Archive for February 2011
Due to a snow storm in Cleveland last week I was faced with a problem. I needed a ride back home from the airport. I flew out of Pittsburgh and my wife was flying out of Cleveland and she was scheduled to meet me at the Atlanta airport as both of our flights were scheduled to land at 9:05 PM Friday night. We drove to the airport together and she had the keys to the car and I left mine at home. As I was sitting in the Pittsburgh airport I began to assess my options which I thought were to either hire a cab back home or stay the night at a hotel and wait for her to arrive from snowbound Cleveland. A cab was going to cost around $80 and a hotel about the same. I did not like either option and I gave up for a while and let my subconscious mind work on the problem while I attended to a more important matter. I had to feed my face.
After eating a bad sandwich and a drinking good cup of coffee, my plan worked and I had an idea. Why not check on a cheap rental car for the night to take me back home and then I could drive back Saturday and meet my wife at the airport. After I return the rental car we could drive back home together just as we had planned. Well, I fired up the Wi-Fi on my laptop and hit the information superhighway ready to problem solve. Very quickly, in the comfort of the very same restaurant that served my bad sandwich I had procured an economy rental car with unlimited mileage for $33.23 plus the price of the gas used. I clicked on the “make reservation” button and waited for my econo-box to save the day.
After some delays in taking off and in finding a gate once we arrived, I ended up at the rental car counter, signed the paperwork and took off happy to be getting home for a reasonable price. By the way, my econo-box turned out to be a shiny red V-8 powered Ford Mustang. Woo hoo, I hit the jackpot!
The lesson learned was; it always pays to “Turn Things On End To Achieve Results!”
Have a great week.
In no particular order my list is below:
- Fall from an airplane (also known as skydiving)
- Fall from a bridge (also known as bungee jumping)
- Willingly eat something boiled in an animal’s stomach and made from heart, lungs and liver (also known as Haggis) see definition here
- Eat fish eggs (Caviar)
- Eat cooked decapod crustaceans (also known as shrimp). As you can see, I am not much of a fan of seafood. “If it’s from the sea, it’s not for me”, used to be my motto. Now I will at least eat fish and actually enjoy it.
- Change my transmission, my brake pads or anything on a car except fill the gas tank and maybe the washer fluid. A long time ago I learned my mechanical ability limitations growing up in a family of mechanically inclined brothers and father.
- Any extreme sport. I have a hard enough time not wrecking on my bicycle and have the scars to prove it.
- Rile up my lovely wife – “Happy wife happy life”. Unfortunately I fail at this one frequently. Perhaps working on this should go on my TO DO list.
- Eat a pizza with fish, fruit or feta on it. Make mine sausage, pepperoni, green pepper and mushrooms. It’s pizza; not a Wolfgang Puck gastronomic creation.
- Drive on the highway on the back bumper of another car. 1 car length per 10 miles per hour works for me. The only problem is if you leave that much room someone will pass you and move in between you and the car in front of you
Have a great week and remember the first day of spring is only about a month away.
I recently changed my auto insurance company and had to consider my deductible for collision and comprehensive coverage. I automatically thought of $500 for both and now realize that I have had $500 as my deductible for over 25 years. That needs to change. Inflation of about 3% on average over that span would have made the $500 deductible from 25 years ago equal to $1,000 in today’s dollars. For some reason I am using the same nominal value. I believe I need to take the same risk today as I did 25 years ago and raise it to $1,000. By doing so, I will lower my premium. What other things are we doing the same way repeatedly without reassessing to see if it still makes sense? Certainly in the insurance area we can raise our deductible for our Homeowner’s policy to a more reasonable number to “keep up with the times”. What about our medical deductibles? If we can, we should opt for higher deductibles for that as well. Sometimes we do things the same because it is a tried and true approach or process. Other times when we stay with the status quo, we are missing out on new and improved ways of doing things.
This week, take a fresh look at what you are doing. Question everything and if it still makes sense then great but I am sure there will be a few things you will decide to change for the better.
Turn things on end to achieve results!
Have great week of outside of the box thinking.
If you had to choose 5 song titles to describe your life what would they be? If I were to choose, this is what I would choose and why:
- (Love) Roller Coaster by the Ohio Players
The Roller Coaster part of this title would describe my life. I chose this because just like most people I have had ups and downs. I can remember times of happy excitement as well as times when I was scared. Like the roller coaster, life gives a little of both terror and joy, many times at the same time. I can think of things like buying a house, getting married or moving to a new part of the country that have created that feeling. So far all those things have been working out.
- People Are Strange by the Doors
The people of this world are diverse and many times amaze me in both good and bad ways. The challenge I have in dealing with people is that they act irrational and don’t do what they say they will do. Why aren’t people logical? Of course I am in the irrational and illogical category too so I should get better equipped to deal with this condition. Perhaps we all have a little bit of Mr. Spock in us and his Vulcan, logic based philosophy.
- Into The Great wide Open by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
I chose this song title because it describes my love for the outdoors and the fun activities I do in the Great Wide Open such as bicycling and working in my yard.
- With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
Where would we be without a little help from our friends? They make you laugh and lift you up when you are down. They also lend a hand or let you borrow something needed when working on a project. They also make you feel useful when you return the favor. I would include family members in the friend category.
- How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) most notably by James Taylor and Marvin Gaye
It is a week from Valentine’s Day and I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the love of my life. She is my better half and I cannot describe my life without mentioning her.
Have a good week and guys out there – it is Valentine’s Day next Monday don’t forget.