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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Life With A Mustache And Without A Mustache

Life With A Mustache And Without A Mustache

Growing a mustache took me a while.  I had a bad one in high school, trying to look older, I didn't look any older, only looked like a sixteen-year-old with a half grown mustache.  At the time, I thought I looked cool.  No one said anything, we all knew it was a bad mustache and the world would be a better place if I just took a new razor to the hair under my nose.  I wised up and did that one day.  And the world at my high school was a better place.  No one thanked me, we all just knew it.

As time went on, I could finally grow an epic mustache.  A mustache that others would love to have.  One that others could never grow in ten lifetimes!  And I could grow one in a few weeks.  Others would pale in the greatness of my mustache and could only dream of having a mustache so amazing.

However, when I wear a mustache, I am treated differently.  The clean shaved and neat tight hair self is treated better.  A lot better.  The mustached self, not so much.  

For some reason, mustaches are not as popular as they used to be.  Today, there are tons of goatees, half beard, half something else.  Beards are everywhere.  But not too many mustaches.  They are a few holdouts from the past, a few hipsters, some that are oblivious to what others think, a few rebellious ones, and few people that just don't care.  They wear their mustaches with pride.

It is a shame not more mustaches are out there.  In the past, a mustache was a sign of dignity.  One could only grow a mustache after a lifetime of living.  If you had a mustache, people knew that you have put a lot of work into growing and maintaining your mustache.  You were a somebody!

I love having a mustache, today I mainly grow one out for an acting part.  Sometimes I grow one to be different.  To stand out in the crowd in the sea of beards and goatees.  To be an individual!  


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Looking Back On The Year

Looking Back On The Year

History.  His story.  When you look back at your life and think about it, what do you remember?  Facts, events, emotions?  I would say the strong emotional events are what stays with you.  A strong emotional event is a bit of blur at the time, when you think back on it, in many ways you're not sure what happened.

That's how the mind and memory works.  Whenever I read history books or see documentaries on history, I know that what I'm reading or seeing could have never happened.  Or it happened in a completely different manner.   Perhaps the people lived a completely different life and place.  Who knows for sure? Time. We sure don't!

As 2017 closes and I look back, there will be a lot of memories.  Happy ones, sad ones, and ones that I don't remember.  In thirty years when I talk about 2017, what will I remember for sure and for real?  The emotional memories.   Strong memories.  Memories that you connect you with yourself.

All of the loved ones that I have lost, I miss you and you are with me forever.   All of the times I that have spent on creativity, one day I'll get it.  All of the times that I went out to seek out new adventures and new lands, know that there are many more to find in my future. 

2017 will be with me for the rest of my days.  It is a year that needed me the most.  A year, a month, a day, an hour, and a second that will be a part of me forever.  Moments of more.  I love and miss you 2017. Amen.


Saturday, December 02, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

All Of These Devices On This Table Are On Your Smart Phone

All Of These Devices On This Table Are On Your Smart Phone

Now all on you smart phone.

I remember seeing someone with a laptop computer in the library when I was in high school.  I thought, one day I'm going to have a laptop computer that I could take to the library to write papers and do research.  It took me six more years of waiting, I got one when I was in Graduate School.  At the time, it seemed like a distant dream to have my own portable computer.

Using the rotary phone for the first time as a child was fun.  You put your finger in the number circle you wanted and pulled back the dial wheel.  It wasn't long when we had numbers to push instead of the wheel. That made dialing a phone number faster.  At some point, you would develop muscle memory of phone numbers that you dialed all of the time.  We all had a list of phone numbers to call, from your parents, the school, your close friends, the bank, etc.  There was no contacts list other than your memory or your own phone book you would make yourself of phone numbers that were important to have, however not important to memorize.  I used to have the phone number to call for the time memorized.  Later there was a phone number to find out the weather and temperature.  You could dial a number for pizza to be delivered.  Life was grand.

Today, smart phones are in everyone's hands.  With apps and the built in functionally of smart phones, you can do things that used to cost thousands and needed many different technology devices.  A smart phone, which can fit into your shirt pocket, can do things that used to take a whole table of electronic equipment to achieve.  And more.  A lot more.

With the easy use and cost of technology low, there is a human cost that is present.  When I look around today, I see a sea of people mindlessly looking at their cell phones,  all alone.  They are talking, texting and sharing photos with others on their cell phones, so they don't want to be alone.  The look of loneliness in the brief moments they look away from their cell phones, the price of this technology use is high.  It is harder and harder to get person to smile or say hello to you as you walk by.  I wonder if people text hello as they walk pass each other.

At one time books, movies, radio, television, video games and more were going to end society.  So was jazz and rock and roll music and dancing.  Society is still here.  At some point some new technology device will come along and we will leave the smart phones in the dusky drawers that we will only rarely open.  The smart phones will be in the drawers with mp3 players, cell phones, video games, calculators, PDAs, land line phones and a mountain of flip phones. 

The world will go on.  I only hope that someone will put down their smart phone to see it.  Compute that!

To watch a film about this topic, go to www.TheRobotFilm.com to watch the amazing sci-fi feature film THE RISE OF THE ROBOTS!  You will never look at your smart phone the same after this film.

Here are some photos of what it looks like when you are on your cell phone:



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