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  1. Gumby's Avatar
    A gun is just a tool, neither good nor bad. It is the person who is either good or bad and if bad, they will find a way to be bad with or without a gun.

    I was raised with guns in the house and we never had any problem with it. We were taught to respect them and that they weren't toys. Period. I carry my pistol with me when I am out on my property, in case of critters, both two legged and four.
  2. Plasticweld's Avatar
    Winston I have had my ccp for 37 years now. I carry all the time. I figure it is like a seat belt. I put in on everyday out of habit, the day I need it there will not be time to put it on.

    I carry a variety of guns depending on dress. I often carry two, as I always have a SW bodyguard in my pocket, it takes up no more room than my flip phone.

    I am the same way, I would not stand by with someone else getting hurt, and be powerless to help. I also buy and sell for a living. It is well known that I carry large sums of cash on me, so it would be foolish not to.

    In my family, my mother who is 80, my wife, my son, daughter and daughter in-law all carry all the time as well.
  3. sas's Avatar
    As Henry would say, we all lead lives of quiet desperation. Each of us is desperate for something, if not for ourselves, then for those we love.
    From my personal perspective, it is easier to carry desperation for oneself, than for loved ones. I fear yours is the latter because you are not one to give in or give up. I’m sorry. Sas
  4. Plasticweld's Avatar
    You make me appreciate how fortunate I am. I go to work because I want to, I live in my retirement home and in all honesty; the reality of my old age, far surpasses and dreams I had when I was younger.

    I have always use the phrase the key to happiness is low expectations. I do things with all my might hoping they work, often surprised when they do. when they fail I figured it is all part of the law of averages.

    Just a gut feeling here, but I am pretty sure you are going to end up with what you want, I don't picture you ever just sitting in front of a tv and drinking beer. You are one of the more focused people I know who really seems to value the stuff that matters :}
    Updated March 20th, 2018 at 01:32 AM by Plasticweld
  5. Firemajic's Avatar
    My heart is loneliness profound,
    my dreams are violence set afire,
    my thoughts in chains are wrapped and bound
    my soul is burdened bruised and tired

    My shoulders bear a heavy load
    my legs have no more strength to stand
    my quick and sturdy step has slowed
    my cunning craft has left my hand

    But words have saved me once before;
    what hope in words can I now find?
    A hope to see that shining shore
    that binds my ocean frame of mind.

    William Mcgehee


    When I read your post, this poem came to mind, and I wanted to share it with you.... just so you would know that everyone feels like this from time to time.... find your passion...
  6. Winston's Avatar
    There are societal / political ramifications attached to your view on what, and who is "lucky".

    This is not a moral or philosophical issue. Something is, or is not. We parse words, or play with meanings. It does not change the true nature of reality.
    If someone has or owns something, it is theirs. As long as they acquired it legally, no one should have any say in what you do with your personal property.
    The first domino was a "reasonable" tax. It spread like a disease. Federal, State, Local, Sales, Property, Estate... Then fees for things like roads, parks, school and fire levies...
    At a certain point, you don't own what you own. You're "sharing" it with the collective. Through threat of force / violence. Just try NOT to pay your taxes. There are some elderly that will lose their homes because they cannot pay "their" taxes. In reality, you do not own what you own.

    This warped mindset is only possible because we see some as "lucky", therefore not deserving of keeping what they have. They can "afford" to pay more.
    Rubbish.
    The government could run effectively on half of what it takes in. Our tax system is not only for income redistribution, it is a moral tool to punish the "lucky". A recent US President said he would raise taxes on "the wealthy" even if it generated no income, because "...it would be more fair."

    When people work hard, "Play by the rules" and have something to show for it, they are too often called "lucky". And this is what we get. Flippin' Animal Farm.
  7. dither's Avatar
    Luck, good and/or bad.
    Success and/or failure.
    They are merely attitudes, perceptions, a state of mind.
    It IS what you make it.

    And y'know?
    Going back to what Smith said,
    if an opportunity bit me on the ass, even now, I'd probably shy away from it inwardly cursing life, and people of course, for mocking me with such a phony offer.
  8. escorial's Avatar
    the golfer who said the more i practise the luckier i get...it's a fine line between winning an losing an we all need a bit of luck in anything...always seem to be associated around money for the most part luck but it's around all the same..some good some bad..is it just a word we use to describe a set of circumstances that go either way or do other people hold the key to so much of the luck we come across..odd one
  9. dither's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    The interesting thing about most people waiting to "get lucky" is that they don't realize they already are lucky.

    And even if an opportunity bit them in the ass, I don't think they'd take it, because it wasn't good enough. Sometimes an important distinction must be made between "good enough" and "better than what I currently have".

    Metaphorically speaking, just because an opportunity will only take you up a step when you'd rather leap up three or four, doesn't automatically mean you simply don't take it.

