‘Tis the Season.
It’s that time of year again. I hereby declare Christmas Tie Season has arrived.
Oddly, I do this even on a day when I forgot to leave the house wearing one. Come to think of it, I may have to dig the trove out of storage…
At any rate, here’s my video from last year heralding the joyous event:
The spectacle will improve tomorrow. Honest…
I’m having a case of news fatigue or, rather, bad news fatigue. Therefore, I’d like to present another of James Altucher’s excellent idea columns on doing what you love. Read all 10 of his points. Here’s one of them:
C) More choices
I grew up in a suburb of New York City. It was a middle class suburb.
Which means everyone was middle management in NYC and commuted every day to NYC. Everyone was a “VP of Sales” at an accounting firm.
Around age 50 they all had their first heart attacks. Then strokes. Then cancer. Then some dementia. Then death.
Now, we have choices. A friend of mine spent 20 years working for Wall Street as a graphic designer. Finally she quit.
Since then she’s been inundated on every social media site for requests to do work at some times triple the money.
Why? Because now she posts art and graphics that she makes out of love. She creates her day dreams, the ones she’s had since she was a little girl.
People see them and say, “I want that energy in my life!” and they offer her money to do it.
She also took out the middleman – headhunters, design agencies, HR people, bosses, etc.
Let’s say I want to publish a book. I can’t do it unless: agent, editorial assistant, editor, marketer, publisher, bookstore purchaser, all agree that the book should be published.
Unless I just write the book and upload it to Amazon.
In every industry now you have choices of how you can make more money.
How can you get started? Hold on…
D) All industries are dying
Nobody makes a “buggy” for a horse anymore. That skill set is no longer in demand.
Okay, that was one point and a preview of another. They’re all great. Here’s a link to his article on how to publish – a subject I’ve been known to dabble in.
There’s a lot of uncertainty especially in the job market. President-elect Trump looks like he’s actually going to bring back and keep many decent jobs in the U.S. – for now. However, times are changing. The robots are here and multiplying. The traditional work economy still looks rather bleak for the coming decades and beyond. Which happens to be a good thing. It will “move the cheese”, creating a crisis which brings new and better opportunities. No-one else gets that like Altucher.
I get Christmas ties. Here are … 2! of them! Both snowman themed.
The big one on the right plays Jingle Bells. And I got it for a song at a discount store – I think it was $4. The quality is worth 4 bucks – will barely stay tied – but the song still plays after many years.
I always forget something.
Tonight I forgot to qualify my last post in that I have nothing per se against California. I’ve been there and had a 100% fantastic time the whole time. Great state. It’s just the epicenter of the crazy movement right now. If the loons seriously want out of America or off planet Earth, fine. I would rather they take a rocket ship or a slow boat as opposed to the Golden State.
Anyway. I also forgot today’s Christmas tie:
I was in the men’s department of a large store one December long ago. I was looking at Christmas ties, if you can believe it. Along came some friends. One of them bought me this gem of a tie as a present. Bless her.
And, bless you, Cali and all.
The left is afraid. Of everything. They used to limit their animosity to just whites, men, heterosexuals, Christians, and guns (and especially if these were combined in one nightmare person). Now anything goes. If it makes any kind of sense whatsoever, they are adamantly opposed. They are so out of sorts that their hair turns blue.
And nowhere is this hatred of the normal and the traditional more evident than on college campi.
Colleges used to be in business to teach.Today they preach. And “equality” is the sermon of the century. We are all equal, in their eyes, no matter how wildly different we actually are.
Of course, some are so equal as to require special treatment. Take for instance Carlton University, Canada’s Capital University. Diversity and equality are paramount at this “school”. So much so that they have declared war on men’s fitness.
“[T]he Carleton University Students’ Association, the Muslim Students’ Association, the Graduate Students’ Association and a residence association are asking that the gym at Carleton University reserve one hour per day for women only.”
You see, men are scary. They are especially scary in the gym. True, men and womyn are exactly alike. But, still, the womyn need a little alone time. No worries: “Contrary to what opponents argue, this gym proposal is not sexism or segregation.” Feel better now? No segregation. It’s just equality and some are at least one hour per day more equal than others.
It’s not just the campus gym that’s under siege. Christmas is coming and the campus anti-Christians are hard at work ruining everything special about the season and Day. Daisy Luther listed nine American colleges waging war on Jesus’s birthday. The madness even pervades “Christian” schools:
4, Marquette University, a Catholic university, incidentally, has removed any mention of the word “Christmas”in their tree-lighting ceremony and discontinued the blessing and any mention of the Advent. One Marquette professor objected to this on his blog:
That “diversity” and “inclusion” require censoring and silencing all things Christian is a typical attitude of the politically correct. Of course, this is not “inclusive,” but rather exclusionary.
Genuine inclusion would mean recognizing the diversity of religious beliefs and traditions. The National Menorah, on public property just south of the White House, is an example. If Muslim students at Marquette wanted to stage events to celebrate Ramadan they would certainly be allowed to by Marquette (although Ramadan is usually in the summer with few students around).
But Christianity is different. Secular leftists don’t much like Christianity.
Exactly. Just as feminism is a false face for an effort to have womyn dominate men (one gym hour at a time), so secularism is a plan to overcome Christendom and replace it with empty, Satanic communism.
People are beginning to wake up to this nonsense. It may be found at each and every Western school. A small, easily frightened man, nominally associated with a college near me, recently remarked that I was “a little scary”. I suppose he takes offense at my seasonal display of Christmas ties. Therefore, in an effort to help spread equality of scariness, I proudly present yet another scary Christmas tie:
Been a little busy today so this is probably the extent of posting this evening. Not bad, huh?
I picked up Donald, Mickey, and Pluto years back at a Christmas store (of all places) in scenic Helen, Georgia. Hope you enjoyed it!
James’s excellent article of the day is about combined what you love for a happier life. So, that is just what I did with this post.
James came up with The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Doing What You Love. It’s worth a read.
DO THIS: (I still do it)
– LIST EVERYTHING you were passionate about from ages 7–20. These aren’t your “true passions”.
That’s a made up phrase. These were simply the things you loved doing as a kid.
– COMBINE THEM. If you loved computers and movies, maybe you will write stories for virtual reality experiences.
If you loved art and being a reporter, call up all of your favorite artists and do a podcast.
There is no one true passion. There are just these basic guidelines:
Look to your past to discover your future.
You will do MANY things in your life. There is no “one” thing.
Combine combine combine.
I love easy filler links and Christmas ties. Thank you, James. Now, here’s my Garfield Special:
It’s one of my oldest if not the oldest (following the loss of my “old” ties some years back).
Hope you enjoyed it. Night!
Christmas neckwear 2016 continues.
Almost forgot today. Simple, smiling Frosty. Technically I suppose this is or could double as a “winter” tie. It’s the thought that counts, right?
I may start a collage or something – ties of the week – so I don’t forget.
Anyway, happy Thanksgiving Eve, America. Cheers to the rest of the world.
This morning, by my own declaration, Christmas Tie Season officially commenced. The season runs from today until … wait for it … Christmas.
This is the only time of the year when I enjoy tying around my neck what is essentially a silken noose. Think about it.
Over the next few weeks I’ll post some more of my collection. I’ve got everything from subdued to religious to Santa to cartoons to plain crazy. Yes, some play music.
I don’t do a tree anymore. Nor do I have stockings, tangled chains of lights, or the Troll on the Table (whatever). I do the ties. And you should to. Men, add a little festive cheer to your business wardrobe. Ladies, Christmas ties make the perfect gift for the man who everything.
Tie one on!