Category Archives: Manners

Good Advice from Chief Justice John Roberts

John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, gave a commencement speech at his son’s middle school graduation ceremony that is absolutely perfect.

From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion. Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.

How to Stop Spam Phone Calls

The number one feature that I would like for the iPhone is the ability to have a special ringtone for anyone that was not in my Contacts. That ring tone would be silent so that if a spammer got through it wouldn’t bother me, they would just go to voicemail. If it was a legitimate call then they would go to voicemail as well and I would call them back.

As it is, I hear my phone ring, see that it isn’t someone I know and manually silence my phone. By having a “silent” ringtone for non-Contacts, I would skip this step.

I think this is possible in Android and it is probably the only reason that I would buy an Android phone over an iPhone the next time I want to update my phone.

Source: How to Stop Spam Phone Calls

Why should a teenager in America be afraid of a Congresswoman?

Some people are very nice and helpful to others…and some people are not. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez seems to be firmly in the latter camp.

Check out this interaction on Twitter. Why in the world should this young man be afraid of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez? Isn’t she an elected member of Congress that is charged with the responsibility to serve America and protect its Constitution?

Here is the young man’s response.

How do you spell whiskey?

I know that everyone thinks I only worry about politics. Thankfully, that is simply not true.

Spelling lesson time:

whisky or whiskey?

I know… you thought you’d left spelling lessons behind when you left school! And you’re probably wondering why you should even give a hoot about how to spell the name of my second favorite spirit (yes, tequila is my favorite, but too many bars serve lousy tequila so I need a backup plan).

jameson photoWhy do you need to know how to spell the pride of the Irish isle?
Street cred. That’s why.

Oh, to be sure, the spelling’s not the most important thing about drinking whisky. After all, you don’t have to pass a spelling test before they let you buy a wee dram at the pub. But, as with so much in life, it’s the small things that count. They add up. God is in the details. Or is that the Devil? Either way, you’re covered.

RANT: Please don’t bruise me with your book bag

I fly a lot. I typically do close to 100,000 miles in a year.

Anyone that frequently flies goes into what I call Airport Mode. This mode essentially means you zone out other people. You ignore crying babies. You are indifferent to people that talk loudly. You tolerate idiots that cannot squeeze their tuba-sized suitcase into the overhead bins.

The hardest thing to ignore is a bruised shoulder. This happens when an inconsiderate person insists on wearing their book bag on the plane and then smashes it against your shoulder while they are walking down the aisle.

bookbag photoYour book bag doesn’t make you rude when you are walking in a straight line. However, when you turn it is quite likely that you don’t realize that you are now quite deep.

12 Truths You Should Know by Now

  1. The route to our destination is never a straight one.
  2. Real friends won’t ask you to change who you are.
  3. Cheating is a choice, not a mistake, and not an excuse.
  4. The past can’t hurt you anymore – not unless you let it.
  5. Adversity will come to every person at some point.
  6. Sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together.
  7. Someone else doesn’t have to be wrong for you to be right.
  8. Everything has been just the way it needed to be.
  9. Silence is often the loudest cry.
  10. The difference between where you are and where you want to be, is what you do.
  11. It’s not who you are that holds you back, it is who you think you’re not.
  12. Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you.