America, Life, Motivation, Parenting And Relationships, Religion

Five Percent

 

 

Five Percent

 

I was no more than fifteen when I told my Mother that I Believed that 95% of the People on this Earth was no Good. That was around the time that J.F.K. and M.L.K. left us. They set me Straight on how People are supposed to Live. My Mother’s reply was ” Then it was your endeavor to seek out and find those five Percent”. I still can’t figure out where she got her Wisdom from. At this point in my Life I have surpassed that five Percent. Many times I ask God why did he saved my Life so many times. For instance the time the Garbage Truck was heading to the Dump. Twelve years old on a Mission to Die, I chased it down and jump on the back of it. The Driver saw me and decided to shake me off. He took the Turn wide then cut sharp, I rolled fifteen feet, the near Death Exposure was a Rush, I got up and walked away.






Fifty five years later the only Scar I received I wear it like an Emblem of my Stupidity. He saved my Life to tell that there are Great people out there and they should be Sought out.

In this Life I was always fortunate to have Known some Great People. John Gutfreund was one, I will forever be dropping his Name, he was an Influencer. Regardless of his Stature he was first a Human Being and a Humble Man with Millions. His Money didn’t make him act like he was Special and looked down on anyone, including me. Then there was Mrs P, I met her while living in Pennsylvania. She was a Third Generation Polish Woman who’s Family Members were Diamond Retailers. She Married a Black Man who supported his Family well enough.








They had three Children, two Boys who shadows their Father, the Girl took her Mother’s Complexion, sixty five Percent yet she was considered Black. She knew different she wasn’t White and she wasn’t Black. She was a Human Being, Grateful for Life in any Skin. We were great Friends, Her Husband was fourth Generation Polish American we also were Friends. Nonetheless he had underlying Hate. I have no idea what his problems were, Hitler stomped all over his People. Persecution been around before Jesus, it will never end, that’s just the way Humans are. If you know your History you walk with Pride and Humility. One Day while traveling to the Jobsite with the Boss who was a Die Hard Hater, The Radio was set on The Howard Stern Show.



 

One of his Guests made a Comment that Black People were incapable of taking Care of themselves and maybe they were better off in Slavery. He was an Idiot and whoever listened were the same. They both cracked up with Hilarious laughter they showed their true Colors and their Insensitivity. So you see I have been Fortunate to have Known the Good the Bad and the Ugly Americans. Yet I keep searching for the five Percent. I never let the Mass put a Damper on my search for Cool People who just wanted to get along with each other. Years later I moved to Florida into a Gated Community That had never seen a Black Resident before me. Nevertheless you could not tell by the way they treated me with Fellowship and Respect. Many of us became good Friends we visited each other’s Home and Socialized.






 

This was a Community of five Percenters and proud of it. Today I see People gearing up to start a Civil War, not realizing that we can’t afford to tear it down. It cost Taxpayers Dollars to rebuild  Burnt out Storefronts. Revolutions are never free or Bloodless. Instead we should stand in the place where we Live and treat our Neighbors how we would like to be treated. Division is preached from the Highest Podiums with disregard for Peace and Tranquility. A Great American Statesman once said that Tyrants keep the People Ignorant with Disinformation. That’s how they stay in Power. As the Song goes” Ebony and Ivory living together in perfect Harmony” M.L.K’s Dream. Welcome to the New Order of five Percentages. One cold Winter’s Day that lives in my Heart keeps me Grounded and Focused.








Living in the North I learned to deal with cold Weather. Walking in Downtown Clearwater, surrounded by a Wealth of Scientology Buildings, I noticed an Indignant Woman shivering. I was wearing a Brand New Hoodie, I took it off and gave it to her. She didn’t say a Word but I know that our Hearts touched. A piece of Scripture flashed through my Head, ” I came to you dressed as a Beggar and you turned me away”. Two Days ago twelve at Night I am at the Service Station, a young Man in his twenties asked me for help. I didn’t know his Circumstances so I gave him enough to eat something. The Color of their Skin was of no Relevance, I am not a Sucker, I am my Brother’s Keeper, be he Black Yellow or White. I am so Glad that I never forgot my Flower Children Culture. You can say what you want about Hippies but they had the right Idea, Love the one you’re with. It’s a small World we are living in, you’re not alone, your Children are watching.

