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How Much is Enough?

I love this story. That is all…

 

The American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? 

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.” 

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.” The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?” To which the American replied, “15-20 years.” 

“But what then, senor?” 

The American laughed and said that’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions. 

“Millions, senor? Then what?” 

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

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So I’ve been going to church pretty much my whole life. I grew up in a christian family, had a lot of christian friends, and always considered myself a christian, but was I?

Within the past couple months I feel like I’ve really been seeking God more than ever, not only more than ever, but literally it’s the first time in my life I can say that I’ve actually gone out of my way to grow closer to God and become more like him. I’ve started to feel like the word “Christian” has lost it’s meaning. For me at least.

I always claimed I was a christian because I was “religious” and went to church and had high moral values, like a lot of people do… but now looking back at myself I could not in ANY way consider myself a TRUE follower of Christ. Recently i’ve really been striving to be more christ like. I’ve really been asking for God’s help in all of this. I obviously can’t do it without him, but I realized that and pray every day for his help… I want more. I want a relationship with Christ. Rather than what i should or shouldn’t do, rather than religious practices, rather than anything i just want a closer walk with God made possible through the work of Jesus Christ. It’s difficult, but you ever just get the feeling where you KNOW the holy spirit is moving in you? I feel it, I love it, and i hope to continuously gradually grow.

thats all for now.

Algebra.

So I’m retaking the SAT here in about 6 weeks and I’m going through my SAT study guide nonstop, and I’m beginning to realize I don’t remember aaannything about algebra. Everything else is fine and if its not quite fine I can teach myself but there’s so much about algebra that you cant just teach yourself. So if you or anyone you know is willing to tudor me or something hit me up PLEEAAASSE!!!

Thaaanks =)

Brandon

This took me just about TEN TIMES LONGER than I expected. It looks like a simple easy design… I thought i’d just draw in out with a pencil and fill in the lines. Easy enough, right? Well maybe if I had those nice flat walls I could have saved me a little time, but un freakin fortunately I have awkward stucco walls. Have you ever tried to draw even lines on stucco? Impossible. And also I didn’t realize that even when I get past the awkward stucco lines it’s hard to draw weaving lines like that and make it actually FLOW. So after about 2 days with a pencil just trying to make it look right I started painting and realized with a paint brush it was even harder to make nice smooth lines on stucco. The lines were so rough and jagged looking, so I had to do the best I could then go back with a tiny tiny brush and make the lines as smooth as possible… inch by inch… line by line… Took FOREVER. Oh well. End of my ranting. I’m happy and love it. Oh and I got the Idea from Elliott Smith’s album ‘Figure 8’

The third picture shows the lines before I went in with a tiny brush =/

 

…Ron Paul?

I’m progressively getting more and more pissed off that he won’t be our next president. =(

 

“We can achieve much more in peace than we can ever achieve in these needless, unconstitutional, undeclared wars.”

“Don’t we know if we sacrifice security for liberty we lose both, that’s what is happening in this country today!”

“If you look at every problem we’re facing today its because for the lack of rule of law and the constitution.”

“We live way beyond our means, with a foreign policy we can’t afford and an entitlement system that we have encouraged.”

“With politicians like these, who needs terrorists?”

“NO! I’m saying that we should take our marching orders from our Constitution!”

“…[the neo-cons] said we’d be in-and-out in 3 months, it’d be ducksoup, and it wouldn’t cost a thing because the oil would pay for it.”

“When we make a mistake, it is up to the people through their representatives to correct the mistake, not continue the mistake.”

“We stood up to the Soviets when they had 40,000 nuclear weapons, and now we’re fretting about third-world countries with no Army, Navy, or Air Force, and we’re getting ready to go to war.”

“They don’t attack us because we are rich or free but becuase we have been over there.”

“I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and minding our own business overseas.”

“When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.”

“The freedom message unites us all, it does not divide us.”

“I am an imperfect messenger, but the message is perfect.”

“There’s a risk I could win.”

“Terrorism is a tactic. You can’t have a war on a tactic”

“Freedom Is Popular!”

“Aggressive wars, income taxes, national IDs, domestic spying, torture regimes, secret prisons, Federal Reserve manipulation — we don’t have to take it any more.” — Ron Paul, Sept 27, 2007

Finally.

It’s Tuesday and I can finally talk about the new Coldplay albuum!!! See back later.

This is such a freakin incredible video! He literally uses all of Apple’s features to make a music video. It might take an actual Apple fan to grasp the awesomeness. Photobooth, Fast User Switching, Stacks, Widgets, Time Machine, iChat, Spaces, everything… check it out!

Music by the bird and the bee.