I though that if I had it I could not get it again…

But I guess not. I have been tagged by Static to do another meme, this one seems suspect though and very similar to this one. Since I am a good sport and don’t have time to rant today lets have some fun.

Four jobs I wish I had the capabilities of:

1. Magician – More David Copperfield than Siegfried and Roy of course. It is not that they are not talented or that they seem to “love” their animals, they just look like live mummies, freaky pair of farkers.
2. UFC Fighter – It takes some guts to go all out and just step in there with no fear.
3. Crabber – If you have not seen the Discovery Channel’s the deadliest catch, check it out. Those guys truly earn their living by putting their life on the line.
4. CIA Agent – Heck yea, I would love to be a spy.

Four names I wish I had other than my own:

1. Sebastian – Wanted to name one of my kids that before one of my cousin’s stole the name.
2. Carlos – I have liked all the Carlos I have met, but would not want to be called Charlie.
3. Antonio – Love my Granpa’s name.
4. Logtar – Not sure if woman think about this more than man, but this is all I could come up with.

Four of my favourite actresses:

1. Charlize Theron – She has a lot of range as an actress. (Devils Advocate, Monster)
2. Carrie-Anne Moss – There has not been another woman in film that has kicked more ass than Trinity.
3. Linda Hamilton – Before Trinity there was Sarah Connor. She not only transforms during ther first Terminator from damsel in distress to action hero, she totally kicks ass on Terminator II.
4. Demi Moore – I just saw G.I. Jane the other day, she played an awesome role.

Four songs I could listen to over and over again:

1. The Game – Disturbed
2. Tangled – Maroon Five
3. La Camisa Negra – Juanes
4. Sin Sentimiento – Grupo Niche

Four TV shows I love to watch:

1. CSI
2. Miami Ink
3. The Biggest Loser
4. Survivor

Four places I would like to go to on vacation:

1. Hawaii
2. Barcelona
3. Thailand
4. Tierra del Fuego

Four of my favourite cuisines:

1. Colombian
2. Asian (Korean, Chinesse, Thai, Japanesse)
3. Italian
4. Mexican

Four places I wish I was right now:

1. Chicago
2. Cali, Colombia
3. Shaolin Temple
4. Outer Space

Ok now we need to tag Seven People… maybe I should tag some new unsuspecting people… but I also want to know the answers of some of the usual suspects. What to do, what to do?

Tagging – TheGuru, TheRedHaired8, Dan Lacher, Kamilo, Kafre, Juan Falla, Lenfu, Carlos, Pol, EvilAtari, Trunk, Osbasso, Hit Coffee, Michael and Barry.

So you want to be rich!

Is being rich all that is cranked up to be? Is being poor so bad? What is being rich?

Wealth is probably one of the hardest topics to discuss. In a society like the US where 1% of the population hold about 90% of the money it is really hard to really understand what “rich” means. Even when you dissect our society into economic levels the breakdown still looks like a very funny looking pyramid.

I have been in several economic levels in this country. At first my family arrived to this country with no money and not much more than the clothes on our back. Then I got my degree and a decent job to the point that I was able to afford a beautiful house. To some people, actually to a huge percentage of the population having 2 brand new vehicles and owning a house in an affluent neighborhood would mean that we are rich. In reality we are not, we have bills, debt, and will eventually be solvent enough to not use credit. I aspire to have all the things that I want, fulfill my dreams, but not to be “rich.”

The word rich is so inaccurate at times. I have met people that have a lot of money in my short life, but in reality it does not mean as much as most people think. Much like race, there is a lot of preconceived notions about how people are in higher economic levels, but those notions are less accurate than even race stereotypes. My Great Grand Father was the owner of two hotels, several properties and was able to give each one of his kids a house when they got married. My Great uncles drank and partied two hotels down the drain and in the end were left with nothing. If you saw either one of them on the street you would have never even imagined that they came from such wealth, because in the end money did not do much for their lives.

The people that bother me the most with the whole “rich” title is the “wannabes”. The people that are really not that affluent, but are somewhat comfortable and start to feel like the world owes them something. Truly affluent people are not like Paris Hilton or the girls from that TV show “Rich Girls” that parade around their wealth and seem to have a lower IQ than their pets. Some “rich” people actually care about education and make sure that their kids have the opportunities, but create their own wealth.