 

 

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America, Life, Motivation, Religion

Good Neighbors

 

 

Ever heard the saying ” Needle in a Haystack” well that’s exactly how it is finding People getting along in a Copacetic manner, as in unity, as in Congeniality, as in doing unto others, as in being down to Earth, as in being a Human Being. Or better yet as the Waltons would say being Neighborly. People are so full of themselves as my Mother used to say. She should know, she had a Sister who went out of her way to Drive a Wedge in the Harmony of the Family, with the he say she say Propaganda. She relished people at each other’s Throats, I call that the Jr Euwin Syndrome ( not happy unless the World is on fire) That is just the Hardcore Antagonist whose Soul belongs to Satan.

But what about the so called God-fearing ones who carries Malice in their Hearts as if it were thei’r Family Crest. They Hate you for being Black, for being Muslim, to be Christian,  to be Jewish, to be a Mongolian Priest. They killed St Valentine for not relinquishing his Belief, they Crucified Jesus for not Renouncing that he was The King of Kings, The Messiah and his ability to Heal. When I look back to see how far we’ve come from the Caves to where we are now, the Distance is short. Spirituality is a heavily trampled Rug. Thei’r entire Being is nothing but a Selfie on Social Networks, how do I look, how do you like me now, how am I doing Financially. Am I living next Door to Bill Gates or Bill Bradley.

Even in a Gated Community you are still a bad Neighbor, because you don’t respect your Neighbors rights to live there. In my old Neighborhood in New York a Black Nurse move into a Predominantly White Neighborhood, the Indignation she received for years would be enough for me to abandon the House and run for the Hills. Let’s forget about the Hardcore Haters, what about Family Members who don’t speak to each other, Neighbors who looks over their Fence and not a cordial word of Civility, or Coworkers you have worked with for years who have never said good morning.

My favorite are People in a Relationship, you let them close to you and they Trample on your Heart. I Relish saying what I have to say in two words so there you have it, this is not the way God planned for us to live among each other. Anyway who am I to Thread on the Subject, Cain killed his Brother, that was the first Evil Act and the rest of Mankind ran with the Ball. Buried in Time there are many Struggles, if not Moses would have no need to set his People Free. Thank God I have a Hippie Mentality Peace Love and Understanding, I choose not to live like you. Mr Morgan the most Prominent Attorney in my Area says that when you Live long enough to get to our Age, you have earned the right to speak your Mind.

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Don’t stay with someone who antagonizes you or belittles you.

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If you feel lonely, you’re better off being alone.

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Know when to walk away.

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You can gauge a person’s love for you by how they treat you when they are upset with you.

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Love is a verb, not a noun.

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When a lightbulb goes out, you fix the lightbulb. You don’t get a new house.

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Don’t settle for someone who has zero regard for your feelings or wants just because you’ve been together a long time.

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Just because you love each other does not mean that you’re good together long-term.

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No relationship is perfect and there will be conflict. What matters is the desire to solve the problem.

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Always fight the problem, not the other person. If you keep this in mind when arguing, you’ll be able to actually resolve the issue than be mad at each other.

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Don’t look for a girl you want to treat like a princess, look for a girl you want to treat like a partner.

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Don’t disparage your SO behind their back.

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Confidence isn’t “I know she likes me”, confidence is “I’ll be okay whether she likes me or not.”

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There are a number of people you can be compatible with. No one is perfect. You have to work at love.

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You’re not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.

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Marry the one who gives you the same feeling you get when you see food coming at a restaurant.

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The grass is not greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.

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Stop trying to find the right person and start trying to BE the right person.

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The person who cares least in the relationship has the most control.

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Don’t listen to other people’s comments. Make your own relationship rules.

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It’s better to be happy than to be right.

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Always be the first to genuinely apologize after a fight.

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You can’t expect someone to love you when you can’t love yourself.

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Just because you liked the friend-version of someone doesn’t mean you’ll like the relationship-version of them.

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Before you move in with your partner, go on a road trip with them.

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Don’t be afraid to open up and be vulnerable. Vulnerability can bring you closer together and strengthen the two of you.

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When you and your SO are arguing, remember—it’s you and them VS the problem. Not you VS them.

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Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

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Don’t fall in love with someone’s potential.

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It takes two happy individuals to make a happy relationship.

