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March 9, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Engaging Opportunities

Today's song is Our Winter Love, by The Lettermen, released in 1967.

I asked Sherry, to marry me on March 22, 1973. Thirty minutes later, she accepted. That was a very long thirty minutes. We then had a very extended engagement--and got married a month later. That's right, some things just take longer than you think they need to take. :-)

Some might think those actions happened too fast. We disagree. I've known people that took a long time to be engaged. Then they got married and divorced a few years later, or less than that sometimes.

Some couples never get engaged or married, they live together. Living together is not the same as being married, there is no legal commitment to keep the relationship valid. Some of them are happy for a long, long time and never separate when living together. That is a good thing to witness in my eyes.

On the other hand, I've known couples to split over the slightest disagreement. Some of them were married, some not. I guess they weren't ready for marriage, probably not even ready to live together. I'm not passing judgement on them, they pass judgment on themselves and their prior relationship by their own actions. I'm merely an observer.

It is my firm belief that you need to be true to yourself before you can be true to another. Otherwise you are living a lie, either to yourself, or to the other.

I know the divorce rate in America is about 50%. I don't know of any statistics concerning live-together couples breaking-up, I suspect it is at least the same percentage, perhaps much higher? It seems to me the problem is not of the couples, it is within each individual in those cases. No relationship, or person, exists in a vacuum.

I knew I wanted to marry Sherry. I asked her. I took a risk in that moment. The risk was not in her answer, but in my willingness to open my heart, later to abide by my wedding vows. If you don't ask or are never asked yourself, you miss out on a great opportunity to find out if you can live up to who you think you are.

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At Wednesday's Twin Oaks Toastmasters meeting, I gave a speech teaching the basic skills of Impromptu Speaking using that linked PowerPoint presentation. It is the first of two leadership speeches I need to complete towards my, Advanced Communicator Silver (AC-S) educational award.

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Wow! Last year the world generated 161 billion GB's of information. I'm happy to know I contributed to it.

I wonder why I didn't think of the TalkShoe concept? Maybe I'm too busy adding content here?

Apple execs aren't worried that much about the "Vista" imitation. For good reason it seems!

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Well, it seems the DOJ is keeping an eye on the illegal monopoly Microsoft after-all. It would have been a lot simpler for all of us if that business had just been broken-up into different corporations. Still, the market is doing a pretty good job on upsetting Microsoft's plans. Google is hammering away at Microsoft's Office cash-cow and that's a very good thing to see.

Bill Gates wants unlimited H1-B Visas. He is one of many that don't offer equal employment alternatives to Americans. His views on that topic, as with those that agree with him, are the large part of the problem, not a large part of the solution.

The way it works now is this. Some (most?) American companies hire as many H1-B Visa folks as they can and discriminate against them as well as discriminate against Americans applying for those same jobs that don't get hired. When they can't get enough H1-B Visa folks to hire at less pay than an American would be paid, they outsource to other countries.

As I said in my previous home page, America will face issues starting in 2009 that it never faced before in its history. The ultimate tremendous loss of high-paying and middle-class American jobs through a variety of methods is just one of them.

Because we Americans have not and continue to not resolve major problems as this, more trouble for all of us is on the horizon. The ultimate resolutions coming in a couple years will be interesting, if not shocking to the core.

Don't believe me? Think back to how you felt on September 10, 2001 and how you feel now. Quite a difference since then isn't it? It's my psychic impression that tells me the magnitude of change will be at least that much, just a two or three years from now. And so it goes...

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I end today's message with the following Digital Insight.

Infinite Moment (Created in September 2000)

I utilized the mathematical symbol of infinity as the reference point for the design of the arch.

The image expresses those special moments in life, captured in an instant by your heart, mind, and soul. It could be the first time you fell in love, or the birth of your child before your eyes, or the last time you saw someone close to you.

We can't make those feelings endure except in memory. Time moves on, but the impressions last forever, ready for immediate recall... Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"Ever want something to last forever?"

Don


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