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The Two Wheeled Monster

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As life’s challenges continue to barrage my existence, I’m finally embracing the sedulous task of teaching my son to ride a bike.

If my flashbacks serve me right, I was 9 years old when I clutched the motility of coasting down sidewalks. I vividly remember my father nursing my every peddle and comforting me throughout the dreadful trek. You thought fishing required tolerance? This is truly a test of patience and you don’t apprehend it till your own bundle of joy ventures to echo history.

I know many parents would rather toss their kids on a field, where the fall would cause minimal affliction, but daddy destined to administer a different detour. Though the imagination of falling on rock hard concrete haunted my son, we remained confident and approached the two wheeled beast.

In the anticipation of generating “tears of happiness” from mommy, Maazin and I strolled down to the longest stretch of sidewalk and got to work. It was nerve racking for the little guy, as each peddle pendulated him like an intoxicated person walking on a straight line. Grasping the back of his seat in full support, I can feel the little bugger scramble to repress his weight as he meandered away. Feeling like a cheap tow, I told my son to control his body and scrutinize on reminding straight with his arms in full control. At that point I began to support him by the waist instead, as we both waddled away.

What’s a lesson without a little whining? Excuses, excuses. From the sun getting into his eyes to me picking the wrong day. He had more stories than Walt Disney! From onlookers in cars honking in support (I hope), to joggers smirking during their exertion; we were having a ball. “I remember those days,” muttered a elderly gentlemen as he snickered in sarcasm.

The waist support was more cogent as we chugged along and digested about 8 pit stops. Their were signs of rectification being broadcasted as fruits of labour seem to be pay off. He didn’t learn immediately but there was a fine distinction that Maazin seized the concept.

All of a sudden, I lost a step and let Maazin go! He coasted for a solid two meters till he lost his balance and halted with his feet. Excited, shocked and moved, I kissed him in joy and was proud that my boy conquered the prerequisites.

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Is Boxing Day Overrated?

December 26th, a day most people live for. A day where millions of people queue up for hours and hours to abide their pursue in conquering the “best deals” in town. A day where many attest patience in line. A day where shoppers verbally assault one another for parking spots, bicker for food court tables, push and shove whilst open doors….tis the season folks, for Boxing Day!

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Although, contriving the right deal does digest an amount of blood, sweat and tears, most people fist pump their way home with the sweetest of deals. Popular bargains are largely in the department of technical items, such as:

– televisions
– “iDevices
– camcorders
– cameras
– computers and others

Is it worth the exertion to snatch these deals? Though many people are willing to endure the strictest of weathers, is it worth sacrificing your health and sleep just to save a few bucks? At times you can ascertain deals without the added tension of lengthy lines and delays, though your composure will need to be firm. Frequently there isn’t enough stock or specific stores acquire a certain amount and that replenished time could be days or weeks.

This isn’t a “Boxing Day Survival List”, it’s a mere thought catering to shoppers like me who question if the exertion is worth bragging rights amongst friends and family.

Will you be prepared for Boxing Day? Or is Boxing Day overrated?

Will the deliberation of shopping online entice your credit card?

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“Book Smarts” versus “Street Smarts”

In our society, there is a diverse separation amongst two classifications of packs. These crowds reside in our daily lives, whether they are in our workplace, within friends or even family. The bottom line is that you can’t evade them, not that they present any detriment to civilization. Infact, their actuality makes living life more inspiring.

In one corner you have the “Book Smarts” and in the other corner, behold the “Street Smarts”. Who are these groups? Allow my judgments to regale you as these delineations are established on our everyday lives.

“Book Smarts” are the style of people that trust heavily on what they erudite in school. Their people that staple to policies and procedures and are exceedingly academically educated. They don’t bow to rules and regulations, yet abide by what the book decrees. Are they easy targets for getting conned by people? I know some people who have and I’ve seen some intelligent people who don’t even know how to react at a yellow traffic light! Regardless, their methodology on handling very basic life scenarios is inept as they are not the kings of negotiators. Conversely, they are feasibly the most conversant theorists and scholars that can mesmerize people with their research and connect missing links as if it was second nature. Yes, graduating from university does provide a solid stomping ground as footing but eventually with time expended that theoretical experience transmutes into practical experience, depending on the circumstances that is.

“Street Smarts” have been the cluster that might’ve not handled well in post-secondary yet conquered feat in their nominated careers. They identify how to convey deals, fulfill client inevitabilities, socialize and effectually seal the deal. Having “Street Smarts” is advantageous when you need to offer customer support with recounted experiences and verdicts. After all time is the best teacher, or is it? Disadvantages with “Street Smarts” ascend when a problem with capricious details requires devotion and a fix isn’t imminent due to your dearth of book knowledge. For example, putting yourself in a state where the law is required may not be your cup of coffee because you’re lack theoretical culture. There are scarce quantities of notables whom are “Street Smart’ and have succeeded, such as: Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Steve Wozniak and more. Why? Cause they possessed the skill of communicating with clients in a real fashion, in a real world.

To conclude, it’s a win-win scale while the only dissimilarity between the two groups is how you resolve the problem. You can use your tailored experience to call the shots, or apply your academic wisdom and follow the theoretical approach.

What are you? “Street Smart” or “Book Smart”?

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Crazy Drivers

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“You moron, get off the road!”
“Where the hell did you learn how to drive?”
“Any slower, are you driving Miss. Daisy?”

These are probably some of the “nicer” comments you’d encounter between two driver’s yelling at one another. What really ticks you off, regarding “horrible, inconsiderate drivers?”