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If the world didn’t give each other second chances, we would all be single.

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Everyone is searching for the perfect person, but no one is trying to be the perfect person.

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If you love the memories more than the relationship, it’s time to move on.

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Just because a person is right or perfect for you, you may not be the right one for them.

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If it’s broken, fix it. If you’ve lost count of how many times it’s broken, or the cost of repair far outweighs the initial outlay, throw it away and move on.

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Out of all the things needed for a successful relationship, love barely makes the top 5. Honesty, loyalty, trust, and communication all have to be there.

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Always hold hands when talking about the hard stuff. It helps to keep the negative emotions in check & shows you care.

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Be the man or woman you would want your future or current child dating.

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Love is about appreciation, not possession.

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Don’t go to bed angry. Everything will be there and worse in the morning.

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Always seduce your lover, even if you are in a committed relationship. Otherwise, another person will.

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Talk to each other about problems, not friends and family.

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Keep no secrets, tell no lies.

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Sometimes you gotta wise up and let go. Yes, it hurts. But it’ll hurt more in the future.

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Relationships aren’t hard. If it is hard, you are probably with the wrong person.

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Love is not a feeling. Feelings fade, change, respond to situations and events. Love is a choice.

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If it feels wrong at the beginning, it probably won’t get better.

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If you’re keeping score you already lost.

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Love is an action, not a feeling. It’s learned and developed skill, not an experience. Not that the romantic feeling doesn’t exist or isn’t a wonderful part of the relationship, but it doesn’t make it last.

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This article was published in thoughtcatalog.com  & Found on Ask

America, Life, Motivation

R.I.P

That was just a Dream

Wrong is just Wrong

The System Fails us Daily, I should’nt have  the Notion to touch Base with it. People far more qualified have tackled it and failed. However I must observe that Man have been Flawed since the Day Cain rose up out of Jealousy and  Killed. No Matter how near or Far, if you Kill in the absence of self defense, you are Flawed. That’s a nice way of saying you are Abnormal, in a way Handicapped, being unable to Rationalize your Thoughts before you Act. With that said I must tell you about a young Woman I met years ago. She was Vacationing with her Parents at the Resort I worked. Being a People Person I struck up a Conversation with her Parents. When I told them that I Blogged, they asked me to write about Jenny.

I asked them to talk about their Daughter who sat in a Wheelchair in a Degenerative Paulsey condition. While they talked she listened intensely and made poor speech gestures, agreeing and disagreeing. Jenny turned out to be one of the most Fascinating People I have ever met. She proved to me that we are who exactly who or what we choose to be. She was one of the Poster Children that forced Government and Society to create Handicap Accessibility to Public Buildings. Once that was accomplished after a long Uphill Battle, she went on to School and obtained two Degrees In Social Science dealing with People of her Kind. The sad outcome, she never landed a Job in her Field. All everyone saw was her Debilitating Physical appearance, not the Gifted Mind and Resilience. So you see  Prejudice goes beyond Color or Race.

The World's Greatest Daredevil

Sad but nonetheless a true Story of Human Strength. Something that so few posses, the strength to hold Convictions and to be resolute with what you do with your Life. I was given the Conviction to change my Life and I did. It is so easy to Blame, even tho God gave you Convictions to change the things you are able to change, and to accept with Serenity that which you can’t.The Choice to Hate is equivalent to Smoking Cigarettes, it’s a bad choice, you know that it’s bad for your Health, yet you puff away. Well my Friend Hate carry the same weight for your Mental Health, Nonetheless you Puff away on the Cigarette called Hate. Remember the Word Abnormal, unable to constructively rationalize your Thoughts. It’s an absolute Shame that some  Institutions are named after Great Men.

My High School for instance, William Howard Taft. When I attended Taft it was eighty five percent White, ten percent Black and five percent Latino. The latter two came to the Neighborhood for a better Life, a safer Place than the Hood, most of all a better Education. The Neighborhood’s Racial Gentrification was  representative of the School. The Abnormal  Attitude that these People had was that we didn’t belong there.(“This Land is your Land this Land is my Land , this Land was made for you and me”) After School there were Black Bashing, White Bashing and Gay Bashing, welcome to the Bronx 1969. America was on Fire with Hate and the Fire still Burns today. Doctor King Squelched it somewhat but the Embers refuse to be extinguished. The Movie the Bronx Tale said it all.

