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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Influence....Good and Bad

Dig this....The actual definition of the word Influence is: the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others...That could be a powerful word in the positive or negative sense man...We're influenced by somebody, in one way or another, from the day we're born into this world...We're influenced by "mom" to either unconditionally love, trust, and help one another, or to love for personal benefit, distrust, and deceive....We're influenced by "dad" to either work hard, provide, and stand tall and proud for family and country, or to take advantage, provide by support from others, and live carelessly with a lack of pride and ambition....We're influenced by classmates to either play well with others, share, and protect each other, or to overpower others, obtain by force, and disrespect....Teachers influence us by either appreciating knowledge, encouraging positive interaction, and cultivating personal growth, or by closing minds, stifling interaction, and limiting personal growth....


Far out man...Now we're adults...Can you dig it? Although we've had ample opportunity to influence others ourselves during our adolescence and teenage years, now we feel empowered to influence others, especially those with less impressive titles and paychecks....When did this happen? Where, during our first 18 to 20 years of life, were we influenced to believe that those with more money and groovy looking business cards with lengthy titles are better than those with less? I don't mean to say that everyone thinks this way, but I sure see it more now than I ever did....When I speak to young kids now and ask them what they want to do when they grow up, I hear things like; "I want to be like Paris Hilton." or "I want to work for a big company because then I can make lots of money." or "I want to be a rapper so I can drive nice cars." I'm guessing that these influential examples derive from television...


Unfortunately, our very freedoms and choices have diminished over the years because of money and political influence, which are mostly one in the same...We, and I mean "we" as humanity, seem to make very important decisions, both personal and political, based on what's at the top of the Google search list. we're influenced! We'll listen to the crap on expensive television commercials telling us how safe it is to drill for oil within our precious oceans, we're being influenced...Our small business environment is being swallowed by big business, then big business is asking us, the taxpayers, to bail them out of a jam they themselves created....How weird is that man?  Dig this crazy statistic man...For every Super Walmart store built, an average of 80 small local business' and distributors go bankrupt...That's from solid research man....It wasn't Googled! The freaky part is that we have been influenced through high dollar television ads and overpaid politicians to believe that Walmart is a "FUN" place to shop, and big business brings terrific jobs and tax dollars to the community, when in fact, the small business employee that worked for $12.00 an hour but lost his job, now has to work for Super Walmart for $8.00 an hour to try to provide for their family...


Sorry man! I got off on a rant....There is too much influence and not enough common sense, experience based discussions, and old fashioned research (please don't believe the first thing you read or see)...."WE" must put the pressure on the politicians that already make too much dough, and say they represent "US", by calling, writing, texting, faxing, or visiting them to make them listen to our specific thoughts and ideas, show them no mercy....Don't allow all of the influence around us to change what you know is right or wrong....


In my personal fantasy world, there are job positions that don't get paid money...Some of them are; politicians, foster parents, most lawyers, and most spiritual leaders.....


Peace


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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sign Sign Everywhere a Sign.....

I live by Charley Young Beach on the island of Maui. Kaiau Road ends into a small lot for dropping off people and supplies for a beautiful day in the Maui sun. I walk through there mostly every day...This morning I listened to the record Sign Sign Everywhere a Sign by Five Man Electrical Band; yes I still listen to records....I was inspired by the song to look closer at our once more beautiful landscape while walking toward the stairs down to the beach. I counted 15 signs saying “do this don’t do that” within the drop-off area alone! Play the video below to hear the song "Sign"...You'll remember it and love it all over again.....



I like to share real numbers with my readers when researching facts on any topic I chat about...I had a difficult time this time because there were so many inconsistencies throughout states, counties, cities and towns regarding their "sign rules"...I'm not a real fan of excessive rules anyway, but "sign rules" blew me away man! The research I did just helped validate the waste and bureaucracy each of us experience everyday, whether you pay attention to it or not...I have a hunch that if a few changes were made, without jeopardizing safety, and realizing that common sense will typically prevail, if allowed to do so, we could balance budgets and take our beautiful landscapes back...

Here are just a few of my thoughts with alternatives that may help the "sign rule makers", who are usually the "sign rule breakers", save a little bread....Dig this...First and foremost, change the way the sign budget is determined and spent....Too many times, the "sign rule makers" overestimate their sign budget to have extra money for incidentals and unexpected expenditures (I wonder what a sign emergency might be?)....Are you diggin' this bean counter jargon I'm layin' on you? Anyway, if the "sign rule makers" don't spend their overinflated annual budget in time for next years budget, they will buy many and any, sometimes completely unrelated, items they don't need just to justify the budget amount for next year....Maybe the "sign rule makers" should include a specific amount of money in their budget to find money saving efficiencies, for next years budget, that are at least equal to or more than the budget amount spent for finding the savings anyway....This is getting deep man! I hope you can dig what I'm saying even if I'm not saying it right....

Dig this...Do we really need a sign, every five miles or so, that tells us how far we are from the next town? Cut those in half man....Do we really need a sign that tells us how many hotels and restaurants and restrooms and gas stations there are in town? Take them all down man....Do we really need a sign that tells us the specific decline percentage of a hill we're approaching? If it's that informative to truck drivers, let them pay for it...Do we really need a sign to tell us to use the handrails? If you think you might fall, use the handrails....Now, the grand-daddy of them all....BILLBOARDS! Do we REALLY need a 50 foot long sign with a chic showing her bountiful cleavage, telling us to EAT AT JOE'S in just 19 miles ahead....Not only are we trying to see if those monster mams are real, we're trying to read all of the details about JOE'S and how to get there while driving 75 miles per hour with an 80,000 pound truck only 60 inches away....Billboards have become more massive, colorful, electronic, and distracting...Is the risk worth the message? There are a million more examples but I think you get the idea man.....

Now, back to the little beach on Maui...They just added another sign to the drop-off area, telling us not to drink alcoholic beverages on this beach.... Apparently, some of the residents living nearby complained that some of the volleyball players were being noisy and drinking beer...The "sign makers" thought it necessary to act unreasonably on the complaint of a few part-time residents....

Most signs don’t deter, or encourage, people to do what the “sign makers” are wanting them to do; they only take away from the landscape and are very seldom maintained....Most people are good....Good people will play volleyball and have a few beers with good friends....Good people will share some wine while in awe of the slow moving sunset. Some will play loudly with their children screaming joyfully. Common sense tells us these are good things. The “sign makers”, and you know who you are, tend to think that creating rules and signs will stop good people from making poor choices (it won’t)....It only punishes the good people making good choices....Personally, I will continue to enjoy a little wine with my lovely wife, while sitting on my favorite beach enjoying the gifts God has given us no matter what the signs say. I consider myself a good person making good choices....
Tell your local government representatives to reduce the use of so many signs....It will help balance the budget crisis they so carelessly created and help maintain and enhance the pride we all have in our landscape and environment....

Peace

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