The III Degree

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
notentirely:

i managed a bookstore in LA for two years in the 90’s. this had me actually scream out with laughter.
other favorites i recall:
"it’s a mystery series by a woman"
"the one by that guy that isn’t grisham"
"that career book about balloons or something"
"women are from somewhere, men are from somewhere else"
"which of these bible versions is the original?"
"it’s a book with little wood chips in it"
i’ll never forget when that lady came in looking for that last one. we actually did have it and the other staff were sorta in awe that i knew where it was. dined on that one for a while i’ll tell ya.

notentirely:

i managed a bookstore in LA for two years in the 90’s. this had me actually scream out with laughter.

other favorites i recall:

  • "it’s a mystery series by a woman"
  • "the one by that guy that isn’t grisham"
  • "that career book about balloons or something"
  • "women are from somewhere, men are from somewhere else"
  • "which of these bible versions is the original?"
  • "it’s a book with little wood chips in it"

i’ll never forget when that lady came in looking for that last one. we actually did have it and the other staff were sorta in awe that i knew where it was. dined on that one for a while i’ll tell ya.

(Source: strandbooks)

As someone learning a new language, German, I say fuck it.  Said, laughed, ran, walked, saw, liked, sad, pretty (although I generally use beautiful), good, little, nice, funny, big, happy, and smart are just fine.

As someone learning a new language, German, I say fuck it.  Said, laughed, ran, walked, saw, liked, sad, pretty (although I generally use beautiful), good, little, nice, funny, big, happy, and smart are just fine.

(Source: writer-blood)

Gun Insurance?

With all of the recent talk about gun control and gun rights following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, I - like many others - have been torn about how to limit or eliminate these deaths without an outright ban on all guns.  With every possible solution proposed, others quickly point out the flaws in the system.  Increased background checks?  Many of these killers have no criminal history.  Assault weapons ban?  Loopholes.  Mental health checks?  Where do you draw the line?

I propose that rather than ban weapons or ban certain individuals from owning guns, we require that all gun owners obtain insurance for each of their guns.  If the gun is used in a violent incident (whether intentional or accidental), the insurer would pay out to the victim.  This would NOT eliminate the liability of the shooter, but would specifically apply to the gun (and gun owner).  Possession of an uninsured firearm would result in steep penalties (in order to deter people going without the insurance and allow for the arrest of criminals possessing guns).

The beauty of this plan is that the free market would take ensure that premiums for low risk individuals and low risk guns were low, while keeping premiums for high risk individuals or high risk weapons high.  Individuals could reduce their premium costs by, for example, taking gun safety courses, and storing the guns in a gun safe.  Hunting rifles and shotguns would likely have lower premiums than hand guns which would be lower than assault rifles.  Families with children in the house would likely pay more (due to possibility of accidents) .  In other words the same principles that apply to car insurance would apply to gun insurance (ever check out the liability insurance on a red sports car compared to a blue minivan?)

What do you think?

lovelifethemost:

A week ago my mom went into the hospital with chest pain and feeling like she couldn’t breathe. They ran several tests and decided the best option was to do bypass surgery. Before I knew it, my brother was flying in from DC and I was taking the next days off of work. I asked Paul to take work off too…the night before I had a freak out session with all the “what ifs” and knew I’d feel more comfortable with him there. We picked Al up from the airport and headed straight to Prescott. We got to see mom for a bit that night and headed back to the hospital at 5:30 the next morning. When we got there they had already taken her into pre op. I was so anxious waiting to talk to her. Finally they let my siblings, Dad and I all back with her. The surgeon stopped by and I couldn’t stop looking at his hands… sending blessings their way to work miracles on my mom. The nurses were cheery and made small talk. It was comforting and annoying all at the same time. I don’t really know what we talked about but very quickly we were giving hugs and kisses. I did all I could to be strong, the last thing she needed was to see all of us worried.  The surgery took about three hours. I tried to sleep and about every time I got close, the nurse would come out with an update. Including the update we all wanted-the surgery was successful and she’d be waking up soon! Spoke to the surgeon again and within an hour we saw her. She was groggy and hooked up to lots of machinery, but she had made it. I could breathe again. By the end of the day she had moved to her chair. And the next morning she took her first walk! Her nurses were fantastic and called her a “Rock Star” patient. They couldn’t have been more correct! She’s been full of positivity and ready to get better. I always knew I had a strong mom, but seeing her so positive has reaffirmed that. Everyone in my family has been a rock for each other. Lots of hugs from those of us together. And lots of calls, texts and prayers from family and friends. We all feel blessed! Her recovery will be lengthy. She’ll be out of work for at least a month. Once she goes home (probably this week) she’ll need 24 hr care. They all say she’ll be able to dance with my Dad at my wedding! Everyone kept focusing on her being better for my wedding. And while I obviously hope for that, I was thinking much bigger than that. I want her well and healthy for life. I don’t just want her at my wedding, I want her around for all of our special family moments. And all of the normal ones too! So I’m so happy that my parents decided to do the surgery now so that she can get healthy soon. Lots of people told me about how fantastic she’s going to feel in a few months and I can’t wait to witness it! Happy new ‘Birthday’ Mom 10.11.12

