Sunday, January 8, 2017

Q: Where can men over the age of 50 find younger women who are interested in them?
A: Try a bookstore under fiction.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Preparation

I spent more than two hours on music yesterday, and didn't touch an instrument! It took a long time to get my wireless printer back my the network. Then, I went through each of the three video lessons I'm starting with, and downloaded the music/tab sheets onto my computer. Tonight I'll start printing each one, for a folder to carry around with me all the time. The idea is refer to the sheets after the lessons, to keep it all fresh.

I don't know if it will work - but it's worth a shot. I'll check in tomorrow.

Monday, January 2, 2017

The First Wave

The first few months of my plan for rhythm guitar mastery, is quite simple. Here was my resolution for the new year on Facebook:

"No grandiose New Year resolutions this time. Keeping it simple. Limit my sleep to just six hours each night; and using those extra two hours on music, and casually looking for my seventh ex-fiancee."

While aiming for two hours of practice each day is unrealistic, it is admirable. At least by devoting more time for practice, I'm better off than I have been.

Now, what to practice? Over the past year I've purchased quite a few online video guitar courses from Truefire, but never taken a systematic approach to using them. I'll be starting with these three:

   

Hopefully, I'll be on to three more by April:

   

I'll also be learning as much as I can, watching live performances and tutorials, of The Master of Rhythm Guitar; Mr. Keith Richards. Anyone who knows me how obsessed I am with his playing.

I'll let you know how I'm doing.

A Re-Introduction

My last post on this blog was on April 29, 2015. It was a picture of Keith Richards' signature 5 string Telecaster "Micawber", with the title, "The Most Important Guitar in Rock 'n Roll". I still stand by that statement. 

Much has happened to me personally, since 2015. The most important; I've thrown myself back into music. For better or worse; I've decided it is the only thing that will keep me content, for the rest of my time on this planet. This blog is now a record of my struggles with dealing with six strings, rather than four. 

Keep in mind; I am not planning on becoming a lead guitar player. Don't have the time, patience, or ego for that slippery slope. I want to learn to play a competent rhythm guitar, a goal beyond the reach of most. I figure I have an edge; having played bass guitar and worked with brilliant drummers over the years. We shall see!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Conservative Leaders on 2014 Elections



Conservative Leaders on 2014 Elections: A Clear Conservative Victory
November 5, 2014
Washington, D.C.
Election 2014: A Conservative Victory
The American people sent an unmistakable message to Washington:  Voters expect Republicans in Congress to listen and fight for the conservative agenda they ran on.
  • Every single newly elected Republican Senator ran on the full repeal of Obamacare. In most competitive races it was the top issue.  Over 40,000 ads against Obamacare were run on behalf of winning candidates.  The Republican House and Senate must now keep those campaign promises and use reconciliation to send a bill repealing Obamacare to the President.
  • All but one of the newly elected Republican Senators ran a strong campaign in favor of securing the border and opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants.
  • Every single newly elected Republican Senator ran in support of an agenda for hard-working middle class Americans that reduces spending, lowers taxes, and balances the budget-not in support of corporate welfare, bloated government spending bills, and endless debt-ceiling increases.
  • Far from downplaying social issues, every newly elected Republican Senator is pro-life and supports legislation that would protect unborn life after five months of pregnancy. The liberal candidates who painted pro-life candidates as engaged in a “War on Women” were routinely criticized and defeated.
Simply put, successful candidates ran as conservatives and won.
Oppose a Lame Duck Surrender
The Washington establishment is already calling on Republican leaders to capitulate to the Left in the Lame Duck. This means that opportunities to pursue conservative reforms next year will be lost.  New and returning Republican members should only vote for Leaders in the Senate and House who commit not to cave-in to President Obama and outgoing Majority Leader Reid in the Lame Duck.  The newly elected Republican Congress must have the opportunity to govern and return competence to a broken Washington.
Advancing a Conservative Agenda to Restore the American Dream
The election is over.  Now, it is time for our newly elected Congress to do what they told us they were going to do.  Conservative policies help people.  They will begin to restore our nation.
And while each of our organizations will work toward various elements of this agenda, as a conservative movement we call on the new Republican Congress to enact:
  • A pro-growth agenda for hard-working middle class Americans that balances the budget in 10 years or less without raising taxes, starts over with a tax code that actually works for American families and businesses, ends regulations that increase red-tape and hurt job creation, and makes Congress accurately account for the bills they pass.
  • Fully repealing Obamacare, using congressional authority to halt and expose it, and starting over with real health care reform that respects patients and doctors
  • Passing common-sense and compassionate legislation that protects innocent unborn human life after five months of pregnancy.
  • Upholding the rule of law and Constitution by restoring the power of the states and ending the lawlessness of the Obama Administration and rogue agencies like the IRS
  • Safeguarding our freedoms by ending the assaults on our religious liberty like those we now see in Obamacare, our military, against faith in the public square, and against those who support natural marriage.
  • A defense budget adequate to meet current and future threats to the country, including the threat from Islamists, non-state actors, and sovereign states.
  • Securing the border and ending attempts to grant amnesty to people who break our laws.
  • Expanding American energy through innovation and the market, not government regulation and cronyism
Now is the time for Republicans in Congress to earn the trust that the American people have placed in them.
The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable David McIntosh
Former Member of Congress
Indiana
Mike Needham
CEO
Heritage Action for America
Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council
Brent Bozell
Chairman
ForAmerica
Mark R. Levin
Erick Erickson
Editor-in-Chief
RedState
Marjorie Dannenfelser
President
Susan B. Anthony List
Penny Nance
President and CEO
Concerned Women for America
Gary Bauer
President
American Values
Colin Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring
David Bossie
President
Citizens United
Herman Pirchner
President
American Foreign Policy Council
Lt. General William G. “Jerry” Boykin (US Army, Retired)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Phyllis Schlafly
Founder and President
Eagle Forum
Richard A. Viguerie
Chairman
ConservativeHQ.com and Fed Up PAC
Morton Blackwell
Chairman
Conservative Leadership PAC
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
President
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Former White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former White House Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable Alfred S. Regnery
Former Publisher
The American Spectator
William L Walton
Vice President
Council for National Policy
The Honorable Bob McEwen
Former U.S. Representative
Ohio
Ed Corrigan
Former Executive Director
U.S. Senate Steering Committee
Diana Banister
Director
Citizens for the Republic
Brian Baker
President
Ending Spending
Austin Ruse
President
Center for Family & Human Rights
Phil Kerpen
President
American Commitment
Phil Burress
President
Citizens for Community Values
Allen Roth
President
Secure America Now
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
Kay Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Christopher N. Malagisi
President
Young Conservatives Coalition
Susan Carleson
President
American Civil Rights Union
Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Christian Adams
President
Election Law Center
David Denholm
President
Public Service Research Council
Francis Deluca
President
Civitas Institute
Jenny Beth Martin
Co-Founder
Tea Party Patriots
Sandy Rios
Director of Government Affairs
American Family Association
Paul Caprio
Director
Family Pac Federal
(All organizations listed for Identification purposes only)
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Five Year Plan


