Saturday, July 21, 2018

girly men sleep 1 of 2


GIRLY MEN SLEEP
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I was watching a video with Arnold “I’ll Be Back” Schwarzenegger.  I think it was an earlier TV interview someone taped and transposed over their own series of photo’s.  Think your typical “winning winners lifestyle choices to be the winningist winner from winner-ville” type of thing.  You’ve all seen the business book selling this tripe, or heard it or seen it.  You can’t get away from the raping of trees to sell glittery unicorn dust this entire industry represents.  Now, it started out making a great deal of sense.  Identify what your dream is and then work like a dog to get it.  Unfortunately it went off the rails after that.
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It starts with, you only need six hours of sleep.  You can sleep more when you are dead, it seems to imply.  Then by example Arnold gives these three or four jobs he had each day ( college classes, working out, acting classes and a job for a paycheck ).  Now, I’m inclined to disbelieve this to a certain degree.  If for no other reason than the man couldn’t possibly had any acting lessons in his life.  I think Arnold is old enough and slow enough now I can say that.  If he gets pissed at me I can always outrun him ( albeit, then suffering a heart attack ).  Then, how are you not eating and crapping for like two or three hours, you need so many calories working construction and lifting weights hours on end?  
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But it is probably close enough to take his meaning.  If you don’t manage your time well, you don’t achieve greatness, or at least fulfill all your dreams.  I can totally get behind this message.  I could have saved a good many years by focusing earlier.  But there is just one little problem with the message in its entirety.  Few people can or should do this.  It is all well and good if you wish to achieve super success.  But most people simply are not wired that way.  If you are not one of those folks, let me repeat myself.  Most people are normal, not freakishly anal compulsive!
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Drive and ambition, discipline and striving for greatness.  Those are good things.  But you can take that too far.  You can take taking it easy far too far also.  Is moderation such a hideous concept?  Here is my advice.  Identify your passion.  Let nothing stand in your way to making that your life’s work.  But at the same time, make enough room in your life to actually have a life.  That means time for friends and family and yes, by gum, time to stop and smell the roses, to relax and to decompress.  That is what the Arnold Plan is missing, the intangible non-measurable aspects of enjoying life.
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The Time Stuffers always say, hey, you only get one life.  Why are you wasting it on TV and other non-productive activities.  Why?  Exactly because you only do have one life.  If you don’t enjoy TV, fine.  Others do.  Or if they don’t enjoy it they use it for stress release.  I have close to no stress my whole day, because I’m finally doing what I love full time and also because I don’t have to deal with other people.  But to me, TV is a way of turning off my over worked brain at the end of the day, so I can start fresh tomorrow.  The Arnold Plan would call this a waste of precious time you cannot afford to squander.
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When I take my one day off a week, it is a complete waste of time.  Unless I find a kick ass article to read, I only spend a couple hours reading non-fiction online, a couple hours in admin tasks and any chores that need to be done, then I spend half the day wasting it watching a movie or YouTube videos.  I might pick up some good ideas on either YouTube or the articles, but my main purpose is to give my brain a rest, giving myself a day of no scheduled work tasks other than the minor stuff ( changing ads, answering comments, monitoring the regular web pages I follow ).  And then, nine times out of ten, having taken that down time, my brain is rested and ready to kick ass the next day.
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You have to rest to continue at your best.  That is just common sense, isn’t it?  You must waste time to sleep or your body falls apart, and you must waste time rebooting your mind, clearing away stress.  And that is just to retain optimal performance.  That doesn’t even touch on the simple fact that many people have a satisfactory life just reproducing.  Yes, Arnold, if your parents hadn’t “wasted” so many years raising you, you wouldn’t be around to achieve super stardom.  I’m not claiming this was a poor choice on his part, dedicating his entire waking life to being numero uno.  I’m saying most people would agree with me that it isn’t a choice for them.
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I think I’ve lived in both worlds.  I saw plenty of years just doing the minimum to get by, happy with just reading and the occasional movie.  I could argue that reading was a continuous education, and it was, but it was no where close to a maximum effort towards greatness.  And I had plenty of years where I was sleeping little and working the remaining waking hours.  Nothing was on my radar except prepping and writing about prepping.  I got a crap ton done, and I don’t miss the singly devoted effort years.  The added bonus was that it allowed me to ignore the bitch wife ( who, to increase productivity and maximize effort, I could have left.  But I was being noble and just and not kicking her out without a means of support ).
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I also had several years where I watched no TV, read hardly any books nor watched hardly any movies.  And had no social life or time to myself.  Yeh, that is called raising kids.  According to super achievers, that would have been wasting time because I wasn’t pursuing greatness.  The horror!   What a complete waste of time that was, according to the Arnold Plan.  Not that this is any worry, overachievers just work harder making greatness and money and the hardly ever seen wife does all the child rearing.  Except she is also humping the pool guy because you have no time for her.  Then a few years later her and Julio get half your money as she leaves you.  But…fame and fortune!
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Or, half a fortune anyway.  People that want greatness, good for them.  But stop and think that most people don’t want that.  It isn’t laziness, it is that greatness simply isn’t their passion.  When someone has a passion, they aren’t lazy with that.  Yes, some have passion but lack discipline to take that further, but the answer to that isn’t to go overboard and drop everything and blindly pursue that passion.  Moderation.  Alcoholics give up booze but smoke three packs of cigarettes and drink coffee all day long.  Female Fatties who repent go total vegan and jog and go to yoga and in time look like a buff guy.  A little overboard there, honey.  All you had to do was not eat at McDonalds every third meal.  Moderation.  Anything to excess, whether it be to not waste any time, never be fat again, or try to kill themselves with a vice, is not a good thing.
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Tomorrow, balancing these requirements when prepping.
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18 comments:

  1. Sometimes just stepping back and taking a break works wonders. There have been a bunch of times I was going mad trying to diagnose a vehicle and just stepped back, smoked a cig, drank a soda and when I went back, everything just clicked together. I always called it standing too close to the problem.

