Mar 26, 2017

Beggin' For Your Cash!

So, I'm driving down the street & I come to a stoplight, so I stop (naturally, it's red). What greets me at the corner you might ask? A bum. Well, I say bum for effect, it is a person just like me, only he is wanting a handout. "Veteran needs your help" his sign reads. Sad. Or is it? You see it might be a sad tale of a homeless vet in which case I would love to help him. Or this could be a con man, preying on the generosity of others. How do you know the difference? What do you do?

i don't have a solid answer for that. A lot of people will give him money, but most will just ignore him. That says a couple of things about humanity.

One, we are generous to those less fortunate. We feel empathetic & genuinely want to help out when we can.

Two, we are apathetic & don't want to be bothered with the problems of others.

Three, we are gullible & will fall for a good con when it hits us.

Now this scenario has moved from the streets to the screen. Much like other aspects of our lives begging for your cash has gone digital. And in a big way.

"My son & daughter are getting married & I can't afford the Gucci dress she has fallen in love with. Please help us raise the $4,000 to get her dress & make her wedding a reality". Give me a break. Everyone has their hand out, not just the people with sick kids. Now I have no problem for people trying to get money for something serious, like paying for Chemo for a loved one or the like. Insurance only goes so far & in those cases I think crowdfunding is great. I would love to see a real problem helped out by more fortunate people, that would be an awesome thing. But there are too many frivolous things being asked for. I want a new ChromeBook, but I don't feel the need to beg you for it.

I've lost my train of thought here. What I'm trying to say is; help out people if you can, that is just the proper thing to do. If you get scammed, oh well, at least you tried to do the right thing & that's good. But, for the love of corn, don't give money to people who want stupid crap. We have had enough of that already.

Mar 11, 2017

Strange & Mysterious Dreams

Have you ever had a dream that seemed very real? What about one that seemed to come true later on? Are you plagued by night terrors or re-occurring dreams? What does it all mean? Probably nothing, but Here are my thoughts & experiences. 

One particular dream I remember was my fiancee putting clothes from the closet into a suitcase. She left me a short while later. I didn't realize the significance until after she was gone. GOOD RIDDANCE! I have had many "premonition" dreams during my early life, but none since I was in my thirties or so. My grandmother had them all of her life. Could be coincidences or premonitions, definitely interesting though.

I had an "alien abduction" dream that seemed so real it was horrifying. Turns out those type of dreams are a side effect of a phenomenon called "sleep paralysis". This is brought about by the brain releasing chemicals to paralyze you so you don't thrash about while dreaming & beat yourself up. So, I'm not an abductee, although I did see a UFO once.

When I was younger I had many recurring nightmares about a horrible monster chasing me. I would wake up terrified & it caused me many sleep problems. Then one night, when I was a teen, I stopped in the middle of a chase & confronted my "monster". This was the 1st time I had seen him. It was a swirling mass of black mist, roughly the size of a man. I held my hand up & screamed "STOP" I don't remember the exact words, but I basically told him to leave me alone. I never saw him again until a few years ago. Now he tries to scare me & then we laugh & talk about stuff. I see him once or twice a month. Crazy right?

I have no real advice for you, as usual, but I want to tell you not to worry. Whatever dreams you have know that:

  1. they basically don't mean anything at all
  2. premonitions are probably just coincidence
  3. they are your dreams, take control of them
  4. don't be afraid of sleep paralysis
  5. don't read too much into them(sometimes a cigar is just a cigar) 

I recommend keeping a folder by your be & keeping track of ALL of your dreams, even if they don't seem important, it could be helpful & interesting later on.

Mar 5, 2017

Survive a Garrote Attack

The garrote is a simple weapon, but has some drawbacks & is fairly easy to counter if you keep a cool head.

A big problem with being a victim of the garrote is your assassin is behind you. Most people would panic, but it is fairly easy to escape. If you are near a wall, slam your attacker against it hard, this will knock some wind out of them. then kick back with one of your feet right in the groin, causing him to loosen his grip. Now grab the garrote wire & turn the tables. Also, never turn your back on a suspicions foe in the first place.

With this helpful tip you should avoid one of the Ninja's most terrifying weapon.