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post #1 of 11 Old 02-28-2014, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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2013 vs. 2014

So i am wondering if you all have a similar feeling as I?

Did 2013 completely suck?
Does 2014 feel like its going to be an Awsome year? Its already feeling pretty damn good and Im looking forward to alot of cool things this year!


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post #2 of 11 Old 02-28-2014, 05:59 PM
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I don't know about '14, but '13 definitely didn't not suck.




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Actually 2013 was pretty decent for me but here's hoping that 14 is even better!

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Glad you had a good one, brother. I've definitely had worse.

TK, maybe having a Pirsig quote in your sig is bad luck?




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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It's all what you make of it bro.

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Well Pauliee
While I would mostly agree with your point I have to say, life throws you some sucker punches sometime.

I had some good times but losing some friends and other issues out of your control can just pile up one after another.

Having said that, I think 2014 is coming together in positive ways I would have never expected. Like the stars are in alignment for an awesome time.

LJ- you know it's funny but Pirsig has randomly come up in several conversations with completely different people and completely uninitiated by me. For example your the 3rd person today that mentioned him to me.

You got me thinking though, but not in a negative way. More in a really positive light. In fact I will share my own words from a previous conversation I had today:

"A lot of people think of motorcycle riding as something you do, impersonal on a mechanical machine. Many people find spirituality in books and religion, but I think for me I find my spirituality on the motorbike. Like when you bust out of the fog over a crest and gaze upon an amazing view, it's a warm day and you smell the trees and eucalyptus, maybe there's a rainbow and maybe not. But you stop and take it in because it IS amazing. For me that's what riding a motorbike is all about. It's where I find my spirituality."


Anyway, here's to good friend and good rides this year!!!

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"A lot of people think of motorcycle riding as something you do, impersonal on a mechanical machine. Many people find spirituality in books and religion, but I think for me I find my spirituality on the motorbike. Like when you bust out of the fog over a crest and gaze upon an amazing view, it's a warm day and you smell the trees and eucalyptus, maybe there's a rainbow and maybe not. But you stop and take it in because it IS amazing. For me that's what riding a motorbike is all about. It's where I find my spirituality."
This quote from your last post is great.

I personally had a fine 2013 and hope to make 2014 even better. Sure there were some major downs, but there were also some major ups.

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I've had a hell of a lot worse years than 2013. I don't concern myself with it because I think it's generally a waste of time. The following words are not mine, but I adhere to their principle. I guess I kind of try to be like a dog.....

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

The essence of living in the present moment, the Now, is focusing the mind here and take attention away from thinking about past or future. The present moment is all there ever is to experience life directly. Past and future are only concepts of our mind and therefore are good for learning from the past or conceptual planning when it is useful, but after this there is no need for them. Especially not to dwell in them and get stuck there in the mind by constant thinking loops.



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Well Pauliee
While I would mostly agree with your point I have to say, life throws you some sucker punches sometime.

I had some good times but losing some friends and other issues out of your control can just pile up one after another.

Having said that, I think 2014 is coming together in positive ways I would have never expected. Like the stars are in alignment for an awesome time.

LJ- you know it's funny but Pirsig has randomly come up in several conversations with completely different people and completely uninitiated by me. For example your the 3rd person today that mentioned him to me.

You got me thinking though, but not in a negative way. More in a really positive light. In fact I will share my own words from a previous conversation I had today:

"A lot of people think of motorcycle riding as something you do, impersonal on a mechanical machine. Many people find spirituality in books and religion, but I think for me I find my spirituality on the motorbike. Like when you bust out of the fog over a crest and gaze upon an amazing view, it's a warm day and you smell the trees and eucalyptus, maybe there's a rainbow and maybe not. But you stop and take it in because it IS amazing. For me that's what riding a motorbike is all about. It's where I find my spirituality."


Anyway, here's to good friend and good rides this year!!!
Well said, brother.




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Markie's year sucked HARD but in a very positive way.

The more I dedicated myself to God and family the tighter we became and are a
very loving and functional bunch. My problems were with the job of 17 years.
I stopped acting like a foul mouthed ironworker and found myself no longer in the
"click" at work and it became to feel like being on the outside looking in. Minor bullying
began with the suck-ups hiding my samples and basically screwing up my
metallurgical test results. Stuff was pulled out hot to fast-cool and throw off tensile
tests, and my non-lockable car became a dumpster for taco bell leftovers and other
crap being tossed in there at random. The companies' open door policy was ignored.
I was told "Grow a thicker skin", "If you aren't happy here find another job", etc.
This came directly from my supervisor and the plant manager. Gross failure of doing
the right thing all the while protecting the illegals screwing around with me since I
had become "weak". There was one lab technician/ machinist in the bldg who knew
my job, me, covering both shifts. My now ex supervisor hates my guts as he had
to step up and do both of our jobs doing 75 hours at the same salary pay. I guess he
missed the hero worship in which he thrived on and I stopped doing. With the support
of a very loving family we took the 401 money and profit sharing and I gave my one
minute's notice and drove off never looking back. Luckily mama makes a decent coin
and we're doing fine but there's no extra cash for the hobbies we like to do. Enter some
library movies, food from Aldi's, Goodwill clothing, etc. and I had the option of slow-
shopping for a new company.

Enter 2014. I apply at 5 companies that would let me play with milling machines and lathes.
Four called me for interviews. I got 3 jobs and chose the best combo of cash,
benefits, and work schedule. Tried each and left politely. The 4th of 5 places just
contacted me a couple of weeks ago. This one takes the longest to get in as they are
very choosy. Two interviews later, a background check, and they are now scheduling
my physical and drug test for this week. They are under the IBEW (electrical workers
union) and things are looking sweeter than sweet. I stayed the narrow path Biblicly
and God has opened a door to the security of my children going to college, and my wife
receiving my pension as well as SS upon retirement in 20 years. (I'm 47.) If I blow the
physical and don't get the job it's ok too. (no drugs so the test is not an issue) I'll just
pick up a 12 dollar job at a temp-to-hire place and the 500 per week puts us back to
comfortable but not rich. So what? I have my dignity intact, the love of God and family,
a kick-ass motorcycle and what appears to be a great year and riding season ahead.

That was a bit long-winded but it shows to stand by what and who you believe in,
trust that God has your back, and you (I) can sleep with a clear conscience knowing
we've done the right thing daily.


This is a great site with wonderful members and I'm honored to be a part of you.

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