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1.) Always carry a watch, a wallet and a pen. As for women, carry some equivalent and... frankly, a wallet's not a bad idea.

2.) When driving, always check your blind spot. Statistically, it could very well save your life.

3.) When possible, mantain a friendly and zen disposition. It's amazing what people will do for you; today, employees at two official businesses wouldn't take my money.

4.) Be firm but kind toward children. They are not angels; they require example and discipline. This society's inconsistent, overly indulgent attitude toward children will present a great problem.

5.) Do not take a risk unless you feel very confident about it but don't wait to be certain. This precise balance is really the only way to rise much in the world.

6.) Do not trust society. By assuming that mainstream society is right, you are making yourself responsible for its actions and you could very well pay the price for its mistakes. For instance, when a new scientific study comes out saying that something is good or bad for you, take it into account but take it with a grain of salt.

7.) Be careful about learning things you don't need to know. It may sound fun and adventurous to learn Polynesian but it will clutter your mind.

8.) Likewise, do not undertake any task that you are not fully decided upon. If you get only a third of the way through a novel, for instance, you've wasted valuable hours because the real value of a novel is in the unity from start to finish.

9.) Do not mistake words for realities. Language is highly useful but highly imperfect. Words like "freedom," "economy," even "up," are all imprecise. Live in the "show me state."

10.) There are many things far beyond a person's comprehension. Accept that you cannot be in control of much. Keep your cool, mantain your zen and slide on through.

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The following comments are for "Ten Tips"
by seanspacey

This beats Robert Fulghum's. So you are now the tipping guy huh?

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: January 3, 2005 )

Ten Tips
Well, a certain Grateful Dead lyric is brought to mind: "Take my advice and you'd be better off dead." As Tina said once, I just move around and try to get different literary perspectives.

( Posted by: seanspacey [Member] On: January 3, 2005 )

Sean and Windchime..
Sean:I don't wear a watch, but then I don't need an alarm in AM either...Good read...Keep writing

Windchime:Was it my joke?:If there were Nobel "Truce" prizes, they could hand (crank) them out like parking tickets, that you refer to?...Of course, there will be no Peace. Refer to "Peace Shoppers"..

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: January 8, 2005 )

were they banks?

( Posted by: Georgie [Member] On: January 11, 2005 )

Ten Tips
All right, Georgie Boy, I'm just trying to pass along a few tactics that have helped me in my life. The first one was a bank and the woman didn't charge me for the money order. We always chat about this and that. I'm going to give her a poem in thanks. After I got my money-order, I wandered over to this coffeeshop and chewed a little fat with the assistant manager. Well, he just gave me a Mexican Mocha. And this kind of thing happens to me a lot. It's amazing what a little camraderie will do.

( Posted by: seanspacey [Member] On: January 11, 2005 )

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