I quit taking prescribed xanax about thirty days ago. My mind is focused and on fire. I am blessed to see all that is wrong with this world and the future is bleak. We are no longer a kind society. Self entitlement and the “me first” attitude has taken root. It is not too late to stop this serpent from continuing its devilish duty. Censorship is all around us. This site has been attacked by those that try to stifle my first amendment rights and do not want anyone to face the truth. Our Constitution is under attack on a daily basis. The left wants to increase Supreme Court Judges by tenfold and us to lower the voting age without bothering to address the ramifications by ignoring the Constitution. This is a blatant attack on our forefathers. So many people have adopted the “not my problem” attitude. I disagree. This is a moment of our battle cry. This is a moment of stopping the evil. This is a moment we cannot ignore.
My entire life I have been told to look the other way and to keep my mouth shut. That time is over. I will not sit by silently and let those with evil intentions to steamroll those that believe in respect and integrity and the American way. Remember 911? It was the last time this country was united. We have become complacent once again. We are a hanging fruit ready to be harvested. More government is not the solution. It is the source of the problem. I believe in family and have strong faith in God. I am not in this world to say what people want to hear. I am blessed to be on this earth to stand up against sin and those that wish to spread evil.
It takes a small amount of effort to be kind. Kindness does not recognize color or creed. Be kind to your neighbor or stranger and witness how they are caught off guard by your generosity. It’s further proof that what I say is true. Together, with knowledge and prayer, we can make a difference. I just hope it’s not too late.
I’m an odd duck. I left the world of radio eight years ago and in that time I have become my own boss. I have relocated to my hometown of Cleveland and live in my basement. I have a wonderful bedroom upstairs that is for my mom when she visits. I have not been in my loft. I have three TV’s downstairs, a desk, a podcast studio, three computers and a notepad. I ride a Harley. I don’t have a vehicle. I support Uber and rarely go out. In the past I have been accused of being difficult and I chose today’s blog as an opportunity to examine and address that accusation.
First of all I think people quickly assume someone is difficult when they are a free thinker. I will always tell you how I feel. There ARE bad ideas in brainstorming. I never criticize unless I have a solution. Too many people in the position of authority are insecure in their own leadership abilities, or lack thereof, that they only want you to bow down and kiss the ring. To work for this type of person is to forfeit your own integrity. I want to work for one that will guide me and not order me. The best managers hire people and let them grow. They let you fail because you cannot enjoy success without tasting defeat.
Critics of me, and there are many, want to silence me. I could have played the corporate game and amassed a tremendous amount of money. My integrity is not for sale. You can take all my material possessions but you cannot take my mind. I am 54 years old and I make sure I learn something new each day. I have learned that the circle of true friends that accept you for what are is surprisingly small.
A job does not love you or define who you are. It’s just the way of paying the cable bill and mine is $140 a month. Family is everything and I am lucky to be home and rediscovering mine. It’s never to late to change. Question everything that is told to you. Be accountable for what you say and what you do. Do not fear making mistakes. If that makes me difficult then I proudly wear that crown.
My mother will be 74 in October. I moved here to West Palm Beach in 2004 to be on the radio and keep an eye on her. Somehow the roles have reversed in the past two years since I have not been working and now she sees me as a kid again. It’s almost as though she relishes in the fact that she can mother me again. I was always a saver and banked my money. My biggest fear has always been being broke and homeless. I honestly believe that if I started working again my mother would think that her purpose in life has been eliminated. We actually had a conversation the other night about life insurance polices…..mainly mine. I found out that parents really don’t want to discuss your eventual demise…they morph into an endless dialogue about the medications they are on and how they can’t keep up with technology.
My mother still cuts her own grass, goes to church every Sunday, works full-time and can take a knife and a cucumber and make it into a work of art. She offers strange words of wisdom: “Take a shower every morning to wash all the viruses off of you.” The battery on her cordless phone is going and her solution is to plug-in her old land line. She says things that I don’t know how to respond to: “I’m taking the long way home because it’s raining and I can’t see in the dark.”
She refers to her answering machine as a “recorder” and always asks me about relatives that have passed; “Do you remember Aunt Fran?” Aunt Fran died 20 years ago…it’s not like Spock gave me the Vulcan mind meld. I can’t get off the phone without her asking if I washed things I eat. “Wash those tomatoes…people like to pick through them.” God help society if there weren’t chickens because eventually the conversation will turn to eggs. “Everything is good in moderation…you need eggs for protein. I remember Grandma cutting the head off the chickens and plucking the feathers. We used to pick our own eggs and now they are two dollars a dozen.” How do you respond to that?
I plan on throwing up the white flag and saying “Happy Mother’s Day!!!”
This past Saturday I had a birthday. I’ve been off the radio since January 19th of this year and I have been reflecting a lot on what I have done with my life to this point and what I plan to do with the rest of it. It’s been an interesting ride so far and one that continues to teach me something new each day. In the interest of brevity I have posted five of the most important lessons I have learned in life:
1) ONLY ONE PERSON BESIDES YOURSELF CARES ABOUT YOUR BEST INTERESTS: Those people are your parents. Other than that all bets are off.
2) YOU’LL GET SCREWED OVER: We all do. When times are good things are easy. The true test of character is when life knocks you to the ground. What did you learn? How will you prevent the same mistake?
3) TREAT PEOPLE THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED: Simple to say but not easy to do. Especially when you are standing in line with the stomach flu and the 85-year-old lady in front of you is writing a check.
4) KEEP UP WITH TECHNOLOGY: If you “settle” you will be passed by. Remember when you paid $300 for a VCR? Remember having to stash quarters in case your “pager” went off? Five years ago everyone had a MySpace page. Keep up with technology and you’ll increase your value.
5) NEVER GET BEHIND ME IN LINE: I always pick the wrong one. I pick the one with the price check, the ribbon runs out on the register, the old man searching for a coupon, etc. Please just smile and wave and move on. You’ll thank me later.