I have been walking through the Valley of the Shadows of Death for fifty Years. I am not coining Phrases, 1971 I escaped the Shadows of Death by God’s Grace. Years after many Black Men had Sacrificed their Lives so I could walk down an all white Street and wasn’t set upon by Children of Haters who inherited their Parents Hate, or  overzealous Block Watchers or even the Cops, like it happened to me in 1971. This was  Just around the time when J Edgar Hoover ran the FBI like a Luftwaffe. He  waged War on the Black Panther Party killing everything that looked Militant. At that point in time it appeared that Racism was Institutionalized in America. Many Days walking through White Neighborhoods all I could hear in my Head was Arlo Godfry’s song ” this Land is your Land this Land is my Land this Land was made for you and me”.

That Sentiment almost got my Friends and I Killed walking through all White Bensonhurst Brooklyn 1971. It was a beautiful Summer’s Day we were on our way to a Backyard Cookout near Bensonhurst. We got off the Train and  decided to take a shortcut through an all White Block. We weren’t half way through the Block before we were swarmed by Cops with Tactical Gears, the only thing they didn’t have was Rocket Launchers. Five well Dressed Black Kids, the oldest was nineteen. If one of us got nervous and ran or reached for Identification, we  would all be Dead, they all had Shotguns. After we showed ID and explained where we were heading the Trigger Fingers were relaxed, one Cop explained that a Neighbor called and told them that a Black Gang was loitering in the Neighborhood. This is not about the angry Black Man Syndrome, I am way beyond small People with big Hate. I am on a Cloud looking Down on them knowing that I overcame all their Hate and have none of my own. One good thing about Living in America for over fifty years, I have seen one of Dr King’s Dream come true, watching a Rainbow Collation of People marching for George Floyd. Forget about the Looters and Rebel Rousers, they have been around since 1794 yelling Guillotine. Stand Tall America, your time has come to show the World who you are.

Life, Motivation, Safe Driving

Telluride

   

Those of you who follow my Safe Driving Blogs knows that I have covered Millions of Miles Driving. Many of those Miles Driving Commercially and the rest covering Cross Country Road Trips. It is a Phenomenal Accomplishment to have had only two bad Accidents that were not caused by me. One with a Truck with bad Brakes and one by a Nut Driving a Jaguar who cut me off on Ice covered Pavement. Both with no Injuries. One Speeding Ticket in over fifty years of Driving covering millions of Miles is also a Feat. Better yet I have always travelled over the speed limit. How can I do that without collecting Tickets? A Trucker once told me that traffic Cops will not write a ticket until you reach the magic number. If you don’t reach the magic number, it doesn’t cover Administrative Costs and is not worth writing the Ticket.

I am not going to Publish the Magic number, because if I do everyone will be Driving at the same speed as I do, creating Congestion. You have slow Congestion and fast congestion, both are the wrong way to Drive. Vehicles need to be Staggered, that’s how you Drive for fifty years with no Accidents. If you Live Day to Day each Day is a new Learning experience. I was having this same conversation with one of my Coworkers, from observing the way my other Coworkers perform their Jobs on a Daily basis. Over and again I tell him that the Labor Laws stipulates that before you can fire a new Employee, you have to give them ninety Days to learn the Job. My contention is, if you are clueless as to what the Job entails, you should not have taken the Job in the first place.

Furthermore if you are a quick learner, after the first week you should have a firm grip on what you are doing. It should not take ninety Days or three Hundred Days. When I came up with the Notion that I wanted to write Blogs about Safe Driving and having my own Website. I knew that I had the Driving Experience to speak Authoritatively on the Subject. However the the most Words that I have ever formulated were a five Hundred Words Essay in my High School English Literature Classes. Now here I was fifty years later wanting to write Blogs. When my Website Designer notified me that the Site was completed, he told me that I had ten Days to produce ten Blogs. He told me that you can’t Launch a Website with nothing on it.

