Chicken Fried or Jeans That Fit Just Right

I love this song for one simple reason. It is a simple song that speaks of what a true good life “FEEL” like. Living is about experiences, those are the things we take with us, the Memories of life. When I listen to The ZAC Brown Band, anyone and I mean anyone can’t help but feel good, unless you got some serious uptight issues.

Peace love and Beer….
Emmitt

Chocolate and Happiness

This song always brings me spontaneous good mood. Zac Brown sings about the simple things in life. Fried chicken, good music from the radio, family, a beer on a friday night and of course not to forget the pair of jeans that fit just right.

Isn’t that one of the most incredible things? Very rare but if you look for them long enough, you will find them. The pair of jeans that fit just right. They actually fit so right, you don’t event want to take them off when you go to bed at night. Most every woman will know that feeling of finding jeans that fit just right. If you are lucky they will also fit with most of your tops, sweaters and blazers. You can wear them for a visit at your local bar, a dance night with the girls or to the office. Isn’t that just amazing?…

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I pay for dumb shit!

I had been complaining inwardly about the content present on my television set for months. At least once a week I was saying, “How can I have 600 plus television channels, and nothing that I want to watch”.

Let me give you some information about me. I’m a little odd in the American male lexicon. I don’t like to watch sports on television and rarely talk about or care, what professional sports team is pitted against who. Sports stats bore me, most television movies are boring or I have seen them before (why watch it again, RIGHT!) or just have little interest because I critique the screen play, direction, acting, effects and accuracy of the presentation. Basically i’m a media snob. I do like music videos, documentaries and concerts on cable TV be they seem to be dwindling too in acceptable content.

To be honest I was keeping my “X” cable providers content levels because my daughter liked certain show and could watch them on here various devices. That was until I received my latest bill which was $168 and some change, $20 dollars higher than the month previous.

WTF, was my reaction as I witnessed my newly emailed cable television bill. Needless to say, my geeky side took over and I calculated what 168 multiplied by 12 represented. $2016 a year. That can buy a great deal of good experiences in my life. $2016 a year for the CHANCE to find something interesting on television. Granted this includes my high speed internet, but shoot, that is just a bit too much money for me. I need my internet so I can get news, blog , watch TED talks, but “never” watch porn.

So , I was all set to get rid of my cable television altogether (except the high speed internet of course) until I called the cable company and was talked down off the ledge, by being offered a lower package. So my bill was dropped in price by 50 percent before taxes and fees. I am a little happier, except they took away some of the stations that I loved the most, for instance VH1, Fuse, MTV, and a few other channels, but I still have Showtime and HBO, go figure. To add insult to a minor injury, my beautiful Samsung HDTV is fed with standard definition signal from my replacement new weeny cable box.

There is one caveat, I searched YouTube and built a DIY HD Television Antenna. It’s ugly, but hot dam does it work for local television stations, 70 channels in all, and they are beautiful uncompressed HD quality.

My HD TV antenna

My DIY HD TV antenna

So when I hunker for HD, and a choice of programming my options are :

  • Netflix (Streaming and DVD)
  • Redbox
  • Local Video Store
  • Apple TV
  • Computer turned into a media center
  • iPad/iPod touch
  • Playstation 3

I think its only a matter of time before I just junk the idea of having Cable TV to watch content anyway, at least until this season 3 of Showtime’s House of Lies is done. It would be awesome if I could just purchase rights/subscription to certain television content providers, but that is not available yet.

For now I feel better, but with each passing day my television is becoming my stereo/media center, computer screen.

The motto for 2014, Just let it go, if it takes more than it gives.

Luv Ya

Peace, Love and Darts and Beer

Emmitt

Follow YOUR Dream!

I am a proponent of not existing but living, but also appreciating the talents of others which I cannot find in myself. It is not hard to find excellence and passion if one takes the time to look around for it. On a regular basis I find the quality or potential in most everyone I encounter, even if they don’t recognize their excellence and virtue. Several years ago I can across a young woman with so much potential it was startling. Her name was Brianna McCarthy, the embodiment of talent and feminine and strength. What more is there to day except the short interview I had with her.

Check out her Art Her Passion.

Emmitt Muckles:Tell me what inspires you in your art?
Brianna McCarthy: I do a lot of work that focuses on our relationship with technology and the idea of us eventually merging with it completely: the inorganic and organic being fused.

Emmitt Muckles: What was the thought process behind your creation?

