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Below are the 11 most recent journal entries recorded in Life, The Universe and LJ's LiveJournal:

Saturday, July 15th, 2006
10:32 am
Wise words from our health and fitness expert, Gail Martin.

Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can
prolong life; is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and
that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out
eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's
like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster.
Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does
a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is
nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to!
your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field
grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your
recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of
grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one,etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating
in a regular exercise program?

A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy
is: No Pain...Good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! ... Foods are fried these
days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could
getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little
soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it
gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another
vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain
whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions
you may have had about food and diets.
And remember:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO
HOO, What a Ride!!!"
Sunday, February 26th, 2006
10:24 pm


It can buy a house

But not a home

It can buy a clock

But not time

It can buy you a position

But not respect

It can buy you a bed

But not sleep

It can buy you a book

But not knowledge

It can buy you medicine

But not health

It can buy you blood

But not life

So you see money isn't everything

And it often causes pain and suffering

I tell you this because I am your friend

And as your friend I want to

Take away your pain and suffering!!


Send me all your money

And I will suffer for you!

Cash only please.
Thursday, October 13th, 2005
7:48 am
gacked from Erimo
The Five Remembrances

I am of the nature to grow old.
There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health.
There is no way to escape ill health.

I am of the nature to die.
There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
My actions are the ground upon which I stand.
Thursday, October 6th, 2005
12:28 pm
I'd hate to see this place go kaput! It was very inspiring.......
Below are some quotes about autumn. Hope you all enjoy them. I did. Oh, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! see quotes hereCollapse )
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
9:17 am
An empty stable...
There was once a peasant who lived in a small village. his wife had died many years back, and he had an only son who helped him on his small farm, a strong, healthy lad of 19 called Jan. he also had a magnificent white stallion, that everyone admired. Read more...Collapse )
Although the story may not 'true', it doe show that life is like that.
Someone was interviewed on TV recently, a psychologist who had been involved in helping people who had been held hostage. he said that the experience of being held at gunpoint, with their lives in danger, did affect people, " Nobody is ever the same afterwards" he explained, "but people can often gain from that experience and transform it into something positive".
It all depends on how we look at it when it happens, it seems...
Monday, August 22nd, 2005
1:08 am
The Peter Principle
Many years ago, a management consultant coined what he called "The Peter Principle", the idea was that people get promoteduntil they reach the limits of competance nd then get promoted again!

Supposing a chap makes a good mechanic. he has real skill in fixing things, and is better than most. someone is bound to put him in charge. Now fixing things is not the big issue, it may be that some things are best thrown out, but he will take the most hopeless case and stay at it, becuase he sees it as a challenge. however, economically, it may be a beter idea to write it of and buy a new one.

And so it goes that not everyone is capable of doing their boss's job. However, in society these days , promotion is seen as a reward. People do not want a job - they want a career. True, some may have what it takes to reach the top, but that is not everyone.

We need to focus on seeing success as a job well done, not as an important post filled , but filled poorly.of course, it would help if the money went with it, and it is very likely that we need to re-evaluate how we as a society see things. At present, a band like the Spice Girls can , and do earn far more than a group of nurses, or even brain surgeons. I sense that something is wrong with any system that throws up a result like that.

Yet, for all the money that film stars and singers seem to get, it does seem that happiness eludes them. It seems to me that we need to focus more on what we are, rather than what we have got, in order to achieve lasting happiness.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
9:34 am
Soaring with eagles.
I tecently posted some pics in my Lj, showing me holding an eagle on my fist.
yeah, both my wife and I are into falconry somewhat. We have done a course in falconry and although we do not own any birds ourselves, we enjoy flying them whenever possible.

The thing about a raptor is that is is free. It only comes back because you feed it. If it does not like you, it has its own wings and talons and it doesn't need you to catch it dinner. I would never mistreat a dog, but the fact is that they are pack animals and will tolerate a level of abuse that a raptor won't.

Someone once said that -
dogs look up to us, cats look down on us, but pigs look us in the eye as equals.
There may be some truth in that :)

One falconer, though, was being serious when they said "keeping a falcon is something that liberates you. it makes you one with the bird, a noble creature that uplifts and inspires the human spirit."