Before setting Pen to Paper I went to the Library and got two Books on writing Blogs. At the end of ten Days ten Blogs were Posted on my New Website. It didn’t take me ninety Days to learn what Writing Blogs entails. Neither should anything you do in Life, if you apply yourself. Driving shouldn’t be any Different than learning your Job or developing a strong Relationship over a period of time. With that being said let’s move on to the Subject at hand, Driving. I understand that there are many among you who don’t like my Krass Style of talking about the way you Drive. Over the years I have learned that if you speak to People intelligently and they still play the Fool, you treat them as such. Usually I don’t Name the Characters I Write about. However Tom needs to know how I feel about his callous attitude towards Life.

For years I wanted to tell Tom that he was Stupid, when you tell the truth feelings get hurt and sometimes it starts a fight. Nonetheless I must tell you about Tom. I worked with Tom for years on Construction Projects, the only place that Safety is of the utmost concern than Construction Sites is Driving. He practiced safety on neither. I have never met  anyone else like Tom in my Lifetime. This Man was chronic Late for every occasions including Work. We took turn Driving our Cars to work, naturally some Days I am the Passenger. One Day on our way to Work, we were on this strip of Road straight through the Woods of Pennsylvania. The Road was posted 35 MPH, every half a Mile Signs were Posted, “watch for Deers” those Signs meant nothing to Tom.

We were Late as usual so he did 75 MPH the entire Strip. If a Herd of Deers had crossed our Path, I would not be writing this Blog. One Day we were working on a Roof, the Supervisor warned Tom about working Dangerously close to the Edge of the Roof repeatedly. It was as if the Supervisor was talking to a Rock. At Witt’s end the Supervisor told Tom that he was Dumber than a Bunch of Rocks. Labor Laws frowns on how Management talks to Employees. However the Boss was Dead to Right. Those of you who follow my Blog knows that I presently work for a County Justice System. The Building I work in is two Football Field Long. It houses over twenty Courtrooms. The third floor is mostly Traffic Court.

This Building Generates more money than a Wall Street Brokerage House. How so you say? Handing out Fines, sometimes in the Thousands of Dollars. Anywhere from People choosing to pay Fines than doing Jail Time to People caught Driving without Insurance. Yesterday I got off the Elevator on the third floor, there were no less than two Hundred People in the Hallway waiting to part with their hard earned Cash to some heavy Handed Judge. I say to myself ” Dumber than a Bunch of Rocks” remember me telling you about Administrative Costs, multiply three Hundred and fifty Dollars times two Hundred. That is why I never exceed twelve MPH above the speed Limit. I would rather go to the Casino and feed the one arm Bandits, than giving my Money to the Cash Cow of the County.

If you can’t get  Insurance or you can’t afford it, you can not Drive, and you are not supposed to be Driving, not even to the Corner Store. You think you can’t afford it or think you can skirt the Law you are so wrong. What you can’t afford is the Law Suit to recover Damages, while you are sitting in Jail. When you get out of Jail and your old job didn’t wait for you, your new Paychecks are Garnished to the max and there is a Levy on everything you own. That’s as close to Ruin that anyone wants to get. So why is my Home State of Florida Ranked in the top three States for Fatal Hit and Runs. The reason for So many Hit and Runs is that  many People are Driving with no Insurance and bad Licenses. This very week that I am writing this Blog, a Woman hit and Killed a five years old Child. She got out of her Car, looked at the Child’s lifeless Body, got back in her Car and took off. Did I mention Rocks. These are the People I share the Roadways with daily. Hit and Run Fatalities should not be Vehicular Manslaughter, just plain and simple Manslaughter, minimum Jail Time should be twenty five years.

