CourageMandela and Gandhi

A little bit of courage goes a long way in us ordinary folks.  Most of us are never thrust into situations that require big courage to meet and conquer.

It’s rare indeed that we get a chance to rescue people out of a burning building, or save a life in a traffic accident situation.  The heros of our military got and seized a chance to exhibit extraordinary courage on the battlefield.  For every one of those, there are 10,000 regular soldiers that exhibit ordinary courage, the courage to do their job,

For most of us, courage is taking a stand, and sticking to it.  Little bits of individual courage are the way huge wholesale changes are made in society.

The woman’s Suffrage movement of the 19th century had a star studded list of leaders that campaigned tirelessly to get women the vote, but it wasn’t until individual men and women became willing to take a stand, to take public ridicule and hatred that women became eligible to vote,  It took those individuals with little courage to make the change that needed to be made.

Big Courage

In the generation before mine, the man that stood with courage would be Mahatmas Gandhi.  He was the face of a movement that ended the colonial system that had held sway on earth since the Babylonians decided to seize Syria.  Singular courage and dedication, indeed.

In my time, Nelson Mandela was that man. He was the face of a line of courage that defeated a system of neglect and abuse that had long outlived any usefulness if ever it had any.  Nelson Mandela was a courageous leader of epic proportions, of that there can be no question.  That he was a great man, and worthy of our admiration is without question. He will be missed on the face of this earth, and remembered for a long time.

Trickle Down Courage

I believe that men like Gandhi and Mandela create a wide circle of influence.  I think the epic sacrifices and courage in the face of overwhelming odds inspire us regular folks to take a small stand against things like bullying and police brutality and the like.  Big courage inspires little courage, little courage inspires change.

Take a stand.  It doesn’t take much of a stand to make a collective difference.  Maybe ethical business, maybe honest customer support, or empowering the mass.  Little tiny bits of courage make huge changes, and we can all stand in the shadow of Nelson Mandela.

And in the End

In the words of my father “ You gotta have something worth dying for, else you have nothing worth living for.”

I’m just sayin’

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Luck as a Life Strategy

LuckGood Luck or Bad?

Some people call me a gambler.  I will wager on most anything, I like the horse races, I have been known to play a hand of cards every now and again.  I have also been known to go ‘all in’ on a business venture in my life.  In fact, I am usually ‘all in’ somewhere.

I don’t see myself as a gambler.  I see myself as a player, and there is a difference.  I also consider myself one of the un-luckiest people I know…How can that be?  Let’s see….

Luck, Man

I almost never buy a lottery ticket.  I used to buy them occasionally for the entertainment value.  For $2.00 I could spend a couple of hours fantasizing about what I would do with the money.  It’s much cheaper than going to the movies, and would entertain me just as certainly.

Today, if I buy a lottery ticket it is because I have a $5.00 bill to pay for a soda at the convenience store and take my change with a lottery ticket.  And never if I have to stand in line.  Even one minute of contemplation reminds me that:  a:  I am horribly unlucky and b:  that I have already used up about 2 lifetimes worth of good luck just getting to right here, right now.

Good Luck

For one thing, I ride a motorcycle.  All the time.  It takes a certain amount of luck to go with good skill and good judgement to stay alive when riding a motorcycle.  I had an incident just this week that was very near fatal.  My skill kicked in, my luck kicked in and all it cost me was a wrecked tire, which is my un-luckiness manifested.

The skill I have built in 50 years of riding.  The luck comes from working hard on my riding.  I almost never just ride, I am always trying to improve my skills.  I work on my cornering technique when I go to the grocery.  I concentrate on my stopping and starting skills whenever I come to a traffic light, I always try to make myself be smoother on the clutch/brake/throttle maneuvers.  I work hard at it…

Bad Luck

Bad luck is easy to spot.  It’s when you flip a coin 100 times and end up with 60 heads.  It’s when you are caught in the ‘stink hole’ in cribbage.  It’s when your horse that you have carefully handicapped to a win clips heels with another horse right at the starting gate.  It’s when you go to pick up a first date and have a small piece of spinach stuck on your front teeth.

Bad luck is easy to spot, everybody knows it when they see it.  Good luck is harder to spot, but so much easier to use.

