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thenewgreen  ·  106 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Today's Writing Prompt: Advice to a Poet

Thanks for the inspiration lil. Anyone, feel free to add to this: rezzeJ, steve, flac, coffeesp00ns, zebra2

Don't give advice to poets

They'll be living in your house

Before you know it

They'll be sharing your bed

They'll be filling your head

With some nonsense about wind

Don't give advice to poets

They'll leave you with no words left

And you'll know it when you can't say your own name

For fear that its a lame expression of your "truth"

They're all imagery and meter

She'll look cute but you don't need her

She'll start wearing your clothes

And swear that they're all hers

(she'll take your pets her clerics)

Don't give advice to (no) poets

thenewgreen  ·  300 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 3 Questions with @mike

mike, this was a fantastic one. Thank you! I couldn't help but lock in to the overarching message of "doing" and "creating." I took your advice and I wrote an original piece of music titled, "Mike" for your #meethubski. I hope you are cool with that.

Thanks for all you've done around here by just participating and encouraging people, including me. Cheers!

thenewgreen  ·  433 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: TIH: January 19, 1809 - Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston

I imagine that the day he was born, it was cold, rainy and gray outside. The hospital yard was full of ravens And beneath the floor boards of the delivery room, the doctors all swore they heard the low, constant thud of a beating heart.

I was at dinner with a few born again Christians that all suggested, under the guise of "not really though," that an "atomic bomb," is a potential solution.

My reply was this:

"WWJN"

Confused faces.

"Who would Jesus nuke?"

Silence.

thenewgreen  ·  536 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I asked.

We love you. You are like Hubski's surrogate sister/daughter/hellian and we are all happy to see you happy.

He's a good guy too. Super talented. I approve. You two seem very well suited for one another. I see a bright future! I shall toast to you both tonight as tonight is "date night." -you'll see... 11 years from now, you'll long for "date night."

For the record, I was totally the first person to badge this.

thenewgreen  ·  582 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My customers are my friends. Ummm.... NO, THEY'RE NOT!

"I Will" is the first song both my children heard after being born. I sang it to them both. Best song ever.

thenewgreen  ·  594 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 12, 2015

Today is a monumental day for me. I'm turning in my laptop, phone, iPad and token for my current job. It means I'm done. I'm having lunch with my former boss and two colleagues.

Then, I'm off to buy a car. I'm thinking a Subaru Outback. It has cameras in the front that will prevent me from colliding with another object. Supposedly, the safest car out there. I'm not going for fancy, I'm going for safe.

Then, I'm going to bounce some tracks with a click to send to a drummer that is working on a long overdue music project with ghostoffuffle, T-Dog and I. -very excited about this.

Then, I'm going to research Michigan based marketing companies for a startup I'm working on.

Then, I'm going to the pool with my family.

Nice little day I've got planned out.

thenewgreen  ·  601 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 5, 2015

I just accepted an offer for a job selling financial software to large accounting firms. It's what I always dreamed I would do with my life :-)

The compensation is killer, I work from home and I get 4 weeks PTO. Not too shabby, plus I get to learn a whole new vertical. That's cool. I had four offers on the table when I chose this one. One was in the payments space as a Division Manager, one was for a Software Company selling ALLL software to banks, one was selling employee benefits and the other was for a company selling Managed Network Services. I also have a quasi offer from a medical device company (I'm down to the last two, not quite an offer.. .yet) selling Orthopedic surgical equipment.

The company I chose embraces the challenger selling model that I've been using for years, so that's good. The online reviews of working there all say that they value work/life balance -something everyone says they do, but when you see previous employees disparaging other aspects of the company while celebrating that one, it must be true.

There are a lot of people that have been supportive of me during my transition from my current role to this new one. It's not a transition that I would not have made without the "prodding" of my current company. In short, I've been managed out.

Thank you to lil for her help with my resume and keeping my spirits up. Thank you to mk for being a good friend during all this, same with b_b and insomniasexx, steve and flagamuffin. -Among others.

A big shout-out to kleinbl00 who lets me text and vent to him, while he texts back reasoned responses like, "Don't freak out. Conquer." -That was valuable. I feel like I did conquer, thanks.

I learned that there are a lot of opportunities out there for someone with my experience. Some are awful though, so it's important to sift through the chaff and value the good ones.

I begin my new journey on Monday, August 17th.

thenewgreen  ·  612 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm on my honeymoon in Europe. What should I do?

Put away your phones and computers and go explore. Have lots of romance. Make friends with locals and other travellers.

Eat.

Ride bikes.

Hike.

Find a live band, tell them it's your honeymoon and ask if you can sit in and play your wife's favourite song.

Introduce each other as "my wife" or "my husband," whenever possible. After this honeymoon that gets less "new" feeling.

Drink lots of wine. Get good bottles. Drink champagne too. This stuff is way more expensive once imported to US.

Spend time in a very nice hotel with a comfortable bed and some champagne. -use your imagination from here.

Go swimming

Ask people about their favourite bands etc. and see lots of local music.

Dumpster dive. -just to say you did.

Definitely get off of Hubski/Internet.

Report back.

Congratulations my friend!! Knowing you, I have no doubt You will have an awesome marriage.

thenewgreen  ·  619 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lil's Book of Questions: What Does It Mean to Face Your Problems?

Facing it is realizing that if you don't change, neither will your circumstances.

Facing it is forgiving others but most importantly, yourself.

Facing it is recognizing that the clock is ticking.

Facing it is realizing that we are often programmed to push-away the things that bring us the most joy.

Facing it is folding your laundry and fixing the sink

thenewgreen  ·  620 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ▶ Wilco Album "Star Wars" free album stream and free download

thenewgreen, sitting at his counter, headphones on, raised his arms triumphantly after track two and proclaimed, "holy fuck, this is good."

I've been in such a dark and dismal place these past few weeks. I'm deep in the depths of just trying to stay afloat in waters that I never thought I'd be treading in. Trading one corporate master for another. Fuck.

After the third song I laughed triumphantly and my wife raised her head from behind the back of the couch and looked at me like I am crazy. -I am.

I said to her, "this, this is what I was born to do."

"You change your mind all the time," she said.

I replied, "But, really... I don't. It's always music. It's the constant."

She's referring to the various startups I create. I am pathologically creating business ideas. But music (and Hubski) are the only ones that I've never considered a "business."

Anyways. I'm digging listening to this. It's brought some clarity to a dismal situation. Even if I have to slang crap for corporate america for the rest of my life, I'll always have the music I make.

This weekend I will record. A lot.

veen, I should have shouted out to you and flagamuffin. Have a listen.

thenewgreen  ·  641 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How does Hubski live a fulfilling life while working full time?

I think that kleinbl00 does a good job of describing how to have a fulfilling life in this Hubski podcast on "fun." He comes in around the 3:45 mark. Basically, it's by doing the things you want to do, not the things you have to do. He's made a career out of it: