TIME TO PAY ATTENTION!!!

28 11 2011

I have been sitting on my hands hoping that somehow, some way some of this idiot stuff would just go away.  Instead, I constantly read this rhetoric in the papers and magazines and hear it on the TV that someone said something here or there that justifies the terrible feelings towards this country and some of its people.  And there is always backup info from the internet to justify these ridiculous ideas.  Wake Up!  It is time to pay attention to some of the realities of life.

There are a couple of basics here.  One – a businessman, whether he be big business or small business or family business, or retail or wholesale or whatever it might be – a businessman is in business for one reason and that is to make money.  He does not work constantly in order to feed someone somewhere who refuses to work.  Period.  End of that subject.  The businessman is in business to make money!!!!  That is a plain, simple fact of life.

Second basic is that – the only thing anyone is guaranteed in this world is an OPPORTUNITY!   Period.  End of that subject.  Anyone, anywhere, no matter the situation can have an opportunity to have a better life.  It is strictly and absolutely up to the individual whether he obtains a better life or not.  Now, he can use all kinds of excuses.  He cannot find a job – BULL!!! May not be the job he wants, but he can find a job.   Next, he cannot have an opportunity because of some kind of oppression – BULL!  There are many, many instances where people have done better in their lives regardless of circumstances.  If the individual is determined enough, he will find that opportunity for a better life.  It is and always has been just simply put – UP TO HIM!!!

No matter what is written or said – these two basics remain the same forever.   The businessman is in business to make money.    And the only thing guaranteed to anyone, anywhere is an Opportunity for a better life.





ENVIRONMENTALIST ISSUES

17 11 2011

There was a letter to the editor of my hometown newspaper this past week that went into great detail about all the oil spills in Alaska and the BP problems in the Gulf.  Personally, I am very sorry about all this, but I think it is time to move on.  Why do some people think they have to beat a subject to death.  It is not necessary.  We can all watch TV, read the newspapers and listen to our radios.  Believe me, we all know about the BP Oil Spill and the Alaska Oil Spill.  And we are collectively sorry.  But as I said, it is time to move on.  Even the fish don’t care anymore.

Some environmentalists think they are in charge of this world and think we need them to tell us what to do.  It is amazing to me how many times they quote study after study that they looked up on the internet.  I could do that, too, except that I don’t need to.  I have lived through all these changes and all the problems and all the rhetoric about each issue.  And I still have the same attitude about all of it.   Sorry, but move on.

It is time to get on the right path.  It is past time for us citizens of the U.S. to start reaping some of our advantages.  Why should we be paying $3.35 per gallon of gas when we used to buy it for $.30 a gallon.  Yes, that is true.  When I was young, that was the charge for a gallon of gas.  And everything else was cheaper, too.  But then, we didn’t make all these horrendous salaries either.  My husband was very happy drawing $45. a week AGAINST commissions due him.  In other words, he either made the sales to cover that $45 each week or he could find another job.  Period.  End of subject.  You got out there and worked and did the best job you could.  If you wanted to progress, then you learned how to work and how to improve your performance.  And you did it on your own.  No one was out there telling you how to perform.  You figured it out for yourself and progressed or didn’t.  Up to you.  Have a good successful life or stagnate.  Up to you.  That is called Responsibility for yourself.  And most people had it and worked to learn it so they could own it for themselves.

But if I remember correctly, one of the first things those so-called environmentalists did was to start the ‘Don’t be a Litter  Bug’ campaign.  They weren’t even called  environmentalists.  That word would come much later.  You might remember we had litter bags in our cars and all the kids were taught to put their trash in a receptacle.  It worked well and most places were a little cleaner.  But then those same environmentalists have graduated to much larger issues, such as the oil spills and they no longer work on the Litter Bug campaign.

So, is this the way it works out?  Do they just harp on something until they get their way and then they go on to something else?  If you don’t believe that one, just go in your local post office and look at the trash on the floor and hanging out of the receptacles.  And then go outside and see how much is thrown on the flower beds and the sidewalks.  Then go down one of your busy streets and look at the trash on the side of the road.  I pulled out a basket in Target the other day and there was a full cup of cola rolling around in the basket.  Wonder who could afford to buy that and then leave it in the basket.  Not me.  I am too responsible for that one. I cannot afford to waste my money like that.   And the receptacle was only 5 feet away.  I threw it in the receptacle myself.  Is that the kind of responsibility people  have these days?

Let’s get back to the basics.  Don’t be a Litter Bug.   Surely everyone could pick up their trash.  We don’t need anyone telling us how to pay more taxes so we can refuse to drill for our own oil.  We need those people to do the basics, like pick up the trash.

