- Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
- Give honest and sincere appreciation.
- Arouse in the other person an eager want.
How to Win Friends and Influence People should be required reading.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It really changed the way I handled myself in difficult situations.
A friend at work and I were curious as to how many schools in the Big XII listed the conference football championship game on the schedule on their official website. Since it was 4:00 and we had nothing better to do, we checked. As it turns out, only four teams list it (Nebraska, Missouri, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma). I don’t know what this says about their football programs or athletic departments, but it is worth noting that the combined winning percentage this year of those four schools is 0.625 (15-9) whereas the remaining eight are noticeably better at 0.729 (35-13). Also worth mentioning is that I had way too much time on my hands this afternoon.
On a recent roadtrip to Nebraska and back, I heard My Own Worst Enemy by Lit not once, not twice, but thrice. On three different radio stations. That is approximately once every 2 hours. There must be some sort of wormhole to the year 1999 along Interstate 29. This was also around the same time I heard Story of a Girl every freaking time I walked into a grocery store/gas station/restaurant that was playing music over their soundsystem, and I heard Teenage Dirtbag for the first AND second time since 2001 in the course of a week.
It was like I was listening to my WinAmp circa the summer before my senior year in high school for a month.
In case you are still trying to wrap your head around how much $700 billion is.
· He won a surprising Presidential Election with less than 50% of the popular vote.
· His domestic policy was considered mostly ineffective as he presided over a weak economy, widespread inflation, and job losses.
· Lead U.S. forces into a conflict that was subsequently charged as being hastily deployed and under-equipped.
· Was openly criticized by military leaders and many politicians, some of whom called for his impeachment.
· He was considered less than qualified to be President by many—including himself.
· His appointments to the Supreme Court were controversial and deemed “inexcusable” by critics.
· He led during one of the most trying times in United States history.
· At one time was very popular, yet left office with one of the worst public approval ratings ever.
· He is now considered to be one of the best Presidents of all-time.
The answer might surprise you.
I’m going to be meeting and greeting Mr. Robert Matthew Van Winkle (AKA Vanilla Fucking Ice).
P.S. Sweet website, Vanilla.
The first two songs they teach you at frat boy guitar class are Wonderwall and Crash Into Me.