    Another way of looking at it is how you define winning. Arnie's way probably is the way to go if you want fame, fortune, and power. If you just want to live comfortably and enjoy life, not so much.

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    1. I'm glad I never have to worry about fame, fortune or power. You are welcome, over achievers. It's like riding my bike. You are welcome, car driving asswhores. One less car on the road. They don't appreciate that, though.

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    2. You sell yourself short Lord Bison, you do have fame and influence in your special sphere of minions. That has to count for something.

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    3. True. But luckily, not enough to change me into a dingus. Shut up! That's my story. :)

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  2. One thing I notice with the wealthier people I see when doing service work inside their homes: Sociopathy is a great disease to posess in the all out drive for materialistic look-at-me "success".
    They obsess 24/7 about their precious stuff and being super savy consumers.
    They seem to find no true joy or pleasure in their children or grandchildren. They resent when the kids come to their perfect home.
    Broad brush here I know, but true most of the time.
    The last 2 generations have learned the Money Machine's lesson well. Destroy the entire earth for the last nickel of extractable wealth. Be a grasping, greedy asshole at all times. You are what you drive.
    The best people I see live in the manufactured home/ trailer parks for 55 and above. Sounds like a cliche, but they are the nicest, salt of the earth, fun to talk to people. They out tip the "wealthy" by 10 to 1. I always go above and beyond when doing work for them.
    Fuck being the driven, grabby, Wall Street approved robot. Be a human.
    Pursue your art, growing things, doing something out of the blue for others.
    S

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    1. If you can't tip properly you are a twat. Even if they are getting minimum wage instead of just $2.35 as a waiter, it still isn't enough for kissing ass. People are dingus's, customers are twice as bad on a good day and doing a good job ignoring that deserves reward. A tip says "I know you are working for crap, here is something just for you as a thank you". And even if you are greedy whore. think of tips as a bribe to get better service.

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  3. I have been a millionaire twice. Of course, I have been married three times so I'm poor now. A grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of soup is nice. Can't chew steak anymore, anyway!

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    1. If I eat steak more than two/three times a year it doesn't seem special anymore. Of course, I wouldn't call it a steak-more a cheap cow cut soaked in salt to get it tender.

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  4. Following theme. Mr. Wrencher above is right about taking a pause-break. It does do wonders on tasks or problems, as downtime of (doing nuthin but thinkin) is necessary when making big decisions or plans. I don't think all the great ideas, inventions, writings, etc. Were coughed up by a skittish kitty cat frantic "do-er" person. These alpha characters are freaks of nature really. Mankind as a species is more tempered then those aberrations that self promote excessively. It is the same dynamics with Chimpanzees, and that alpha gets killed by the group eventually. Better to be relaxed with an even keel, than frantic soccer moms burning rubber in the suv getting kids to activities and working own 'beta lady' h.r. corporate job. All the while alpha hubby is maxed out on credit, sucking ass at work, just a punk in the real world neighborhoods, and getting shots of chemical coctails at male clinics to keep up and keep it up. Ha! Who is "WINNING!"

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    1. Why does he need chemical cocktails, unless he is boning the fat chick boss? Wife only puts out once a month.

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  5. In this maximum greed world, the minimalist is looked down upon.

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    1. I think we started long before consumerism. Puritanism gave us sexual hangups and the need to work really hard to avoid damnation.

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  6. I like me my girly man sleep. I Barely work enough to pay bills and scratch the rest for preps. If I am idle and stationary I can take a nap easily. I am conserving energy for a run down chase and crushing windpipes and closing off neck blood hoses, if and when necessary. The hollywood versions of expendables is just that, fictional. It is less than half of 1% that are true hoorah warriors, the rest are posers. Me, I like the porch, it is nice here, cool, plenty to eat, take naps frequently. Have plans to drag debris over minion b-pods entrys so as to hide out and sleep through the collapse and die off. There is nothing missed by sleeping through stupid times. Only come out of the compound after running out of supplies many years later.

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    1. I like your attitude. Due to the heat I haven't been sleeping much past 6.5 hours a night, but for some reason got 8 last night. After being outside in the heat an hour, I was ready later on for a nap. Think I might have crashed up to an hour. The stepdaughter was over and after hearing the gums flapping for hours that wore me out also. Naps are good.

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  7. I'm enjoying this movie - Interesting scenario for the apocalypse. No survival type stuff but enjoyable (if that's the right word.... I'm not a fan of movies about crazies but this is OK) http://sockshare.bz/watch/QvM5JZv2-the-domestics.html

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    1. Here is a trailer:
      https://teaser-trailer.com/movie/the-domestics/
      Looks like a slasher movie, bumped up a notch or three.

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  8. Tried this earlier, and it didn’t go through. At age 77, I hear what you’re saying. If you haven’t already done it, it ain’t gonna get done. Not the time to be accumulating, but a time to be divesting. Sit back and watch the show. It’s all you can do.

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    1. It went through. It was just screwing with you.

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