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2017 Christmas Letter

Hello beautiful people who still check this site even though I barely update and when I do it’s unreadable hot garbage!

2017 started with a bang heard round the world. My mom filed for divorce. Of course, my siblings and I have been telling her to do that since 1994, but better late than never! As expected, my father is being vindictive and litigious, so that’s been interesting. But while you might think all of that drama would be stressful, I can honestly say that for her, myself, and my siblings, this has been a year of incredible freedom and peace. I can’t remember a time when it was this calm, happy, and loving. For plethora reasons, that’s all I’ll say about that for now.

That brings me to work, I suppose. In 2016, our distributor, who is not known for creating accurate forecasts, ordered double what they normally do. I pushed back and told them this was really weird and were they sure, and they said they were positive. Well, turns out they were not correct, and they had actually ordered twice as much as they needed.

My previous boss who departed the company kicking and screaming in January had this notion that we could force them to keep buying stuff they didn’t need, even though the contract didn’t dictate any such thing. I found out part way into the year that the distributor was looking for a way out of working with us because they were so sick of him emailing threats to “call the CEO” and other such nonsense.

In reality, the distributor had screwed up, but I don’t believe in throwing tantrums to get my way, especially when “getting my way” has no contractual basis or logic to it. Instead, we calmly worked with the distributor and came up with some very reasonable, workable short-term solutions, understanding that excess inventory would eventually be depleted.

What that meant was 2017 was a slow year – but ironically more profitable than previous years… imagine that. We have a solid core team that works hard. We have a ridiculously integrated quality system that we continually upgrade and spent significant effort on this year. We digitized 100% of our records and all current and future record-keeping is in the cloud. We cut costs, consolidated our space, updated our workflow, and overhauled our entire inventory system.

On the personal side, 2017 was a lot of work, but it was so much fun. Having two one year olds is a challenge as any parent of twins could attest.

Molly is the perfect baby of the family. It makes us not want to have any more. She was destined to be the youngest. She’s extremely mellow and sweet. She’s almost never mad. When she cries it’s for a minute or two then she’s over it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mia is very spunky and she lives life at 110% at all times. That means when she’s happy she’s HAPPY, when she’s sad she’s SAD, and when she’s mad, she will slay you and anyone who resembles you. She’s also tough as nails. I tripped going down the stairs with her and about killed myself. She’s more likely to break the stairs than be injured by the stairs.

 

 

 

 

 

Elaina is everything I would hope for in a four year old. She’s stubborn, funny, imaginative, emotional, and cannot for the life of her put a shirt on by herself. Her favorite activity is her “pick one” (iPad) where she watches YouTube shows. Her least favorite activity is eating dinner when I tell her to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia… she’s 13 in every sense of the word. She has become a woman before our very eyes. For a couple of years, we saw a child with occasional flashes of womanhood. Now, we see a woman with flashes of childhood. She dances competitively and has practice 4 or 5 days a week. She plays cello in the school orchestra. She’s got all A’s and B’s in school. She’s 5’10” and about to pass me up within the next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole and I celebrated our fifth anniversary this year. I can honestly say it has flown by. Having 3 kids during that time probably had nothing to do with it. With the kids, we struggle to find time together, we run constantly, and we collapse into bed between 10:30 and 12, then start over again the next morning before 6. She’s adores our kids and they adore her. She’s the best wife any guy could ever ask for.

We have aspirations of living in SoCal, so maybe that will be the next big change for us. Or maybe it will be changing our last name to get rid of negative associations. Or maybe we’ll decide we need more kids. Maybe she’ll be having me committed to a mental hospital tomorrow. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Over the course of 2016-2017 I finished two full sleeve tattoos and started a full back piece (5 months to go on that).

If you have been a reader here or you know us personally, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018. Keep your stick on the ice.

Violence Can’t Stop Hate

I’m sure I’ll step in a big pile of poop with this post, but I’m going to go for it anyway. PREFACE: I stand against bigotry, sexism, and hate in all of its forms.

The past couple of days, politicians and leaders around the country have been falling all over themselves trying to praise Antifa for their work against the Alt Right. Now, I never even heard of the “Alt Right” until the 2016 election cycle. I didn’t know it was a thing. Sure, I’ve heard of neo-Nazis, fascists, and white supremacists, but never Alt Right.

