Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Total Recall - My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger's recent book is spectacular! This one of the more entertaining autobiography's. It is a tell all book covering the highs and lows of his life. His achievements, and even right down to his mistakes.

His early memories are told first; Austria, the Cold War and his time in Germany. As a youth, Arnold became fascinated with America through bodybuilding and fitness magazines. He immigrated to the United State and became a competitive sports figure, movie actor, politician and activist.

The lessons from the book, which the author attempts to impart, are a plan, hard work, commitment and not letting your mistakes define you. It's very possible for anybody to succeed in America. That's especially true for someone who's first and primary language isn't English. However, a key to his success, was learning English and building relationships.

Throughout his careers, you'll find relationships are a real key. He closes out with some very important lessons. I've confidently added them as lessons for me to learn.

  • Never let pride get in your way.
  • Don't over-think.
  • Forget having a plan B, operate without a safety net.
  • You can use outrageous humor to settle a score.
  • Work, don't waste your time.
  • Reps, reps , reps. Goals, no shortcuts, no second takes.
  • Don't blame your parents (you do it because you feel needy and vulnerable.
  • Change takes big balls.
  • Take care of your body and your mind (the mind is like a muscle, you should train it too).
  • Stay hungry, success, make your mark, help others.
  • Live a risky life, and a spicy life.
  • Never follow the crowd (freeway full at rush hour, restaurant busy at dinner, don't go where the people are).
  • No matter what you do in life, selling is part of it.
  • Inspire to work out, pass on junk foods, use your will and vision.
  • Trust yourself, break some rules, don't be afraid to fail.
  • Avoid naysayers.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Oysterville Washington

I love visiting the coast of the Pacific Northwest, especially Washington's. Currently, one of my go-to spots is the Long Beach area in Pacific County. Its part of the Columbia River Valley. There's always someplace new to explore. One of my new discovery's was Oysterville.

Oysterville was a community and town founded close to Long Beach Washington, near the Chinook people. Newcomers started arriving around the mid 1800s. I'm not sure if anyone knows an exact incorporation date anymore.

As the name indicates, oyster farming was one of the community's strengths. According to stories, that made the community rather well-off. Popular writer Willard R. Espy grew up there. Today, its an unincorporated community. Some use the term a small village for what exists now.

This is one of the old towns and only still standing Churches. It was a Methodist Church. During the day its open to the public for visitors.

Inside the church is well kept. The pulpit, pew and Bible are ready to go. Upon entering, the Bible was opened to the Psalms.

This is one of the still standing schools. Its an old style one-room schoolhouse.

Many of the building have be lost and succumbed to time. This house looks next.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Harley Davidson Test Rides

2014 was a unique year for me. I've ridding a motorcycle for a number of years. I've test road a lot of different types. However, I've never ridden or test road a Harley Davidson. Until now.

The reasons that sent me on a different path were typical. Walk into the local dealer, and receive rude treatment. Then look at the price tag after the rude treatment. Walk out and never come back. The brand isn't the issue and that can happen in a lot of different motorcycle stores.

Fast forward years later. I'm happy with my current ride, but it just seemed wrong to not have tried out a Harley. My first test ride was a Fat Bob. That's the one based on the Dyna frame.

For those uninformed and it looks like H-D has all these confusing models. They don't. They have about five frames they're working with; Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod and the Touring one. All their bikes are built around these frames.

The Fat Bob being a Dyna model handled easily. Phenomenal really. It's a smaller frame with a very powerful engine. Its not so torquey that you are constantly concerned.

Later, I rented a Street Glide. That's using the Touring frame. My impression with the Street Glide is comfort and hauling capacity. It was an older and very beat up bike and it still handled well.

I did video on both. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What motorcyclists can learn from a cat

Now how do I get down!?
Cats are sometimes curious things. Especially when they speedily charge right up a ladder, and then unable to get down. Curiosity is sometimes blamed for cats mishaps. In an amusing sense sometimes target fixation seems like an obvious issue for a cat.

I think motorcycle riders can learn some things from our little furry friends. More often than we would like to admit, we're often guilty of some of the same behavior. The commonality is charging full speed ahead into something without taking time to pause, and then look around over the ramifications. We charge ahead into corners, bunching up too close behind traffic, moving into tights spots with no exit, or angry exchanges with drivers.

Cats are known to have 9 lives. They have close calls. They have woopses. They get into something and they need your help. I sometimes find myself having an occasional close call. In between my daydreaming as a ride along, sometimes something slips in my way, or not looking out far enough ahead, I ride into a challenging circumstance with a car.

I don't want to use up my 9 lives. When I ride into a pickle, there's no one to help me out of it. I don't have an owner who feeds me and cleans my litter box. It's on me, and it always will be.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns

I've started reading a fascinating book by Dr. Peter Enns. It's called The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. While this book centers on the Christian faith, people from different walks may find it beneficial.

Enns appears to have gone through the gauntlet many go through in modern systematic Christianity. Everything's fine, but he has questions. He then takes it a step further. You question, and then you're removed, dismissed or decreed you're no longer part of the tribe.

He feels people have missed the point of the Bible. That specifically viewing the Bible as an instruction manual, rulebook, hard and rigid Word of God. While the Bible can fill that on some level, he believes that's all a setup for failure. He now prefers a Bible where you can meet God.

He says, “I believe God wants us to take the Bible seriously, but I don’t believe he wants us to suppress our questions about it.” Of many questions is the stark difference of how God is presented in the New Testament versus the prior. One explanation is the more ancient authors of writings who were tribal often connected through their deity as a warrior God.

Approaching the Bible through cultural context is nothing new. Authors like Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Dr. Michael L. Brown, J. Michael Matkin along with many others, have done similar. They've also receive their share of lumps for it. I think Enns has done it in a new easy to read approach.

Cultural context has helped me to understand many parts of the Bible's perceived inconsistencies. Setting up the Bible as an inerrant and infallible authority in everything, sets up expectations the Bible may not live up to.

Many readers are claiming the book to be life changing. The books shatters the literal inerrancy of scripture. That's sure to be controversial for some.

Those wanting systematic certainty in an inerrant and infallible Word of God, will probably find this book disturbing if not heretical. Fundamentalists are sure to question the author's motives. While I will draw no conclusions on this book for you, any Bible bibliophile should find this book a very fun and informative read.