Brianna McCarthy: Thinking, in our digital world, at what point aren’t we human anymore? Will we all have “mods” one day (hello Johnny Mnemonic…and most sci-fi films)? This often leads me to robots and cyborgs (naturally). The imagery of wires and circuit boards and all that techie stuff is really appealing to me alongside the human form.

Emmitt Muckles: Where do you envision your art being on public display?

Brianna McCarthy: I was actually browsing through the shirts on threadless.com when the thought crept in that I wanted a robot shirt (I have this thought fairly regularly).

Emmitt Muckles: I know from experience and idea is just a starting point, then other external ideas add to the process, did you experience such a situation. It seem you took a little inspiration as did Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Madonna and a host of other women artist from the movie Metropolis with the character Maschinenmensch.

Brianna McCarthy : Having looked through a number of art history books that week, robot venus jumped into my head. I’m a Botticelli fan and “the birth of Venus” illustrates the birth/creation of a being who was also a symbol of creation (goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility…). It was the right piece to be mechanized because of the themes of creation and birth. Eventually assembly and birth could be very similar concept for the human race.

Emmitt Muckles: What is next in your creative Mind?

Brianna McCarthy: Oh, and I have been itching to do something in an art nouveau style

Emmitt Muckles: What is the physical process for your creation?

Brianna McCarthy: Technique? I sketched her out, scanned her into the computer, then inked and colored her in adobe illustrator and photoshop.

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30 days to transformation

I cannot stress enough how 30 days, one month, four weeks or however you want to size it up is the key to personal transformation.

There is a book titled the Greatest Salesman in the World, authored by Og Mandino which was recommended to me by my uncle Rashid some years ago. This book delivers a method of change in appreciation for anyone who my be a little off their perspective path or require guidance without being preached to.

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I suffered some emotional ups and downs in my life and you wonder if it will ever end when experiencing an emotional storm. I can truly attest how a simple 30 day practice of change is transformational. BUT, there has to be commitment to change.
Here are a list of things that can be transformed in 30 days with the correct method and dedication:

  • Your Physical body for the better.
  • Your outlook on any given subject.
  • Your health mental and physical.
  • Your addiction (eradicated).
  • Your entire being.
  • Your Love life.
  • As a matter of fact I had feelings of despair, thinking the world absolutely is horrible, only to have a small change redirect my focus in a blink of an eye. If magic is available in that manor, just think what magic you could experience in 30 days.

    Stay so fresh and so Clean cause ain’t not body dope as you.

    Emmitt
    http://www.emmittmuckles.com

    Society of Haters..appreciate someones perfection.

    We are such haters in this modern culture. Our culture is waiting to see failure, doom and destruction at any given moment, we even help it along if there is little cost to us, just read Youtube.com comments. As Cee-lo sang, “Ain’t that some Shit.”

    It seems few in todays society few of us can truly appreciate genius and moments of perfection in other individuals, we down play spectacular moments portrayed by others, when we wish we could bask in their glory. This is most likely the reason for Reality TV’s popularity. We can judge/haterate without personal stake or cost. We, in particular most americans are in constant love/hate competitive relationships with the world at large. I see it in families, marriages and even my own life. I am no saint but there is one thing people who know me can say, as much as I am an attention whore, I love to see other people shine. It makes my heart smile when someone is exceptional. Exceptional people make me question my ability and test myself to see if I can elevate my being.

    Each person present in the time space continuum has a range of specific and unique talents, yet we seek notoriety for talents of mass public attention. When we should really be working to be our own worst judge. Life is not high school, and there is no real “Cool Kids table” for adults, but that is our reptilian brain comfort zone. Our human status is always seeking the approval outside of our physical bodies. To a degree I can understand that view if it is regarded as a “personal second opinion”, but typically its not the case. Lets all work on the ability to appreciate those people with the ability to exploit their own unique talent for the betterment of themselves and others, in other words. Be thankful for the talent of others to inspire your soul.

    Just think about how many people were inspired by the talent of Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, BIll Gates and a host of others.

    Be appreciators not haters.

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    A picture is worth a 1000 emotions

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    They say words are powerful, and can cause the creation of worlds, but i don’t think words can match the power of a single picture to reveal the truth in our lives.

