This should be posted in every workplace and school

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent ‘s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Are your bulbs coming up?

I just noticed this morning as I was leaving for work that my crocus are up and blooming. My daffodils are up about 4 inches too.  I thought that stupid groundhog said we were going to have 6 more weeks of winter. I think he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Maybe they will have 6 more weeks of winter in Pennsylvania but it sure doesn’t feel or look like it here. I hope we have seen the last of the really cold weather personally.

Guitar strings

When Ella told me that she needed to go into town to buy some more guitar strings for Eric, I suggested that she check out musician friends website and see if she could buy them online. Sometimes you can find a good price on things like that online, and even after you figure in shipping costs, it sometimes ends up costing you less money buying them online because of the time and expense of driving into town. Gasoline prices may be going down, but when you have to drive an hour to get to the store, it may make more sense to stay home and have things shipped to you.

Glad the holidays are totally over

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years all run into one long holiday around out house. That makes for over a month worth of a holiday. I’m always so happy to see New Years Day so I can get my house back to being just my house instead of a holiday house. I finally got everything put away for next year yesterday. It took about 3 days of walking around finding all of the stuff that comes out for the holidays so I could pack them away for next year.

I have got to come up with a better form of decorating for the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Christmas Tree with all of the lights and memorable ornaments but I hate putting it up and taking it down. I don’t do live or real trees anymore. It just didn’t seem right to me one year to kill a tree to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Oh well, that’s just me. Maybe next year I’ll scale back just a bit.

Whew am I glad Christmas is over

Tired Santa (free clip art)

Tired Santa (free clip art)

I do love Christmas but I’m so glad when it’s all over and I can just sit back and relax for a day or two. It’s rush here and go there and wrap this and ‘Oh no, I forgot that!’

I don’t care what I forgot to buy for who, I will not go out shopping the last week before Christmas. I hate the way they commercialize Christmas. That’s not what it should be. It should be a time to celebrate with family and loved ones. It’s supposed to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus. Not a celebration to the gift god.

It’s amazing how many people don’t realize that Santa Clause represents the Three Wise Men bringing their gifts to the Baby Jesus at night so as not to bring trouble to him. That’s how Santa Clause came about and what he stands for. Christmas is a celebration of children but we need to all make sure that even the youngest child knows what we are celebrating and why.

Sure they are the center of Christmas but the true center of Christmas is Jesus Christ. No I’m not a religious fanatic but I do know that there is something or someone greater than I am.