Thursday, February 27, 2003

It's not such a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Fred Rogers died today.

I liked Fred Rogers.

As a child, he inspired me to use my head and THINK. His show never scared the crap out of me. (Yes, my kid sister shat herself the first time she saw that evil COUNT bastard on Sesame Street)

He was a kind man, trying to educate and inspire children. Not to sell them a bunch of purple god-damn dinosaur droppings.

When he gave the commencement address at Vermont's Middlebury College in 2001 it was full of positive inspiration, not coated in cynicism, racism, hatred, marketing, or any of the other cheap crap that infests our society.

..... excerpted....
I wonder if you've heard what happened at the Seattle Special Olympics a few years ago? For the 100 yard dash, there were nine contestants, all of them so-called physically or mentally disabled. All nine of them assembled at the starting line; and, at the sound of the gun they took off---but one little boy stumbled and fell and hurt his knee and began to cry.

The other eight children heard the boy crying. They slowed down, turned around, saw the boy and ran back to him---every one of them ran back to him. One little girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed the boy and said, "This will make it better."

The little boy got up, and he and the rest of the runners linked their arms together and joyfully walked to the finish line. They all finished the race at the same time. And when they did, everyone in the stadium stood up and clapped and whistled and cheered for a long, long time.

People who were there are still telling the story with obvious delight. And you know why? Because deep down we know that what matters in this life is much more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win, too, even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.

Beside my chair in my office is a framed piece of calligraphy with a sentence from Saint Exupery's book, The Little Prince. It reads: "L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." (What is essential is invisible to the eye.) I feel the closer we get to knowing and living the truth of that sentence, the closer we get to wisdom."

What is essential about you that is invisible to the eye? And who are those who have helped you become who you are today?

Copyright Fred Rogers


full text at:

I would like to add, that he had a character in his trainset with a motorcycle, and he never portrayed motorcyclists in a bad light on the show. The man offered simple, positive, educational, affirmational messages, to ALL kids.

So you don't like Mr. Rogers? Fine. He taught me that everyone has their own choice.

I think I am going to go try to help out someone I know, right now.

rest of yas, can kiss my kiester if ya don;t like it.

support our troops. Bring them home

Thursday, February 20, 2003

so I went to death valley,

some of the photos, working on more.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

6 corporate lessons from my pal Fred

Corporate Lesson 1
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. After a few seconds of arguing over which one should go and answer the doorbell, the wife gives up, quickly wraps herself up in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you 800 dollars to drop that towel that you have on."
After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her 800 dollars and leaves.
Confused, but excited about her good fortune, the woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets back to the bathroom, her husband asks from the shower "Who was that?"
"It was Bob the next door neighbor," she replies.
"Great," the husband says, "did he say anything about the 800 dollars he owes me?"
Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk in time with your stakeholders, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Corporate Lesson 2
A priest was driving along and saw a nun on the side of the road; he stopped and offered her a lift which she accepted. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to open and reveal a lovely leg. The priest had a look and nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthfully slid his hand up her leg. The nun looked at him and immediately said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?"
The priest was flustered and apologized profusely. He forced himself to remove his hand. However, he was unable to remove his eyes from her leg. Further on while changing gear, he let his hand slide up her leg again.
The nun once again said, "Father, remember psalm 129?"
Once again the priest apologized," Sorry sister but the flesh is weak."
Arriving at the convent, the nun got out gave him a meaningful glance and went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to retrieve a bible and looked up psalm 129. It Said, "Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory."
Moral of the story: Always be well informed in your job, or you might miss a great opportunity!

Corporate Lesson 3
Usually the staff of the company play football. The middle level managers are more interested in Tennis. The top management usually has a preference for Golf.
Finding:As you go up the corporate ladder, the balls reduce in size.

Corporate Lesson 4
A sales rep, an administration clerk and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out in a puff of smoke. The Genie says, "I usually only grant three wishes, so I'll give each of you just one."
"Me first! Me first!" says the admin clerk. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world."
Poof! She's gone.
In astonishment, "Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of pina coladas and the love of my life."
Poof! He's gone.
"OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."
Moral of story: Always let your boss have the first say.

Corporate Lesson 5
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?"
The crow answered: "Sure, why not."
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Management Lesson?
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Corporate Lesson 6
A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."
"Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull, "They're packed with nutrients."
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.
Management Lesson?
Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

Thursday, February 06, 2003

a freind of mine in Austin just died, I am a little sad about it.

that's all.

Monday, February 03, 2003


I am angry about this. Read an article, did some research, and now I am pissed.



like we do not have enough problems? this should end.


other thought.

Talking with wonderful sister this weekend, and she gave me a sentance that will not leave my head:

"it is tragic (about the space shuttle) but the thing was 30 years old! Even Honda's have a service life. We do not need to stop the space program, we need to buy new vehicles.!"

Yay sis.

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