Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WORDS WORTH READING

Those at the top of the mountain didn't fall there.

Marcus Washling

If this was Facebook I would press like.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY

should not leave black marks! Consideration and fair play are everyone's business.

Let's lose the pepper spray and guns and try to play fair. There are no discounts in jail! One must pay the full price which is far more costly than losing that one TV at $199.95.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, November 28, 2011

SOME DRIVERS DRIVING ME MAD

I look around at people who drive cars. Some appear to be driving for twenty years or even more. Many haven't mastered driving—even the ones who are not texting, tweeting, or talking on the phone.

They go painfully slow when they need to go faster and ridiculously fast when they need to slow it down a bit. They cut me off within millimeters of crashing—just going up University Drive or on the highway.Many seem clueless as to where they are heading and some cross four lanes of traffic to make a turn. They signal randomly seemingly not knowing left from right— those that signal that is. I am sure my experiences are not unique and that you encounter these drivers everyday.

Here is my proposal: Licenses need to be up for renewal every five years and the person needs to take a written test. Fee $100. Good money for the state. Failures must take another written test within 30 days—$150. More money for the state. Failure again demands a driving test. Fee $250.

After age 75 the driver needs to renew each year with both a written and driving test.

Let's face it folks, this is about safety. I am tired of reading about people driving into canals, stores, homes, other cars or people. Safe driving is everyone's business—especially the States. Get it right, or ride a bike, or hitch hike!

As I recently told my sixteen-year-old grandson cars can be lethal weapons. He vehemently disagreed until I cited the national death toll caused by car accidents—50,000 people more or less!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, November 25, 2011

PLEASE HOLD ON

to the gratitude you felt on Thursday for all the good things in your life, despite the not so good things.

Life is a balance beam. We need to hold on to the good while letting go of the bad. That helps us  balance. There were empty chairs at our table this year, but we accepted that as LIFE and sadly— death.

Life is not an easy thing to do—ever—and from time to time we all get dealt lousy cards. Robert Louis Stevenson said it best when he remarked, "Life is not so much a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes of playing a poor hand well." I encourage you to play those hands like a poker pro and still focus on the good that sits right beside the not so good. Feel grateful for the former and will the latter away ASAP.

May the "river" be kind!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TOMORROW IS T DAY

T stands for Thanks. Tomorrow is all about giving thanks!

I hope you take a moment between bites of turkey and all the trimmings to give thanks for all that is good with you, even if there are some things that are not so good.

As I have said before, gratitude is milk for the mind, and helps your attitude. It has the potential to make this years T day even more special

I hope you have many things for which to be thankful and am optimistic that you will refect upon that—if only for a few moments.

Bye For Now,

bill

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

APPROPOS OF YESTERDAYS BLOG

I wrote yesterday's blog about my feelings regarding the "occupiers" more than a week ago and scheduled it for 11/21. Someone much have leaked it to the universe. No sooner did I come down on the occupiers as a smelly rag tag nuisance, the rest of the world did too. The Sun-Sentinel's main editorial on 11/18 was titled, "OWS needs to clean up act."

Protests over the protesters flared up all over the world.

Never knew how influential my blog had become! Power to the people.

Expressing one's opinion is our right and our civic duty. Doing one's duty in a public park is NOT!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, November 21, 2011

OCCUPY YOUR MIND NOT PUBLIC SPACE

When we went to the WTC in New York we passed by the park where the occupy people were camping out. I wasn't impressed for a  variety of reasons.

I don't know if that is the best way to protest. In my day, we marched—tens of thousands strong. We made our point and went home. We didn't take public space away from everyone. We didn't stink up the place with trash and excretions. We didn't create a spectacle—we created a spectacular statement that was heard. Most of the time it made a significant difference.

Time to go back to the future. Time for all those occupiers to occupy a job. Now that would be quite a protest statement, don't you know.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, November 18, 2011

NOT FOR NOTHIN HAPPY!

In these blogs, I encourage realistic optimism and positive attitudes when appropriate.

Recent research  found that there was a 35% decrease in a person's risk of dying over a five year period among people who reported being happy, content, or excited on a typical day, compared with those who were sadder or more anxious.

Life is GOOD! Je suis content. Hope you are too.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

APPROPOS OF YESTERDAYS BLOG

When we were in NYC for the leukemia/lymphoma walk we visited the World Trade Center site.

Inspirational as that walk was, so was this walk. They are rebuilding—3000 workers a day—12,000 visitors a day. Giant cranes in all directions. Buildings sprouting in all directions like beanstalks.

