Jan 10, 2018

New Years Resolutions

Don't Procrastinate - Make your resolutions before Jan 10

Take the XMAS tree down

Lose weight

Eat healthy

Work out 

Have fun

Don't worry, be happy

Travel more

Love your loved ones

Forgive goofs

Run Spiel Chek

Jan 8, 2018

Go, Dawgs!!! The University of Georgia is Playing For the National Championship

Go, Dawgs!!! The Georgia Bulldogs are playing today for the national Championship. At the half they are ahead 13 to nothing.

My wife Beth went to Georgia, so as you can imagine we are excited.  She also went to the University of Florida - the Gators, and she was born in October.  So I am married to a Bulldog/Gator/Scorpion. This terrifies me.

The First Solar Powered Town in America

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Southwest Florida will have our own solar-powered city. 

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Seventeen thousand acres of land will be developed into a new town with its own solar plant. The town is located next to the 73,000 acre  Babcock Ranch Preserve.
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Jan 4, 2018

Blue Zones

"Blue Zones describes the characteristic lifestyles and the environments of the world's longest-lived people. The term first appeared as an international concept in the November 2005 National Geographic magazine cover story "The Secrets of a Long Life" by Dan Buettner. Buettner identified five geographic areas where people live statistically longest:Okinawa(Japan); Sardinia (Italy); Nicoya (Costa Rica); Icaria (Greece) and among theSeventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California. He offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives."

"The people inhabiting Blue Zones share common lifestyle characteristics that contribute to their longevity. The Venn diagram above highlights the following six shared characteristics among the people of Okinawa, Sardinia, and Loma Linda 

Blue Zones:
Family – put ahead of other concerns
Less smoking
Semi-vegetarianism – the majority of food consumed is derived from plants
Constant moderate physical activity – an inseparable part of life
Social engagement – people of all ages are socially active and integrated into their communities
Legumes – commonly consumed

In his book, Buettner provides a list of nine lessons, covering the lifestyle of blue zones people:

Moderate, regular physical activity.
Life purpose.
Stress reduction.
Moderate calories intake.
Plant-based diet.
Moderate alcohol intake, especially wine.
Engagement in spirituality or religion.
Engagement in family life.
Engagement in social life."

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Jan 3, 2018

Why Plan, When You Can React?

Why Plan When You Can React ?



Things I have learned as a City Planner and Marine and Boy Scout and in Sunday School.

Don't worry, be happy.  

Why Plan, when you can react?

Any road will do when you don't know where you are going.

As you climb the ladder of success, don't forget who helped you.

This too shall pass.

Get it done.


Life has its ups and downs.

It will get better.

Think positive.

Positive Mental Attitude is a Force Multiplier.

Don't make mountains out of mole hills.

What good does getting depressed do?

Dive right in.

Take bite size projects, and finish them.

Make a decision, and stick with it.

The longest journey begins with a single step.

Excuses are like belly buttons, everyone has one.

If anything can go wrong, it will.

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

But a stitch in time saves nine.

Run spiell chek.

Travel more.

Eat Less.

If it tastes good, spit it out.

Keep plugging away.

Swing for the Fences, but try not to strike out.

Stuff happens.

Just do it.

Can do easy.

Criticism, like sewage, runs down hill.

When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.

7 "P's" - Preliminary prior planning prevents pitiful poor performance.

"We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives!"  Mary Angelou

Be Prepared.

Do a good turn daily.

Good guidelines then and now - A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

On your Honor, Do your Best, Do Your Duty, For God and Your Country.

Leave your campground better then you found it.

Leave your community better then you found it.

If like many planners you are disorganized, find someone who is organized to help you.

Checklists help, but don't let them become the bible.

Search for the Win / Win.

Developers are important to your community.

Seek, and Ye Shall Find.

Planning, like life, has its ups and downs.

It will get better/It's got to get better/I hope it gets better.

Brevity is Beautiful.

KISS - Keep it Short and Sweet.

Short Plans are Best.

Don't make mountains out of mole hills.

Life can be a can of worms.

Publish or perish.

The longest journey starts with a single step. 

Keep plugging away.

Muddle through.

Take bite size projects, and finish them.

Make a decision, and stick with it.

Keep your eye on the ball.

Planning should not equal procrastination.

Keep your friends.

Don't be a workaholic.

How many people on their death bed say, "Gosh, I wished I had worked more?"

The Few, the Proud, The Marines.

The Few, the Careful, The Planners.

Building consensus among governments and people is like herding Cats.

Show me which way the people are going, and I will lead them.

Planning Chicago's third airport is like bathing an elephant - it is big, difficult, and you can definitely get hurt.

Excuses are like belly buttons, everyone has one.

Grant me the COURAGE to change what should be changed; the SERENITY to accept what cannot be changed; and the WISDOM to know the difference.

We will all hang together, or all hang separately.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

But pay attention to details - other people are.

Let criticism roll off your back.

Do what your boss tells you unless it is illegal or immoral.

Flee Fornification, And/Or, Don't get caught.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Most of your life is none of their business.

Socrates was a famous Greek Philosopher. Like many planners, he was always telling people what do do..............  They poisoned him.

When you take a job, you are issued some marbles. Each time there is a problem one marble is taken away. No new marbles are ever added for any reason.  After a while, you lose your marbles.

When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.

Hostile public hearings are stressful, but they seldom shoot at you with real bullets.

The Planner is like the Marine Point Man - he leads from the front, gets shot at often, and sometimes gets dinged.

When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight - Call 911-Marines.

Great Leadership enables the Marines to get American teenagers up at zero dark thirty, work out, stay clean and neat and organized, and Charge Machine Guns, all for minimum wage.

Yea though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil, because I am a US Marine and therefor the baddest guy in the valley.

To err is human, to forgive divine - neither of which is Marine policy.

The height of windy braggadocio obnoxiousness - a Marine from the Windy City.

Stop me before I Plan again.

ACDC - Acronym Code Decode Center

FUBIJAR - Flip You Buddy, I'm Just A Reserve 

FUBIJAC - Flip You Buddy, I'm Just A Consultant

FUBAR - Flipped Up Beyond All Recognition 

WITAWTAW - Where There's a Will, There's a Way

PANE - People Against Nearly Everything

NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard

NIMTOF - Not In My Term Of Office

BANANA  Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody

REMF - Rear Echelon MF

SUCKS - Snarky Unfair Churlish Kid Stuff