I had an instance today where I was cruising along the highway and “Mrs. Civic” has the thirst to invade my lane! Hello, engineer’s were nice enough to design a lane indicator stick, use it please! I mean, does it really require that much effort to signal, despite the fact that it’s located at the tips of your fingers. Oh I forgot, it must be the blind spot that’s atrociously challenging, c’mon honey! Just my 2 cents about today’s incident.

But wait people! It’s not just the lane changers, it just doesn’t end there…there are more! Call them whatever you want:

– road hoggers
– natural slow pokes
– honkers (for no reason)
– the one’s on the cell phone and are swirling all over the road
– one’s afraid of the concrete barrier and are literally almost in your lane
– one’s who still don’t comprehend the “right of way” and are just holding up everything
– the drivers’s who allow almost everyone into your lane and delay traffic
– the one’s afraid of bikers and again, are almost in your lane
– tailgaters

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What about the driver’s that don’t allow you in their lane. It’s like it’s against their morals or something! Why do our fellow driver’s have to be so selfish? I know the world is moving at a fast pace and people have to get to their respective destinations but where is common courtesy today? Is it extinct? Do they not make it anymore?

What ticks you off? Share your experience? Have you ever been in road rage?

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Assumption

Travis Dane once said in his movie, Under Siege 2, “assumption is the mother of all F-ups”. Damn was he right!

In our society, we presume things and that’s the problem. Whether it be in the workplace, amongst husband/wife or even with friends. Assumption is a dangerous entity in all every circumstances resulting in stressful times.

One can get fired if he/she doesn’t research the required information before executing a task. In one of my previous jobs, I vividly remember a fellow employee being “released” because he didn’t research through enough material before working on a certain project. In the workplace there is a certain protocol of doing things and assumption is not one of them.

A happily married couple can separate despite years of trust just because of a silly assumption. There are married couples out there that have torn their lives without investigating the reason.
“If he came back from late from work then he must be having an affair”. Someone might even see you, “having lunch/dinner” with a client and is immediately targeted as a cheater, unknown to the fact that the person was with a client.

Finally, friends can be lost when they begin concluding things amongst their “group”. I won’t even go through details cause every circle of friends rides this wagon, we all know.

How can we prevent assuming things? Research you information, find evidence for your reasoning and communicate with people. These simple steps can easily prevent making or breaking a job or saving a healthy relationship. What steps do you use?

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Is the Extended Warranty Worth It?

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How many times have you been suckered into “buying the extended warranty” (on small technical items) from an aggressive salesperson? Sales reps will suggestive sell till the cows come home! Some seasoned reps won’t even bother cause they know the answer is no. Extended warranties can be tacked onto anything and everything, as even a measly pack on pack of headphones (believe it or not). C’mon dude, go make your commission somewhere else, your mind yells.

Truth is, these sneaky sales reps make commission off every extended warranty sold. But, how many times has this “piece of mind” actually revitalized your product? Is it worth it? Is it a cash grab for businesses? Truly, this is where companies actually make their money, it’s their biggest chunk of revenue. As a matter of fact, about 80 cents of every dollar spent on extended warranties goes straight in to the company’s pocket. The remaining 20 cents goes into insuring your purchased product.

However, some people may agree that it’s wise to buy extended warranty for a long-term purchase, such as a television or a fridge. Seeing that the item goes wrong after a year then you can have your product revitalized, at no cost. Happy ending you think, cause getting that service person to your place was no problem but once they start dictating their “separate” charges, then your temper starts flaring! Gotta be careful cause not everything is covered.

There are some people out there that would ride out their product’s lifespan until an issue is discovered and then have it “refreshed”. Maybe a workable decision, what do you think?

Did you know that 3 out of 10 people purchase the extended warranty. Have you ever “invested” in an extended warranty? Is it worth it?

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Climbing the Corporate Ladder Without Brown Nosing

Tired of seeing that one employee waltzing into work carrying a coffee for himself and another one for the project managers. “What an ass kisser”, you think to your self. The general assumption is that if you kiss your boss’s butt then you’ll escalate the corporate ladder faster than others and shelter your employment. I don’t think so!!!

In the corporate world, the employee is a mere utensil. As soon as that utensil is old or no longer required, it’s disposed. Sad, but true. Kissing the boss’s butt may satiate yourself but genuinely your boss will generally play along and think, “how weak is this person?”. This may direct to small hollow projects, nothing else.

I’m not a CEO but here are some traits I’ve cultured over the years that might avert you from kissing butt:

1) Don’t get implicated with the groups of people known to point fingers at one another. Ultimately, your day might come and the likelihood of progression will evaporate. Try to be a dedicated subject to the “untouchables” in the office and deem in “what’s best for the company”.

2) Drive to avoid back biting anyone inside or outside the company. Eventually, you may reflect that your confidential secret with a co-worker is safe but, it will leak. This is what co-workers look for and what gets people in danger. If you have a concern to indicate, than confront the person, it’s a more respectable characteristic.

3) Attempt to receive the big glorifying projects, rather than the small, measly projects. A relentless, job hungry employee is what employers admire. The attitude of “crave to acquire and succeed” will definitely turn some heads in upper management, so show some hunger!

4) Creating a log of the different types of jobs you’ve done is indispensable. In due course, this would be useful to present to your boss come “review day”. It also exhibits a sense of responsibility and can be used to trail a critical mistake before the finger is pointing at you. Employers like truthful workers, so even if you were at fault, the employer will have more respect for you when admitting.

5) Always try to get ahead in learning more about what you do as a company. Challenge to augment your skill level so you may realize your goals in a shorter and proficient amount of time.

Now how about a paycheck for a job well done rather than a job brown nosed!!!

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