Idiots Stranger than Fiction

Idiots Stranger than Fiction

 

Idiots, Idiots Everywhere and Not a Thought Worth Keeping

Idiots Stranger than Fiction
Idiots Stranger than Fiction

Part of a large and enlightened life is accepting there will always
be idiots among us, recovering idiots like me, and those who don’t
know they’re idiots. Idiocy is sometimes defined as a permanent state
of stupidity. I disagree. As a recovering idiot, I know I’ll always be
vulnerable to stupid thoughts, stupid words, and stupid deeds. But I
can reduce my dependence on them. That might sound stupid, but
I’ve lived in spite of my stupidity my whole life. I can exercise some
control, minimize the debilitating effects of stupidity, and be less annoying
to others.
In an ideal world, we would have idiot colonies and only allow
idiots off the island after they receive a one-year sobriety pin. Recovery
would be hard, especially in an idiot-rich environment. Without
intervention, the idiots would wander around looking at one another
and wonder why they’re there. Active idiots do not engage in denial;
they’re just plain clueless.
In most cases, practicing idiots don’t make life miserable for the
rest of us on purpose. They’re not likely to feel as if they’re on the
island as a form of punishment. They’ll probably think they’re there
for a Tom Peters seminar, which, in a way, is not a bad idea. If Tom
yells long and loud enough, some of them might start seeing their
fellow detainees as idiots, which is the first step to recognizing the
idiot within.
“Wait a minute,” they might think to themselves. “If they’re all
idiots, what am I doing here?” It’s a long shot, but it might work.
Imagine for a moment what your organization would look like if
the Idiot Police showed up one day and hauled off all the idiots. Which
offices would be vacant? What things wouldn’t be done? Would any
positive activities cease? Would any negative activities cease? If you
found out where your I-Boss was being held, would you send him a
postcard? Would you even…
…notice he is gone?
…care that he is gone?
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… miss him?
…feel sorry for him?
…wonder what became of him?
Back in the real world, there are no Idiot Police. We’re on our
own to deal with the idiots among us. At least those of us who are
recovering idiots know what we’re dealing with. Active idiots will remain
oblivious to the damage they cause, and non-idiots will just keep
tearing their hair out. That’s why this book is so critical to your survival.
Keep reading. There is hope.

Idiots: Stranger than Fiction

We can watch Jim Carey depicting an idiot in a film like Dumb
and Dumber and laugh. But when dumb and dumber are running organizations,
corporations, and government agencies, it’s not funny
anymore. The ugly truth is that active idiots are lurking all around us.
The tentacles of their stupidity reach deep into the lives of millions.
Their power is indescribable. Fortunately, idiots are largely unaware
of how much power they wield. If I-Bosses knew how many bullets
they have in the chamber, things could really get scary.
All idiots might be created equal, but there is a wide disparity in
how they are endowed by their Creator. Through some mysterious
quirk of nature, cosmic hiccup, or an evolutionary belch in the universe,
some idiots are granted the freedom to do whatever they want
to do, whenever they want to do it, and have unlimited resources to
do so. They will also receive complete anonymity on demand, no accountability
for anything they might choose to do, and not lift a finger
to make it all possible.
Why is there such power in stupidity? The answer will roll out in
front of you like a red carpet as you read on. It’s too much to capture
in a single sentence or clever phrase. Contexts must be built. Paradigms
must be shifted. Thoughts must exit the box.