Alt Right has become an all-encompassing term used to describe “white nationalists,” who are even more loosely defined as “nationalists who happen to be white.” As I’ve written before, nationalists exist of every race and color. However, Alt Right has been defined as a white guy thing.

Nationalism:
noun

  1. patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts
  2. an extreme form of this, especially marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries
  3. advocacy of political independence for a particular country

Let’s look at that for a minute. Is it possible for non-white people to have patriotic principles or feelings? Is it possible for non-white folks to have a feeling of superiority over other countries? Is it possible for non-white people to advocate for political independence for the country?

So “nationalism” isn’t a bad word. We could debate the merits of nationalism all day long, but it’s not by definition anything racial whatsoever. It’s essentially…. America rocks, other countries suck, and we ought to look out for our own rather than have a global perspective.

There are extremists that really are racists and fascists. We saw this boldly demonstrated by a bunch of chuckleheads in Charlottesville carrying Nazi flags and advocating white superiority. This… and let me be CLEAR…. this is a lunatic fringe at work. Should we counter protest these idiots? OF COURSE.

This is America, and I believe that they have the right the peaceably assemble and say whatever idiotic, bigoted, backwards stuff they want to say. Just as I believed Westboro Baptist Church had the right to picket with their stupid God Hates Fags signs. Just as I believe BLM has the right to march through the streets saying “What do we want? DEAD COPS.” In America, we can say whatever we want and believe whatever we want, no matter how ignorant.

What we CAN’T do is hurt other people. I don’t mean hurt their feelings… people these days have incredibly thin skin. I am talking about physically hurting people. That’s never OK.

So, what I’ve said so far is, pride in country is great, wanting to put America above other countries is… selfish, but not inherently racist, and that lunatics on all sides have the right to say what they want, but not to hurt other people.

Antifa is an anti-free-speech, violent bunch of thugs. They are, ironically, fascists. They want to change the way the 1st Amendment works in America, and that’s not OK. They committed so much violence in Berkeley that Berkeley has essentially blocked any conservative speakers from speaking on campus.

Ben Shapiro, who himself can often be extreme to the right, says it well in his Politico article:

“And so here we stand: On the one side, a racist, identity-politics Left dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate beneficiaries of privilege and therefore must be excised from political power; on the other side, a reactionary, racist, identity-politics alt-right dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate victims of the social-justice class and therefore must regain political power through race-group solidarity.” (Full Article)

Trump was annihilated for condemning “violence on both sides” after Charlottesville. But he is right to do so. The neo-Nazis were demonstrating peacefully (disgustingly, as well, as is their right) and Antifa showed up with bats and masks. If we really want to kill white supremacy and neo-Naziism, we can only do so by doing it the American way – if they have 200 white guys holding Nazi flags, we should have 2,000 white guys across the street peacefully counter protesting.

Violence births more violence. Hate births more hate. So, white guys on the left and the right – when racism and hatred comes to your town, stand up against it. Use your voice and your presence, not baseball bats. If you physically attack these hateful people, you are validating their argument that they are oppressed somehow. You are asking to escalate it into a real race war.

BLM can’t affect these racist idiots. Because the racist idiots see them as sub-human. We white guys have to step up and show them that this isn’t the 40s, it ain’t the 60s, and it ain’t 1860. Time to join the 20th century.

How to Know You’re in a Cult

There are many helpful red flags to let you know that you’ve inadvertently stumbled into being a cult member. Keep in mind the simple definition of “cult” is a system of religious veneration of a particular figure. A cult doesn’t have to be sacrificing virgins and worshiping Satan to be a cult.

None of the things I list below necessarily mean you’re in a cult, but it sure might. So tread very lightly if you see these warning signs:

