I always marvel at how the inventors created their inventions.
How engineers overcame obstacles.
How forces effect calculations.
When I was 11, I took the family typewriter apart and put it back together. I had 5 extra pieces when it was done.
I got my first power tool at 8.
I learned cabinetmaking from my dad starting at nine.
When I went on the road at 18 as an entertainer it seems like a blur because so much living was compressed into those years. So much traveling and so many interesting people.
Nowadays, wonder keeps me interested more than doing. As I reach my end, I believe wonder is what keeps life interesting.
I watched a fairly long video yesterday of a pine tree being removed that was right next to a house. It was all executed meticulously. They even laid down the large log cuts for the the lowest 30 feet to fall on. It was like a perfect quit. They didn't count on the force of that base breaking the water main. Who would've known?
Find Wonder If You've Lost It.
Quitting Smoking Is The Perfect Time.
It's Still Free, And Very Freeing.
It's kind of fascinating to watch how a HUGE tree is felled without doing major damage to something close to it. It makes you wonder.
The following is a short portion of an article reviewing a new psychological study on self control written by a professional reviewing the study.
“Our prototypical model of self-control is angel on one side and devil on the other, and they battle it out,” Fujita says. “We tend to think of people with strong willpower as people who are able to fight this battle effectively. Actually, the people who are really good at self-control never have these battles in the first place.”
Wouldn't it help to be willing to have self control?
After all, how does self control come about?
There are only two ways I can discern. It's either by willpower or acceptance.
Willpower is resistance.
Resistance in electrical wire heats up the wire and can create a line/voltage drop.
With a musical signal it degrades the quality of the output.
So, if you didn't want to battle yourself, I believe reaching willingness is deciding and accepting your choices to get to your goal.
When I was a working musician, I realized there were people better than myself on a guitar. Now, I never learned guitar to be the greatest guitarist. I learned guitar to accompany my voice and the greatest thing I learned was how to leave space so the voice was the focus and the guitar complimented to let the music breathe.
I succeeded at that.
To get to that place, I played with a lot of musicians who were much better than myself and likely learned a turn or phrase or feeling to add to my ability from each of them.
Now, I don't play or sing much anymore.
I have switched my interests to research on many topics. I think of something,
google it, and follow it out as far as I can until I find the answers that give me resolve. It seems I want to soak up information like a sponge.
The seed idea for this blog was to ask you to be open to learning.
People here have your best interest at heart.
Don't feel beaten if you fail but figure out where you went wrong and let us help you around and through.
A major one was, "what could happen that would make you smoke again?"
My answer was if the highway patrol came to my door to tell me my family was gone.
That was my limit, my self-assigned breaking point.
Have the rest of you given yourself a limit?
I believe it shows a true involvement when you consider and ask yourself this question before you quit, even if you don't set one.
It can be an agreement with yourself as it was for me. It sets parameters before you start so you don't meander. It's like the agreement I made when I stopped using the patch the second week. I put one in my wallet with the promise I would put it on rather than smoke. It stayed there my first year. Never needed it. Hopefully, you grasp how powerful agreements with yourself can be.
Everyone has a different limit.
We've watched more than a few life experiences lead people back to smoking.
I was trying to figure out how to get a power strip for my small wall hung tv that I plug my little computer into when I'm working in that room. The only plug close was in the ceiling. I found a metal shelf under the house that used to be in my workshop 35 years ago that had a built in power strip.
After a time, I determined the only way to make it most functional, was to lower the tv and mount the power shelf above it.
I needed to separate the tv from the wall mount first so I found some nut drivers and wrenches. When I finally got the nut off, I pulled the connector pin (here's the thrills part)
All of a sudden, the tv was out of my hands. I mean literally out of my hands flying off to the right, through the air. (I had my right hand under it when I pulled the pin but it tipped over when I pulled the pin.)
It didn't hit the ground. It hit a wooden keyboard holder on the front of my bike hard and I snagged it just before it went down. It was jolted, but not visibly damaged.
After I remounted the TV and got everything plugged back together, I found everything still works.
When you get into the swing of being a non smoker, s**t happens but smoking doesn't. .
Have you seen something lately you were attracted to or needed?
I've been wanting something lightweight to wear over my T-shirt on chilly mornings.
I have a vest and a number of medium coats that I would wear to the mountains, say to play in the snow, but, I don't want to drive to the store in them. I wanted something lightweight that covered my arms.
And the perfect accessory to go with it, an impact driver.
I already have a cordless drill that uses the same battery and we're going to be replacing some of the deck boards soon. They will need to be countersunk and screwed. Rather than constantly change bits, a second driver will be very helpful.
It will also undo frozen nuts and bolts. It has 1530 inch pounds of torque.
Between now and Christmas is the time of year to buy this particular brand of cordless tools. The battery only costs $10 less than what I paid the tool and the battery.
If any of you are looking to buy tools for someone for Christmas, they have a site called tools of the trade and they rate all of them. If you want my opinion on a brand, send me a pm.
My first wife's brother lived in Evergreen, Colorado. We went for a visit and stayed a week or two. He pulled 3 of my wisdom teeth while I was there.
One day during our stay, we went skiing at Vail which is about 80 miles away. The conditions were perfect. 19 inches of new powder.
But, I was wearing levis.
We took the lift to the top of Eagle's Nest Ridge and started down
After about 30 falls, It felt like there was more snow in my pants than on the slope.
After an hour or more, we finally got to the bottom of the slope.
I said "let's do it again."
Stupid me. the wind had picked up and my snowbound rear end was fully exposed on the ski lift. By the time we got to the top, my teeth were chattering.
I was beyond cold when I got back to the bottom. (and so was my bottom.)
We were heading back to Evergreen and it was getting dark and we were hungry. We stopped in Breckenridge for dinner because no reservations were required. I immediately rushed into the bathroom and started layering paper towels between my levis and my skin. Beforeeveryone ordered, Bob came into the restroom to see what was taking me so long. I told him I was too cold to sit and eat. He took me out to the car and gave me a blanket and I took off my jeans and ran the heater to get warm while they ate.
How do you prepare for the unexpected disaster when you've quit smoking?
You don't wear levi's!
You learn what you're up against beforehand, and, you make a plan.