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Signs Your I-Boss is on the Mend

Watch for Signs Your I-Boss is on the Mend

Boss---NuttyIf you consider your boss an idiot, yet you notice him exercising
restraint, you might consider changing your diagnosis. An out-of-control
idiot will never consider the big picture of how his management
pronouncements and edicts will affect the lives of others. If your boss
appears to be giving any conscious thought to the consequences of his
actions or how lie managed to get into his current condition, listen,
pay attention, and try to notice clues that he is undergoing some type
of self-improvement initiative. If he is, encourage him. He needs all
the support he can get.
I went on to share with the group how I learned to receive in
kind what I am willing to give—good or bad. Getting back some
measure of the good I give is an “iffy” proposition. Sometimes it
happens. Sometimes it doesn’t. Regardless, I’ve learned it’s best to
do good anyway. Having been raised a German Lutheran in the doctrine
of the worm I feel guilty if good things happen to me for no
reason. If I send out goodness, I feel more comfortable with the
good that comes back to me.
Nevertheless, I still resent it when nothing good comes my way.
Lurking beneath my recovery are the remnants of my selfish inner
worm. Everything, all the time, just because I’m here. That’s what I
want. And so does your boss.
Would it hurt to pretend a little? I’m not suggesting you kiss up or
go along just to get along. I’m more mercenary than that. I suggest
going along to get whatever you can. In the murky world of office
politics, resisting what your I-Boss wants might give you a moment’s
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satisfaction as you thwart his will and expectations. But it doesn’t buy
you anything on your long-term wish list, assuming your wish list includes
more respect and acknowledgement around the workplace, a
raise, or a promotion.

That’s a Mirror, Not a Window
Before I stepped across that line between active idiocy and recovery,
I didn’t understand that seeing other people as nincompoops was
actually a self-indictment. I didn’t necessarily want my boss to stop
being an idiot. I wanted to be the Alpha Idiot. I didn’t really want to
stop him from antagonizing me with impunity. I wanted the power to
antagonize others with impunity. I wasn’t on a mission to create a kinder,
gentler workplace. I coveted the power to make lives miserable.
When I first realized that other people could see me for the idiot
I am, I felt naked. Worse, I felt as if I had been living a naked dream
for most of my life without knowing it. It is embarrassing to reflect
upon, but what can I do about it now? Get comfortable with my nakedness,
I guess. That or stitch together some fig leaves. Building
another glass house with thicker walls won’t help. There will always
be big enough rocks to shatter them.
I can write about being an idiot from a position of knowledge
because I fell into the trap. More accurately, I skipped down the road
to hell following the siren’s song of success. Back then, success meant
having the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do, whenever I wanted
to do it, and having unlimited resources. I also wanted complete anonymity
on demand, no accountability for anything I might choose to
do, and I wanted all of the above without lifting a finger to make it all
possible. I wanted to be a hybrid of William Randolph Hearst, Jr.,
Howard Hughes, Donald Trump, and Ted Kennedy. I wanted the proverbial
silver spoon.
Just because I’m in recovery doesn’t mean I don’t still secretly
want all of those things. What has changed is my attitude toward
them. I can now accept that I will never live like any of the aforementioned
silver spooners. Better yet, I can be grateful for the things
I have. If I ever achieve anything remotely close to the financial
status those guys enjoy(ed), it will result from my efforts and the
grace of my Higher Power. I could always win the lottery. But that’s
my disease butting in again. As a recovering idiot, I live a happier,
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more peaceful, and satisfied life. Despite how messed up I allowed
my past to be, I still have time to live a large and enlightened future.

 

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Recovery is a Test in Itself

Recovery is a Test in Itself

Boss'-OfficeWho or what pulls your trigger or tends to set you off? If you
pause and think about your pet peeves or things that cause you discomfort,
you are compiling a laundry list of personal issues that need
addressing. This is especially true in your professional affairs. Your
chances of stopping people in positions of power and authority from
pulling your triggers are next to nil.

You have a far greater chance of removing or disarming your internal
triggers, thereby diminishing the likelihood that your I-Boss or
coworkers will upset you. Consciously disarming your triggers is the
best way to build immunity to aggravation. What do you care how
much power an idiot has as long as he doesn’t use it to annoy you?
Reducing your I-Boss’s ability to annoy you, whether he does it intentionally
or unintentionally, is a tremendous form of self-empowerment.
And no one can take it away from you.

