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He’s been struggling financially from a recent divorce
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He came by after you ignored him. He needs you.
Put the F*cking yard tools down and spend some time with him.
Dudes rarely ask for help ..... when they do .... BE THERE!!

I challenge you to call (not txt) him right now and apologize for being a self centered a$$ hat and offer to buy him some wings and just talk.
 

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Just to keep going ....... buddy of mine was in the same spot ....doing a lot better now ..... told me the other day that me spending time with him just playing guitars (when i was super busy and didn't have time for it) kept him from just ending it that day .......

was in church the other day .... priest told a story, he got a call from a buddy in that same spot. He was tired from a long day and brushed him off. buddy is no longer here. he charged us to step up in that spot and be there......

life is F*cking hard sometimes. start looking around and seeing who you can be there for.......
 

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Just to keep going ....... buddy of mine was in the same spot ....doing a lot better now ..... told me the other day that me spending time with him just playing guitars (when i was super busy and didn't have time for it) kept him from just ending it that day .......

was in church the other day .... priest told a story, he got a call from a buddy in that same spot. He was tired from a long day and brushed him off. buddy is no longer here. he charged us to step up in that spot and be there......

life is F*cking hard sometimes. start looking around and seeing who you can be there for.......
Thanks for being there when people need you. Whatever you do for them, I'm sure it's deeply appreciated.
Keep going.

I don't know where I would be if people around me wouldn't have been as receptive as they were the last few months.
 

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Friday night! TGIF!

Sat at home working. Anyone else?
 

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Just to keep going ....... buddy of mine was in the same spot ....doing a lot better now ..... told me the other day that me spending time with him just playing guitars (when i was super busy and didn't have time for it) kept him from just ending it that day .......
Wow... That's pretty rough. You are a good friend.
 

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He came by after you ignored him. He needs you.
Put the F*cking yard tools down and spend some time with him.
Dudes rarely ask for help ..... when they do .... BE THERE!!

I challenge you to call (not txt) him right now and apologize for being a self centered a$$ hat and offer to buy him some wings and just talk.
It’s only fair to keep the context accurate though - the divorce was almost 2 years ago, it was very mutual and they had been separated for quite some time in secret, they simply shook hands and parted ways because they had both become uninterested. His financial status is akin to a guy being single again, and having to adjust to playing as he used to do, only now on a single income - she was the heavier income generator. He’s a very happy guy with a lot going on, just in a different direction than I. They were both very spendy, his habit is to lift a truck per year, get tired of it, sell it and start over. I used to do the same :playful:

I stopped by his place on my way home and shot the shit for awhile, we joked around and laughed like dweebs as always. Made some plans for the summer - there’s a catfishing tournament next Saturday, he has to work and can’t go but I’m trying to get him to come hang out at the Marina after work. He was selling his ex’s boat, I managed to hook him up with someone in the market for such a boat, they made a deal and the day closed out nice.

Currently waiting on my IMac to finish updating so I can continue making an ad.

@ZCP - Giving me sh*t ain’t free ya know. What’s the deal with Santa Monica soap, you get bought by Johnson and Johnson yet or what? Chop f’n chop! :kiss:
 

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Randon thoughts and rant on how the script has a massive hold on society.

Was at a party last week for grand final day, if your not from Australia you won't get it.

Was speaking to one of my lady friends about investing business etc, we got talking she asked if I read the barefoot investor.

I said is it another ETF circle jerk?

She said no its about a guy who was broke in his 30s and turned it around. I said did he turn it around from writing the book?

She said oh I think he made a bit from the book but Yada Yada.

I started to speak about fastlane ideas indirectly, about having a product or service people want and need making it run seperate of my time eventually so I am no longer a slave like everyone else

She says well you'll need to go get a business degree for that and basically told me it wasn't possible....

I left it there and just said yeh I could tell she was just so defeated alive but not living.

The script has a great hold so glad I've taken the red pill.
I’ve been there before!

It’s good to know that i not the only one who has these frustrating conversations

Barefoot investor is actually a decent financial book for most people. I joined one of the barefoot Facebook groups. It’s mostly Aussie battlers with a scarcity mindset and no self control. The book has taught financial discipline to a lot of people. Most people won’t connect with MJ’s work. Plenty of people have though. It’s good to see you all here!
 

