It’s a GREAT Week When …

It’s a GREAT week when your favorite band, Weezer, gets swept up in a viral campaign and Tweet storm and releases two new songs (well, covers of classic cheesy 80s songs) and then you randomly discover a new band (that’s not actually new, but new to you) and you can’t stop listening.

GREAT new music can even overcome nearly dying in a plane crash (I am probably over-exaggerating that a bit).

GREAT new music can make a business trip better because you can listen to it over and over again while waiting in the airport.

I’ll Blog tomorrow about “nearly dying in a plane crash” but for now, let me quickly, and most likely inaccurately, tell you what happened that Weezer released Toto’s “Africa” and “Rosanna.” As I heard it on the radio, a 14-year old girl in Cleveland (yes, I’m a fanboy for Weezer that includes 14-year-old girls, but in my defense, I became a Weezer superfan in 1995, a full 9 years before this girl was even born and I have a job and was able to afford tickets 10th row, center and she’s probably on the lawn …not sure why I had to throw that in there) …where was I? Oh, yes, a 14-year-old girl in Cleveland started a website and Twitter account basically bullying Weezer into recording and releasing “Africa” and because Rivers Cuomo (lead singer of Weezer if you don’t know, and if you didn’t know that, please leave this Blog and never return …ok …stay …please …but promise you’ll do a deep-dive into all things Weezer) …where was I? Oh, yes, because Rivers Cuomo is awesome, he did it. And now Alt Rock stations are playing it, like, once an hour.

Funny aside. My 13-year-old son said, “hey, Dad, did you hear your favorite band Weezer has new music out doing an old song from when you were a kid?” and my 15-year-old daughter said, “hey, Dad, you’ll be proud to know I have two Weezer songs on my Spotify playlist.”

I am proud.

So, below are the two Toto covers and below that is “Good Kisser” by Lake Street Dive, a band I just discovered, like, an hour ago when I accidentally stumbled onto their cover of A-Ha’s “Take On Me” and I just had to hear more. Good song with good lyrics. Their lead singer is great. The video is funny.

Leave a comment pledging your commitment to Weezer education and saying you like Lake Street Dive.

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So Many Good Things

Ever have one of those days where you’ve got so many things to brag about, you don’t even know where to start?

81ejepaabql-_sl1500_Like, I could tell you about my Eurolux Stainless steel, Cool Touch Electric Kettle and how it’s changed my life. Or you can read my glowing Amazon review. Life. Changing.

Or I could talk about the most incredible book I’m reading called The Brain Fog Fix and I think everyone should read this book. It’s all about our modern lifestyle and diet and technology are making us anxious, stressed out, sleep-deprived, and more prone to bad choices. It talks about how eliminating certain types of foods and adding more good foods could help ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s (which is my biggest fear). 418or9fkvflI am listening to the audio book, but I also just purchased the Kindle edition so I can read it a second time and make notes and an action plan. First the book educates the reader and then, lays out a 3-week action plan that addresses diet in week-1, exercise in week-2, and something else in week-3.

Then again, I could tell the tale of my vacation (some funny stories), or start to explain why I can’t resist my daughter and will be getting her a hamster this weekend (you have nooooooo idea how much research she’s done, all the notes she’s taken, and all the phone calls she’s made).

Or what about my daily commute tracking sheet? Look at how construction affected my commute today? Weep for me.

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For now, it feels good enough to lay out a Blogging plan. I’m way behind on Survivor so I’ve again failed for spunkybean.

It’s almost salsa season and I’m re-opening the Donnie Jalapeno salsa factory and I might be expanding (and when I say “expanding”, I mostly mean renting space at a commercial kitchen to make many batches at once).

OK. Gotta work. Gotta dance!

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It’s Never a Bad Morning with Wisdom from Tim Ferriss

I’m calling the next 6-months the “Don Improvement Project.”

I’m gonna try the “get better by 1% each day” approach, and today started with actually  getting out of bed when I wake up, versus laying their and doing nothing. If I can’t go back to sleep and get back into R.E.M. sleep, I might as well get up. And so I did. Then I took a 15-minute walk, and then I swung a kettle-bell around for 15-minutes. I emptied the dishwasher. I enjoyed a cuppa coffee. I relaxed while shaving and showering.

It was good. And then I listened to Tim Ferriss dole out some bits of wisdom during my 25-minute commute and am better for it.

Tim Ferriss never disappoints and I’m devouring his new book, Tools of Titans, because it’s an enhancement of the years of his Podcasts I’ve enjoyed. I’m going to use it as a personal improvement manual …because that’s how he wrote it. To be used like a users-guide to me (you).

Here’s a little sample of Tim talking about his book and answering some fan questions. Enjoy.

 

 

The Don Daily: I’m Growing a Beard for No-Shave November

no-shaveIt’s the tenth day of November and the tenth day of beard growth. A group of us at iHeartMEDIA Detroit are growing beards for No-Shave November.

More to follow. But if you want to support us (me), you can donate at the link below. We’ll give the money we raise to one of the many great causes that iHeartDETROIT takes part in during the holidays.

This is our page: https://no-shave.org/member/MightMenofIHeartDETROIT

Sometimes current events make us think we need to draw a line in the sand, pick a side, and then fight like hell against the other side. Ya know. Current events. Like an election. Ahem. Well, there is good in the world.

