We all have choices to make these choices will determine your day and the day of others. Funny I was thinking about that while driving into work, that the choices I make will determine how my day will go and could determine how the days of my coworkers will be as well or others that I run in to throughout the day. It is the little things that add up to be big things I think. You choose to hit the snooze, or skip breakfast, return that last email, take the call. All choices, all things you decide to do in a day can have an effect on your day. You can choose to react or over react, or ignore. However you choose to take on your day, best of luck with your decision and remember you will have to live with the consequences.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
When the smoking ban was first introduced in the state of Wisconsin I was against it. I was a smoker for much of my adult life (I have not smoked since August 29th 2007) and damn it I am not going to have my government tell me what I can or cannot do. Well that stand softened once it became law, in fact I think I hit up the bar more frequently now than before because it was nice to come home and not have to strip off the stinky clothes. In Madison they are no talking about doing the same with the vape cigarettes and making them illegal indoors, and guess what I agree. I understand that these are only water vapor or steam but I don’t want to smell it. I get offended when I see someone walking through the grocery store puffing away at their vape pen. You don’t like walking through my sneeze do you?
Friday, January 23, 2015
With all the crap that goes on in the world each and every day, in the grand scheme of things does it really matter that the balls were under inflated in the Patriots win over the Colts? What is the NFL going to do strip the AFC Championship and chance to play in the Super Bowl XLIX (or 49, I had to google it) I seriously doubt it. And for Tom Brady to say that he didn’t know, really? I notice when someone uses my headphones, or when the tires are low in my car. I am guessing that he knows all about the footballs that he is playing with to claim ignorance I find that offensive. What ever happened to taking personal responsibility? Also wouldn’t the Colts have the same advantage with the under inflated balls? America it is time to move on to something with more substance, to complain about, something like what ever happened to good Saturday morning cartoons.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ever bought something because it was on sale and with the rebate it was an unbelievable deal? I have and for the most part I have received the rebates back. A Midwest based hardware store offers lots of rebates, and I have at times purchased a couple of items I was going to buy anyway because of the rebate, for example when you purchase a tape measure at $5 end up getting it free after rebate limit 3. Well a few years ago while working on the cabin we needed tape measures for the guys helping out, I bought them, got the rebate back in good time. On black Friday there was a deal that was so good with a rebate that it brought me to the store. I purchased the cordless drill (that I needed anyway) filled out the paper work, and waited, and waited, and in fact still waiting for. If this were you, what would you do? And have you had this happen to you?
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Yesterday the president made his 6th state of the union speech. He offered up some ideas like two free years of community college, offering paid sick leave for all businesses, and reducing mortgage premiums as to allow more low income Americans to buy homes. The funny thing about the state of the union is that all the networks cover it and only about 33 million Americans watch it. Did you watch any of it? And what do you feel is the state of our country?
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
As Sammy Hagar sang about in his hit from 1984, One foot on the break and one on the gas there’s too much traffic I can’t pass. You know the song I can’t drive 55. I hate driving only 55 when that is the speed limit in fact I don’t like the interstates in my own state because the speed limit in Wisconsin is only 65. The states around us have a higher speed limit I googled Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Illinois and they each have a higher than us speed limit of 70. I remember when the speed limit went up from 55 to 65 and am now ready for the limit to go from 65 to 70 hell let’s move it up to 80 but make it 80 not 85. I feel as though we feel the need to push the envelope and if we raise the limit 70 you know that it will mean 75-80. We have the technology for safety right?
Monday, January 19, 2015
For Packer fans the result of yesterday’s game was heart breaking, I was bummed by the outcome especially since the Packers were underdogs heading into the game and really dominating the first half. Coming in and getting a few interceptions, a few field goals and a touchdown, I felt pretty good, in fact I felt amazing up until the last interception of the game when we got the ball played the 4 downs, only took about 25 seconds off the clock and then gave the Seahawks a scoring opportunity that they took. I am not a coach nor do I play one on the radio but I wonder if cockiness came into play for the Packers with the game yesterday. I am guessing that they were thinking we are heading to the Super Bowl and in reality they are just heading back to Green Bay to clean out their lockers.
Friday, January 16, 2015
I graduated high school in 1987 got my first Associates Degree in 1989, have taken many adult learning classes and a Dale Carnegie class since but then, but that is about it. Two weeks ago I started the next phase in my life and became a full time student at Western Tech College in La Crosse, taking the Sales and Management Associates Degree. So far so good, I am not the oldest learner in the class room, but am probably the most talkative; I guess something’s don’t change. I believe I have always been a talker, an out of turn talker, and as a youngest it got me in trouble, I hope that with this new adventure that I am able to remember that I have two ears and only one mouth. Things are going great so far, I feel as though I am a better learner and a much better student now than I was in the past, building on the learning blocks from the past, with an eye toward the future.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
We waste a lot of food. I always feel bad about the amount of food that goes wasted at the Schmidt house from leftovers that are forgotten, to bagged lettuce that goes bad before its time, to other veggies and fruits that get started but saved for a later time to the doggie bag from the family’s favorite restaurants. We waste food. I make most the meals at our house and I try to use the ingredients that are in the fridge from left over rice mixed with a protein to make todays meal to the creation from today mixed with some frozen veggie for tomorrow’s meal, I do try. But for some reason we waste food. Any sure fire ways that have helped your family to avoid throwing food away?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Yesterday I talked about customer service; today I want to touch on the younger generation and work ethic. I had the chance to BS with a friend yesterday about the different generations and a theory was thrown out saying that today’s parents have screwed up the kids. I wasn’t sure what was meant but we hashed it out and went on to talk about the fact that today the younger generation feels entitled to the best rather than working for it. That the generation of kids that are entering the work force were never forced to win or think on their own that kids now a days are part of the quote ribbon generation that by just participating that they feel as though they need to be compensated by either a ribbon or with the carrot that was dangled in front of them to get them motivated. I have to say I have seen this with each generation that I have been a part of from mine to the next and to the generation that is growing up now. What are your thoughts on the generation that is being brought up now and is it the parents fault?