    Even though the most deceiving tool we as humans have at our disposal is our eyes, these light gathering devices can help push us in a need direction of change when gauging ourselves. How many people have you ever heard state the reason they became conscious of their health and remained committed after seeing a picture of the physical change noted after seeing a picture of themselves. Seeing ourselves in a physical mirror can be and is a measure in deception. Mirrors are too limiting and display a level of realtime bias based on our state of mind and chemical/emotional brain state. The other measure our human brains have a problem with is gauging very slow change. For instance, I had not how much I have changed since I initially got married until I revisited my wedding video. OMG!!! I was one skinny being, my skin was so different.

    Every few years I am caught off guard by seeing a picture with my gut prominently requiring more real estate than I am humanly comfortable representing in the physical world. What ensues next is my half assed attempt to exercise more, which I accomplish and either get too thin to where I abandon the effort to find the right picture size.

    I am not a HUGH human, but body image or body perception counts for a great deal in our society, sad but so dam true. What is a human to do?
    So I pledge to find the right weigh (197lbs ~204lbs water weight accounted for) to live my life.

    I have to use more than my eyes to gauge my appearance and changes in life.

    Job’s, Unemployment and America

    We all complain about having to go to work. Work or having a job is necessary for the masses  to sustain a somewhat comfortable life. I too have these debates internally about working or a job. Most individual have never asked themselves, “What can I do for a living which would fulfill my life and soul with joy?”.

    I have asked myself that very question and sought out that answer, except there is one problem. It’s not just one thing, or my opinions change depending on my life experience. This question is important for all of us to keep asking.

    What typically occurs for most humans in America is we settle for what seems to be the easiest, like water down a hill. There is the problem directly. We get a job, putting our future and life and control in the hands of a few people. This is not a bad thing really, but there are alternatives. The alternatives depend on you method of thinking.

    Once upon a time in America it was not necessary to attend college, that was then. Now being employed in the middle class requires most people to prove ones self by buying into debt with a college education, which still holds no promise of future earnings. For instance my daughter will exit college $140,000 in debt at the age of 22. WTF!

    At the turn of the 19 century, a person could lean a trade as an apprentice. There one could test the waters, gain experience and perfect a craft. Your education was traded for time not dollars and time. Where can a person become a viable apprentice out of high school in today’s society.

    Our primary education system is no help to steer individual in the direction of having many options for employment today. The American education was designed to prepare the immigrants from Europe and other parts of the world to have the basic qualification as modern work force. Many individuals immigrating to America had very low education and many could not do the basics of reading, writing or common math. Our education was designed to give citizens the basics, nothing more.

    What is the American Dream today?

    What is the American Dream today?

    The dream for many early American citizens was to provide for themselves and their family. These people wanted to be their own boss. What happened to that spirit? We are trained to work for other, buy from other but not do for ourselves.  Many people use the biggest argument of having health insurance. It is an excuse for most of us. We must stop it.

    We need to change our mode of thinking. We need to figure our what would bring us joy as an occupation, while serving the public and eventually employing at least 5 to 10 people.

    Create a job don’t look for one. Live frugally. It has taken me years to figure this out, and now I can’t look back. I am constantly looking at the world to see how I can provide joy to the world and value in my life.

    Think about a good business owner who has 3 employees. That business owner helps to feed the square root of 3 or 9 people minimally, no to mention how much positive influence the business owner spreads.

    Create  more, consume less, create your own job.

    Enjoy, your life

    Emmitt

    That is how change is carried out.

    WOW it’s quiet…Then GOD Spoke…whispered

    Life in my reality has been really noisy for years, and I did not know it. Thing about noise is we can get use to external sounds and not understand that when we think life is quiet, there is still too much noise. To name a few, TV, radio, people, engine, tire, ringing ears, emotions are all thing creating much noise.

    Yeah, I know that last paragraph was a handful and kind of abstract to most people, but stay with me.

    Everywhere we go there is noise. Sounds are assaulting our ears at any given time. I never understood this until I had to sit in my residence after removing all the excess physical belongings accumulated over 15 years of living in my so called palace. Life got complicated and I needed to get simple, you know go minimalism. As I sat in my empty house in the middle of the night I noticed silence has sound and it can be deafening.  I was determined to find true peaceful silence.

    Can you hear the seeds move?

    I did find there was a time, for me when the noise of the material world diminished to levels where I could perceive the intelligence of things unnoticed and everything in between. That connection to the absence of physical sound came one morning when the noise in my head had been too loud emotionally the night before. It was brought to me by whispering aloud to myself, “What and I going to do?” One morning  by my empty garage,  without a sound, for a lack of better description it came to being, “Do not worry, this time has passed you will be new.” All I had to do was ask. There it was in a microsecond, then it was gone. The feeling was permanent.