Coming Home last Night prompted this Blog. As usual I like to be out front away from the congestion. At one point I approached three Cars travelling side by side at the same speed of forty five. They continued the Rock-like Mentality for over a Mile. As soon as I got my opening I punched it to sixty in a fifty MPH Zone. I distanced myself by two Miles. Wouldn’t you know it that two of these Lame Brains Raced each other at eighty MPH to catch up to me. One positioned his Car Parallel to mine the other half a carlength behind me. Once the Hazards situation developed I put on my Flasher, yet the Idiot stayed glued to my Bumper, Did I mention Dumber than a Bunch of Rocks. Now you have three Cars exceeding the Speed Limit in close quarters, a Recipe for disaster. That’s how they Drive in my Neck of the Woods Tampa USA. Once you pass them they develop an Attitude, now they have a point  to prove. That they are Dumber than a Bunch of Rocks. I would be a Liar if I said that Tampa Drivers are the Worst in the World. I see Plates down here from every other States including Canada, guess what they are all of the same Mindset, Rocks. That’s why we have an average of at least one Fatality each Week in a thirty Mile Radius. Albert Einstein said it Best ” The true Definition of a Fool is someone doing something the same way continuously, each time looking for different Results”. The way you Drive tells People that you “Ride” not just a Vehicle Operator, not just a Driver, Not just a Motorist. A Rider is pretty much like a Jedi Pilot in a Meteor Storm. No matter what they throw at you, you are ready and on the Cutting Edge.A Rider do does not put themselves in Harms Way, they sit back and watch you Burn yourself out. For instance, I am Driving on a Strip of Road, the Rain turned to Ice. Here I am passing a Junkyard of Cars who Skidded off the Road into the Berms, no less than a Hundred Cars. I made it to clear sailing out of the Ice Storm. What does that say about the Hundred I left behind, what does that say about my Driving, I didn’t have Snow Tires with Cleats. Baby I’m a “Rider”. Driving should be no Different than learning your Job, you shouldn’t need more than ninety Days to know what you are doing. The rest comes with practice. Most smart People practice safe sex, yet these same smart People don’t practice safe Driving. In conclusion, Drive to Live and save Lives, not like a Rock. Like anything else in Life settling for Mediocrity hinders Greatness.

Life, Motivation, Safe Driving

The Other Guy

Roadside Grave

People don’t take my Safe Driving Blogs seriously, you know why? everyone is smitten by Complacency. Everyone is satisfied with their skill level even when it’s poor. Can you imagine a Surgeon or a Pilot with the same mindset. An Alcoholic could be laying on the Ground, yet you can’t tell him that there is a Problem, same with Bad Drivers, they live on a Wing and a Prayer. So the rest of us inherit the job of always looking out for them. I would rather speak on any other subject but It always come back home to safe Driving. The reason for that is I live in Tampa where there is an Epidemic of bad Drivers. The Statestics for three years ago is seven Million reported accidents, Fatalities are astronomical. While thinking about how insignificant life is to these People, my Mind reflected back to  Christmas  Eve 2007. We were working for Maui Corporation, the Company showed their appreciation by giving us a Christmas Party with Raffles, good Food Dancing and Festivities. We were having a good time, then in a flash the party was over, tragedy came by way of a Phone call. One of my Coworkers a young Husband and Father, got the very worst News. His Wife who was on her Way to the Christmas Party to show off the Baby ran off the Road and hit a Tree. The Infant and Mother were Ejected from the Vehicle, she didn’t Survive, the Lord looked out for the Baby. Do you still wonder why I picked such a hard Topic such as Safe Driving to always be Bellowing about. The Bad Accidents that I have seen is enough to scare me straight. What I am trying to do do is Graft my Driving Nightmares into you, So that every time you get behind the wheel you act as I do, Safety first always.

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Every time I get behind the Wheel, two things my Driving Instructor told me resonates in my Mind. Drive like you are the only one out there that knows what you are doing, free your Mind of all distractions including your childlike behaviors. I always check my Mirrors, I listen to the Motor for any sounds other than the Lifters ticking like a Timex, also the very first Squeeking from the Brakes, they gets replaced. When I shift from park the tug should be no more than a tap on the Shoulders, more than that You should have your Brakes and Transmission checked. That is the difference between a Vehicle Operator, a Driver and a Motorist. A Motorist knows the Vehicle’s Limitations. A Trucker will only call you a Driver if you put in long Hours behind the Wheel and Exercise the utmost of safety in handling of the Vehicle.

A Motorist goes one step further, he has respect for his Vehicle and the Lives around him, he operates his Vehicle safely every time he is behind the Wheel, no Deviation. Whether he is going to the Corner Store or Cross Country, Safety is always first and Foremost. August 2019 I used a couple of my Vacation Days to take a Road Trip from Florida to South Carolina. Remember what I said about Complacency, it is Written in the Stone composition of the Median Walls up and down I-95. I saw People who struggled with a fifteen minutes commute out there driving the same way they Drove back and forth to Work, in a mindless Trance doing 100MPH, or better. The Old Adage give them a Yard must have been written for Speed Limits. If it says forty five, sixty is the norm, so what about seventy.

