Mom’s Job Description

Mother, Mom, Moma, Mommy, Ma.

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case this time the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Only a Man

A woman was in a coma. She had been in it for months. Nurses were in her room giving her a bath. One of them was washing her private parts and noticed that there was a slight response on the monitor when she touched the patient “down there.” They tried it again and sure enough, there was sizable movement on the monitor. They went to her husband and explained what happened, telling him, “As crazy as this sounds, maybe a little oral sex will do the trick and bring her out of the coma.” The husband was skeptical, but they assured him that they’d close the curtains for privacy. The husband finally agreed and went into his wife’s room. After a few minutes the woman’s monitor flat lined. No pulse, no heart rate, nothing. The nurses ran back into the room. “What happened!?” they cried.

The husband said, “I’m not sure… maybe she choked.”

The Rules of Bedroom Golf

The Rules of Bedroom Golf:

  1. Each player shall furnish his own equipment for play, normally one club and two balls.
  2. Play on course must be approved by the owner of the hole.
  3. Unlike outdoor golf, the object is to get the club in the hole and keep the balls out.
  4. For most effective play, the club should have a firm shaft. Course owners are permitted to check shaft stiffness before play begins.
  5. Course owners reserve the right to restrict club length to avoid damage to the hole.
  6. Object of the game is to take as many strokes as necessary until the owner is satisfied play is complete. Failure to do so may result in being denied permission to play again.
  7. It is considered bad form to begin playing the hole immediately upon arrival. Experienced players will normally take time to admire the entire course, paying special attention to well formed mounds and bunkers.
  8. Players are cautioned not to mention other courses they have played or are currently playing to the owner of the course being played. Upset owners have been known to damage a player’s equipment for this reason.
  9. Players are encouraged to have proper rain gear, just in case.
  10. Players should not assume that the course is in shape to play at all times. Players may be embarrassed if they find the course temporarily under repair. Players are advised to be extremely tactful in this situation. More advanced players will find alternate means of play when this is the case.
  11. Players should assume their match has been properly scheduled particularly when playing a new course for the 1st time. Previous players have been known to become irate if they discover someone else is playing what they considered a private course.
  12. The owner of the course is responsible for the pruning of any bushes, which may reduce the visibility of the hole.
  13. Players are strongly advised to get the owners permission before attempting to play the backside.
  14. Slow play is encouraged, however, players should be prepared to proceed at a quicker pace at the owners request.
  15. It is considered an outstanding performance, time permitting, to play the same hole several times in one match.

Public Speaking

Do’s and Dont’s for Public Speaking.

Body Language:

  • Handshakes
  • Stance
  • Eye Contact
  • Open Arms
  • Hand Gestures
  • Display Confidence

Common Errors:

  • Reading from Notes
  • Avoiding Eye Contact
  • Dressing Down
  • Being Fidgety, Jiggling, or Swaying
  • Failing to Rehearse
  • Standing at Attention
  • Reciting Bullet Points
  • Speaking too Long
  • Failing to Excite
  • Ending with an Inspirational Defecit

Meditation Steps

Meditation Steps that can be used by anyone, anywhere.  I don’t have the source information.

  1. Relax
    Unwind the muscles and become physically quiet.

  2. Center
    Focus on the breathing cycle and develop the capacity to witness the mind without getting lost in it.

  3. Enhance
    Visualize goals, focus on patience and forgiveness, or perform any other personally significant practice.

  4. Release
    Return to the waking consciousness and reinforce the meditative experience.

Business Advice

This article contains business advice for starting a business.  I came across it a while ago, but don’t have the source information anymore.

Here’s what most entrepreneurs actually do in their first few months in business:

  1. Choose a business name. It’s difficult to start marketing your products or services without a name.
  2. Get business cards. You can’t start selling or networking without them.
  3. Search the Internet for information and advice. Be cautious, however, unless you know and trust the source of that advice. Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t make it true.
  4. Envision how much money you’ll make. Every new entrepreneur does a back-of-the-napkin projection of how much money they can make. This is almost always wrong.
  5. Set up a place to work. This may only be a corner of the living room or a table at a local coffee house, but you’ll want to find some relatively consistent place to do business.
  6. Set up some basic financial accounts. Even if just using paper and pen, most people start keeping track of expenses and set up some kind of basic financial record keeping.
  7. Look for customers. You’re not in business until you start making sales. Many would-be entrepreneurs drag their feet before starting to look for customers because it’s scary. But you’re not in business until you go out there and start trying to make sales.

But what about the things entrepreneurs should do that they often put off? Here are 10 must-dos:

  1. Talk to an attorney and/or accountant. Create a simple standard contract or agreement you can use. It’s also a good idea to understand some of the tax implications of setting up your own business.
  2. Objectively check out the competition. Most entrepreneurs fail to see what competitors are good at. Learn from them.
  3. Get a domain name and/or e-mail address. You’ll look much more professional if you have a company domain name for your e-mail rather than a personal one.
  4. Get all necessary business licenses, permits and certifications. Make sure you’re following the law right from the start.
  5. Contact an industry trade association. They’re a great source of information and help for your specific type of business.
  6. Get a business bank account and set aside one credit card just for business use. Separate your business and personal expenses from the day you start business.
  7. Develop at least a simple budget. Be extremely conservative about income. Things take longer and cost more than you expect.
  8. Get bookkeeping software. This can be something as simple as Quicken or you can get Quickbooks or Microsoft’s Small Business Accounting. It’s a lot easier to keep track of your accounts if you use bookkeeping software from the start.
  9. Develop a business plan. Even a simple business plan dramatically improves your chances of success. A business plan helps you target your customers, improve your products and use your money wisely.
  10. Develop a marketing plan and go to it! You’ve got to let customers know about you. Advertise, network, do direct mail. Most importantly, get out there and call on customers. You can’t make money if you don’t make sales.