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25 July 2012

My Recommendation: We Shot the Moon

UPDATED 18 August 2012
Here is a link to purchase Love and Fear. Enjoy.

A couple years ago, I went with my roommates to a Sherwood concert in Midvale, UT at the Circuit.  I was particularly impressed by an Indie Pop Rock band called We Shot the Moon headed byJonathan Jones.  I liked them so much that I went and saw them again the next year when they were near my hometown in Virginia.  I have a great love for music and I like a lot of bands, but there are only two bands that I've bought a shirt from, and this is one of them.

I currently own both of their albums and EPs.  They have a new album coming out on August 14th which I am definitely looking forward to.  It is called Love and Fear.  Their first full album was called Fear and Love and it is still my favorite.  If you'd like to hear what they sound like, their second full album is available FOR FREE on noisetrade right now.  I mean, I bought it a while ago, and if you know me, you know I love free stuff. :D

Go check it out and you can pre-order their new album too.  Know anyone else who might like this?  Please share this post with them.

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18 July 2012

My Identity

"Never stop striving for the best that is within you. Never stop hoping for all of the righteous desires of your hearts... You are destined for more than you can possibly imagine."
-Deiter F. Uctdorf

Have you ever wondered who you are?

I mean, I'm pretty well acquainted with myself, after twenty-two years of living in my own head I should be anyway, but who am I? If I was to abandon my perceptions of my own self that I have imposed on myself, what would I see? What I mean by that is, I have conditioned myself with certain ideas about who I am, how I would act in certain situations, things I like, etc. I think that I might be surprised by what I would become if I wasn't bound by my paradigm.

How do you have a paradigm shift about your own life? I guess that is my real question.

Stephen Covey makes the observation that post World War I, personality ethic replaced character ethic as the basic view of success. Instead of striving for "integrity, humility, fidelity, temperance, courage, justice, patience, industry, simplicity, modesty, and the Golden Rule," people have become obsessed with "personality, ...public image, ...attitudes and behaviors, skills and techniques, that lubricate the process of human interaction." Communication skills are definitely appropriate to learn but if we all developed our integrity wouldn't we naturally get along better? Plus we'd be way more sincere and trustworthy.

Nowadays people care a lot about what other people think of them. I'm beginning to think there is a direct correlation between how much someone cares about his lawn and how much they care about what other people think of them. I think that there are also others who don't do their lawns just because they don't care what other people think of them. Anyway, this personality ethic has made life such that you can't trust people the same way you did back in the day. I mean, I wasn't around "back in the day" but it was a simpler time. Even in the last twenty years I watched as we began to interact less and less with the neighbors in our court. Life has become more about networking than working things out, more about servicing than serving and more about trending than trusting.

Anyway, I'm still trying to figure out exactly who I am. Most of my life I have let myself be defined by others. More recently I have not worried so much about what other people think, but more about what I think of myself. I have plenty of imperfections, bad habits, things that I don't like about myself. I have allowed those aspects of my life to determine who I have become. My inner battles are fought by letting my shortcomings define me. If I could step back, look at my life and ignore all of the perceptions of myself that I have, what would I see? Would I be happy with who I am? Who I really am?

So, this post probably doesn't transition very well, and I apologize for that, I'm just typing out my thoughts after all. The nice thing is, I can decide to set aside my current paradigm, I'm just not sure how. I'd be interested to see what happens in my life if I didn't keep holding myself back.

15 July 2012

My Trip to NY 2012

I left from East Brunswick with Q$ and Ben from The Ben and Ben Show. We picked up another friend, who we will call "Mike," but who is a girl, and we embarked on an epic journey toward Palmyra, NY.

As we travelled up Mike told me that I should write music, so I worked on writing a song on GarageBand. I'm actually sort of impressed with myself with how it has turned out so far. You can here part of it on this video.. On the way up Mike also complained the whole time about how we weren't talking to her. Which is ironic because we were talking to her about talking every time she brought it up.

Anyway, we got to the Hill Cumorah right in time for the opening prayer. The pageant was wonderful. I tweeted about it. #hillcumorah I decided that I'm never going to go again, unless I have a nonmember or recent convert with me. Also, I might go again if I'm married.