It is true that is a lot easier to make money when you have money. It is also true that the more money you make the easier things are to obtain. However, the rat race is not all that is cranked up to be if you are compromising, your family, your values or health in the process. If you were not born into wealth, you can get it; just make sure that you do it for reasons that you later are going to be proud of.

Going to a private high school gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of kids with parents that had a lot of money. They had amazing vacations and every toy that you might want. My first real vacation happened when I was an adult and my family took a trip down to Colombia to visit family. Some of those kids did not have just one bike, but several so when friend came over everyone could ride. I was amazed by it, but it did not bother me as I understood that even though my Dad could not afford all of those things, he always gave me everything he could. My Mom always made sure to make us aware that my Dad worked hard for us and that he was not just a good father but also an excellent provider. My Dad’s hobbies are almost all related to soccer, listening to the sport talk radio every day, going to play soccer on Sunday with the company team, or going to see a game. My Dad could never afford to go see a world cup in some far away land, but he was always content with what he had and I am content with what he gave me. More important than anything monetary, his lessons on work ethic and morals are more valuable than a vacation every summer or the latest toy in the market.

Some of my friends that grew up with a lot more than I did, grew up without their parents. They were taken care of by nannies or other family members while their parents continued their various careers. I remember one of my friends in school; I visited his house a couple of times. I met his driver, his cook, even some of his cousins but never met his parents. Not sure if he would have preferred all the commodities he had to some actual time with his parents.

Money is something that so many long for, but in reality I think that there are lot more important things in life; family being at the very top. Some of the happiest people I have ever met did not have a dime to their name.

Hardware Challenged!

Yes, I admit it, even though I can probably name every product in RadioShack and tell you what it does (it helps that I worked there before and that I am a total geek.) If you take me to (insert name here) hardware, I am totally lost. I am no Tim “The Tool man” Taylor. The only think that kind of helps me save some face is that I do know hot to work on motorcycles and I did replace an alternator on an older car before. I am also very capable with wiring and did work as an electrician’s helper during a summer. Besides that I suck at painting, carpentry, plumbing and anything else that has to do with being a handy man.

I admit it, I have a kind of jealousy and dislike for man that can look at a bolt and say, that is a 3/4 inch reverse thread whatever else. I would be the kind of guy that walks into the hardware store and says, I need a bolt and a nut, and when the attendant asks me what size I will turn into a mime. Granted, I do have the excuse that the English system is messed up and that I grew up with the metric, but in reality I am totally challenged when it comes to hardware.

During the last move, I have lost a lot of the hardware for the furniture and there are two big pieces that we cannot put back together until (a) find the hardware or (b) I go to the hardware store and get new nuts and bolts. To complicate things, I misplaced the charger for my power drill so I will be doing this by hand. I know, sad isn’t, I am dreading turning screws…

If by hardware I was talking about the jumpers on a hard drive to make it master or slave we would be all good. If you wanted me to rewire your whole house, I probably could. I knew there was a reason that Tim Allen’s laugher (Ho, Ho, Ho) was like nails to chalkboard to me, and that is because I could never be the tool man he was, at least on that show. I still think that Tim Allen is a tool.

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You down with the 106?

Feast One Hundred & Six, Play the Friday FEAST! Like today!

Tell about a toy you remember from your childhood.
This sounds so familiar… oh yes I had a post about it before, so go read that :)

If you could make one thing in the world absolutely free for everyone, what would it be?
Access to the internet… it would revolutionize our world… I like this movement.

Approximately how many times per day do you think about your significant other?
It has to be in the hundreds if not the thousands. A lot of things make me think of my significant other, the pictures in front of me at the desk… the toys she is given me, lunch.

Main Course
What is something you believe in 100%?
Family is the most important thing.

Name one thing you have done this week that you would consider a “good deed.”
Not giving a “tune-up”(1) to a couple of people that totally deserved it!

***What Makes Me Happy Today (8/11)***
Breakfast of Champions (Leftover Pizza).

(1) A tune-up is a physical attitude adjustment. Term is pretty well known amongst Chicago cops.

HNT – Candid up the tree shot of Logtar.

Logtar back to his ancestral roots

Logtar climbs a tree, picture for the of the HNT.

Almost forgot that I was going to do this today.

***What Makes Me Happy Today (8/8)***
Fixing a webserver after having users down for 2 hrs and not being the one that caused the outage ;).

***What Makes Me Happy Today (8/9)***
Slappy Joe’s, Slap Slappy JOES!

***What Makes Me Happy Today (8/10)***
Making new friends at work.