Dealing with a trigger puller
“My name is John and I’m an idiot,” I tell the group in the big tilefloored
room in the church basement.
“Hi, John,” the chorus responds between swigs of coffee. Some
say it clearly, as if to welcome me. Others mumble, as if speaking
unintelligibly will mask the fact that they’re present.
“I used to think that my glass house was the perfect place to live,”
I continue.
“Speak up,” one of the mumblers spouts, suddenly very articulate.
“We can’t hear you.”
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Annoyed by the interruption, my instincts tell me to attack him
with a toxic mixture of sarcasm and innuendo, impugning his intelligence
and, should I be sufficiently irritated, his ancestry. That’s what
we do, those of us who consider ourselves super smart, orbiting high
above the stupidity. We impugn other people’s intelligence—especially
after we’ve been caught doing something stupid. But that would be
my disease talking. That’s why it’s called recovery. At least now I can
catch myself before I throw the stone. Most of the time anyway.
I still instinctively bend over to pick up stones and formulate poison
blow dart questions such as, “Did someone forget his medication
this morning?” But now I can regain control before opening my mouth
and letting it fly. In that moment, when the stone would have been en
route to its target, the truth floods over me like acid rain, eating away
my pretenses. I was mumbling. Guilty as charged. If I’m at a meeting
of recovering idiots, trying to get beyond the thoughts and behaviors
that have imprisoned my personal and professional potential all of
these years, why am I mumbling?

The acid burns away another layer and I decide to share my stream
of consciousness with the group. “I learned that living in a glass house
is not a good idea if you’re going to throw stones.”
“How original,” Mr. Mumbles blurts.
I quickly pick up another stone and suck in some additional oxygen,
not to calm myself, but to have enough breath support to achieve
maximum volume. That’s when I notice the others are glaring at him.
“Don’t interrupt,” a woman scolds. “You know the rules.”
“Yeah,” I think to myself. “What she said.” I feel relieved, comforted,
and protected. Somebody stood up for me. Somebody cared.
Instantly, the anger begins to drain from my body and I feel a tinge of
compassion for Mr. Mumbles. He slumps back in his metal folding
chair and picks at the edge of his Styrofoam coffee cup. When I feel
like someone is on my side and cares about my right to occupy space
in the universe, toxic thoughts dissipate, and in their place are curiosities
about how others came to be the way they are. I even begin to
wonder how I came to be the way I am.
Your Idiot Boss needs to feel that someone is on his side, in his
corner, and has his back. Never forget that you and your Idiot Boss
are both human beings. He will have the same basic responses to feelings
and situations you do. This is important because, when you feel
unsupported or even undermined, you tend to grasp tighter, fight more
intensely, become more suspicious. Your Idiot Boss does the same.
Find ways to support your Idiot Boss, especially in his times of
uncertainty and doubt. When you do, he will feel as I did when the
woman spoke up against my detractor at the recovery meeting. I had
a new best friend. Recall how you felt when someone spoke up or
took up for you. You can engender the same feeling within your boss
towards you. Try it and feel the tension evaporate. Send an encouraging
e-mail, mention in the hallway how well you thought he handled a
situation. Keep it all in the context of the department’s goals and
objectives so as not to seem syrupy.

 

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Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Confessions of a Recovering Idiot

bossAuthor John Irving advises aspiring writers to write about what they know. I published five business books before I realized I had yet to write from my personal ground zero. Now, standing in a pile of shards where a glass house once stood, I can’t  remember who threw the first stone. Maybe it was me. Maybe not. It doesn’t matter. The stone-throwing got so intense that I forgot why they were being thrown to begin with.

Oh, yeah. I remember. I was pointing my finger at others and accusing them of things for which I was equally, if not more, guilty.

For every stone I threw, a bigger one came back at me. I felt justified
in my accusations and victimized by the criticism of others. Dishing it
out came naturally and felt righteous. Taking it seemed unnatural and
felt unfair. Just because I lived in a glass house didn’t mean I wanted
others to see through me. Or did I?