Luck, Again

I know all about good luck.  It’s easy.  No really, it is.  All you have to do to be very lucky is to work harder than everybody else.  Yes, it’s that easy.  Hard grinding work is what makes lucky people and lucky outcomes.  Lottery winners are statistical freaks, real luck is made. Plain and simple

And in the End

H + P = L.  It’s a mathematical formula.  Hard work plus Perseverance equals Luck.

I’m just sayin’

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Requiem for a Heavyweight

Black Friday Requiem

It’s over.  TimTech’s epic weekend sale and 102 hour spreecast known as Black Friday has gone away. At least in theory Spreecast will archive and save the video for replay. There were some serious highlights that should be saved…But they dropped last years 96 hour broadcast so I’m not overly hopeful for this one.


The Spreecast started at about 5:56 pm EST on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. Jon, Justin and Tim were on screen to begin.  The first deal came promptly at 6:00 pm EST:  A $14 one day fixed ad at Nerdbux.  More than 50% reduction in price, it set the tone for the rest of the sale.

In the first hour, Justin’s granddaughter Bella joined the spreecast.  She was the first ‘family member’ appear, but would not be the last.  In fact, we got to meet Justin’s two daughters in the first hour, also.

The second deal arrived promptly at 7:00 pm EST ( a trend that was to continue for the next 100 hours):  Lifetime membership at I Love Hits for $37.  It turns out that TT would offer that deal at all 4 traffic exchanges over the weekend.

The first ‘guest show’ happened when Russell Stockley took center stage for his Thursday night show ‘Cup of Time’.  Scott Wright and Bob Pizor would bring ‘Sports Nerds’ to Sunday Night, and the Legacy crew had a CSN show or two.  Even my Saturday show moved.  I am absolutely certain that the exposure gained for all of these will pay dividends in the future.

The spreecast ended as it began at 12:00 midnight EST on Monday December 2, 2013. Jon and Justin shared the stage for the last hour.  They thanked everyone for the help and participation and discussed future plans for the TT TEs.  Facelifts around is the plan.

The Participants

In no particular order:

Jon, Tim, Justin with his two daughters and his granddaughter Bella.  Larry, Bill and Brenda who also introduced us to her daughter Robyn.  Russell, Lynn, Kathy, Rob, Scott, Brian and Geri.  Myra, Mike, Richard, James, Kevin and Rod.  Marcus, Ken, Rodney, Theda, Erica and Corina.

Jon’s son Matty and Justin’s son Trey both played important parts…That comes to 32 (including me), who carried the spreecast all the way.

I know this list to be incomplete.  I was not a participant for the entire 102 hours, and am just certain that I missed some people.  I apologize, it is an error of omission, not commission.    I wish it were more accurate.


These are my highlights, and are entirely subjective.  If you saw any of the spreecast, I am sure you have highlights of your own.  Please leave them in the comments section below so we can all share in the memories.

Again, in no particular order:

.Several people stepped up to the plate by coming on live camera for the first time.  I’m sure I don’t have them all, but remember clearly and fondly Richard A, Erica, Rod, Kris, Brian and Corina.  Really were extraordinary and expect to see more of them in the near future!

Myra P and Kathy K may have been first timers, but the two of them made such a great pairing on the air that I’d like to see them do a show of their own.  Lynn M had the suggestion of Coast to Coast, very appropriate.  They really were special together.

Scott Wright’s interview of David Eaton after the Sports Nerds show on Sunday night was Epic!

The always wonderful Lynn M wins the ‘ironman’ award.  I simply can not believe the hours she put in.

Rob P has been the backbone of the overnight craziness for two years in a row.  It’s hard for me to imagine a marathon spreecast with out Rob.  I don’t think it would work.

Russell Stockley is a dynamic host who isn’t afraid of long hours, trivia or the occasional blue bedtime story.  Epic.

Janelle and Sunny are as delightful live as they are in chat and skype.  They really ought to work together once in a while.


Matty Olson carrying the spreecast solo for over an hour with his phenomenal knowledge of hockey past and present.  Astoundingly good.

There were more, many more.  I really do urge you to put your favorites in the comments here, at least so we can have them for the archives.

And in the End

Fun.  No other word for me to describe it.  Fun.  It’s really good to have fun.

I’m just sayin’

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