    At the end of the day it's always the people who make their own luck that count. Trying to free-load on other people your whole life and expecting to get very far isn't a good strategy. Success stories like Apple or Microsoft, or managers who come in and turn failing companies around, are far more interesting (and useful) than a leader who's only achievement is that they took control of an already good thing and managed not to fuck anything up, but didn't improve anything either.
    It has taken me a lifetime to work that out.
  10. sas's Avatar
    True luck isn't money, you can earn that, it's good health. Money is unable to buy that for my daughter, who did everything right.
  11. Smith's Avatar
    The interesting thing about most people waiting to "get lucky" is that they don't realize they already are lucky.

    And even if an opportunity bit them in the ass, I don't think they'd take it, because it wasn't good enough. Sometimes an important distinction must be made between "good enough" and "better than what I currently have".

    Metaphorically speaking, just because an opportunity will only take you up a step when you'd rather leap up three or four, doesn't automatically mean you simply don't take it.

    At the end of the day it's always the people who make their own luck that count. Trying to free-load on other people your whole life and expecting to get very far isn't a good strategy. Success stories like Apple or Microsoft, or managers who come in and turn failing companies around, are far more interesting (and useful) than a leader who's only achievement is that they took control of an already good thing and managed not to fuck anything up, but didn't improve anything either.
    Updated March 5th, 2018 at 01:33 AM by Smith
  12. midnightpoet's Avatar
    When I was forced into early retirement by my company (an electric utility) I was immediately offered a job by one of my suppliers. An entrepreneur, he owned a small electric supply company and he needed a purchasing manager. I filled the bill, having the necessary experience. Was this luck?
    Maybe a little, but it mainly shows the advantages of networking and building business relationships (and hard work).
  13. dither's Avatar
    You're not wrong PW.
    I sometimes wonder what might have been if I'd tried but I didn't and that's all there is to it.
  14. Plasticweld's Avatar
    I have been accused of being lucky my whole life. I am in a similar position as you. I work twice as many hours. Take lots of financial risks, so you would expect someone to understand why I have so much more than they do. It doesn't work that way.

    I understand now better than ever why the rich get rich an the poor get poorer. I has more to do with attitude and being able to take advantage of a good break in life and being able to pick up the pieces when it all goes wrong.

    Most people will never be well off and it is for a reason.
  15. dither's Avatar
    Winston,
    you should have said,
    "Easy? That's just us making it LOOK easy ".

    I'm afraid I have to hold my hand up to the bottom line of your blog and it shames me.
    All my life, even now, I've been "waiting to get lucky" without knowing how lucky I actually was.
    Oh I haven't been a complete waster but I could have should have done a lot better for myself.
  16. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by escorial
    Glue sniffing was big in the punk era...an I never read one but I'm sure there was a punk mag named after it....
    There was the Ramones song "Now I wanna sniff some glue". Mostly campy tounge-in-cheek stuff. But that kind of "brain-dead" self-abuse was one of the driving forces of the Straight Edge movement. You can't beat The Man if you consume all of His lies and poison. That's the theory.
  17. escorial's Avatar
    Glue sniffing was big in the punk era...an I never read one but I'm sure there was a punk mag named after it....
  18. midnightpoet's Avatar
    Interesting, I think all that evolved from 60's counterculture rock. New generation, new voice. Sadly, the "establishment" continues - probably because a lot of the anti-establishment realized they needed a job. All this for some reason reminds me of Twisted Sister - "I wanna rock!" Of course, I was a 50's kid. What do I know?
  19. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by escorial
    Being a teenager in the late 70's n 80's was a time when many different music movements were around an all had there following..punks,mods,new romantics,skins,rockabilly...a time when independent labels came about...think the buzzcocks we're the first inde band with a top twenty hit
    Sry I missed your reply, esc. I like The Buzzcocks, but I see them firmly in the "alternative" genre. But then again, so is XTC... one of the best 80's bands that gets no love. XTC's Andy Partridge was like Sid Viscous hugging a puppy, in a good way(?)
  20. Winston's Avatar
    I’m a Cardiacs man myself
    Heard of them, but not familiar with their work. As long as they're not that mopey, emo junk.

    Does Rage Against the Machine count for anything?
    I like RAM. Real good In Your Face stuff. Kind like a white boy's Public Enemy. Are they "punk"? Their 'tude pays their dues.

    Bad Religion
    Sry Kev, just never got into them. Not sayin' they were bad. But if they fought the Offspring over 40 mil, they know how to play The Man's game.

    what do you think of Andrew W.K.?
    Christ! Homework! Thanks...

    And H.Brown, spot on. ("Cept Green Day. See below)
    There's an old line that if you're a rich and successful punk band, you're not a punk band. Also, Punk is not political. It is ANTI political. Any time a band starts supporting politicians, they're voted out of the gang (Repo Man reference....anyone? *chirp, chirp*). No, you only get to Deconstruct. Solutions are for squares, not real artists.
    The best pop-culture reference to Punk was in the movie School of Rock. The kids steal a school bus so they can cut school and play a gig. Dewey (Jack Black) is in awe:
    "That is SO Punk Rock". Yes. Yes it is.
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