My New Mission Belt

It’s no secret just like many people, I too have the ongoing battle of the bulge. Because of this battle  many men seem to have a similar problem as I have with belts wearing out pretty quick. We are always adjusting our belts. So we are always bending the belt back and forth to get it to the right position and in the right hole. Eventually a crease in the leather/vinyl belt shows up and not long after a crack and before you know it, it’s hanging by a thread.

When I was a kid my dad had a belt that some people call a “military” belt. Some call it a slip belt. I always thought it was a better design. But whenever I went looking for one all I found was cloth belts with the “slip” buckle. When you wear a suit or dress pants every day a cloth belt just isn’t my style. Cloth belts were always in the wrong color and one thing I usually am is, somewhat color coordinated.

So a while back I found online the Mission Belt Company. But they didn’t have my large size. So I went on making do with the usual belt. Then one day I was watching one of my favorite shows, “Shark Tank” and low and behold the young man who started the company was on the show trying to get funds from one of the “sharks” to help develop his company further. If I remember correctly I think he did get one of the sharks.

Mission Belt

Well, it came time again for me to wear through my belt so I sent an email to the company asking about larger sizes and they said they would be coming out soon. I nursed my last two belts and saved for this desired belt. I ordered it from Amazon and we get free shipping so I have now been wearing it for one whole day. It’s the greatest belt I have ever worn! It’s so comfortable and no adjusting my belt all day long! I even had the ladies in the office looking at my nether area to admire my new purchase. I believe The Mission Belt Company is getting a few more orders today or soon.

So now I have done another commercial instead of my usual complaining and hopefully the thousands of readers that I have will be flocking to Mission Belt Company to make their purchases. Now being the great marketer that I am and informing you all of this Mission Belt Company and I hopefully will rank well for this “key word” I will be hearing shortly from the Mission Belt Company wanting to send me a belt for my efforts! I’ll proudly wear it and sing its praises! End of my commercial!

Baby Boomers Retirement What to Look Forward To!

You have seen the picture before. In National Geographic, it’s a framed face of a man or a woman that has seen a lot of years. Their face is old, and weathered, and it’s like the weight of the world has just consumed them. I’ll call him Fred. Every morning Monday through Friday for the last ten years I have seen Fred on the way to work. That’s 250 days a year that we have passed each other, 2500 times over the last ten years. When you frame Fred’s face you see that picture I was describing. Fred looks to be about 80 years of age or so. He is outside every morning selling newspapers on a Chicago street under the Skyway bridge that gives him some protection from the elements. He walks within four feet of my driver’s side door. About a year ago he lost a tremendous amount of weight. His spirit seems to go up and down with the weather. When the sun is shining and warmer he usually has somewhat of a smile on his face. He looks like he’s enjoying himself. He looks young in his eyes. Continue reading

Soothe The Savage Beast!

I like a lot of different music. Though I’ve always considered myself a “soft rock” kind of guy! Or I’m a little bit country (I always was in love with Marie Osmond). A few years back I had the opportunity to be at a conference in Florida. The first night was a big reception at a very large hotel with different “food stations” all over the place including out by the pool. But you know Florida, hot and humid and who in their right mind dressed in a suit and tie is willing to stand out by the pool? Continue reading

Where is Superman?

I just watched a History Channel show called “DeCoded.” Today’s show was about Fort Knox and the speculation as to wether or not there is any gold in the vault! It also discussed the ramifications of such an event and the impact it would have on our world. Apparently no one has seen the gold since 1974 when the last audit was done.

I’ve been saying for a few years now that I thought our economic world was artificially inflated and that interest rates were to high, houses were valued to high, it just never felt right. During my lifetime the baby boomer years everything just kept going up and up.

If there was no gold in the vaults it would mean that the dollar was worth nothing but the paper its printed on. The gold was taken from the American Public by the government. The Government made it against the law to own gold and made everyone turn it over and the government melted it all down and stored the gold in Fort Knox. Our Gold was the guarantee of the countries economic strength, or at least a belief that it was strong. If our financial world collapsed I believe we would end up like pioneer days. We would have to grow our own food, raise our own livestock or hunt for it if we wanted to keep on living. We would need guns to protect what is ours. As there would surely be riots and people trying to survive.

After the collapse during the Depression everyone had to take care of themselves. There were no jobs only long lines for food and shelter. God I hope I’m wrong but, we’ve never been closer to this possible outcome. Now we really do need a “Savior” to steer us in the right direction. To be honest with you I haven’t seen one of these politicians wanting to be president or even the current one isn’t capable of being that, “Savior.” A Savior is someone that can bring the masses together. Someone that understands the direction we need to go in. Someone you can trust and believe in. Where is Superman when you need him!

Controlling My Life Not So Easy How About You?

The 90/10 Principle

by Stephen Covey
Discover this 90/10 Principle.
It will change your life (or atleast the way you react to situations).


10% of life is made up of what happens to you…
90% of life is decided by how you react.


We really have NO control over the 10% of what happens to us.
The 90% is different.
YOU determine the 90%
By your reaction.
You cannot control a red light.
However, you can control your reaction.
Do not let people fool you.
YOU can control how you react.
Let’s see this example:
You are having breakfast with your family.
Your daughter knocks over a  cup of coffee onto your business shirt.
YOU HAVE NO CONTROL over what has just happened.
What happens next will be determined by HOW YOU REACT.
You curse.
You harshly scold your daughter  for knocking the cup over.
She breaks down in tears.
After scolding her, you turn to your wife and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table.
A short verbal battle follows.
You storm upstairs and change your shirt.
Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish her breakfast and getting ready to go to school.
She misses the bus.
Your spouse must leave immediately for work.
You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school.
Because you are late,
you drive 40 miles per hour in a 30 mph speed limit zone.
After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60.00 traffic fine away,
you arrive at school.
Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye.
After arriving the office 20 minutes late,
you realize your forgot your briefcase.
Your day has started terrible.
As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse.
You look forward to coming home.
When you arrive home, you find a small wedge
in your relationship with your wife and daughter.
Because of how you reacted in the morning.
Why did you have a bad day?

A) Did the coffee cause it?
B) Did your daughter cause it?
C) Did the policeman cause it?
D) Did you cause it?

The answer is: D
You had NO CONTROL over what happened with the coffee.
How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day!
Here is what could have and should have happened.
Coffee splashes over you.
Your daughter is about to cry.
You gently say:
“It’s okay, honey, you just need to be more careful next time.”
Grabbing a towel, you go upstairs and change your shirt.
You grab your briefcase, and come back down  in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus.
She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff.
Notice the difference?
Two different scenarios.
Both started the same.
Both ended different.
Because of how you reacted.
You really have no control over 10% of what happens in your life.
The other 90% was determined by your reaction.
Absolutely everything we do, give, say or even think,
It’s like a Boomerang.
It will come back to us.
If we want to receive, we need to learn to give first…
Maybe we will end with our hands half empty, but our hearts will be filled with love.
And those who love life,
have that feeling marked in their hearts…