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So it seems I’ve gotten pretty sterile in some of my friendships. Anybody else experiencing this? Life is meant to be lived, to experience, but a lot of my interactions with others seem unsatisfying. It’s like if it doesn’t stimulate some kind of growth or value for one of us in the conversation, I don’t appreciate it.
Dead dreams need to be medicated. Sounds like he's simply wanting to share his drug with you. Friendships should have some mutual interest (regardless of slowlane/fastlane/blah blah). Unfortunately for a lot of folks, that's trivial BS like sports, HBO dramas, or whatever else is medicating their mundanity.

If you have some common interests and are supportive of each other, then it's worth salvaging. Of course the real test is when you start accomplishing things, will he be supportive and congratulatory? Or downtrodden and jealous?

Most people do not grow and expand themselves through life, they stay the same.

Which is why friendships/relationships die.
 

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It’s only fair to keep the context accurate though - the divorce was almost 2 years ago
You did fine then. friendships change. evolve your group of friends. See them every now and again and stay on path for your plans.

thats why I'm in skype groups and slack groups w/ fastlaners and other business owners. can't talk about business shit with the sheep. on the other hand, have some other interests too so you can fit in with other groups.

@SteveO has had some great posts about this over the years!

I watched a couple of GOT episodes to spend some time with the girlfriend..... I've now been a part of 4 or 5 conversations with others and understood several news shows
 

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@ZCP - Giving me sh*t ain’t free ya know. What’s the deal with Santa Monica soap, you get bought by Johnson and Johnson yet or what? Chop f’n chop! :kiss:
It's being farmed. Along with another amazon business, vending business, etc.
Am focused on growing the engineering company until the youngest graduates in 5 years.
Also still coaching basketball and teaching college labs. Spending time on me, fitness, friends, etc. too.

The oldest is getting interested in making some money again, so he'll be working on them this summer.
 

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I notice that I’m a lot more judgmental now as a serious entrepreneur.
You don't need to keep these friends unless it is your desire. The judgment part has no place in our lives though. It is not easy to stop but serves no purpose.

I judged someone in a post earlier today. There is this this process where I look at ALL emotions and try to recognize what the actual feeling is. Am I angry, hurt, etc... Then I look for why. Am I feeling disrespected, or am I feeling fear, and so on. Finally, I look for why I am reacting the way I am. It is always some automatic reaction that should not have any bearing on my day or whatever is going on in that moment.

Judgement does absolutely nothing for us.

On the other hand, if you are not getting anything from this relationship, then move on.

The part that @ZCP brings up is very valid. If your "friend" is there and talking to you, you should be listening... without judgment. No need to solve all their problems. Just listen.

If it is not possible to do it in the moment, set up a time with them. (Edit: Which I read that you did do)

Everyone has a different reality. They are valid even if different than ours. If you share common interests and enjoy spending time, then keep that enjoyment. If not, keep moving in the directions that you want to go.

My answer here sounds contradictory but it is not.
 
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Actual conversation I had today.

Me: 'You're really smart. Cut out your company and get your money you deserve. You should do freelancing.'

Them: 'Nah, I like having the security.'

Me: '...10 people got fired from your office last month.'

Them: 'Yeah, but...<conversation goes elsewhere>'

Wow. People can't see past the Script.
 
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Catching up...I've never seen GOT. I rarely watch TV at all as I'd much rather read.
My one and only foray into sports betting was highly successful. I won an entire pool simply based on....math. I sat down and literally calculated the likelihood of certain scores happening. Don't tell my friends and family, but I routinely win games by calculating odds. I once mentioned that to someone and they got highly offended that I figured out what they were about to do simply based on math. :)
 

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Just a quick note about how the media pushes slowlane living on everyone;

This commercial for 'homes.com' or something, they were showing clips of rich people having a luxurious party in a mansion, having a great time.

It flips to these millennials in a moderately shitty house, fixing it up themselves, "For a more realistic home buying experience, trust us to get it done".


Basically, this advertisement told me not to work for a big house and great lifestyle, but instead settle for a more "realistic" small house like every other slowlaner out there...

Unbelievable.
 

