Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Great Quote

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.


-- MLK

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

That's Not My Name

Oh how I LOVE this song:

Is Null Nothing?

Oh dear ... now this is too funny!

All The Best,

-- Don

Backscatter Spam

I just spent two days fighting the NDR demons. Tried applying SPF protection for MIME: FROM values from my own domain ... Imagine ...

Finally got a Backscatter Spam patch from GFI on Monday, applied it Monday night and everything seems to be humming now.

Nothing like 11,000+ emails in the PreSubmissionQueue (and climbing steadily) to cause some stress.

Damn Spammers. Punch one for me. Until unconscious.

All The Best,

-- Don

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

You Can't Categorize Me!

I sit here, listening to soft gospel music while smoking a great cigar.

At least I'm in good company.

All The Best,

-- Don

Son Update

My son got accepted into a lab. Now, his PhD work is pretty much set for the next four or five years! Woo-hoo ... I'm excited about the future Dr. Schenck!

Focus Focus Focus

Happy or Sad. Up or Down. Excited or Depressed.

What makes one pick one over the other? How is it that we can be depressed on a Monday and "Up" on a Tuesday (ignoring the fact that Monday is ... well ... a "Monday")??

Recently, I got to thinking about a difficulty in my life and spent a day under the cloud of Depression. It was No Fun. I moped about, feeling not "sorry for myself", but rather angry and disappointed at myself for making poor decisions.

In

The

Past!

Glory! The next day I remembered that my poor decisions were BEHIND me (Hmmm ... "Get thee BEHIND me, Satan"??) and today was a chance to make better decisions.

But something else happened, too. I change my focus.

Instead of thinking about ... okay, OBSESSING about ... my problems, I focused on what I'm doing RIGHT. And what a difference!

My simply changing my focus, by concentrating on the Good, by encouraging myself for what I am doing right, I was able to remove the cloud and replace it with a ray of hope ... of light ... and incredible lightness. Peace flooded my soul as I gave thanks for what I have, what I am, and what lies ahead.

You can choose. You CAN choose. Decide, today, to focus on what's good ... what you are doing well and right ... and commit to improving. DO WHAT YOU CAN and let the rest go; after all, do you really have any other choice???

All The Best,

-- Don

Friday, April 11, 2008

Spam for an entire week

As promised, I let my Gmail Spam folder alone for a week.

I'm disappointed; only 242 Spam emails in a week.

I need to get my email address around the internet. One thousand would be a nice goal, then on to 10,000 a week!

(Yes, I'm weird. But I eat well, so...)

-- Don

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Walking Circumspectly?

If you're going to put a "JESUS" license plate on the front of your SUV, at least don't tailgate me when I'm doing the speed limit. For Christ's sake.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Gmail Spam

It's 9:50 PM, Thursday, April 3, 2008. My Gmail spam folder is empty.

For fun, I'm going to let it go a week and see how many spams I get.

Food

Mmmm ... food.

I love food. Mexican is my favorite. No ... wait ... make that Indian. Or Thai. Italian, French, Mediterranean ... German's good!

Truth is, who can decide?

The problem is not food, per se. The problem is the tendency to eat too much. And not even too much as in "I just finished a whole package of Oreos!" (Just occurred to me: I haven't enjoyed an Oreo in years!).

No ... too much as in portion size. You see, it's easy to have, say, the 14-ounce sirloin at Outback instead of ordering the 9-ounce filet and eating only half of it.

It's way too easy to grab just one more big scoop of Turkey Hill ice cream, another handful of Martin's Barbeque Waffles, or pour another bourbon.

(Damn ... I'm getting really hungry just writing about this...)

I have found that when I eat more slowly, I'm more able to control my portions. Yeah ... I know ... no brainer.

But the biggest help to me is eating six meals a day. Noooo ... not six Thanksgiving dinner-size repasts ... but six small meals. And I use the word "meal" loosely ... since, today's 10:30 A.M. "meal" consisted of a quarter cup of cottage cheese, two tablespoons of salsa and a dozen corn chips.

Also; I plan my meals every night. Before I go to bed, I know what I'm eating the next day. I also keep a food diary, so yes ... I can tell you what I ate, and when, on, say January 17th ... March 2 ... February 9.

Sunday is my Free Day, when I don't need to plan and can enjoy what I want. I often have the aforementioned bourbon or three ... but I am finding that I don't go as hog wild as you would think. The healthy eating habits are starting to become ... well ... a habit.

All The Best,

-- Don

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Thoughts, Actions, Habits...

It's obvious, once you really think about it, that everything originates from Thought. That iPod you listen to? It was an idea at some moment.

Thoughts are what precede Action. Actions lead to Habits ... which form our Destiny. Nothing new here.

But it occurs to me that we do things -- Actions -- based on a hoped-for outcome. I get up and go to work with the expectation -- the hope -- that I will be paid for what I do. That money is used, then, in exchange for things such as a home, cars, hobbies, savings (another Action with a hoped-for result), etc etc. You know the drill.

We also need to make sure we have Actions with long-term results. For example, when I exercise in the morning, it's not for that day, but rather for a future day ("days", to be more accurate). I'm "banking" my fitness so that I may draw on it later.

Day-to-day actions are easy. They can, however, lead to being in a rut ... they can get boring, mundane. It's difficult to stay motivated and excited about day-to-day actions.

That is why long-term goals -- and their associated Actions -- are so important. That is what fuels us for success in life, however we choose to define success.

What long-term goals do you have? What Actions are you taking towards those goals?

All The Best,

-- Don

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Pirates!

In first!

Undefeated!

Lead the league in offense!

This is the year!

All The Best,

-- Don