I travel at Trucker’s speed no more than ten to twelve MPH Over the speed limit. Yet inexperienced young Drivers and old Fools were blowing my Doors off like I was standing still. At 100MPH if a Mishap occurs there are few counter measures that can save your Life before you hit that Median Wall, where  Complacency and recklessness lands  you. The same Complacency that you never try to improve since the first Day you Drove without an Instructor in the Passenger Seat. If the DMV Employee who passed you had secretly placed a Dash cam in the Vehicle for twenty four Hours to see how you actually Drove, a Drivers License would never have be issued to you. The only reason he issued one to you is, for that half an Hour he observed you during the Road Test, you exhibited the basic skills necessary for the operation of a Vehicle.

Noticed the word Operation, that makes you a Vehicle Operator, not a Driver. It takes years of safe operation of a Vehicle before you become a Driver and many years of Contentious Safe Driving before you are considered a Motorist. So why does the majority of Operators think that they are Racecar Drivers until they drive themselves smack into that Median, the same one that Complacency never showed them. Or do 120 to catch up to me, then sit in my Blind Spot until I change Lanes unwittingly that you are there, and we both Roll and burst in Flames. I have been Driving for over fifty years and had one Roll over, a Commercial Truck that I intentionally Rolled to save Lives. On my way to Deliver Building Materials to a Construction Jobsite at the top of a ninety Degree hill climb, the Truck made it to the top grudgingly. On the way back down the first time I applied the Brakes I realized that this was going to be a Ride from Hell. The Truck was equipped with Air Brakes that wasn’t working.

As soon as I realized that the Compressor wasn’t working I started pumping the Brakes frantically, to no avail.  I then dug deep into my bag of Skills, first I hit a Medium Sized Tree to slow me down, that didn’t work, I took the Tree from its Roots and kept going. I knew that I had to stop the Truck before I made it to the foot of the Hill where a busy Intersection awaits. I deliberately slammed into the high Dirt Mound to further slow the Vehicle down, it worked. Approaching the Intersection the Brakes had further deteriorated from no Air being supplied to the Tank. My last and only resort from causing Calamities at the Intersection was to crash through a Fence into someone’s Yard and Flip the Truck. It came to a stop on it’s side ten feet from the House, a ten years old Child watched it all from the Window that the Truck was heading for. This is why I write Blogs about safe Driving, to let you know that even Dale Earnhardt can run into situations behind the Wheel That can and will take your Life. Knowing that, why would I ever in fifty years of Driving in all kinds of Weather treat my Driving Skills with Complacency. Every time I get behind the Wheel is a new opportunity to sharpen my Driving Skills and not to act like an eighteen years old spoiled rotten Kid. If there is only one thing that I have Learned in sixty seven years of living is, with Complacency there is no Motivation to Excel.

Two years out of High School my second Job was working in the Mailroom of US Plywood Corporate Office. Back then USP was a Major Conglomerate, it was one of those Companies where you could start in the Mailroom and work your way to the Top. It was there that I met Charlie, he left an Impression on me for the rest of my Life. He stayed in the same Job in the Mailroom for twenty five years, that’s Complacency. To be that way with Driving not wanting to be good enough to save Lives is Negligent. Knowing that your Number one Objective when Driving is to always be looking out for the other Guy. Not you becoming the Other Guy. About a Month ago on the Main Strip to my House I noticed about ten Police Vehicles, also First Responders including the Ambulance that was in no Hurry to depart. I Video Recorded the Scene, it Captured an Adult Tricycle totally Mangled, in a 45 MPH Zone. Six months Earlier fifty feet further a Woman was ran over And Killed. Like Pac said can you see me now, that’s not what Driving is about, showing me that you are Chic burning up the Blacktop. My Car does 170 easy, two weeks ago I ran the Engine up to 89 MPH going over one of Florida’s long Bridges for the first time in four years of Ownership. Using the same Bridge to go Home Eleven at Night 100 is done every other fifty Cars, at least one an Hour, I call them Bridge Jumpers, if a Tire blows while he is passing me, my Wife gets the Phone call. Now you see me now you don’t, that is the childlike mentality I deal with daily, oftentimes the outcomes are Catastrophic. This is why you need to be good out there, being able to save Lives, even yours. Always watching out for the Other Guy, don’t become the Other Guy.