The friends we make define us. A lot of men hang out together with their mates, but the freindship is based on scoring and the relationship is a constant comparison about who has got the best car, the best job, the best girlfriend, even.

A lot of groups function by confirming and reinforcing the groups members prejudices and attitudes.
Such a group does not like to challenge itself, or offer any change or growth to it's membership.
A very devout person once said to me that their Church was definitly "the One True Way", and like none other. I asked him how many other churches he had been to, and how involved he had been there.
It turned out that he was once involved in a mainstream church and didn't like it. So, on the basis of two soundings, he wrote off all other groups apart from his own. As Bob Dylan said "Don't criticise what you don't understand".

Some people have hit the headlines briefly because they won millions on the lottery or the pools.
it is interesting to see what they do with their wealth. For many, the money brings problems they did not envisage. It is character, not wealth, that improves someone's life, it seems.

The crowd you hang out with will all have goals and values, attitudes and opinions that they want to share with you. You will pick up their habits and maybe their acccent if you hang out with them long enough. So remember - if you want to soar with the eagles, you can't afford to flap with the turkeys.
Friday, August 12th, 2005
7:33 am
Life's Ultimate Secret.
"In a world like ours, what use are things like music, literature or painting? Surely we should focus on feeding and clothing ourselves?"

" Basically, you have to remember that the customer is like one of Pavlov's dogs. If you push the right buttons, you get a sale out of them. Success is about learning to find and push those buttons."

" Work is for mugs. You want to make big money, easily? Forget about studying for a PhD - be a crack dealer."

Maybe you have heard these sentiments before. I certainly have. And there are those who can point to experience and example to back up the claims that this is true. It has to be said though, that I reject all these claims - for the following reasons...

When I was a lot younger, having spent a few years working on the shop floor, I eventually landed a job as a management trainee with a big American firm. the course involved the practical side of the business, done in the restaurant, and a good deal of theory, done in class at their HQ in Kenton, London.

It was there that I learned about Life's Ultimate Secret, and that is what I have decided to share here today.

Suppose we draw a line on a sheet of paper _________________
We can use this to represent our Physical Needs. Air, food, water, clothing , shelter, that kinda stuff. Yet are people generally satisfied with such? No , because people who have these things try to secure a permanent supply thereof. In our culture, money gets you most of this stuff, but most people aim for a regular job, a place they can own. What we might term 'Long term security'.
And so we get two lines.
__________________________ Security needs
______________________________________________ Physical needs

And if people acheive this, there is still a need for relationships. there is a 'need to belong', to be part of a group. people who have material needs totally met find that they have Social Needs, and that adds another line
________ Social Needs
________________ Security Needs
__________________________ Physical Needs.
So are we there now? Is our life complete, and are we happy? Well, no. As we get to this level, we suddenly find that, at first, it's about 'fitting in'. We want to be welcomed and accepted by the group as a whole, but eventually, we begin to feel that this is not enough.
We want the biggie - we want the ultimate that life can offer we want *roll on the drums - cue TV Game show voice over* ... Acceptance on our own terms. Yes folks, it's not about owning a beach hut in Malibu, or your own sixty metre superyacht, its about self expression and being able to find acceptance of yourself in your own peer group. You might pick up the odd superyacht along the way though, or even spend some time in Malibu, though - who knows....

Its about finding, and being, the person that *you* really are.
Maybe you really *are* a badass punk and a 'most wanted' crack dealer, or a two faced, weasel eyed salesperson who is so crooked that you can sleep on a cork screw, or even a genuinely talented concert pianist of rare and outstanding ability. But if you are not allowed to do wat you do, and be the things you most are, you never achieve that happiness that comes with the acknowledgement of your peers...Most of us are not any of that, but who are we? Who are you?

That is it folks. You can pack up, go home and stop reading LJ. Lifes ultimate secret is
Find out who you are, develop your full potential and express it.

So, who am I? Who are you? How do we find that out? We now know *about* the secret, but have not actually found it. We will never know that until we find our true selves.

