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Meteor Explodes over Russia

February 15th, 2013 ernie Posted in Life Changing Events No Comments »

Meteor Explodes over russiaA meteor explodes over Russia and does a great deal of damage to buildings and explodes a lot of windows. So far it appears that 1100 people were hurt mainly from exploding glass windows that burst from the shock wave. All of this from a meteor the size of a bus and weighing 7000 tonnes. It was estimated to be traveling at 54,000 km’s or 40,000 miles an hour and exploded 30 to 50 km’s in the air or about 30 miles high. All of this from such a small meteorite.

The small ones burn up in the atmosphere and are the shooting stars that all of us have seen at one time or other. But this was a relatively big one compared to the ones that burn up in the atmosphere and it was big enough to cause an explosion and a sonic boom that blew out a lot of windows many miles away. Imagine the damage this meteor would have done if this had happened over Moscow or New York. There would have been people killed from the breaking glass as a minimum and many would have thought that a nuclear bomb had been set off.

Another meteor or actually an asteroid passed relatively close to the earth today as well. This one was 130,000 tons and passed within 28,000 km’s of the earth. The space station by comparison is around 300 miles or 480 km’s above the earth. Some satellites were in the vicinity, but none were reported being damaged in any way.

Dirty Solar System – Meteor Explodes

Apparently we live in what is called a dirty solar system with lots of objects orbiting the earth, the other planets and the sun. The earth in its orbits sweeps many of these asteroids up in its atmosphere every day with little or no impact on the environment or the humans that live on the planet.

One day we may be hit by a large one, but this cannot be predicted and we have nothing at this time to deal with these asteroids. If one is in the same orbit as the earth and we intersect with it there is a chance of a catastrophic event on earth. This sort of thing is very remote and unlikely to occur in our life times, but when something like the event in Russia occurs everyone talks about it and wonders when the next one will hit the earth and where.

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Quote from Mary Kay

January 7th, 2013 ernie Posted in Life Changing Events 1 Comment »

Quote from Mary KayWe saw this quote from Mary Kay cosmetics the other day and felt that we just had to include it on our blog. Mary Kay is the person that started Mary Kay cosmetics and built it into an empire. She did well in life and we think that when she has something to say, we should probably listen. She has a great deal of experience and has passed much of what she learned along to many women. While you may not like or use her cosmetics, the following quote has a ring of truth to it and that is why you should take the time to read it and pay attention to what she has to say.

Even if this post helps only one person, we feel it was worth it to take the time to make this post. Also if you are a male and feel that this does not apply to you, just read the quote and then decide if it is useful for you. There is something in it for everyone.

Here is the Quote from Mary Kay:

We have two ears and one mouth – so listen more than you speak

On life’s stages, she had another really interesting quote:

From 1 – 18 years, you need your parents

From 18 – 40 years, you need your looks

From 40 – 60 years you need your personality and

From 60 on you need money”

Guess that is why you see so many old guys with young wives. No young women would ever want these old guys, but they sure want their money! They are willing to give up their dignity and their pride to live well and to be married to someone much older than they are. Perhaps they hope their partner will move on at some point and they will be left holding the nest egg.

Perhaps marry Kay did know a thing or two from all of the years she spent building her business. Ladies pay attention to the above quote, keep your looks and save your money for when you turn 60!

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Pablo and Life Changing Events

November 28th, 2011 ernie Posted in Life Changing Events 1 Comment »

Life Changing EventsWhat is a life changing event? We all have experienced life changing events of one kind or another at some time in our lives. For some people it can be getting married , having children or living through a major accident. There are many of these things that we live through and when we look back on them , we realize that our lives changed forever. This story is about one of mine that occurred when I was 17 and trying to decide what I was going to do with the rest of my life.

Life Changing Events – High School

I was in grade 12 in high school. This is typically the time when teens are deciding if they will go to university , college or try to find a job once they graduate from school. It can be a scary time and an exciting time for many.  Without really realizing it, you are deciding what you will do for the rest of your life, or at least set yourself on a course that will profoundly impact your lifestyle, your friends, your education and your future family although that is the last thing that many of us were thinking about.

