November 3

Look for the * for today’s advice.

BE A PRAGMATIST DAY

MIND

Dennis Miller 1953

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https://twitter.com/DennisDMZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Q: In a sense, does your career mirror Winston Churchill’s notion that if you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no brain?
A: That’s exactly the process I’ve gone through. I’m 53, and I’m a pragmatist. We watched punks blow up our buildings and, what, I’m now supposed to sit around and think about how we wronged the punks? Things get cut and dried as you get older. And what about the people who never, ever change the way they think about things? Those are the people I slide away from at cocktail parties.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/4/17/324208/-

https://www.podcastone.com/the-dennis-miller-option

Letting go of stubborn principles

“The attitude [of pragmatism] is looking away from first things, principles, “categories,” supposed necessities and looking towards last things, fruits, consequences, facts.”

https://www.theemotionmachine.com/the-pragmatic-thinker-keeping-our-beliefs-grounded-in-what-matters/

*Be a pragmatist like Dennis Miller. Don’t be a person that never changes the way that they think about things. I’m not telling you to become a conservative Republican, but let go of stubborn principles.

BODY

Kendall Jenner 1995

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https://twitter.com/KendallJenner?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

“If I’m traveling or don’t feel like leaving my house, these are all the moves I try to get in — in just 11 minutes!”

http://people.com/bodies/kendall-jenner-11-minute-workout/

*Do this Kendall Jenner workout in just 11 minutes. Your dad will be proud of you.

SOUL

Colin Kaepernick 1987

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https://kaepernick7.com/

“If they take football away . . . I know that I stood for what is right,”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/the-making-of-colin-kaepernick/2017/09/07/d4d58e20-9320-11e7-8754-d478688d23b4_story.html

https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/?ref=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.google.com%252F

https://www.vox.com/2018/9/24/17895704/nike-colin-kaepernick-boycott-6-billion

*Stand (or kneel) for something that you know is right, even if it means sacrificing everything. People are destroying their Nike gear in protest of a commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick who became infamous for taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality. This would lead a lot of people to Adidas. Our next birthday will teach you that the founders of Adidas were part of the Nazi party.

MONEY

Adolf Dassler 1900

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https://www.adidas.com/us

Although the brothers joined the Nazi party when Hitler seized power in 1933, it didn’t stop them from getting legendary African-American track star Jesse Owens to wear their shoes as he competed and won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics.

http://fortune.com/2013/03/22/the-hatred-and-bitterness-behind-two-of-the-worlds-most-popular-brands/

*So, who should we praise here? The Dassler brothers for ignoring the Aryan race stuff to make more money? Jesse Owens for ignoring the Nazi stuff to get free shoes? Both? Neither?

ENTERTAINMENT

Gabe Newell 1962 – play Half-Life online

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https://www.forbes.com/profile/gabe-newell/#7b15ac047da0

Named Game of the Year by over 50 publications, Valve’s debut title blends action and adventure with award-winning technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where players must think to survive. Also includes an exciting multiplayer mode that allows you to play against friends and enemies

https://store.steampowered.com/app/70/HalfLife/

http://store.steampowered.com/app/407420/Gabe_Newell_Simulator_20/

*Before there was Fortnite, there was Half-Life. If nothing else, your kids might want to join in on this one and help you.

FOOD

Roseanne 1952 – loose meat sandwiches

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https://twitter.com/search?q=roseanne+barr&ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Esearch

http://www.grouprecipes.com/106260/roseanne-barrs-loose-meat-sandwich.html

https://www.amazon.com/Roseanne-Complete-Barr/dp/B00BUWD7E8

ABC canceled “Roseanne” and fired Barr hours after she sent a tweet that was perceived as racist. In the tweet, Barr said former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett looked like a mixture between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/abc-executives-worried-firing-roseanne-barr-was-knee-jerk-reaction

*Enjoy these Roseanne loose meat sandwiches. Invite some friends over – all of different political affiliations, and talk about Dennis Miller, Colin Kaepernick, Nazi Adi Dassler, and Roseanne Barr all sharing a birthday today.

SNUB – Charles Bronson

Review –

  • Let go of stubborn principles
  • 11-minute workout
  • Stand or kneel for something you believe in
  • Make money that aligns with your values
  • Play Half-Life
  • Make loose meat sandwiches

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Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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