Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
From an email I get regularly:
That's the official name of "fear of Friday the 13th," the
same way arachnophobia means "fear of spiders."
There are a number of different theories behind the history
of how people became so superstitious about Friday the
For many people in ancient times, the number 13 was deemed
to be unlucky. And as far back as the 14th Century, many
folks felt Friday was an unlucky day to start on a new
project or take a trip.
So when you combine the two of them, it's like combining my
ex-wife with menopause - it's just a little too scary to
think about the consequences.
And of course the term "Black Friday" is associated with the
stock market crash back in the 1980's, and other disasters
as far back as the early 1800's.
Some people also believe that Christ was crucified on a
Friday as well.
Now I have no idea how they came up with this number (or
even more important, why they came up with it), but the
Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville,
North Carolina, estimates that between 17 and 21 million
people are actually affected by paraskavedekatriaphobia (a
fear of Friday the 13th).
That's 5 to 7% of the population of the United States!
Some folks have taken advantage of all this folklore
surrounding Friday the 13th. For example, one of my
favorite bands of all time, Black Sabbath, released their
first album in the UK on Friday, February 13, 1970.
The Opening ceremony of Athens Olympic Games took place on
Friday, August 13, 2004... and four of the 11 films in the
Friday the 13th series, were released on a Friday the
To me, I love Fridays. Ever since I was a little kid, I've
always loved them. Back then there was nothing like the
thrill of waking up on a Friday morning and knowing school
was over for the week and you'd be able to sleep in and
hang out with your friends for the following two days.
And even though I don't necessarily sleep in much, any
more... and I usually DO work on Saturdays, I still like
the feeling of it just being "Friday," and I do tend to
take it a little easier on Friday, try to knock off a
couple of hours earlier and kick back a bit.
I also like seeing how enthusiastic my kids are about
Fridays - they feel the same way I felt when I was younger,
and I'm happy for them.
Everybody should feel this way, regardless of what the date
Because in today's crazy world... who can't use another
excuse... to feel good... about their day?
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Posted: 06 Feb 2009 05:18 AM PSTBeing frugal and happy on February 14th can be easy, creative and fun when you plan ahead. This is your opportunity to declare your love and pinch pennies with a touch of class. Enjoy yourself. It’s all about love, not the amount of money you throw at a gift. Tell everyone!
Create an Experience
- Make dinner at home. Create a romantic atmosphere. Use a nice table cloth. Get out your best dishes and put a single flower in a bud vase. Cook his/her favorite foods. Make a special dessert. You could do this together and invite another couple. Dress your best…something special.
- Have an inside picnic. Create a magical place in your living room. Light candles and turn the lights down low. Place a blanket on the floor. Serve a fresh loaf of bread, cheese, fruit, dessert and your favorite drinks.
- Go out during “happy hour” when food and drinks are less expensive.
- Plan a progressive dinner with three other couples. Each couple chooses to serve an appetizer, dinner or dessert in their home.
- Go to a coffee shop and feast on coffee and fancy cupcakes.
- Pick up take-out food from an unusual place and include an inexpensive bottle of wine or your favorite beverage.
- Make a chocolate fondue with different exotic fruits. Include cut up pound cake, Twinkies and cookies. Take turns feeding each other.
- Make Valentine's day a family affair. Have the kids decorate with crepe paper, confetti and hand made hearts. Purchase sugar cookie dough and make and decorate cut out cookies together.
- Go on a date. Choose a special place out of town to spend the evening. Poke around in new places. Make it an adventure. Get dessert.
- Have a "Spa Nite." Give each other a massage. Rent a DVD if you need instructions. Use special oils and lotion. Make the room nice and toasty! When you are finished you can take a bubble bath together, drink champagne or sparkling water in fluted glasses. Later serve finger foods to each other.
- Play your favorite music and dance the night away.
- Rent a romantic movie, for example, Casablanca, The Notebook, Hitch, PS I Love You, Pretty Woman or The English Patient.
- Take a romantic walk on the beach, riverfront, in a historic city, public garden or park. Stop for hot chocolate or a drink.
- Go to a bookstore, browse and purchase a favorite book for each other.
- Take your date to a free or inexpensive play or concert at your local community college, near by university or a local city theatre.
- Give an exquisite rose and one delicious truffle.
- Bake favorite cookies, cupcakes or candy for your Valentine. Serve warm.
- Create a goodie bag containing Hershey's kisses, hugs, candy hearts or any other pink, white, red or chocolate candy.
- Gather wild flowers or flowers from a friend or neighbors garden. Tie with a pretty ribbon and present with a hand made card.
- Written word is powerful. Plan ahead to write each other love letters stating the top 10 reasons you love, admire and adore each other. Put them in a fancy envelope, roll it up and tie with a pretty ribbon or put it in an inexpensive frame.
- Spend the evening writing haiku poetry. Haiku is Japanese poetry consisting of three lines, with the number of syllables of 5 (first line), 7 (second line), and 5 (third or last line). It can be fun, creative, intimate and meaningful.
- Decorate your home with red, white and pink balloons and leave love notes everywhere: in side shoes, a packed lunch, a coffee mug, a briefcase and on the mirror. You could do this in his/her car as well.
