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Friday, October 24, 2008

Why I Am the Way I Am

I've been meaning to post - I really have - but, well, you know....

I came across this the other day, and it pretty much explains why:

The Procrastinator's Code of Conduct

  • I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
  • I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.
  • I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
  • I shall meet all of my deadlines, directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
  • I truly believe all deadlines are unreasonable, regardless of the amount of time given.
  • I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
  • If at first you don't succeed, there is always next year.
  • I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
  • I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
Truly words to live by. Oh, wait a minute - I already do....

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Neo-Citran Solution

So Congress has finally gone and done it. An $850 billion rescue/bailout/emergency bill passed today to try and stabilize the credit markets. But like Neo-Citran to a cold, this simply masks the underlying problem. The US is suffering from a bad case of Affluenza, and this is unlikely to cure their illness.

What is the underlying problem? Americans (and Canadians for that matter) spend more than they earn on a regular basis. They want all the newest toys their buddies have, and they want it now. Delayed gratification is no longer a virtue. So they live on credit, and would whine horrendously if that supply was suddenly cut off. So by greasing the wheels of the credit market by injecting $700 billion into it, what are the Americans actually accompishing? Nada. Zilch. Nothing. They are simply allowing their present system to continue, so Main Street doesn't have to realize there is a problem.

Here are some tough home truths for you:

1) Sometimes you don't deserve to have it.
2) Sometimes others do, who have lived longer and worked harder than you.
3) Buying stuff does not equate to buying happiness.

Americans (and Canadians, I might add yet again) need to take a week or so off and rest their credit chops on the couch and get over their Affluenza, not be enabled by their own government to work through the symptoms and soldier on into new levels of debt regardless.