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Are you living in a glass house? Are you accusing your I-Boss of
things that you can just as easily be convicted of? These are not easy
questions. Nor are they questions we routinely ask ourselves. That’s
why I’m asking you now. Things that annoy us about others are often
characteristics we possess. Our own flaws are especially irritating when
they show up in someone else’s words and actions. Our own flaws are
almost indescribably irritating when they show up in the words and
actions of someone with power and authority over us.

Now that my glass house has been shattered, I’m able to write
about false confidence, false security, and false pride. I know them
all. Somewhere in the beginning, my wires were crossed. If not at
birth, soon thereafter. Was it nature or nurture? Genetics or environment?
It doesn’t matter. Now I pray daily for the serenity to accept
the nature and the courage to change the nurture. Like the prayer
says, wisdom is the ability to distinguish between the two. All self actualization
aside, I can’t help but be a little disturbed and perturbed
that nobody explained these distinctions to me until I had already
messed up a major portion of my life. But, that is blaming. I might as
well bend over and pick up another rock.

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Without killing your Boss

Without killing your Boss

HOW TO WORK FOR AN IDIOT SURVIVE & THRIVE… WITHOUT KILLING YOUR Boss

Introduction

Without killing your Boss
Without killing your Boss

After studying Idiot Bosses for nearly two decades, I finally understand why females in certain species eat their young. The experience of working for an Idiot Boss is so universal and the feelings of frustration so widespread that the mere mention of this book title resonates throughout the human race. It does not resonate, however,
with Idiot Bosses (code name: “I-Bosses”), not because they take exception to the name-calling and innuendo, but because I-Bosses just don’t get it—any of it.

I once failed miserably trying to market a seminar titled, “How to Manage People who are Smarter, More Talented, and Productive than You Are.” My mistake was advertising to Idiot Bosses who needed the seminar. If I had advertised to people who could anonymously enroll and send their Idiot Bosses, I’d be a multimillionaire.

How to Work for an Idiot might not be a seminar to which bosses will eagerly send their employees, but as a book, the potential audience of highly motivated revenge seekers is huge and as ubiquitous as oxygen.
Speaking of omnipresence, on the seventh day, God relaxed and thought back over the productive week He had just completed. Suddenly remembering that He forgot to fix the Idiot Boss malfunction, God winced and said, “oops.” Not feeling the problem was annoying enough to create an eight-day week, God let the idiot thing slide, and the rest is history. Then again, God doesn’t have to work for an idiot.

Idiot Bosses are the mutant hiccups of organizational evolution with cockroach-like immunity to calamities that wipe out truly talented and creative people. Although idiots are barnacles on the ship of executive survival, they can nonetheless serve valuable functions— as long as they’re not in charge. The bad news is they usually are in charge. The good news is, talented and dedicated people can rise above the situation and thrive in spite of their I-Bosses. If How to Work for an Idiot doesn’t provide you with the knowledge and awareness to deal with this vertical mobility challenge, it might at least keep you from going postal.

Nearly everyone now works or has worked for an I-Boss. Despite the liberties this book takes with archetypal Idiot Bosses in the tradition of Dagwood’s Mr. Dithers or Dilbert’s despicable department head, it also suggests some methods and techniques to help you deal with fools in positions of power more easily. You’ll encounter pearls of wisdom in the pages ahead. But, at times, you’ll need to follow a herd of swine to find them.

Isn’t that how real life works? I’ll lead you through many of my own experiences so the truths will be revealed in the appropriate context.

You’ll learn to reflect on your own life experiences and, in doing so, potentially make your relationship with idiots tolerable and even productive. You’ll begin by activating and enlarging your empathic capacity, thus rendering Idiot Bosses powerless to increase hostility, blood pressure, or the likelihood of homicide. I-Bosses only have as much power over your mood as you allow.
For most, the terms empathy and idiot don’t often appear in the same thought. But what has resentment done for you lately?