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Catching up...I've never seen GOT. I rarely watch TV at all as I'd much rather read.
My one and only foray into sports betting was highly successful. I won an entire pool simply based on....math. I sat down and literally calculated the likelihood of certain scores happening. Don't tell my friends and family, but I routinely win games by calculating odds. I once mentioned that to someone and they got highly offended that I figured out what they were about to do simply based on math. :)
I did this once for a sport I don’t follow. It was a company fantasy league. Shhh... but I went on the bookies sites and got the odds for each player to score and put the best I could get on my team.
 

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Want some wheels and tires for your car?

Get some used ones for only $13,600! As some one commented on the thread I pulled this photo from, It sucks to be poor.

Did you notice the alignment costs $5 X 78 = $390!
And you can get the same tire at Amazon for the weekly rent price!

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Which thread? I don't understand what I'm looking at.
It’s advertising to purchase/rent a set of used wheels and tires using weekly payments. The photo was taken from another car forum thread.
 

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Reading the online new recently has me shaking my head at how folks still refuse vaccinations, even with a measles outbreak.

How in the hell do you live in a modern society, and yet not want to enjoy its benefits, especially health?

I can understand people's jive with how artificial modern medicine can be, such as chemo and steroids, but alternative medicine can at times only do so much to protect folks from diseases.

Saw this video which explained aptly why the side-effects of vaccination (if any), may be a lot better than getting the illness itself.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBkVCpbNnkU


Weird about the measles thing though. I thought it was just one of the little childhood illnesses that got solved with just one trip to the doctor and a few weeks...apparently not.
 
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Today I called GEICO to cancel my car insurance because I moved over to Allstate which saved me $800 a year. To my surprise the GEICO agent said that he would be able to match the Allstate rate.

So are insurance companies like cable companies now, you threaten to quit and they will give you a lower rate?

When I asked the guy, he said that he has more "quote options" available to him since he's in retention vs. a regular quote agent.
 

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Today I called GEICO to cancel my car insurance because I moved over to Allstate which saved me $800 a year. To my surprise the GEICO agent said that he would be able to match the Allstate rate.

So are insurance companies like cable companies now, you threaten to quit and they will give you a lower rate?

When I asked the guy, he said that he has more "quote options" available to him since he's in retention vs. a regular quote agent.
That just happened to me, I was with Liberty Mutual for 7 years and they sent me a renewal that struck me as substantially high, especially since I had no claims in all 7 years. I shopped around and sure enough, I was able to save about 25% going to Allstate, plus I got an umbrella policy with it. When I cancelled Liberty, the agent said, "Oh, we can beat that quote" -- I told him to pound sand, the time to "beat the quote" was BEFORE sending me an outrageous renewal price, and then hoping I won't notice.
 

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I was onsite in a large insurance broker tinkering with their Google Ads campaigns. The only free desk was amongst the call centre. The girl sat next to me took an inbound call of someone trying to get their car insurance quote down. "Let me speak to a manager and get back to you" she said. I watched out of the corner of my eye while she put them on hold, looked at her nails for about 30 seconds, then came back on to cheerily tell them they're in luck and she could drop their quote a bit.
 

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It's a three day weekend where I am, and of course people are salivating over it. Heck, someone in my office even waved his arms in the air expressing his excitement. How can they not see the reality that they're not celebrating an extra day off, but they're actually celebrating an extra day of freedom granted, is something I will never get.

But great news for me. My girlfriend has gone away for the weekend. Why is that great? That means no distractions and no excuses. I literally have no reason to achieve want I want to this weekend. If I don't, then the only reason is because of me and me alone.
 

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Just finished listening to The Millionaire Fastlane on Audible... now reading another book and my internal reading voice reads it in MJ's voice. Makes it more interesting to be honest.
 

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Anybody else a sucker for lemonade stands? Yes it’s straight sugar and overpriced and blah blah blah but I cannot see one and not support the young entrepreneur who sets it up.

This young lady yesterday took it to a new level though. Individual bottles, packaging and a web page! Awesome to see this out of a 9 year old.

CanyonYum
 

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Friday night! TGIF! Sat at home working. Anyone else?
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A Slowlane friend said 'Let's do lunch after Memorial Day'.. I had no idea when he meant.

"Thank God It's Friday!" has become "Thank God It's.. a day ending in 'Y'".

I generally have no idea what day of the week it is. The only thing that will clue me in are traffic changes on the weekend.

i.e. When you're on the path, every day is A DAY. You're looking forward to things you've planned, not a 'holiday' dictated by third parties.
 