Scary week for my family.  Big thanks go out to the doctors and nurses who have been so great in helping her get better.

lovelifethemost:

A week ago my mom went into the hospital with chest pain and feeling like she couldn’t breathe. They ran several tests and decided the best option was to do bypass surgery.
Before I knew it, my brother was flying in from DC and I was taking the next days off of work. I asked Paul to take work off too…the night before I had a freak out session with all the “what ifs” and knew I’d feel more comfortable with him there.
We picked Al up from the airport and headed straight to Prescott. We got to see mom for a bit that night and headed back to the hospital at 5:30 the next morning.
When we got there they had already taken her into pre op. I was so anxious waiting to talk to her. Finally they let my siblings, Dad and I all back with her. The surgeon stopped by and I couldn’t stop looking at his hands… sending blessings their way to work miracles on my mom. The nurses were cheery and made small talk. It was comforting and annoying all at the same time. I don’t really know what we talked about but very quickly we were giving hugs and kisses. I did all I could to be strong, the last thing she needed was to see all of us worried.
The surgery took about three hours. I tried to sleep and about every time I got close, the nurse would come out with an update. Including the update we all wanted-the surgery was successful and she’d be waking up soon! Spoke to the surgeon again and within an hour we saw her. She was groggy and hooked up to lots of machinery, but she had made it. I could breathe again.
By the end of the day she had moved to her chair. And the next morning she took her first walk! Her nurses were fantastic and called her a “Rock Star” patient. They couldn’t have been more correct! She’s been full of positivity and ready to get better. I always knew I had a strong mom, but seeing her so positive has reaffirmed that.
Everyone in my family has been a rock for each other. Lots of hugs from those of us together. And lots of calls, texts and prayers from family and friends. We all feel blessed!
Her recovery will be lengthy. She’ll be out of work for at least a month. Once she goes home (probably this week) she’ll need 24 hr care. They all say she’ll be able to dance with my Dad at my wedding!
Everyone kept focusing on her being better for my wedding. And while I obviously hope for that, I was thinking much bigger than that. I want her well and healthy for life. I don’t just want her at my wedding, I want her around for all of our special family moments. And all of the normal ones too! So I’m so happy that my parents decided to do the surgery now so that she can get healthy soon. Lots of people told me about how fantastic she’s going to feel in a few months and I can’t wait to witness it!
Happy new ‘Birthday’ Mom 10.11.12

Scary week for my family.  Big thanks go out to the doctors and nurses who have been so great in helping her get better.

notentirely:

when a friend visits cooper and faizah’s house, they add a bird to the staircase.

Super cool - are these stickers?  Drawn on?  Painted on?

notentirely:

when a friend visits cooper and faizah’s house, they add a bird to the staircase.

Super cool - are these stickers?  Drawn on?  Painted on?

My Mom will love this

My Mom will love this

(Source: reuters)

Help me notentirely, you are my only hope

I have a 12 hour layover in San francisco this afternoon - from 1130 am to midnight. What should I do for the day?