Resentment causes your heart to shrivel and your veins, arteries, and capillaries to harden. While all that’s happening to you, your I-Boss’s heart is merrily pumping away, forcing oxygenated blood though veins, arteries, and capillaries as wide open and free-flowing as a Los Angeles freeway at 3 o’clock on a Sunday morning.

By sharing some of my good and not-so-good life experiences, and inviting you to reflect on your own memorable and forgettable experiences, you’ll begin to see how your I-Boss came to aggravate you so much. How aggravated we allow ourselves to become is more about our own attitudes than the external persons or circumstances committing the alleged aggravating. The key to surviving and thriving without killing your boss (as the subtitle suggests) is to take control over the only thing you have control over: your emotional response to the things other people say and do as well as things that go bump in the universe.

How to Work for an Idiot is as irreverent as it is therapeutic, ascsatirical as it is sensible, as lighthearted as it is heartfelt, and treats the classic hierarchical management model with all of the dignity and respect it deserves in a progressive private sector—none. Chapters such as “Idiotspeak” and “Idiot-eat” are replete with tales of bungling and stumbling attempts at leadership; mostly my bungling and stumbling attempts at leadership.

If I can help you become more comfortable with your frail and imperfect humanity, I’ve helped launch you on a path toward a serene and comfortable coexistence with the idiots in your personal and professional lives. With empathy comes increased tolerance, patience, and a sense of peace. Facing truths about our own flirtations with stupidity can sometimes be difficult. That’s why I’ve chosen to lace this book with wall-to-wall humor. If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a barrel of laughs can wash down the big pills you might need to swallow. I’ve had a bitter pill of self aggrandizement lodged in my throat for years. I gag on it to this day if I eat too fast.

There is no guarantee my anecdotal approach to surviving and thriving despite your Idiot Boss will make you taller, better looking, increase your intelligence, or lose weight. I do guarantee that I write from a position of authority on the subject. If you read my biographical sketch on the back cover, you know that I hold a Ph.D. I also have two Master’s degrees and years of experience as a worker bee, middle manager, executive, entrepreneur, consultant, and mental health clinical
intern. More important than any of that is the fact that I’m an idiot.

More accurately, a recovering idiot. The operative word (in case you didn’t notice) is recovering. Once an idiot, always an idiot.

There is an enormous difference between an active idiot and a recovering idiot. An active idiot isn’t aware of his condition and the effect he has on others. In that state of ignorance, active idiots aren’t doing anything intentional to change. Recovering idiots are actively engaged in improving their awareness of what makes them tick and how their thoughts, words, and actions affect others.

Active idiots carry their dysfunction into positions of leadership and remain oblivious to the havoc they wreak. Recovering idiots carry hope and ever-expanding awareness wherever they go, including positions of leadership. Recovering idiots are not perfect. We never will be. But we’re working on it. Wouldn’t you like to hear your I-Boss say that?

The chapters ahead contain a rare glimpse at the inner workings of the idiot mind and reveal why the term “inner workings” is
truly an oxymoron. For more than a decade, I’ve written books on leadership, creativity, and organizational performance. I’ve traveled far and wide extolling the virtues of flattened organizations, collaborative leadership, and shared responsibility in the workplace. My clients welcomed me and nodded approvingly as I taught the principles of empowerment, teamwork, and open communication.

They politely waited until I finished and left the building before ignoring my advice.

How to Work for an Idiot was supposed to be my revenge. However, accepting my personal powerlessness over stupidity and that my life had become unmanageable, I found in my 12-step program for recovering idiots a roadmap leading from the brink of suicide to idiot free serenity. I invite you to join me as I journal my recovery. But first, a Legal Disclaimer: Reading this book in a meeting when you are supposed to be paying attention is not recommended, as laughing out loud can be grounds for termination. (You might be laughing at yourself, but your I-Boss won’t know the difference.) Reading this book during
church sermons, funerals, or commencement speeches is not recommended if you ever want your spouse or children to speak to you again.