  1. The “leader” is revered as the one person with all the answers. This is especially true if he will argue with anyone who challenges his assertions. You can’t be a cult leader without first being a narcissist.
  2. The leader has no actual seminary training or ordination. Folks, there is a reason that the vast majority of preachers go through seminary, or at least through an intensive ordination process. It’s because it weeds out a lot of the potential cult leaders – people in it for personal accolades. It also provides real accountability, as a person who is ordained through a larger organization can be fired and replaced if they go off the path.
  3. The “church” is several years old and still meets in someone’s home. Again, this is from my own experience, and your results may vary. Many churches start in homes, but churches that are planted in this way typically outgrow the home quickly.
  4. People who leave are badmouthed by the leader. In a real church, people come and go all the time. This happens for myriad reasons. Sometimes it’s doctrinal differences. Many times it’s simply logistics. And other times, it’s interpersonal reasons. However, if each time a family leaves, the leader of the “church” talks about “always knowing they were bad people….” you can be sure of one thing – you’re in a cult.
  5. The leader has requirements of members that make most reasonable people uncomfortable. For example, if the leader of your “church” insists on kissing all of the women on the lips, you can be sure you are in a cult. The Bible does say to “greet one another with a holy kiss.” However, I don’t recall the Bible saying to kiss the women on the lips and no one else. Creepy As F. Also, a 100% sign you’re in a cult.
  6. Your “church” only attracts weirdos. Sure, we’re all a little weird, and into every church a weirdo or two will appear. But if your entire “church” is made up of weirdos, misfits, and the fringe of society – there’s a good chance you’re in a cult. Cult leaders prey on the weirdos and misfits. They tell them that if they just follow this set of rules, that they will be an accepted part of the group. That’s what weirdos and misfits want – acceptance.
  7. Incidentally, if everyone “out there” is considered lesser because they don’t believe exactly what the “leader” believes, chances are, you’re in a cult. There are about eleventy-million denominations within the Christian faith. All of them share a reasonably short set of things in common and have many small differences. I would never say a Lutheran is less of a Christian or less of a true believer than a Baptist. However, these little one-off cults are happy to paint with a broad brush.
  8.  The leader makes all the decisions. I’ve been in a lot of churches where they pay lip service to inclusion and accountability. But I’ve also seen people who just “pitch” their ideas to their “elders” and it’s just expected they will rubber stamp it.
  9. The leader meets with and “counsels” people of the opposite sex one-on-one in closed door sessions. No professional, accountable person would ever do this. Pastor’s office doors have windows in them. Pastors don’t meet with women one-on-one without anyone else around. Even if the pastor has no bad intentions, it’s completely unprofessional and is asking for trouble. If your “leader” doesn’t worry about things like this, you may just be in a cult.
  10. The leader tries to act like an altruistic hero. “You don’t even have to pay me, I’ll just do this cuz I’m a good guy.” Mmmhmmm. A wise person once told me… “Pete, everyone gets something out of it.” I’ve never met a real pastor that wasn’t a humble, genuine guy. You can smell narcissism from a mile away, and if you smell it, run away – you’re in a cult.
  11. The “leader” interferes with other people’s relationships. No real pastor or counselor takes a side when doing relationship counseling. To pick a side is to interfere in someone else’s relationship – something only a cult leader wants to do. If a pastor is telling you “he’s no good, you should dump the bum….” he’s WAY overstepping his bounds – a sure sign you’re in a cult. Some exceptions apply, but they are extreme – physical or sexual abuse. “He’s mean” is not a valid reason for a pastor to try and break a married couple up. A real pastor is always working towards helping both parties get better and create an environment for reconciliation. If he is not up to the task, perhaps he should be in a different line of work.
  12. The church ceases to exist when the “leader” moves on. Churches go thru tough times, but no church should be built on one single person. If it is, there’s a good chance it’s a cult.

Healthcare

I’m so tired of the GOP being incapable of doing something productive while they have complete control

Healthcare can be completely fixed in three steps:

  1. Expand medicare to cover all “uninsurable” Americans. If private insurance rejects you, you automatically go on Medicare. Obviously guidelines have to be set as to what can make you uninsurable (to prevent Insurance from rejecting everyone).
  2. Allow private insurance companies to compete across state lines to increase competition and choice for consumers.
  3. Put reforms in place on malpractice suits so that damages cannot exceed the expected loss in income. So if someone making 30k per year is rendered unable to work forever, you take 30k x the rest of their life expectancy, plus the cost of their care. That should be the maximum someone is entitled to under medical malpractice, and it would go a long way towards lowering healthcare costs across the board.

So what if you have to raise taxes a couple percent to cover the medicare expansion? The cost savings the average American would experience in healthcare would more than offset the tax difference. Ultimately, what Americans want is the most value for the least amount of money. Most Americans also don’t want 30 million other Americans suffering and dying.

Easy as pie.

Both parties should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.