I've got some issues that nobody can see
And all of these emotions are pouring out of me
I bring them to the light for you
It's only right
This is the soundtrack to my life, the soundtrack to my life

- Kid Cudi


This is the chorus to my 14 year old son’s favorite song right now. Instead of going to Mass today, Brandon and I hung around the kitchen, and he played songs that resonate with his generation. Hell - our music irritated our parents too, no big difference there. Except, I can’t recall a single song from my youth that had the word “nigga” in it.


But I have to say Kid Cudi is one of the few “musicians” my son listens to. I would be shocked if he doesn’t come from a jazz background. If he doesn’t, I guarantee his producer does. Good stuff musically if you don’t mind a few N-bombs, F-bombs, and this generation’s discovery of a new drug called marijuana. And his lyrics reveal a maturity not found among his peers. Give him a listen.


Sidetracked long enough. Today is my 59th birthday. No way around it. I’m probably healthier than I’ve been in twenty years (thanks Nu Skin), but the fact remains I’m 59 years old. As usual; I’m having a difficult time philosophically with this. But I’ll spare everyone the self-centered laments, and go directly to why I’m posting to my blog today.


I have a five year plan in place, which begins today. I will retire on December 8, 2019. Everything I do in the next five years will be focused on that date. I will retire if I have half a million dollars, or half a jar of cat food. It doesn’t matter; I will not work after my 64th birthday. However; I reserve the right to change the definition of “retire”, if all I have left is a jar of cat food.


So here is my five year goal; on December 8, 2019 I will be earning in excess of fifty thousand dollars each and every month.


For most of you that sounds completely crazy, and I understand that. Especially if you don’t have a clue on how direct selling, or network marketing, actually works. I’m not going to lecture or try to recruit here; but I will say some executives with Nu Skin (2.64%) are in fact making fifty thousand each and every month. I see no reason why I can’t duplicate their success. I have been trained by the best. I learned sales from the best time-share people in the world. I can take the sales techniques I’ve learned, and simplify them so they are completely duplicatable to everyone. I can follow the advice of my network marketing mentors wholeheartedly. I can devote over 50 hours a week to reach my goal. Everything else I do is irrelevant, and will be eventually discarded. I know that if I reach my goal my son will be taken care of, as my income from Nu Skin is not only recurring, but willable. I will hit my goal on December 8, 2019.


So, what will I do after retirement? Here are the options:




Okay; so the last one might be a little difficult with just fifty thousand dollars a month.


The point is; my primary goal is set, and my secondary goals are described. I am ready to begin my five year journey. I will be recording my progress on my blog, to give everyone a chance to ridicule. But it won’t matter toward my resolve to get this done. My cat simply won’t want to share her cat food.


I am going to repeat my goal once again; on December 8, 2019 I will be earning in excess of fifty thousand dollars each and every month.


Enjoy your day. And may John Lennon rest in peace, who was killed on this day in 1980.


Robert