So far it all looks beautiful, sensitive, and commemorative. Two beautiful large fountains have the names of all those lost that fateful day, etched into their  black marble granite facade. The fountains flow into a deep, dark, seemingly never-ending hole. The one "last standing" tree remains forever memorializing the people who sacrificed their lives on 9/11. Seven buildings are in process amid a grass and concrete mall where soon people will walk, talk, eat lunch, drink coffee, and pray. Children will run and play there, where once only soot, ash, and pain remained.

It took a while, as do all major accomplishments, but soon that large empty space will be back and fully filled—and so will we be filled with pride. Let one or more MFers mess with us and we will take them down just as we did after 9/11. Just as was said after the holocaust—NEVER AGAIN! on our soil—NEVER.

The nice part was that there were people speaking just about every language in the world waiting on the line and wandering the space. But, there were no people of middle-eastern descent that I saw. Frankly, I understand their fears, but hope, in time, they will come. This is America. We forgive; we try hard not to judge the innocent, but we never forget the guilty. If you are among the latter stay far away; if you are among the former come back as we need all the support we can muster— and so do you!

God blesses America.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Last Wednesday i wrote a blog about the greatness of this country. I was distressed by a negative article I read and another that I read over the weekend in Time Magazine. The latter was about the difficulties moving up and ahead in our country at this time or ever. Why are people/writers being so negative? To sell magazines, while selling America short!

Yes, these are tough and difficult times. We have had them before and we will have them again. One senses the desperation in small and large business owners. We read with a certain sense of disbelief about significant countries that are on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the people all over the world heading down that path.

But, we are going to come back. We always and will again figure it out. As our leaders jockey for position and political clout, things will eventually sort themselves out. Hopefully, all will learn from these times and realize that there are no quick paths to wealth or quick solutions to significant and serious problems. But, we will figure it all out and adjust.

Boom times will always collapse eventually—especially when they are based in greed and mania rather than realities.

Nonetheless keep the faith as well as your optimism for the future. This is America. We may falter and stumble but we do not fall or fail—we PREVAIL—and we will again. Have no doubt about that.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, November 14, 2011

INSPIRATION FOR A CRITICAL CAUSE

It is inspiring to give and give again. There is power in contributing to a cause—especially when that cause is cancer.

We need to unite behind this important cause until we finally kill cancer. I know there are other important causes that need rallying and support. However, none is as important as cancer, in my humble view.

Admittedly, I am biased. But while you are out there saving animals, worrying about animal skins, wanting to ban animal research, and the like, please don't forget the millions of American PEOPLE struggling with cancer.

At the end of the day the human animal is the most important of all. That is just my opinion and I understand some will differ with it. In that case, let's do both. Let's worry about our furry friends and let's worry about our not so furry friends, neighbors, and family. Perhaps the latter deserve even more priority than the former; or perhaps they both deserve equal time. You be the judge.

Let's lick cancer before it licks us and those we love! Here is the link to life:
http://pages.lightthenight.org/wch/Wstchstr11/RobSantoro



Bye For Now,

Bill

Thursday, November 10, 2011

WE NEED MORE WHITE AND LESS GOLD

I went to a "light the night" fundraiser in Rye New York for Jake and Chase and all the many children and people dealing/wrestling/struggling with leukemia and lymphoma.

It was a clear, cool, wonderful night of 4000+ people coming out to support this important cause. It was one of those YES! moments we all need from time-to-time—especially when dealing with cancer.

We all walked for a mile-plus, donated some money, and raised awareness for these difficult and dread diseases. As we felt the ocean breeze coming at us we pushed on through, just like all who have to fight Cancerville—punching back against a formidable foe.

We all carried balloons that had a flashlight contraption attached that blinked a light (to light up the night).  Ours were red signifying supporters. Jake and Chase and many others were white, signifying survivors.

Then there were the gold ones signifying those whose loved ones lost their lives to these diseases. Too many for my taste and comfort. We need to increase the whites and decrease the golds and your donation can help do just that. PLEASE get in step and walk beside us every inch of the way. We need to kill cancer now and all carry white balloons. Hopefully, next year there will be many more whites and many less golds and even more whites the year after that and beyond.

Here is the site. Please go there and give what you can for the good of the cause. 
http://pages.lightthenight.org/wch/Wstchstr11/RobSantoro



God Bless.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

HOPE IS ALL WE HAVE!

I was distressed to see a recent article referring to young people living in "Post-Hope America." Bull on that!

There is no time or room for such pessimism. We are struggling; of that there is no doubt. But this is America—the greatest land in the world bar none. Much of the world is struggling in one way or another. There are always growing pains, individually or collectively, from which comes growth, progress, and strength.

This is Hopeful America. Of that I have no doubt and hope you feel the same.

