired and staff let go, this is what death of a business feels like.

Everything that is born has to die. And that stands true even with commerce. Oh, and one more thing. You may get away with it for now, but when the GOVT gets a hold of you…it won’t be over ‘til you’re done.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Water. My miracle drug.

I was totally bumming it this weekend; wearing old clothes, no shaving, and my last shower was Thursday night (yes, gross I know). Can't exactly explain my actions; but then again, should I have to? No big deal, but my wife was ready for the hiatus from clean to be over.

I love to drink. I will drink whatever is near me and usually lots of it; must be a modern camel-sort-of-person. But it is not unusual for me to have 3 to 4 refills of my drink when we go out to eat; 100+ ounces of H2O fall victim to my need each day at work; I always have a running cup of something near me in the house. My thirst is never satisfied; I can always have more. Bother or blessing, I'm not quite sure.

The days are long and hot in the desert. Working out drains the life juice from my body. Yard work is the anti-hydrant. Some people crave a cold soda (maybe diet), beer, lemonade, or their favorite cocktail. But I usually am most pleased with 32 oz of ice cold water; nothing better.

This afternoon, I decided it was time to get clean in a wet sort of way. There is something about a shower that does for my outside what a cold drink does for my tangible soul. The result was a refreshed me, a clean me, and definitely a better smelling me. Rejuvenation is a wonderful thing and I owe it all to my drug of choice; water. My wife has a saying, 'music washes from the soul the dust of everyday life' and I couldn't agree more. So, my ideal recharge would be a relaxing chair after a hot shower with a tall cold one by my side with transcending music filling my ears. Take me to my happy place :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

On The Road Again

The Cranberries are on tour again! After a nearly 7 year hiatus, the band is back together and touring. This band has always been one of my favorites (own all the albums). But sadly, I have never seen them in concert. The last time they were on tour, my now wife and I had tickets to the show. But it was cancelled last minute (without a reschedule) as the lead singer had contracted a throat infection; and that was that. I lament that they are not coming to my town this go around and I am unable to travel to see them. But to you out there who are going, have a great time.

I'm not going out tonight 'cause I don't want to go

I am staying at home tonight 'cause I don't want to know

You revealed a world to me and I would never be

Dwelling in such happiness, your gift of purity

Aahh, you and me it will always be

You and me Forever be,

Eternally it will always be you and me

I don't pay attention to the ones who never cared

Find your own direction 'cause there's sweetness in the air

You will be the world to me and I will always be

Dwelling in this happiness, your gift of purity

Aahh, you and me will always be

You and me Forever be,

Eternally will always be

You and me

Always be You and me

Forever be, Eternally

It will always be You and me

Forever be, Eternally

Dolores O’Riordan