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Was making documents for a car today at car police office (one per region, so a lot of people there) and had to pay around $20 government fee.
There was only one bank there that took $2 commission for that payment, which is 10%.
Usually, local banks charge 0.5-1% or 0.12-0.25$ fixed commissions here, so they're definitely making a lot of money by being the only one in a place where many people (383 today) are forced to make payments quickly and have a paper check for that.

Wondering if it still a good strategy long term, cause now I an anchor/note "This bank is ripping people off, stay away from it" and it would be one of the last in the list if I would actually have a choice.

P. S. Another bank was doing the same thing near an Embassy where people had to pay the Visa fees.
 

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Today marked my 30 days of walking 10.000 steps every day. A big step up for someone who's used to sit in front of a computer 8-12 hours per day, with some days walking less than 500 steps.

It's funny how motivating sunny weather and a push message with the text "Congratulations with your 10.000 steps today" can do.
 

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The GF is a pre-op nurse... when you have surgery you're not supposed to drink water before the operation.

Before admitting the patient, you ask them to confirm they didn't drink water prior to the procedure. It's purely for safety reasons as drinking water prior to the operation could cause a life-threatening reaction.

This actually happened:

Nurse: When was the last time you drank water? (Answer needs to be greater than 12 hours)
Patient: Two months ago.
Nurse: Two months ago? I don't understand.
Patient: Yes, about two months ago.
Nurse: So you aren't human and don't need water to live?
Patient: No, I just don't drink water. I drink Diet Coke.


Only in America...
 

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Entrepreneurs!?! What kind of solution could solve this problem?

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I don't know anything about cranes, but I assume they've got this problem solved. When I search for pics of bigass cranes, they almost all have multiple cables in play with some distance between them. I'm sure there's a few reasons for that, but if you're using two cables with multiple feet in between them, it's going to take much more force to start a spin than if you only had 1.

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Consider this. If I'm suspended from a single rope, how much force would it take to spin me? You could do it with a single finger or even a breeze. What if I were in a porch swing instead?

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It would take some serious work and probably two people. Of course, the longer the suspension, the easier it gets, but there's probably a reasonable ratio of distance between contacts, max suspension length, and expected wind.

I would guess that a contact at the head and foot of the rescue harness along with a pulley system on the skids of the helicopter that kept the leads a similar distance apart would prevent most similar problems. If not, even a manually tensioned lead from the other side of the copter would probably work.
 

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If I'm suspended from a single rope, how much force would it take to spin me? You could do it with a single finger or even a breeze.
I'm not an engineer but I think you're headed in the right direction.

The solution would probably be designing a new kind of rope with very high resistance to twisting.

I'm sure there is formal fancy terms for all this in physics but who knows.

Maybe a rope that is a made of metal? Maybe some kind of coating?
 

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From the looks of it, I'd say that its spinning on a metal connection and not a rope being twisted. It must be something specific to that rescue since they use this type of extraction all the time and I doubt they would use this method if that was a regular occurrence.

Quick google and it appears that they do have a second line that they use to try and keep the gurney from spinning.

I'd say maybe pull out wings/floor on either side of the helicopter to deflect the down draft from blowing down to the gurney.

Or even a tube that collapses open down from the helicopter around the gurney as it gets a certain distance close to the helicopter.

To keep from twisting think would need something like a motorcycle chain going down at four points on the gurney.

Looks like something people would pay to do, along the lines of sky diving, bungee jumping.

Another thought maybe a half dome sphere that goes drops down just over the gurney, so the ball would spin and deflect the airflow while the gurney remains unaffected.
 
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The spinning was due to the rotors on the helicopter. So to me, the first solution I’d think of was a few air fins in the stretcher going in the opposite direction to help channel the air differently.
 

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Multiple ropes on cranes are used to create a pulley - this lets you lift a much greater weight with the same distance arm on the crane, than a single rope.

That's might be hard to do on a helicopter because weight of the steel rope becomes a problem (the rope is probably heavier than the winch). There could also be problems with multiples ropes "swinging" rather than twisting.

I'd want to know more before deeming this to be a problem. This must be a semi-routine mission that the crew are trained for. I'd be wondering if it was freak conditions or a break of procedure / operator error.

Poor woman though, that must have been terrifying to experience.
 

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