After the pageant we went to McDonalds where I threw away anti-mormon literature. I realized this year that half the stuff that the protestors are yelling is true doctrine. Kinda funny if you ask me.

We went to the campground and we slept on the ground. I liked being able to look up at the stars in the night sky. I actually saw a shooting star. I wished that Syntax Error 48291.42.

In the morning we went to church in Palmyra where we heard the former Provo Mission President.

Then we drove home.

10 July 2012

My Indian Friends

I wish I could describe for you just how difficult this job can be. Today was no exception. I'll share this with you: I've never made a sale on a Tuesday the entire summer. This was brought to my attention last night when met with my manager and we looked at my stats. It's not a mental barrier or anything, its just worked out that way.

So today I set out to change that. Hour after hour I knocked door after door. Nothing. I stopped for lunch with my coworker and I went to a different part of my area to work. This time I just got doors shut in my face continually and some people wouldn't even open their doors. Honestly, it was frustrating I like to keep a positive attitude but my esteem was just getting worn on and on.

Sometimes it is hard to choose to have a good attitude. Sometimes it's hard to choose to have a good bad day.

What was worst was that I had no where to channel my negativity. I would just keep trying to shake it off. "Just do the next door." "Just keep going." "I can do this, I can do this I can do this." The mental war was tough, especially when people are treating you like you're an annoyance. It would have been so easy to just sit on the curb and have the same results as knocking all of those doors.

At 8PM I decided that I would take a bathroom break. I went to Laurel Acres Park across the street from my area. I walked out and sat on a bench for a moment looking out at the lake and fountain and taking a moment to breath.

That's when I heard it. The sounds of a volleyball hitting hands and arms. I ventured over to the court and asked if I could join in. It was me and five Indians against six Indians. There were a couple decent players in the group but my skills stuck out like a six foot three white guy playing volleyball with a bunch of Indians.

All of the mental anguish and emotional taxing vanished as I found a place to channel my grief. We won all three games I played. I thanked them all and shook their hands. Then I stood next to a picnic table and danced to Skrillex while I waited for my ride. People watched me as they walked by and one lady actually applauded me.

As i said earlier, sometimes it is hard to choose to have a good attitude and sometimes it's hard to choose to have a good bad day, but that doesn't mean you can't make something worthwhile occur. We are children of God, the great Creator. One thing that sets us apart from His other creations on Earth is that we are made in His image and likeness. We like our Father are capable of creation. We can create opportunities and make memories on a daily basis.

Although I felt rotten all day, I chose to make the most of it. Heck, when we got home, I showered all the sand off me (such a great feeling by the way) and went out to get a pizza from Papa John's. It was a large pie topped with Canadian bacon, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and Canadian bacon. We are getting a free pizza soon because we bought that one today. :D

Create. Don't let life happen to you. Get out their and live.

Photo of Laurel Acres Park

08 July 2012

My Visor

I am a visor guy for sure. Let me tell you, I love my hair. My entire life I've grown up with the fear that I will lose my hair. My father and both my grandfathers have/had no hair on top of their heads. Everyone says that baldness comes from your mom's side of the family. Whatever the case, as far as I know, all my patriarchal ancestors back to Adam are bald.

Anyway, I like my hair. I'm not a big fan of hats, because I like to style my hair with product. Sweat and gel in a hat... Not my favorite idea. I think my hair looks dumb when it's down. So, I style my hair.

Check it, with a visor, I can style my hair AND still have shade. Muahahaha. Although, I'm a big fan of the backwards visor, which doesn't give
Much shade anyway. It's just a me thing I guess.

So a few weeks ago, one of my coworkers locked her keys into her car. I looked up how to break into a car on YouTube. Long story short, I got into her car. The relevant part of this story is that I used her work hat to protect the paint on her car from the wedge. That hat got holes ripped into it, so I cut it up and sewed it down turning it into a visor. No joke, it was pretty good. I surprised and impressed myself.

With my new visor, I felt way more confident and comfortable working. Then guess what happene:. Batman stole my visor. I'm not even kidding. I went on Batman the Ride at Six Flags and the G-forces lifted my visor right off my head. Crazy huh? So I was really bummed.

