“Preaching for life changes requires far less information and more application. Less explanation and more inspiration.” — Andy Stanley MIA: Missing in Action AWOL: Absent With Out Leave APB: All Points Bulletin I didn’t intend in any way shape or form to be absent from you for so long! I have much to catch up on […]

LL Cool J – Bad Ass or Old Man Beater?

On the surface, the story makes LL Cool J sound like his NCIS former Navy Seal character … Potential burglar breaks into his house in the middle of the night, LL "detains" the burglar, breaks his nose, jaw and ribs in the process.

He lives his lyrics – "Mama said knock you out."

But the guy he detained/pummeled is a three-time loser who is 56 years old.

I'm not faulting LL for going upside this guy's head, he was defending his home and his family. But I'm thinking it might not have been a fair fight.

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Another Anniversary

It was just 31 short years ago today that I proudly marched across the parade field at MCRD San Diego as part of the graduating platoon 2036.

I look back at that date every year and remind myself that if I commit myself for 84 days, if I physically and mentally test myself around the clock for just 12 consecutive weeks, I can easily sharpen my mind and strengthen my body so that anything is possible.

And then I realize that I struggle to keep that kind of focus for 12 hours, let alone 12 weeks. Today, I've got a better shot at 84 minutes of that kind of commitment than 84 days.

But then I think of something my old drill instructor used to say. "You can stand here and say 'Man I'm screwed' or you can pull your head out of your boot and unscrew yourself."

Yes, he was right then, and he's right now.

Semper Fi.

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Questions from the Checkout Line

So I'm waiting to purchase some Diet Coke, tortillas, popcorn and bread, pretty standard fare at our house. I look at the impulse buy rack next to me and I'm struck with this question:

What makes "Jewel of the Nile" a $6.99 DVD, while "Adventures in Babysitting" and "While You Were Sleeping" are priced at $4.99?

Is there some Discount DVD Index (the DDVDI) that says the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" is worth $2 more than the Elizabeth Shue-fueled comedy or the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy?

I've seen all three. Not sure what that says about me. "Jewel of the Nile" did not match the first movie. Sandra Bullock is a solid force in any movie, but the whole amnesia victim plot is really bothersome.

Have to admit, I was a big fan of the young Elizabeth Shue. So I'll rank "Babysitting" as my favorite of the three.

But I don't see the justification for any of the three being priced $2 more than the others.

I'm sure there's a logic for this, but it goes over my head.

My other question … slow cooker breakfasts? Isn't the advantage to crock pots that you can put stuff in them and let them cook all day? So a slow cooked breakfast starts cooking when?

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Reaction – The Power of Habit

Finished "reading" the CD version of "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg.

I enjoyed it, it definitely sheds some light on how we settle into routines and habits, even when those actions aren't in our best interests.

I would say it's certainly worth your time if you are interested in learning a little more about how people develop habits and how you might be able to change/adjust their approaches.

The related link goes to a decent summary.

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Flexibility (and Point of View)

“Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.” – Paul Kagame The two things that helped me through this ordeal (and other challenges in my life) is flexibility and adjusting my point of view. Karen touched on this in her insightful comment on my last […]

Sunrise – Sunset

“Superman’s not brave. You can’t be brave if you’re indestructible. It’s every day people, like you and me, that are brave knowing we could easily be defeated but still continue forward.” – Unknown In my last post regarding Dave’s exercise update I mentioned that our trainer is encouraging Dave to revitalize and renew his love for […]

Exercise Update – Dave

“I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.”  – Marsha Doble I thought you might like an update on Dave’s progress. As the week wore on heading to his first day, his confidence began to wane. My little humorous quips were met with distress and annoyance. I toned […]

Superfreakonomics doesn’t amaze

Finished listening to Superfreakonomics, and I have to admit I wasn't that thrilled. The first book was more interesting, maybe because the authors didn't spend as much time trying to explain themselves as they did this time around.

I hesitate to criticize the book for taking itself too seriously, but it certainly lacked the novelty and impact of the first book.

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