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"Murphy was an optimist!"

Getting ahead July 20, 2016 3:22 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Occasionally I play the lottery. Typically, I’ll buy a ticket then not look at it for several days after the numbers have been drawn. It’s Schrodinger’s lottery ticket. For those few days, I’m a millionaire! And the dreams are glorious.

On this occasion, I paid $2 for a MegaMillions ticket and I won $25. A smart man would have pocketed the money but I was having fun, so I spent $2 on another MegaMillions, $3 on a Powerball, and $20 on a scratch-off. The scratch-off was a $30 winner! (Now up, $28 dollars) Again, a smart man would take the money and run but I have never purchased a $30 scratch-off before so I decide to let it ride. I ask the man behind the counter, “How do those $30 tickets do?” He replies, “Once you get ahead, you stay ahead with those.” I buy one. He extends the ticket toward me and I grab one end while he continues to hold the other end, narrows his eyes, and speaks deliberately to me, “You ain’t ahead yet.”

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Secrets of adults July 7, 2016 4:37 pm

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Sometimes you just have to go find a place to be alone and cry.

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Uninvited house guests June 25, 2016 8:28 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, House
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Confirmed. I have birds in the attic. Guess I should get those spot lights replaced.

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Doug’s Mantras June 25, 2016 8:26 am

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We’re making money not art.

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Quote of the Day June 24, 2016 8:23 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Deep Thoughts, Philosophy
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I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralize them. –Terry Benn

h/t Deek Deekster

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State of Me June 22, 2016 10:35 am

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We all grow weary June 19, 2016 7:19 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Of Being Dad, Philosophy, Poetry
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The daily grind. People say such flippantly. But it wears on us. Grind. Dulling the edge. Like gears without oil. And our performance drops. Then our enthusiasm wanes. Leading to more stress. GRIND. Along comes motivation. Acceptance of the mistakes. A revitalization. But to escape the beatdown. You must work three times as hard. grind.

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I am so loved June 18, 2016 11:59 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad
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I am so loved by my family! And I so do not deserve it. They love me unconditionally. I have been weak recently. I have responded to my children and wife in anger this week. Each time was completely unnecessary. Stress is no excuse. Most recently we had a fire in the house. Amy burned a note her brother wrote a time ago. It had some ugliness in it she decided no one else should see so she burned it in a trash can filling the house with smoke. I was calm as I sought out the smell of fire. She was afraid and denied it being a fire. I said, “that is a fire” to which she replied, “no it is not a fire.” I was flabbergasted and lost my temper. I brought tears instead of taking the opportunity to teach. The fire was controlled. We could have observed it. Discussed it. But alas, I yelled. Words and shouts in anger are no different than using hands for hitting. I regrouped and asked that we open all the windows. Two remained closed and when I asked Amy to open them she back talked and my anger resurfaced. Oh teenage girls…so difficult.

I was just treated to an early Father’s Day. My family is terrific! I am so undeserving of their love. I vow to be a better father to them. A better provider. And a kinder soul. To my family, I love you!

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Deep Thoughts June 17, 2016 9:26 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Deep Thoughts, Philosophy
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The older you get, the lonelier you become.

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Today is a cool day…for non-Americans June 16, 2016 10:04 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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For the non-Americans out there, today is 16-6-16 which I think is a cool looking number.

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My thoughts on acts of violence June 13, 2016 9:20 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Technology
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For each person who has lived on our soil and gone on to commit an act of violence, be it Timothy McVeigh or the 9/11 hijackers or the Columbine kids or any of the others, each one of those represents a failing on us as a society to not embrace them, to make them one of us, and let them see the American Dream and our way of life as great enough to put aside their wish to do harm and to feel welcome and loved enough to put down their arms. Step out of your homes, hug your neighbors, wave at a stranger (with more than your middle finger), let that person merge in traffic, accept one another, quit labeling and name calling, resist the media and politicians’ efforts to divide us with fear and hate, and generally practice being nice.

Together we stand; divided we fall. Let love overcome!

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Here’s a thought June 12, 2016 4:08 pm

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View post on imgur.com

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Take away the power of a mass shooting by never naming the shooter June 12, 2016 11:06 am

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This video must be reposted whenever a mass shooting occurs until the media outlets learn to give the shooter little to no coverage and to make the story about the victims and the heroes.

Take away the power of a mass shooting by not making the shooter into a star.

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Fear not! Love everyone! June 12, 2016 10:59 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Activism, Politics, Touchy Subjects
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Giving into fear and hate is how you allow yourselves to be controlled. Take the power away from the politicians and the press. Do not be afraid. Love one another!

We are being shepherded into a divided country of us and them. Let’s return to being we. "United we stand; divided we fall."

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From the mouths of babes June 12, 2016 9:21 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad, Tommy
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Tommy: "You were typing on my keyboard the other night weren’t you?"

Me: “Yes, I just wanted to try it out. I’m thinking about buying one.”

Tommy: “The guys in my forum got a good laugh out of that.”

Me: “Oh, your monitors were off but your computer was still on wasn’t it?”

Tommy: “Yup. You typed your initials and part of your name. Then ‘This would be a good keyboard for programming.’ and some random characters. I told them ‘Oh, that was just my dad playing on the keyboard.’ They got a good laugh out of it.”

  1. I’ve become THAT dad.
  2. it is time to change that password.
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