What is No-Shave November? As they say at their site, it’s “a Unique Way to Grow Cancer Awareness.”

Everyone asks for money from this time of year, and I wouldn’t complain if you donated cash to the cause, nsn_full_widebut mostly I just want to be part of raising awareness and ask that you comment on this blog, share this blog, share our No-Shave-November page, and in a few weeks when I sell squares for the Lions Thanksgiving game and the Michigan-Ohio State game, that you buy some squares.

Thanks for your support.

 

 

The Don Daily – What Successful People Do

7-habits-coverI’ve spent the last three years, and actually the decade before that, reading about successful people, reading books by people who research what successful people do, and listening to audio books and Podcasts daily and . . . like many people like me who read, attend seminars, and listen to audio books and Podcasts . . . I’m not successful.

That’s difficult for anyone to say about themselves, but when I look at my life and my career, I’m not too proud to say it. I’m. Not. Successful.

“But, Don,” you say, “you’re being to hard on yourself.”

Am I?

Successful people exercise. Successful people eat healthy. Successful people wake early. Successful people have seven habits. Successful people have clear goals, written down, and achieve those goals. Successful people work hard. Successful people work long hours chasing their dreams. Successful people meditate daily. Successful people have clear priorities.

Now, let me ask you . . . am I being too hard on myself?

I work every day at my job from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. That’s 9 1/2 hours. If I ask myself, Don, do you maximize those 9 1/2 hours? Guess what my answer would be? Ahem. Hardly.

I set my alarm every day for 5:15 a.m. In a seven day week, how many days do I pop outta bed, take the dog for a walk, and then come home and write (for myself) until 6:30 and the daily routine starts? Ahem. Hardly. Most often I lay in bed listening to a silly Podcast, dozing in and out of sleep until I absolutely have to get up at 6:30.

I know something about myself, if I do not eat anything after dinner, that I can pretty much lose weight super easy. Do I avoid snacks after 6:00 p.m.? Ahem. Hardly.

I know something else about myself. I am better, mentally, when I get 7+ hours of sleep. I almost always have a good day when I spend the time on my morning walk meditating while praying the Rosary (for a specific person, idea, or area of worry). See above. If I set my alarm for 5:15 a.m. and have admitted I hit the snooze until 6:15 a.m., and if I’m about to admit I sabotage my sleep by staying up too late …what do you think is the answer whether I mediate and pray daily.

I know I am highly effective when I get 7+ hours of sleep. So, with a wake-up time of 5:15, it would stand to reason I go to bed at 10:00 pm. Check my math, please. Do I go to bed at 10:00 p.m.? Ahem. Hardly.

So, again, I’m not defining “success” by my income (though, truth be told, it’s not where I wish it was), but by my ongoing battle to do simple things for myself that I tell myself I’m going to do.

If I ever really start doing the things that I know successful people do, I’ll have a better answer.

The Don Daily

 

Yesterday was All Souls Day and I was invited by my Aunt to attend an evening Mass with her where my Uncle Jerry would be called by name and we all would pray for his soul, again. I miss him. But having him in my life made me a better person, and while I prayed for his soul, I also thanked God for blessing my life and soul with his presence. It was difficult watching my Aunt cry and I felt a little guilty for feeling his presence and feeling lifted by his spirit. We lost my Uncle exactly nine months ago. There’s been plenty of times where I wish like crazy I could talk with him. And yet, sometimes I do feel he is talking to me. Like last night at Mass. I’ve been struggling with things . . . work . . . life . . . sleep . . . money . . . time-management. These are things I might’ve talked about with my Uncle Jerry. So when I prayed and reflected last night, I talked to God, Jesus, and my Uncle about those things, and I believe he spoke words into my brain. My brain, which too often races at a hundred miles per hour and can’t ever focus on anything …my brain became clear. Thoughts of my bank account, my sleep deprivation, my expanding waistline, my budgets at work, my budgets at home, the leaves in my gutters, my lack of exercise, my too-long to-do list, my sparse time spent with my kids, my marriage (the good and bad) . . . it all disappeared for a few moments.

I felt at peace. I felt like I felt when I was a young man without so many burdens and stresses and I could see my Uncle Jerry living a balanced life. Living a life that seemed joyful. Seeing him joyful reminded me, that’s where it all starts. It starts with joy.

Last night, my Uncle said to me, “if you miss me, remember the video you have of me? Watch it. Show it to your kids.”

And then a few hours later, my Aunt texted me that she watched the video, again. She and I didn’t compare notes. But we both did the exact same thing following the All Souls Mass.

I feel sorry for people who don’t believe that God, Jesus, Angels, spirits, and our loved ones speak to us. It’s easy to poo-poo such silliness, I guess, but it’s much nicer to open one’s heart, mind, eyes, and ears to the possibility.

I’ve said it before and will say it many times …we read in the Bible how God appears as a burning bush or parts the sky and speaks to us, but I believe it’s more simple than that. Burning bushes are rare. Mostly God, Jesus, Angels and our loved one whisper to us. Don’t disregard a random thought. It’s someone hoping you’ll hear them.

If you don’t know my Uncle Jerry, let me introduce you to him and his life, here:  https://kaleidoscopicraygun.com/saint-jerry/

Or watch this…

And, yesterday,  I reminded the world – yes, the entire world – that I’m completely over-connected on social media.  If you need me anyplace other than this blog, here’s my things…

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