Do not leave How to Work for an Idiot lying around the office unless it’s on your worst enemy’s desk. If you ever thought the only way to survive an Idiot Boss was to medicate yourself, quit your job, or grind up your medication and lace your I-Boss’s coffee, How to Work for an Idiot offers hope for your spirit, strategy for your mind, and a money-back guarantee when and if Bill Gates ever files for personal bankruptcy.

You are welcome to contact me through idiotworld.org and vent your spleen about your Idiot Boss, nominate an Idiot of the Month, or vent about this book. If you’re going to complain, however, I doubt you’ll be telling me anything I haven’t already heard. Writing this book isn’t the first mistake I’ve ever made.
Read slowly, chew thoroughly, and swallow carefully.
—Dr. John Hoover

 

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Back to School Fashion

Back to School Fashion

fashionWe use various ways to express ourselves. We either use words or we use other symbols. We make use of signals, we make use of gestures and we also make use of fashion to tell the world what we want to say. When we put on our clothes for the day, it is like we are declaring to the world our attitude for the day. This is the reason why it is so interesting to observe the back-to-school fashion preferences of people. The back to school fashion preference of a person shows who he will be for the whole term in a nutshell.

There are those people who wear practically the same thing they did in the last term. The bad thing about this is that this could be an indication of little to no personal growth in the past term. This could be an indication that the person did not mature in the past year. What could make this worse is if that person had been wearing the same fashion for more than 5 years. That could be an indicator of a serious problem.

The positive interpretation of this could be that the person has matured enough to have found his or her identity in life. This type of back-to-school fashion could indicate that a person is already perfectly happy with the image that he or she presents and that they feel no urge to change. It could also be an indication that the person has had a great past year and wishes to recapture that year.

There are people who exhibit great changes in their back to school fashion. There is also a good side and a bad side to this. The good interpretation of this is that the person has experienced an epiphany. A change in back-to-school fashion could be an indicator that a person has reached a new level of maturity and is ready to face the world with a new attitude. He or she could be declaring to the world that he or she is a new person, changed for the better and willing to tackle the world head on.

There is also a dark side to this change in back-to-school fashion. A person could have suffered from an event so cataclysmic that it required the person to reject his or her old personality entirely. A drastic change in back-to-school fashion could be akin to a person screaming, “I am not who I used to be. It will not happen to me anymore!” not all changes are good and not all changes are bad. That fact must be understood.

There are students whose back to school fashion is based on what a certain group is wearing. The positive side to this is that it indicates social acceptance. A person who has this type of back to school fashion shows that he or she is sociable and knows how to make friends with at least a certain group of people. However, this could also be an indication of a lack of initiative. People who dress the way others do may do so because they don’t really have any idea of what to wear. They let their groups decide their fashion because without the group, they really have no idea who they are.

Now you know that back to school fashion is a great indication of who a person is.

 

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Snowboarding Learn the Basic

Snowboarding Learn the Basic

From Snowboarding Zero To Hero: Basic Pointers To Learn

Snowboarding-1There is much debate as to where snowboarding originated. But whether snowboarding descended from skiing or skateboarding, snowboarding is a legitimate sport that requires a descent on a snowy slope using a snowboard. It is difficult to really point out who started this fun-filled sport, but one thing is for sure: somebody will always have the idea of sliding down a snowy slope on a board or sled.

The growing recognition of snowboarding around the world is evidenced by its establishment as a sports discipline in 1995. As such, snowboarding has been included in events in Winter Olympics and Winter X-games. It even has a US Open tournament of its own. The growth of snowboarding as a sport is undeniable as more and more people get hooked on it.

