One Man's Attempt at A Reason Based Life

I'm trying to live a kind, considerate, and fulfilling life where Reason and Logic are my guide. Unfortunately, most of the rest of you are operating in the dark and have no intention of coming into the light. Heck, you even put out the light every chance you get! I don't suffer fools well and what you will see here will be my futile attempts to enlighten the less mentally capable of the world, bless their hearts. I hope you enjoy. If I offend you in any way, please leave.

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Location: Huntington Beach, California, United States

I'm the Vice President for Electronic Components Company (www.webuyparts.com). I don't have any hobbies that consume my life and I'm single with no dependents. I believe that if what I do is done in such a way that you can avoid it and it will bring no harm to you or others then it is none of your business. I believe I've said enough.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Don't gamble at THIS casino!

Colosseum Casino had no problem taking my deposit but is making me jump through hoops to withdraw. A whopping $500 and I've got to fax them a copy of my driver's license and a utility bill to withdraw the same way I deposited. Customer service just gives b.s. answer of "It was in the terms & conditions..." Well, in the past I used a different casino with the same software who said they could no longer take U.S. business but I NEVER had problems with them and I gambled there for over a year. Stay away from this casino if you gamble online. They do not treat their customers with the respect they deserve. That's Colosseum Casino. UK based. Limey bastards.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Teach your children well...please?

I'm 44 years old as I write this and I can't for the life of me understand what the hell parents are thinking today. I seem to remember that when the majority of my generation were children, our parents didn't allow the kind of stupidity you let your kids pull today. Most of you were taught common courtesy as well. But for some reason your not teaching it to the next generation. And it's going to kill me.

First, on the stupid stuff you let them pull. It's bad enough when you don't teach them how to act in a place of business. But when I see those damn tennis shoes with the hidden wheels or your kid on roller blades, you have no idea how bad I want to smack you upside your head. I'm not talking about how the kids act when Mom and Dad are no where to be found, though that's bad enough. I said I wanted to smack them upside the head because they are present and allowing the inappropriate behavior.

Now, on to common courtesy. It seems to me that while everyone from my generation was taught common courtesy, a huge percentage of you have forgotten what you were taught. Because of that, you are also not teaching your children. That really messes things up for the rest of us. There are other people in the world besides you and it wouldn't kill you to consider how your actions may affect those around you, because like it or not, THEIR right to happiness is every bit as important as yours.

I want to close with an example of someone who is teaching their child well. That's the parents of Jazz prodigy Matt Savage. The details are available on the web for those who need them. You can find Matt's music at www.savagerecords.com. While I don't know Jazz, I do know quality and at just 14 (in 2006), Matt's amazing.

One more thing...the hullabaloo about John Kerry and his recent comments...John Kerry, in my humble opinion, is as inconsequential as Jesse Jackson, Teddy Kennedy, or Pat Robertson. What he says matters why?

Thanks to Mr. Paul Simon for this week's title. I have tremendous respect for his talent and whether your style or not, quality is quality.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Truth, Justice, and if you don't agree, go away already!

I'll wager almost everyone who might read this is in the electronic components business. But for those of you who are not, a little explanation to help you understand this post. In this business, every company has customers who wish to buy items you do not stock. For that reason, we have industry web sites where only industry members can go and view what parts other members have to sell. You then (when possible) offer the parts to your customer for a profit. For various reasons, bulk emails are sent. However, many companies send them indiscriminately, filling the boxes of the wrong people with messages that don't apply. Many of those companies then ignore your request to be removed from their list. Often in foreign countries, there is not much you can do other than try to embarrass them on the bulletin boards of the afore mentioned sites. This I do on a regular basis. However, recently I was accused of being "angry" because of my speaking out and that is the basis of today's post.

Truth is an absolute. People, unlike animals, can reason. Sometimes the facts presented hurt but that doesn't change the truth. You can be right 100% of the time as long as you are willing to reason and change when proven wrong. I don't understand why but my experience has been that most people just can't be bothered. It seems so very simple to me and so very clear how much better life would be for everyone if they did (care) but they do not. While speaking out may come across as anger, because I speak out so often does not mean I am an "angry person." I speak out because of my understanding. My understanding gives me unmeasurable joy and strength, both of which easily overcome the frustration of living in your world, giving me as good as (if not better) day-to-day love of my life as any of you.

A reasonable person understands that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." If you'd rather be silent and be taken advantage of, that's your decision. If you have a problem with my squeaking, that's your problem. I refuse to be silent and accept for any reason that which is injustice. I can not and will not live that way and in my opinion that kind of life must be very depressing. Just because someone else can't see doesn't mean I should pretend I can't see either. The Emperor really is naked.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

When the only player can't deliver...