    After that experience, the task of hearing without sound became extremely important in my life, the experience of  being able to feel and connect with a new dimensionallly or rarely tapped sense became  important. It is hard to put into words but some of you may understand what I am talking about.

    One thing it made me act upon is shutting the Fuck up and listening more to people, and life. Let the organic speak to me.

    After this experience, this polished media world turned grey, and the ability to see bullshit value in an instant became really clear.

    God somehow spoke to me, actually whispered and continues to do so. I just have to recognize the language and message.

    However you picture GOD,  it’s personal to you, and I respect that. Currently I believe internally there is  a better understanding of GOD being everything. Alpha and Omega is much clearer.

    All I can say is if you seek the “quiet” enough to be able to ask your important question, please have the patience to let the quiet settle. The answer will come.

    Emmitt

    The Dam Fiscal Cliff

    I just don’t get it. I try my best to keep my household as far away from any kind of cliff, real or metaphorically.

    Several months ago, 36 month to be exact I realized there was a serious problem in my house hold. The problem was I was spending almost as much as I was making. You see these kind of Cliffs don’t sneak up on you, most of the time we just turn a blind eye, and speculate that we will always make more money from somewhere. Our government not only seem to turn a blind eye, they just stopped looking.

    In my life the people that call themselves minimalist seem to be on to something. Looking at my credit cards I was making payments on things I could not remotely remember buying. There were the automatic 1, 3, 6 and yearly renewing items cropping up in my finances, cable bill, car payment(s), and a host of pocket drainers. Before the Cliff got to close I made changes. I used my friend Sara as a model, eBay, craigslist and the local bulletin boards became my new friends. I sold so much stuff, my wife started nailing things down. As time progressed debts began to dwindle to a very manageable and comfortable level. I even had my cable turned off for some months. You would be surprised how a homemade HD TV antenna can save you $1200 + a year. I learned how to make the HD antenna from youtube, its awesome.

    It seems our government should do the same thing, take a hard look at what they really are spending the money from each paycheck jacked from the people still working and those on unemployment. Sell some of the crap we have sitting around (not land or people), and pay off the debts. At least charge whoever got us into these wars, jeez other police departments get paid. Or we could just bully the other countries into forgiving the debt…just kidding.

    It really is a shame the government can’t get it together and budget things correctly and cut spending. There are single parents and intact families getting by on far less than the government has monetarily. I think if a family makes less than $40k a year that is considered under the poverty line. Then much of America is poor right now. America does not manufacture as much as it use to except obesity. I can figure out how I gained 10 lbs in two months either, go figure.

    Stop reporting about the Fiscal Cliff and stop the bus, close the door and do what you have to do. I know the government gets paid before any of its citizens get paid. So what is the problem, you got our money, put it to proper, and frugal use.

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    Lose Weight naturally with Water

    There is on thing we as humans typically don’t get enough of and always need

    Water, our bodies are a majority water. What the body requires to stay balanced happy and joyous is water. We all know that you can go for weeks without food, but no intake of water and within a week life begins to fall apart.

     

    Water is the Key to Everything, Drink up lose weight Be Merry

    The key to maintaining the weight I have lost which is about 20 lbs, has been my water intake, besides the beer . It is vitally important to feed your body with water and to maintain a balance. We lose water constantly, crying, sweating, breathing.  If you think about how many times we exhale a day and the moisture along with that breath you may be astonished. Here is a test weigh yourself before you go to bed then weigh yourself first thing in the morning before doing anything. you may find 2 lbs or more have just vanished.  It is all water. To help your body rig itself of excess pounds we my constantly keep our hydration level proper.

    The next best thing about proper hydration is keeping your body in balance so as not to feel hungry when we in fact don’t require food.  Thirst can be confused with hunger. Water also has no calories.  It’s one of those things requiring more to process water than anything additive caloric.

    The quality of water helps too. So as not to add to the system of salts and other minerals , it may be required to drink distilled water for a period to flush the toxins from the system. You would be surprised how much weight we can attribute to just junk in our bodily freeway. It help on expelling both ends, liquid and solid waste material.

    So look forward to the great taste of water and down a gallon every 24 hours if you are looking to shed some pound.

    Next time I will share with you a diet that has kept me balanced and feeling really good. it’s cheaper than most other diets too.

    Peace Emmitt Muckles

    http://emmittmuckles.com