I Miss Watching Hummingbirds

We’re just a few days before the official start of Winter and I already miss sitting on the patio, watching various hummingbirds hover around for a drink at the feeder. At least there’s plenty of YouTube videos to hold me over.

We’ve never seen more than one or two hummingbirds at a time at our feeder. In fact, the males appear to be territorial and chase others away before more they can get comfortable. This year, we noticed one male and one female in particular use our feeder multiple times a day. It was pretty cool to watch.

Remembering Bozo The Clown

Not sure why this popped into my head the other night, but I was thinking about a bucket game on Bozo the Clown and wondered if any kid had ever made it into all six buckets. Turns out, someone did make all six buckets.

I remember watching this show every Saturday morning on WGN which apparently had the original Bozo the Clown. It’s hilarious to watch clips of the show now. In one episode, they gave away a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi as a prize. They also used to show the name and address of where kids lived. Try getting away with that stuff no a days!

How many of you watched Bozo the Clown when you were younger?

Having an Open Mind

Having an open mind is probably the single greatest thing I have. I’m able to listen and discern arguments against specific topics and although I have my own beliefs, I’ve discovered they’re easily changed based on conversations I have.

I’m not opinionated in my political beliefs which means I can be easily swayed. I don’t think this is a bad thing because I get to hear both sides of the argument and compare the two. I end up with a conclusion of my own but even then, all it takes is for a good argument to put my thoughts and beliefs into question.

This mindset has helped me throughout my career because it means I’m not stuck on a particular path. I can be influenced but I always consider the experiences people share with me and use them in my overall thought process.

I think it’s bad to be too personally opinionated as it shuts off part of the brain to be able to comprehend what others think and have experienced. If you’re unwilling to hear the other side of the story, then what’s the point? At that point, all your doing is serving you’re own self interests.

The Personal Blog Sanctuary Doesn’t Exist

Some folks out there may be thinking that their personal blog is their sanctuary. I don’t think so. Once you’re employed, your personal blog becomes a weapon used for harm. Just as you can’t speak your mind in public for fear of being protested against, you can’t do the same on a digital medium.

Once folks find out who you work for, they’ll stop at nothing to get you unemployed. The easiest way to accomplish this is through protesting sponsors of the company the person works for. This is not happening to me but, I’ve seen it happen to a lot of other people.

Getting your thoughts from brain to digital paper is important but if you hit the publish button, make sure you have the toughest armor possible. It’s a rough world and it’s getting tougher every minute. I’m almost at the point of suggesting that personal blogging does more harm than good when you’re employed.