America, land of the free and home of the brave will overcome whatever challenges stand in its way. That is my country tis of thee and needs to be yours as well.  Thank goodness every day that you live here. It is a beautiful and wonderful place. There is no place like it in the world and I have had the good fortune to be most everywhere. Trust me on this one.

 Bye For Now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

THE SAD HEADLINE

reads 2 teens shot, 3 jailed in Boca drug deal, cops say. Your mind paints clear pictures of what they all look like. We stereotype well, but stereotypes are often wrong.

The long and the short is that some young adults made counterfeit money on a  Northwood University scanner and used the deceitful dollars to buy $1250 worth of weed. When the dealer realized that he came out shooting with his AK-47 putting two of the three buyers in critical condition. Two of the dealers were freshmen at FAU.

The pictures of the dealers had them looking like white football team players—clean cut crew cut types. Or perhaps they looked like CIA or Marines in training. Stupid is as stupid does and I felt sad for all. Two in critical care and three arrested and six lives ruined over what appears to be a poorly thought out plan on both sides. An honest dollar is worth $10 or maybe $100 or more compared to dirty deals and gun slinging drug dealers. Don't they teach that in college? Must be an app for that or is it that video games rule? I found it all most distressing. I'm sure you did too.


Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, November 7, 2011

A SIGN OF THE TIMES

Today I noticed that I check my email many times a day, but I leave my snail mail to linger and finally catch up in a week or so.

E seems to have taken center stage. It is in the moment and it gets priority—just like tweets and Facebook and all the other e-based social media.

Have to go now so I can check on who is taking a nap. Rest assurred it ain't me! Hope it is you!


Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, November 4, 2011

SWINGING FOR EXCELLENCE

If you have read some of my blogs you know that I encourage everyone to try to be the very best that they can be. That is what I strive for and that is what I encourage; it's all about our pride bank!

So, I was taken with the World Series this year.  I could not relate or root for either team. They were not within the circle of my "fan belt."

But the sixth game was a gem. St. Louis was within one strike of losing and the Rangers within one strike of winning the trophy, not once but twice. But St. Louis battled back and won the game in the 11th inning. Mr Frees didn't freeze—he roared and soared as did the rest of the team. 

In that win I believe they paved the way for the 7th game. The Rangers lost their edge and their luster and were defeated. What a win and what a comeback.

Hold that image when you are down on your luck and within striking distance of losing everything. Give it all you have and the likelihood is that you can come out on top as a champion too.

I hope that it turns out that way for you.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Thursday, November 3, 2011

TATTOO YOU AND CUTCHIE CUTCHIE COO

I was just about to blog about how strange it is for me to see young parents with all sorts of tattoos— sleeves, leg warmers, back peek-a-boos, shoulder straps,anklets, and whatever. In my day (which we all know is ancient and medieval times) the only tattoos were on men who had been to the service, got drunk one night and put "I LOVE Mom" or something simple like that—USMC or an anchor for the Navy.

Now the body has become a canvass on which elaborate works of art are forever sketched and inked. Generations will grow up seeing their parent's tattoos along with their mobiles and pop-up picture books. I like the sight of a delicate tattoo, but find the larger ones a bit hard to take—but who am I to judge. If the owner of the body likes it—mazel tov!

Recently, my wife told me the new Barbie has a tattoo. All I can say is I hope Ken likes it or her ass is grass! Perhaps that is precisely where the tattoo is placed. Ya just never know.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

THE RAW DEAL THAT BECAME THE REAL DEAL

I am sure that during the dark days of my friend's sons time in Cancerville I  mentioned it and asked for your prayers. Well, thank you because they worked.

Last week young Jake had his one year bone marrow transplant check-up. He received that miracle "medicine" from his fraternal twin brother, Chase. They along with their parents appear prominently in my forthcoming book, which should be available real soon. We are in final edits, but i think I said that before too. Editing is one tough route, but not nearly as tough as Cancerville.

The results of Jake's test were PERFECT!!! YES!

We are going up to Rye, New York this coming weekend to walk in a fundraiser for leukemia/lymphoma research that Jake's family is involved in. If you would like to make a donation for the good of the cause here is the link:
http://pages.lightthenight.org/wch/Wstchstr11/RobSantoro


Bye For Now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

STILL DRIVING ME CRAZY

I have spoken before about how driving and cell phone and texting do not make for healthy and safe bedfellows. I am shocked that Florida, unlike many other cities, have not passed abuse laws in this regard. Even St. Thomas, V.I.—a  place hardly known for progress— has laws against talking on the phone and driving.

As if to prove the point I read that in the United Arab Emirates there was a 40% decrease in traffic accidents in the city of Abu Dhabi during a recent three-day worldwide Blackberry outage, which should provoke outrage, beyond just mine.

Bye For Now,

Bill