quote on “attitude” from an earlier year…

Attitude…  Well worth repeating, plus comments at the end.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. To me, attitude is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church and a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitudes we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past; we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The ONLY thing that we can do is play on the one string we have; and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our Attitudes!”

(— Charles Swindholl- 1934—)

This is likely MORE important today than it was in his day (1934), likely due to population shift/growth, Speed of communications,  Global Marketing and Internet Marketing.

Likely further enhanced buy the stress levels of the entire global population, including (apparently) all of the animal kingdom.

“Engineering that endured”, again and again…

I did not research or write this article (I wish I had), I would for sure credit the author.  I it is well worth reading.  My bet is that not many people know this information.  It is here just for fun, I heard that is called trivia.

Engineering that endured (for many years).Railroad

  • The U.S. Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used?

  • Because that’s the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the U.S. Railroads.   Why did the English build them…like that?
  • Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre –  railroad tramways”, and that’s the gauge they used.

Wagon  Why did ‘they’ use that gauge then?

  • Because the people who built the tramways used the same jig and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?

  • Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So, who built those old rutted roads?   RuttedRoad 

  • Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England) for their legions.

Those roads have been used ever since, and with the ruts in the roads?

  • Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.
  • Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
  • Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.
  • In other words, bureaucracies live forever. Chariot

So the next time you are handed a specification, procedure, or process, and wonder, ‘What horse’s ass came up with this?’, you may be exactly right.

  • Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.HorsesAss

Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.


These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah.

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.

The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel.

TunnelThe tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass.

And you thought being a horse’s ass wasn’t important!

Now you know, Horses’ Asses control almost everything…

Explains a whole lot of stuff, doesn’t it?

THE EXPENDABLES 2 (having fun)…

THE EXPENDABLES 2, – with Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and more. WOW…

To: all my friends, and movie lovers everywhere, especially within the last 2 decades.

WOW, I appreciated this movie, and wanted to share it with movie lovers that I know and respect, particularly those in the generations where these actors were on screen nearly every week (it felt that way anyway). We grew up with them.

Dear; brother Glenn…

I promise that you will appreciate and get excited about this movie as I did. You will appreciate where they are in life now, and that they came back for their fans, as my wife and I and friends came back for them.

My wife and I went with with another couple. We laughed, we Cried, we Remembered growing up with these guys (well at least after they invented movies and we were allowed to see “these movies”).

My bet is that you will do the same. It was great. I know you will appreciate it, as will you family and friends.

Can you visualize Arnold and crew zip lining through the jungle under fire yet, and coming directly into the thick of the gun fire.

Can you see Chuck Norris doing his famous Kick Boxing style of fighting during an encounter in a warehouse somewhere?

There were so many characters in the whole adventure, some of whom I had forgotten, so that was another recall for me. There must have been 12-14 altogether (felt like it).

And how about Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis. All of these guys are technically too old for this action, yet put together a great and entertaining performance in this movie. They came back for their fans.

The first thing that struck me the day we went is the number of patrons in the theater. In recent years I have seen a serious decline in the number of patrons per showing. The theater was not packed, but at least was ½ full (more than I have seen in quite some time). We all remembered and came to watch them coming back for their fans.

Arnold is (or was) a governor of some state out west for Christ sake, why would he risk his life, his health to do a movie. For his fan’s that is why. THEY were impressive enough, that there has been at least one sequel (I think two). I need to send myself this letter so I can go too (again).

Just go see the movie. You will be pleased, impressed, etc. You will laugh as we did, and cry as we did. Remember, these guys are in there 60’s plus. Go see the movie.

Sincerely; your friend and brother forever, Dale.

PS: Glenn, please (well everyone) share this letter with those I may have missed by mistake…

PSS: Glenn, you have been gone from this earth for right at two years now, but I do hope you can find this movie somewhere. Bring your new friends too. Just go and see the movie. Did you catch up with your wife Joe?

This is logical, right?

This publicly posted Cartoon; from the Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO reminded me of something I mostly practice as a voter. The cartoon strip is called “Pearls before Swine” – by Stephan Pastis. I like the comic strip, and I give credit to the writer.


What I have always believed and practiced, as best I could is as follows.
WE have a right and a responsibility to vote for our representatives and leaders. In a democratic society HOW can we vote, feel good about our vote and minimize the potential of wrong full results in an election. Not easy the way the election process and campaigning is run now days.

You see we also (and first) have a responsibility to learn about the office or position we are voting for, as well as for the individual or individuals seeking this position. This is logical, right?

So, we can read, listen, watch and learn about the candidates running. We can also attend forums or city group meetings; if we have the time and inclination to do so. If we do not or cannot make ourselves do this, the end game is quite simple. Don’t Vote; this or these particular contests.

We would be participating in a wrongful election if we voted blindly. We ethically should not vote exclusively as our neighbor brother or sister does. We need to learn, and then vote our own good conscious. The voting process depends on this.

I feel good when I vote, and I try to vote on every Election. I simply do not vote on the campaigns that I do not understand well enough to enter an honest vote. At least I am not swaying the vote against the logic of the masses, and I feel good about that. I let the informed voters vote on the campaign (which I did not learn more or enough about); and therefore those that I should not vote.

When I was in the 6th or 8th grade, I thought it would be logical and efficient if we simply gave the title or President and Vice president to the top two winners (from all parties collectively). Now I wonder how that would have turned out.

I would like to remind everyone to Read, Listen, Watch “LEARN” and then VOTE. This election we need to get things closer to right than we have in several previous elections. Please Vote.