The good news is, ever since I stopped wearing my visor out on the doors, people have been much more responsive to me. I think a big part of it is that they look at my eyes now instead of at my visor. I've gotten a sale a day for the last two days. In my kind I feel like it can't be making that much of a difference, but for some reason it does. What a joke... Hahaha

What lesson can we learn from this? Sometimes you have to abandon or sacrifice things that you like in order to achieve your goals. Wearing a visor isn't bad, but it sent a message to potential customers that didn't fit my sales style. Funny how that works.

When we choose something, we are always choosing against something else. It isn't always between right and wrong as in the case of the visor. When I choose to wear the visor, I am choosing to not not wear the visor. You're probably thinking, well duh...
but then, you probably don't know much about truth functional logic. I just feel better saying it that way.

V :: ~~V

The same is true with how we use our time. I like playing video games, and not every video game is inherently evil, just QWOP, although most are pretty time wasting.

In the 7 Habits or Highly Effective People book it talks about using our time wisely by prioritizing so that we do things that are important but not urgent. These are things that if done regularly will improve the quality of our lives. Often we know these things will be beneficial to us, but we choose other activities. When we choose one activity, we are choosing against another.

Life is short. What are our most worthwhile activities? Let's do those! What is most important to you? Let it drive you. :D

I miss my visor, but Batman showed me that in order to get ahead, I needed to uncover mine. I'm grateful that I lost it now, because things have been better for me.

What is one thing that if you did it on a regular basis would greatly improve the quality of your life? Get off Facebook and go make it happen today. Note how you feel after, especially how you feel about yourself for making and keeping a personal promise. Let me know how it goes.  I guarantee you will feel better than that guy. --->

07 July 2012

My Gwen Stacy

When it comes to relationships, it is important that each partner recognizes and appreciates the strengths of the other. Let's look at Gwen Stacy, especially the one plays by Emma Stone. ;D She dated both Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn but ultimately falls in love with Peter Parker because of his intellectual personality. She is a science major and basically a nerd right? Both she and Peter are very intelligent and therefore they could each appreciate the intelligence of the other. In my opinion this makes them an ideal match.

So, my Gwen Stacy. She isn't afraid to dance and sing, she likes making other people happy, and she loves the scriptures. My Gwen Stacy has a passion for life and wants to create memorable moments. She is also super cute. Attractive, yes, but I mean cute like makes me smile.

Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spiderman (2012) made me reevaluate my standards.  Dude, have you seen that movie?  Super cute.  If I had a girl treating me the way that Gwen was treating Peter in that movie, I'd be smiling all the time. :D  Anyway, the movie Gwen was supposed to be seventeen, but I felt like her character was much more mature.  I don't mind that.  How could a girl shuffling her feet like that not make me smile?

If you haven't read the Spiderman comics, then you don't know that Gwen gets thrown off the George Washington Bridge by the Green Goblin.  As she falls, Spiderman webs her, and catches her leg.  Unfortunately, she died from getting whiplashed... lame.  Hopefully that doesn't happen to my Gwen Stacy. :( haha

03 July 2012

My Summer Experience

So, this is definitely one of the hardest things I've done in my entire life. SALES. Let me think of a good acronym for that...


So they mind control people into not wanting pest control. So I'm going door to door everyday and meeting interesting people who may very well be ant zombies for all I know.

This is going to sound really cliche, so get over it... I'm learning new things everyday. I'm learning new things about myself, about the world and about life.

Okay okay okay. Heres what I'm learning. People don't have the skills to be successful in their lives. I read recently The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I've been able to identify how I can do better with my own behaviors and I've been able to recognize better the "bad habits" in others.

One obvious kind of thing is that we take the proactive approach to pest control.  Many people seem to think that this is ridiculous.  They want to wait until they have a problem to call an exterminator.  What is funny is that after they call someone out once, they end up on a contract for a year, and then they just keep it going.  People who are new to pest control get all worked up and freaked out just because they don't know how it works.

The other thing that is sad is that most people's pest control companies aren't doing very much but people are just satisfied, so they aren't motivated to change.

More and more I have felt like I possess the skills to be successful in life and to interact well with others.  Unfortunately I don't quite get this whole selling thing yet... hahaha