Now that you are among the countless ones who want to try out the fun and excitement that only snowboarding can give, it is high time that you learn the basics of making your very first downhill ride on a snowboard. So how do you begin?

First, you need to procure the necessary snowboarding equipment. You need to have the right snowboarding gear, clothing, boots, and of course, snowboard. Make sure that your snowboard is the right size for you; not too expansive or narrow.

If you already have the necessary equipment, you can start learning the basics of riding your snowboard. Here are a few important things to remember as you start to find your destiny in snowboarding.

Keep in mind that snowboarding is similar to snow skiing. The body movements that enable you to control and stabilize your snowboard are the same as the movements in skiing. Therefore, if you are already a skilled skier, there will be fewer problems for you ahead. A skier will have easier time than a skateboard thrasher to learn snowboarding.

Always be in a relaxed position. Like any sport, snowboarding requires a calm and hang-loose mindset. Most accidents and injuries in snowboarding happen when one is in tensed position. As you mount your snowboard, keep your knees bent; a stiff stance will only make you absorb impacts between your snowboard and snow.

Do not start learning how to snowboard by immediately riding down the snowy slope during the first time. Instead, begin with snowboarding across a small patch of snow. Get a feel for the sport. Be conscious of your snowboard and your movement. Are you comfortable in your getup and equipment?

Try steering the snowboard over the small area you are in. Practice making turns, learn the finer points of toe-side turns, which means turning by lifting your heels up while pressing your toes to the snowboard; or heel-side turns, which make use of your heels for your turning. Once you have mastered the basics of balancing and steering your snowboard, you can move to a bigger patch of snow, but do not try a long and steep slope just yet.

Now that you have actually moved on your snowboard, you have to learn how to stop your snowboard. Stopping a snowboard basically requires making more turns until you find your self going for an uphill position. An uphill direction will certainly slow your snowboard down until you are in a complete stop.

After learning all the basic riding movements, you can now try a full-scale ride down a longer and steeper snow slope. Good luck!

 

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Male Menopause Syndrome

Male Menopause Syndrome: Understanding the Jekyll Hyde 
Andropause is a condition brought about by low levels of testosterone throughout the man’s body. It normally occurs in men aged 40 years old and above where they experience symptoms similar to women’s menopause. However, changes in men are gradual, characterized by fatigue, changes in moods and attitudes, and loss of physical agility, energy, and sex drive. Studies show that men may even acquire the Jekyll Hyde Syndrome or Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS) which can later on affect the people around him.

A lot of people are familiar with the book written by Robert Louis Stevenson entitled Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It speaks about human psyche dealing with the mind of a male in particular. Dr. Henry Jekyll has a life-long pursuit of separating man’s two natures to obtain the essence between evil and good.

Dr. Jekyll superiors and friends refused to help him. However, he succeeded in doing his experiments using his formula, but the results were shocking. Dr. Jekyll’s evil nature, Edward Hyde, surfaces with a separate identity. Hyde starts to murder those people who refuse to support Dr. Jekyll’s cause. From then on, Dr. Jekyll keeps on fighting to control his evil half.

It is really shocking that this transformation could occur with men undergoing andropause. Their attitudes can suddenly change from being once a loving and sensitive person to becoming mean and uncaring. Some wife does complain to their husbands that they completely changed from being Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde.

There are pointers to understand in the manifestation of this syndrome. Mostly, men who experience IMS can really change apparently overnight. He could appear so peaceful, loving, and contented but suddenly he freaks out as agitated, mean, and discontented. Other factor which triggers the condition involves a crisis of a relative or close friend. It could also be a difficulty in achieving his real identity since he has different roles such as being a father, a son, a husband, or a friend. This leads to confusion and fear thinking that he has to destroy his old version to move into something new.

IMS has affected a lot of men. It was mentioned earlier that plummeting testosterone levels can cause a man to become withdrawn and irritable which is considered an internal cause. However, external causes also trigger IMS in men. It can include physical injury or illness, or a relationship or job loss. So he thinks that his problems are caused by another person thus complaining more about it. Then he justifies it with anger to release the blame viewing the world via distorted lenses.

