DISCOVERIES : Brand loyalty

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in DISCOVERIES

Why didn’t I just buy the right brand the first time?

The below post is part of an ongoing series I’ll be doing in 2020 entitled, DISCOVERIES, which will feature unfinished or not-posted content found in my Draft Archives during a review conducted in January 2020. The present post contains the original content, edited lightly for publication. 


Here’s a lesson and brand loyalty.

If you have a brand that you’ve been using for a long time, support it.

If you go to the store to get replacement parts, and it’s unavailable, please don’t just go for the next brand. It will backfire, and you will be sorry.

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2/15/2020 Truth Be Told

Posted by on Feb 15, 2020 in Weekly Updates 2020


Life is going to be harder than you can possibly imagine.

The hard roads always feel the longest.

Day-in, Day-out we struggle. We toil. We grind. It never feels like it’s enough, not for the things we really want. We endure our weeks by interspersing our struggles with numbing trivialities or moments of pleasure. If we are lucky, we experience goodness, truth, and beauty; but in our culture, we must make an effort to do so. It’s not often trending on Youtube or recommended on Amazon Prime ; it’s not a category on Netflix and iTunes does not send you reminders for it. If you want it, you need to find it, and savor it when you do.

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02/08/2020 Slow but Steady Progress

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

Discovering toys buried in the closet, box by box.


Life is hard, often harder than we expect. This is not a bad thing, but it’s the way it is. It’s good for human beings to acknowledge that. Our best laid plans are laid to waste, and sometimes circumstances work in our favor in ways we do not expect. Fortune and failure seem to have an ab and flow, and success is not the result of having ongoing fortune but rather, the ability to turn the failures into valuable experiences and continue to move in the direction one wants.

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Be Prepared for Inconvenience

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

Unexpected time at the mechanic

Life is full of surprises. Sometimes they are not convenient; that does not mean, however, that they are “bad”. Inconvenience can create opportunity. I had one such experience today, and I felt it worthwhile to share.

I went to the mechanic for an oil change that should have taken less than 90 minutes. While waiting, I was informed that I had a broken caliper on the driver’s side, and it was leaking break fluid, he took me to the garage and showed it to me.

This was not convenient.

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02/01/2020 Finding Focus

Posted by on Feb 1, 2020 in Weekly Updates 2020

Thinking Things

We are a month into 2020. I feel like February arrives far more quickly than I expect every year. It is what it is.

Some days, life feels this way: it is what it is. My therapist and I had a good conversation on Thursday, wherein we agreed that over the last 2 years I have become more pessimistic and caustic in general. To some degree, the sentimental optimism of my youth has gone silent and been replaced by a rather firm realist. To be fair, this development is inevitable as one ages and carries a deeper disappointments, regrets, and burdens; but I found it rather eye-opening to have my therapist tell me it’s evident in my language and manner, at least with him.

Now that I have that update out of the way, here’s some other lighter items:

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