In my case, I had good marks and was eligible to apply for and be accepted for university. My problem was that I did not have the money to attend university. My parents provided well for us. We never lacked for food and clothing, but extra money for university courses, books and a room with meals was out of the question. I had pretty much realized that I was destined to find a job when I graduated and that would be my life!

A Meeting With my Guidance Counselor

Well it seemed that fate, luck or just plain good work by my guidance counselor totally changed my life. He called me into the office one day and began one of those conversations that all teens hate. What are you planning to do with the rest of your life and what about going to university?  The answer was simple. I did not have the money to go and could not afford it.

He wanted to know what I was good at in school and what I liked. he already knew the answers to these questions, but wanted me to say them and think about them. The answer was math, physics and science. But what good are these going to do you when you look for a job in a small town with few job opportunities.

The Family Farm

I was destined to take over the family farm, since I was the oldest boy in the family.  My brother was faced with an even more uncertain future since if I took over the farm, what would he do with his life.

So my guidance counselor said to me, what about going to the University of Waterloo. They have a co-op program which means that you go to school for 4 months, then they find you a job for 4 months and then you head back to school. it takes an extra year to graduate! Five years instead of four years. However you have earned money, you have gained work experience in your profession and you have a good chance of having a job when you graduate with one of the companies you worked with. All of these things are huge benefits to people like me without enough money to go to university.

Can You Afford One Term

His next question to me was, did I have enough money to afford the first term?  Could I pay for tuition, books and room and board and last until my first paycheck? I had a part-time job and had saved a bit of money. I said that I felt that I could do that although I would be totally broke when I finished my first term.  Based on this single conversation I decided to give it a try. I saved as much money as I could, I applied for student loans and I continued working on the weekends while I went to university to make a enough money.  It is a long story, but I made it and graduated as a professional engineer in Canada!

Recognition

This wonderful story is not over. One of the things that I believe you should do is to recognize the people who have made a huge influence on your life. I did that about 30 years later, by going back to my home town  and talking to my old guidance counselor. He made a huge difference in my life and he deserved to know about what had become of me.

I knocked on his door one spring morning and he came to the door. Not only did he recognize me, he knew my name and welcomed me into his home. I met his wife and had a beer with him and told him the story of how he changed my life and what a great impact he had on me. Believe it or not we all had a good cry, it was so emotional.

His wife was so proud of him as I was and it made such a profound impact on him! I stayed for about an hour and then left promising to come back another time. I have not done that but I think I will now that I have written this particular true story.

Recognize Those People in Your Life That Made a Difference

This is what I mean when I say that there are singular events that can change your life for ever. I was extremely fortunate to have met this man and for him to have such a significant impact on my life! My brother took over the family farm and loves the work and the outdoor life. Everything worked out unbelievably great for everyone. Take the time to let those people in your life that have made a difference. They will treasure the recognition!

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Troops Coming Home

October 21st, 2011 ernie Posted in Life Changing Events No Comments »

Troops Coming HomeJust read a post or actually a tweet,  from President Obama telling us that the troops are coming home from Iraq by the end of the year. Apparently they could not reach a deal with the government, but this is still a win win for everyone. Troops coming home is really great news for many families.

The troops are coming home and Iraq will get to define its own culture. Let’s hope that they can work to develop a moderate society that welcomes all people’s from all over the world and not one that is closed to other nationalities. Let’s hope they recognize the rights of men and women equally and not continue to suppress women they way they have.

Troops Coming Home

It is a good day for the Americans too. They get to bring all of their troops home,  they get to begin to cut costs that the war was costing and they probably enhance their image as well.  Now if they could only get out of Afghanistan,  wouldn’t it be a great thing. Unfortunately in the writer’s opinion the country is just not as mature as Iraq is and will have to work harder before the Americans leave.
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