- Write short quick love notes. See if you can do 365 of them. Put them in a gift box that you decorate and give a gift good for one year.
- Create and give gift certificates or coupons that promise you'll wash the car, clean the garage, do the dishes, or whatever would make your sweetie smile.
- Decorate a memory box and fill it with your favorite souvenirs, photos, and other favorite or meaningful things that represent your love for each other.
- Create a photo journal. Purchase an inexpensive journal or scrapbook and put photos from the past inside. Write down your memories, stories and feelings next to each one.
- Get a friend to do a photo shoot of you. Create a calendar or frame some pictures as a gift. Make them sexy, fun and/or special.
- Create a video declaring your love for your Valentine, post it on You Tube and email the link to your sweetie.
- Download his/her favorite music and make a CD. Label it with a special photo and enjoy listening and dancing together.
- Gather materials to create and decorate special valentines for friends and spend the evening delivering them.
- Together send free e-cards to friends and family members.
|Written on 2/08/2009 by Tess Marshall. You can find Tess at The Bold Life where you will be challenged to be more, give more, live fearlessly, take more chances and show up in the world unstoppable, daring and bold. You can grab a subscription and download her free e-book, “Flying by the Seat of My Soul.”||Photo Credit: |
Actually the above link goes to the first photo taken today in Berlin, then you can click around and find others.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Nope, this is not about Valentines Day, (Which is SATURDAY!!!).
It has to do with work, career, likes and dislikes.
In this day of rising unemployment and some folks are scared that they won't have a job, I have a few thoughts on the matter.
At the age of 19, some said I was lucky. I had my first full time radio job, in Marion, Indiana.
It wasn't luck. It took 3 1/2 years.
It may have begun even earlier. I recall listening to the radio at night instead of doing my homework. Or most likely, while doing my homework.
We had less local stations to choose from at the time. WOWO was a "full service music station". I listened to Ron Gregory at night, Chris Roberts in the afternoon, Jack Underwood in Mid-days, and Bob Sievers woke me up.
There were 4 other local stations on the AM Band, including WFWR, which played old country western music that my dad sometimes listened to; WGL, which I remember having a "Trading Post" call in show; WMEE was an AM station featuring Top 40 Music and Disc Jockeys such as Rick Hughes, Fast Jimmy, Diane Shannon, John David Spangler and others whose names I have forgotten. The other AM Station was WLYV, which used to play Top 40, then switched to country and then Oldies.
There were three FM Stations that I recall including WMEF, a Beautiful Music station; ROCK 95, which played Top 40 with no jocks, off of big reel to reel tapes and was located in the same building as WPTA- TV 21Alive. ROCK 95's call letters were WPTH. The Fort Wayne Bible College started a Christian Music station which is still around, WBCL. And between my sophomore and junior years in High School, Concordia Lutheran High School started a student run station, WLHI.
It was WLHI that opened the door. I, along with about 30 other students took a class that summer to study for our 3rd class F.C.C. Broadcast Licence with a Broadcast Endorsement, which was required at the time. About half of us passed the exam when the F.C.C. came to town and that first year, a couple of us got part-time jobs at a local radio station for a few months.
My senior year of high school, I took 5 classes and got out early (around 1:15), so I could either work, or work on finding another job in radio. Once or twice a week, I would travel to area radio stations trying to get a gig, and it wasn't until after I graduated that a full time opening was offered to me. In the meantime, I honed my skills as a disc-jockey at the Roller Dome and later at the West Park Skating Center in Huntington.
In my high school and junior high school days, I was a paperboy, dishwasher, convenience store clerk, and a grocery store clerk and carry out.
In other words, I did several jobs for the money, while I pursued my passion and dream of working on the air at a radio station. Out of that original summer class of 30, I was the only one that followed that dream until it became a career 3 1/2 years later.
Today, 30 years later, I sit and write this while sitting in a coffee shop across the street from where it all began.
When my kids were looking for a job, (or at least they told me they were looking), my advice was to accept any job and then you can look for a better one later.
Employers would rather hire away someone that is already working than someone that is waiting for the "perfect job". Besides, you need money, and there are lots of employers that are willing to pay people who will work!
And finally, by working different types of jobs, you will discover:
- Jobs you hate, that you never want to do again. (Washing dishes in a restaurant, was mine.)
- Jobs that you can do, if you ever need to fall back on something to pay the bills. (I am a pretty good thermoformer operator!)
- Jobs that you really like and want to pursue. (I never would have considered marketing and advertising 30 years ago.)
Richard was telling me that he doesn't care what his customers think.
Instead, he writes and creates for himself. If his customers like it, fine. If not, fine.
This is the gutsy statement of an artist. I pointed out to him that he's had a long line of successful books, conferences and consulting gigs. "I don't care what they think," he said with a bit of contempt.
Fortunately for Richard, there's a high correlation between what he likes and what the market likes. The power of his conviction, though, is that instead of being joyful when he runs into a customer who thinks the way he does (and annoyed at those that don't), he's comfortable enough with his sense of art and craft and quality that it's enough. He does it for himself. He actively ignores the market.
If you're strong enough to do that, more power to you. If you do your art and the market rejects you, though, you need to make a choice. If your art has no market, it's still art. It just might not be a living.