But not all men acquired IMS. There are four factors that should come together to develop IMS. It is determined by changes in hormones, brain chemistry, loss of identity, and stress levels. You just can’t easily rate men who are irritable and angry with IMS. They should take the tests to be sure that they have IMS since being irritable and angry are normal.

Men can seek counseling to treat IMS so that they could prevent themselves from becoming Mr. Hyde of course. Men having low levels of testosterone can have testosterone restoration. Right diet and exercise is also significant. Exercising can increase testosterone levels. But keep in mind that low-carb diets are not helpful. Low carbohydrates can lower serotonin levels making men irritable. Remember, understanding IMS and seeking proper help is worth all the effort.

 

Make your Daddy very happy!

Here are some Father’s Day Coloring Pages.

Placed one, two… or all of them in the fridge. Your father will be triggered!

 

 

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Hybrid Sports Cars

Hybrid Sports Cars

 

Fulfilling Your Need for Speed While Saving On Fuel
hybrid sports car fastest_eIf you are a type of person who likes exotic high speed sports car, then you should prepare to spend a lot of money on gasoline. Sports cars are known to have large engines to achieve high amounts of speed. Having large engines mean that it will also consume large amounts of fuel.

For the typical person, this kind of car is definitely not something that they should drive everyday, especially because of the rising prices of gasoline. However, why do people still drool and save money to buy these expensive sports car? Maybe it’s because of the high speed capability that they can take advantage of whenever they feel the need for speed, or maybe because it’s because of the sleek and stylish look of these vehicles.

Hybrid technology is now being used to produce fuel efficient cars. These cars are designed to be lightweight, and aerodynamic with small engines to maximize fuel efficiency. However, hybrid cars are relatively slow because of the small engine. Hybrid cars existing today are designed for city or local driving where you don’t need to go on high speeds. You have to consider that these cars are designed to be fuel efficient.

However, car manufacturers today are now opening up a new line of hybrid cars. Some already built a prototype or a concept car to be shown to the public. These hybrid cars are designed to achieve high amounts of speed but at the same time, take advantage of the hybrid technology to save fuel.

High speed hybrid sports cars are being designed by car manufacturers today to satisfy consumers who like to go at high speeds and at the same time, save fuel. The gasoline-electric engine concept is so popular today that manufacturers, such as Toyota and Honda are now opening a new line in their factory that produces hybrid sports cars.

Major auto shows have shown different hybrid sports car concepts from different large car manufacturers. One is the high performance hybrid sports car from Mitsubishi called the Mitsubishi Eclipse Concept-E. This hybrid concept sports car is a very good example of what sports cars will look like in the near future.

Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Concept-E takes advantage of the hybrid technology. The front wheels are driven by the parallel hybrid system. This means that the electric motor is integrated with the gasoline engine, which is a 3.8 liter V6. With the gasoline engine and the electric motor, it is able to have a power output of 270 horsepower.

The new generation of sports car like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Concept-E is only one of the concept hybrid sports cars that are now being talked about by sports car fanatics. With the hybrid technology integrated into sports cars, you will definitely save a lot of money on fuel while letting you combine fuel efficiency and power all in one package.

Hybrid sports car is definitely the sports car of the future. It is now possible to have a sports car that is able to save fuel and still give you maximum performance. With hybrid sports car, you can now own a luxury sports car that is able to cut fuel consumption. You can satisfy your speed urges without sacrificing big money for fuel.

 

Brazil wants to be the FIFA World Cup 2014 at its home.

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Do you think that this is possible?

Yes, I know that Brazil is one of the favorites, but is this enough? Yes, it is also the host nation.

Their Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has decided that they will get the trophy if he is leading.

Yes, things are much harder than this…

 

 

 

 

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