June 2012

Everybody is Shuffling

by bryan on June 26, 2012

I hope the kids don’t start wearing zebra print tights

“Sorry for Party Rocking” – LMFAO


At the End of the Day

by bryan on June 25, 2012

Joe wants to be a comedian… unwise career choice

“Not that Funny” – Fleetwood Mac



by bryan on June 22, 2012

Shelton is considering a chin implant

“Chin Check” – N.W.A.



by bryan on June 18, 2012

status updates and recipes.com

Me So Hungry, Vol. 3 from ReverendAlexG on 8tracks.



by bryan on June 15, 2012

Please fill it back up. Thank you.

“My HEart And THe Real World” – The Minutemen



by bryan on June 13, 2012

tastes like bacon

“Sleeping in the Beetle Bug” – Of Montreal


The 5 books that changed my life

by bryan on June 8, 2012

Dear Reader,

ADVICE: First get the money, then land the lady(ies), then fall in love, then have babies*
*falling in love and babies are not a requirement

5 books that changed my life for the better:

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy” by Thomas Stanley and William D. Danko
Why did I like this book? Well it’s first book that I read that used a scientific approach to investigate how rich people make and keep their money. I like science. Key take aways? Spend less than you earn, don’t buy luxury items, take a risk when the rewards are there, teach your kids the value of money (so they aren’t leaches in the future), and buy things that make money. By the end of reading this book I realized that through my own actions I affect my rate of wealth accumulation. The decisions I make, to spend or to save today, directly impact my ability to have money tomorrow.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle” by Amy Dacyczyn
So, you ask… how do I spend less money so I can create wealth? This book is the bible on crazy and not so crazy ways people spend less cash. A collection of newsletters and correspondence, “The Tightwad Gazette” is a wealth of ideas on how you can make small and large changes to you lifestyle to not only save your hard earned bucks but to live lighter on the earth. Buy in bulk when on sale, go to garage sales, use cloth napkins, calculate and compare the per unit cost, and tons… and I mean TONS of ideas on living frugal. This book made me realize that if I am ever in a tight spot, I can cut all kinds of expenses. Seeing what these people are willing to do… wow… I have no excuse for not saving money every day. By the way, I make my own laundry detergent now (cost about 3cents a load compared to Tide at 25cents). Feel free to hit me up for the recipe.

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists” by Neil Strauss
Get this one on your Kindle. You don’t want the girls to know you are reading it… but there’s a lot more to it than just picking up on women. It has everything to do with human interaction and having fun with strangers. It’s all about being entertaining and making the people you engage feel interesting. This book hypothesizes that human interaction is similar to a mating dance in that expected movements performed well are rewarded with attraction and positive social reinforcement. For me, it all boils down to having fun. If you don’t say things, and behave in ways that turn people off, you will find human interaction more fulfilling and rewarding, regardless of the gender you are dealing with and whether sexual interaction is the goal. Plus it’s a great read; a fun story told extremely well.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts” by Gary D. Chapman
Gifts, Words, Service, Touch, Attention… everyone gives and receives love differently. In the beginning of a relationship… everything is hot and heavy… and you are just happy that someone is into you… but as time marches on, the love you give can fall on deaf ears…. And then all of a sudden you don’t feel appreciated and the cycle of a relationship ending looms overhead. It’s because you keep loving the other person the way that you feel loved rather than the way they feel loved. It’s not easy to change the way you love someone… but you must if you want your marriage to last a lifetime. I tell my Honey all the time that she’s awesome and touchable. She could care less! She wants little presents reminding her that I’m thinking of her. She wants to feel a part of a team, that I’m doing things for her that make her life easier. We love differently. We feel loved differently. So now, after reading this book, when I’m doing the dishes, the only thing I mutter under my breath is “I Love You, Baby” as a reminder that I’m not just cleaning, but showing my little lady that she’s important to me.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
First time I read this book, my eyes started to sweat as the examples of how not to talk to kids leapt from the page into my heart’s throat with memories of the past. There is not a parent alive who hasn’t made mistakes, who wishes that they had made different choices, who wants to take back the hurt they caused their little ones. This book aligned with my priorities as a parent, to help my children become the best decision makers that they can possibly be, to be free thinkers. There are tons of tips and tools in this book that help parents and children listen, feel important, open up and encourage independence. One great tip was not riddling your kids with questions but eliciting conversation with responses that allow children, teenagers and young adults to share more without feeling like they are on a quiz show. It’s amazing to me how much my boys tell me if I just give them the chance to talk to an attentive father. FYI to all you husbands out there… these conversation tools work on wives and co-workers too. Another fact that really hit home for me that I’m able to put into everyday practice is, a parent should punish with “natural consequences” that fit the “crime”. I remember as a kid getting spanked for doing something wrong… don’t even remember what the infractions were… it may have been, not putting something away or lying. In any case, getting swatted for infractions is not what happens in real life. Physical punishment just creates animosity and the desire for revenge. What happens in the real world is, if you don’t take care of your friend’s belongings… they stop loaning them to you. If you lie, people stop believing you. Children should suffer similar consequences for their own infarctions within a family unit. These types of life lessons when taught to children can shape character… these lessons can reshape yours.

I feel that the time and money spent reading these books is well worth it. Read them… then let’s talk about ’em.

Your friend,


Queen Elisabeth

by bryan on June 6, 2012

another old headline… I need to draw some new toons!

“God Save the Queen” – The Sex Pistols