This is where the idea of this group first came from. Like Frodo Baggins, I am determined that I will seek my destiny, the ultimate quest, though I do not know the way. Like him, I am hoping that others will join me, and that we shall journey together. They will not call us the 'Fellowship of the Ring' or such, and no - I don't want a tattoo in elvish - for one thing, I hope that we become more than nine! They can still cue the heroic music, though!
Thursday, August 11th, 2005
7:31 am
Survival or contribution?
Good Morning!!! * beams brightly and gives whole world a hug*
I am of to work shortly, and when I get there, I go in whistling thru' the gate, smiling ateveryone and then throw myselg enthusiastically into whatever needs doing. Doesn't it just make you sick? I mean , what is that Minto Grubb on< and isn't it illegal?

Actually, Minto has a secret. let me stop talking in the 3rd person and explain , before the mood police come and get me.

We have all got a choice. We can face life looking to make it through or to make a contribution.

If you look to make it through, you might just survive. You do the minimum and withdraw into yourself. Sure , you can do that. Let some other sucker rush their ass off while you sit backa nd take it easy. i mean, they say that God loves those who are cheerful, humble and hard workers, but you have noticed that God made sloths, leeches and peacocks, right? So, if animals can gat by on pride and laziness, maybe God has some explaining to do.

So lets examine the two ways to approach life, huh? Suppose I were to do nothing , but get the most I can for the least amount of work. life is not geared to work that way. Everything in nature, from my immune system to the IRS, is geared towards shaking off parasites and achieving optimum efficiency. it is hard work dodging the column. sure, I can do it, and many do, but life is on your case, so you better make the effortif you are gonna be lazy.

Now suppose we take a look at the Minto method. I mean, look at that sucker, always volunteers for this and that; does a job so well, you would think he enjoyed it. Well, the fact is, he does put himself out, and the day just flies by.rather than trying to withdraw and demand mor pay for less work, Minto is always coming up with ideas to improve things. Some of them get implimented, but he does not get paid for this , so why bother? well, is Minto's job secure? I mean, if there are cut backs , Minto would be the last to go, and even if the firm does go bust, Minto has learned a lot about his business and can take skills he has learned elsewhere. at present, he works a different shift to everyone else, and is allowed to concentrate on doing what he really enjoys. the boss is on his side, not on his case, because he can justify his own place in the team over and over.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Go into the day with an attitude of wanting to learn something , and you will make discoveries, go into work in order to contribute, and Life will reward you.

Do you come from Contribution or Survival in your dealings with Life? Life blesses our contibutions, but those who 'just get by', will just get by - whether at school, or work.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
8:09 am
Owning the issues and managing change
A big problem for many people these days is that

a)life is very complicated and
b) too much is happening
so that
c)it's hard to keep up and stay on top of things.

So I think we should start by disscussing ways of coping with this. For some, the answer is to retreat into a fantasy world where they become passive spectators of what goes on, and nothing happens here that is challenging in any way. Read more...Collapse )
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
7:22 pm
Welcome to Life on Earth!

The first question, the one that sparked this community, was how come I have got such a large and interesting f/list and such a wonderful layout.

The layout bit was easy - I just asked Lila Grubb. If there is anything specific you want to know, I will ask her for you.

But, when it comes to friends lists, I'm your man. To get a good f/list, you need to be like a good gardener - give it lots of spadework and lots of time.

I find the thing to do is to join communities that share your interests and make friends with those on the same wavelength. Sometimes, agree to differ. A friend is someone you can respect, even when you disagree with them, not someone who always agrees with you no matter what you do or say.

I have only ever removed people from my f/list if they were rude and insulting to someone else, and I always insist that if someone says that they know different, that they should show me. You would be surprised how much i have learned from being on LJ! Compared to being at school, it is much more informative!!

Good communities to hang out in are to be found by making a list of interests and checking out those that share these. Slowly check out those others who appear on your friend's LJs, too. See what they have in common and also how you like their style. It is always good to share a bit of a chat and make a few comments before you say 'may I friend you', I have found. the great thing abouut LJ is that you get to meet all sorts of folk from all around the world - I have friends from Kiev to Kentucky, and I am so pleased to have met some of these lovely people in real life.
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