“The thing about the absolute truth is, it’s not pretty, and not everyone is interested in it. But it’s still the truth.” – Mike Skinner
On Saturday I finished up a streak of 100 days of mindfulness meditation. Thank you, I’m impressed too. It’s rare I do anything for 100 days straight, except maybe eat. But even that I forget about some days. As it is, my history with meditation has been long and full of failure.
I bought my first book
There isn’t a whole lot of help on a niche topic such as this, except maybe from an immigration attorney or from message boards full of people complaining. I’d rather not waste money on something I can surely figure out on my own (or by consulting friends who have gone through similar challenges). And I prefer not to read the whining on message boards since I have enough whining to do on my own.
As a US citizen not currently living in the US the process of marrying a non-US
This question was posed on Reddit recently and the responses are … interesting.
I wanted to go through the popular comments (those with 1,000+ upvotes) and offer up why or how some of these luxuries are obtainable without being rich.
But first, my answer.
I don’t fantasize about “obvious” luxuries anymore. Maybe that’s because there was a time when I did and when I finally got those luxuries it wasn’t luxurious. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t “rich.” I just had
If you’ve known me for any length of time you know I have no tolerance for quackery and lies. But my biggest problem with homeopathy, astrology, reiki, psychics, “healers,” et al. is not the lies and thievery. My problem isn’t even that a lot of these beliefs can actively cause you and your loved ones harm.
My problem is that smart people waste their time debunking the quackery, thereby taking time away from doing work that could further society. We know data doesn’t often w
There was a time I was afraid of flying RyanAir. I’d heard so many bad stories about being charged ridiculous fees for extra weight or having to check a bag for some reason that I’d been turned off by them.
Then last year, after I’d been in Europe for over 2 years, I actually tried them out myself. 1) Because they were over 50% cheaper than the nearest competitor for the flight I needed. and 2) Because I started reading about their CEO, Michael O’Leary. He is a marketing mastermi
Since OKtiny.com has nearly 4,000 e-mail subscribers (more than this site has) I’ll probably be writing over there nowadays and will use this site for identity type posts. Maybe. We’ll see.
Anyway, first up, The Beginner’s Guide To Minimalism (Part 1). I’ll be posting my updated light packing list there next week (live from Athens, Greece!).
I currently have 98 drafts in my WordPress. Plus a few dozen scattered across Google Docs and things like Write or Die (I rarely use this, but it’s fun about once a year). The reason for so many drafts is that I write a lot, but most of it is of absolutely no value to anybody else. What one might call a brain dump. I feel like this is one of those pieces, but I’ll share it anyway — with a bit of editing — because it’s possible someone who reads this can relate.
I’m almost fearful of sharing this because I know how easy it is to relapse. But if you’re addicted to e-mail maybe this will help you.
I don’t know that this qualifies on the level of drug and alcohol dependencies. Maybe there is research out there that shows e-mail and technology addiction is similar to drug addiction, but that validation is not necessary for what I’m writing about.
You can define e-mail addiction however you want. If you’re simply unhappy wit
I mostly use my “before going to sleep” and “eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner” times to listen to podcasts. I think one of the good aspects of owning a car or having a commute to work is one has dead time that can be used productively. I don’t have that. And before I made this list I didn’t think I listened to a lot of podcasts. I was wrong. There are two handfuls that I find consistently interesting and then a bunch more that I listen to in varying degrees of regularity.
My friend Neil and I just hosted the first 48 Hour eBook Challenge so, in this case, a better question is, “could you write an eBook in 48 hours?”
Sometime last year self-publishing superstar JA Konrath posted an 8 Hour eBook Challenge on his blog. While I knew it would be possible for me to write and publish something in 8 hours, I didn’t participate for a myriad reasons, but the idea stayed top of mind. Maybe because I love doing work sprints, which are incredibly tax
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In my current quest of living on impulse I happened to be in Charlotte. I saw signs for Carowinds and … well … I couldn’t resist. It had been almost 2 months since I last rode a roller coaster. Since Carowinds is a Cedar Fair park and I have a Platinum Pass, it wouldn’t cost me a penny (free parking!) to go to the park. So I did. :)
Mostly I just wanted to ride The Intimidator, which is a great steel coaster. There was a single rider line so I barely had to wait!
I’m calling it. I’m not sure what my next excursion is going to be (although I’m strongly leaning towards moving to Nashville for a couple months), but I’m not going on any more coasters for a while. Maybe never. As I’ve said a thousand times before I’m not a coaster enthusiast. This was simply something fun to do. I actually hadn’t been on a roller coaster for a good 4 or 5 years before beginning the tour. It’s not worth the risk to continue.
If you want to know the economics behind
I’m not well.
I severely downplayed what happened at Six Flags Over Texas due to ego and not wanting to scare my family/friends who read this site.
Driving from Arlington, TX to Hot Springs, AR a few days ago took me ~8 hours when it’s only a 4-5 hour drive. I had to stop regularly and felt like I was going to vomit most of the trip. I didn’t want to eat anything because everything made me feel sick to my stomach. It wasn’t until yesterday that that feeling went away. If you’v
Blacking out might be going too far although my vision did go near black / really blurry 3 times. It was really hot today at over 100F/38C. As many people who know me know, I absolutely love heat. Unfortunately, I haven’t been in this kind of heat for a long time and I just wasn’t ready for it.
I got to Six Flags Over Texas just after park opening and immediately went to try to acquire front of line passes. I was meeting Shannon & her family (4 total people) so I wasn’t sure I’d b
I got to Sea World about 15 minutes before it opened and it looked packed. There were people everywhere and even the will call line had about 10 people in front of me. Whoa! But don’t worry, I cut that whole entrance line you see in the photo above. I don’t have a kid or a purse or a bag. Nobody said a thing. ;) (Confidence, my friends.)
I picked up my ticket and Quick Queue pass at Will Call and headed in. Oh, first let me say how nice they were about giving me a ticket and Quick Que
Last month I wrote a quick message on my Posterous about how I’d increase Six Flags’ revenue $1 million within 12 months. That has nothing to do with anything here except that I’m thinking about fleshing out what I wrote there and posting it here on RollerCoasterTour.com. Now I actually think what I’d implement would easily increase profits (not just revenue) $10+ million within 12 months. I didn’t realize their revenue was in the $1 billion range. There’s a lot to work with there! ;)
This morning on the way to Elitch Gardens Kristin said “I’m a little nervous.” My response was “yeah, I get nervous too.” Little did we know what we were in for. :)
We met Jimmy, who would show us around the park, at the front gates and got right to it.
We started out easily enough at the Mind Eraser. It’s a “feet dangling in the air” thrill ride with some good twists and turns. (As you might know, I love the feet dangling in the air rides.)
Then we started walking tow
I just got back from Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver, CO. The “adult” rides don’t open until around 7pm so I headed there around 8 when the sun was setting.
There was only one coaster on my list today, the Cyclone. It’s a classic wooden coaster that has been around since 1940. I paid my $2.50 admission, bought an unlimited ride wristband for $11.25, and headed for the line. Although my back is still tender I figured I’d go on Cyclone a couple times and maybe a few other rides. (Can
I’m just kidding. Don’t get mad at me.
After the park today I actually went on an unexpected tour of the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City conducted by two very nice girls. They were exceptionally friendly even after finding out about my own non-beliefs and I respect that. Too bad I didn’t get to hear the 11,000+ pipe organ! Or the 7,000+ pipe organ. :(
Anyway … I went to Lagoon with Darren, the Bicycle Touring Pro. (We also went on two ~15 mile bike rides around Park City the p