Due to laws recently passed in the USA, I can no longer gamble online. I'm pretty sure it was illegal before these laws passed but the online casinos weren't too concerned. This time, however, they're all cancelling my accounts and sending me on my way. The only light at the end of the tunnel is a website for poker where you pay a monthly fee and they hold tournaments where you can win money. Because of the flat-subscription fee and lack of promises as to any possible winnings, this site is legal. However, either they had crappy software to begin with or it just can't handle the influx of people, because playing there is next to impossible. Worse yet, the customer service is also severely lacking. I don't want any part of sending someone business when it's not deserved so I won't give you the name of the site, just the idea. But who knows? There's always that one in a gazillion chance someone with 1/2 a million dollars to invest will read my post, think "I'd like that money the other guy is getting," and contact me. I have the skills to get it done right and can make it happen. I just don't have the $$$.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The world seems to like the west the best!

I'm more than a little frustrated on a daily basis by the stupidity of the masses. Today I'm going to address every moron in the world who would speak out against the policies of the west and specifically this great union of states, The United States of America. And I'm going to start with two simple questions. On a daily basis, how many people are trying to come to YOUR country to live? Now, how many leave to go someplace else? Compare those numbers to those of the U.S. and shut up with the complaints already, especially if you don't live here. If you do, it's time to act and try and make some changes. But stop attacking the team!!!!

Let's examine the facts as they relate to me. My father died when I was 11 years old. I was living in California. My mother, may she rest in peace, moved the family back to Massachusetts, our home state and the location of her (and Dad's) family. When I was 14 Mom got a grant from the state to go to nursing school. Really sweet deal. She went to school and worked 2 days a week for a full paycheck. Of course, there were some strings attached. After she got her nursing license (and she did), she had to work for the state (at full nurses pay, mind you) for 2 years. This she did. I on the other hand was granted admittance to a local vocational/technical high school where I was to receive 1500 of hours worth of intensive computer training along with a highschool diploma. Today, I'm Vice President of a 10 year old electronics company which I helped build. I make more than enough money, live in a nice place, drive a very nice car, and have all the toys and luxuries I want. Even as I write this I'm sitting in front of my 60" t.v. with VCR, DVD player, DVD recorder/player, Play Station 2, and Tivo (may god bless the makers of Tivo!) and pecking away on my primary laptop computer.

I'm not Chinese. I'm not Cuban. I'm not Iranian or North Korean. But what do you suppose my mother and my prospects might have been had we lived in those countries? It's time the world got on board. I don't care who or where you are, someone in your country has seen Star Trek. We're one freaking planet of people. We're all on the same team. We (people of U.S.) don't want anything but the rights of the individual to choose for themselves and the liberty of not having badness thrust upon us by the bad choices of others. As long as what you are doing does not affect ME, do as you please. But if it does affect me I have the right, ability, and duty to defend my liberty.

Let's take that lunatic running North Korea. We need to bitch slap him into place. He's screwed up his entire country and the world is paying for it. Fine. I'll feed your people because that's the way we are in the west. But if I'm feeding your people, you damn well better toe the line and do as I say to get out of the mess you created so I no longer have to feed your people. With all due respect to the morons of the world, even you can see that if I can feed the North Koreans and they can't feed themselves then my way must be at least better.

Finally, this week's link. I like to play Texas Hold'em and have been trying to improve my game. I think I'm above average but have no scale against which to measure my ability, other than my bank roll. That being said, I'm still apprehensive about playing for real money so I spend a lot of time at www.thebike.com. They have a free poker site with tournaments where you can win real money. You can find me there as mr5150.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Gee! My very own blog!

Well, here we go with my very first post. It's long over due. I have way too many opinions and too strong of a desire to enlighten people not to have a blog. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little concerned that no one will ever come read it because I honestly don't think that there are that many people care. That being said, away we go!

Who am I? Well, I'm a "born-again" Christian who has a faith that started blind but is now based on reason. While I try to apply the teachings to my everyday life, I do not believe it is proper for me to ever bring up the subject. However, I'm very confident of my theology and always willing to defend my faith or attack yours. In fact, "Jehovah's Witnesse's" and Mormons never come back to my house!

I don't suffer fools well. It would help me in life if I could but I can't. I try and follow the golden rule. I do unto others as they do unto me. Unfortunately, for many of you, that means you are treated like a complete idiot. I always make an attempt to bring someone up to my level once or twice but after they consitently show an inability or plain unwillingness to follow logic and reason, all bets are off.

I'm extremely lazy with a twist. I work my butt off to get the work done because then I can sit on my ass. While in concept this sounds good, the fact of the matter is I never get everything off of the list so I'm always working. But when there's no work to be done...

As to that work, I'm the Vice President of Electronic Components Company, an independent stocking distributor of circuit board level electronics. One of my many hats it IT and it's where I'm strongest. That being said...time for a link! I've been visiting Woot for some time and made a couple purchases too. They sell one product a day and when the amount they have on hand is gone, that's it! I'll have more links in each future post.

Well, I guesse that's enough for now. I fear comments but make them if you like. I'll have more to come in the future and will likely update once a week.