 





FIRST JOB

17 11 2011

That teen who gets his first job is a very lucky person.   I hope no one gets too discouraged in trying to land a paying job.  This is an exciting time in a teen’s life.  I remember that feeling.  First job I had was working in a campaign of a man who was running for Governor.  Of course I didn’t really care who won, I was just interested in the paycheck at the end of the week.  It was a wonderful feeling to actually get paid for typing.  Yeah!

But all teens on a first job have to learn the very basics of what it means to work.  They have to learn to be there on time – not five minutes late, ever.   On Time!  And then no matter what the job is, the teen must learn that he has to be nice to everyone in sight.  That means to all the customers or anyone who works in the same place or the boss or whoever might come in the door.  Just a part of working life.

Also, the teen must always dress appropriately.  That means nothing hangs out the top or the bottom.  No too short skirts, no too low blouses, no pants that hang down, nothing like that at all.  Working people don’t dress like that.  And in fact, most people do not like that sort of dressing anyway.  In fact, they downright disapprove most of the time.  Learn to fit in.   Dress like the other people that work there.  No way out hairdo, no heavy makeup, no greasy face and hands.  Just plain, simple you.  And get that smile on your face and keep it there.  Very important.

And then the teen has to learn to do the job.  If he doesn’t understand what to do, he can either ask again or he can just do the best he can.  He will soon learn anyway.  And then he cannot be a clock watcher, always waiting for the next break or lunch time or time to leave for the day.   People notice when you do that, so don’t be a clock watcher.  And then, finally, just  hang in there and do the very best job you can every hour of every day.

The first job teen doesn’t realize it is happening but he is getting a fast track, cram course in responsibility.  Yeah!  Follow the rules and have a very successful first job and a successful life because you are learning how to work.  Have to know that first before you can progress in anything. Very important!





LUCKIEST TEENS

14 11 2011

The luckiest teens in the whole wide world are those that are allowed to have a job.  It might be that they need the money or it might be that they just simply want to work.  In either case, the parents must be the instigator.  They must not only allow the teen to have a job but to encourage him to want to have a job.  This is a part of life.

Nowadays so many parents coddle their teens and think they are taking better care of them by not letting them have a job.  After all, they are going to send them to college and pay all that tuition and then their wonderful, smart, college educated teen will be ready to face the cold hard world of jobs.

Well, that just simply will not work.  In most cases, the young person must know how to work.  The only way he can learn this is to have some experience.  The only way he gets experience is to get out there in the real world and work around other people and learn how to work.  Working is a skill in itself.  Everyone has to learn all the hard and fast rules of the working world before they can actually hold down a job.

It doesn’t make any difference how much education that young person has.  If he does not know how to work in a real environment, then he will not be able to perform a good job for any employer.  One young lady who was working in a department store at an early age said that she already had several year’s experience when her friends who had been away at college started their careers.  She would see them from time to time.  Those who had never worked still had to start at the bottom of the ladder learning how to hold down that precious job.

After all, everyone has to have a job in this world.  Encourage your teen to work.  Encourage him to get out there in the real world and learn how to hold down that precious job.  Then he can count himself as being one of those LUCKIEST TEENS!    And he will do o.k. no matter what field he chooses as his life’s vocation.





LUCKIEST TEENS

14 11 2011

The luckiest teens in the whole wide world are those that are allowed to have a job.  It might be that they need the money or it might be that they just simply want to work.  In either case, the parents must be the instigator.  They must not only allow the teen to have a job but to encourage him to want to have a job.  This is a part of life.

Nowadays so many parents coddle their teens and think they are taking better care of them by not letting them have a job.  After all, they are going to send them to college and pay all that tuition and then their wonderful, smart, college educated teen will be ready to face the cold hard world of jobs.

Well, that just simply will not work.  In most cases, the young person must know how to work.  The only way he can learn this is to have some experience.  The only way he gets experience is to get out there in the real world and work around other people and learn how to work.  Working is a skill in itself.  Everyone has to learn all the hard and fast rules of the working world before they can actually hold down a job.

It doesn’t make any difference how much education that young person has.  If he does not know how to work in a real environment, then he will not be able to perform a good job for any employer.  One young lady who was working in a department store at an early age said that she already had several year’s experience when her friends who had been away at college started their careers.  She would see them from time to time.  Those who had never worked still had to start at the bottom of the ladder learning how to hold down that precious job.

After all, everyone has to have a job in this world.  Encourage your teen to work.  Encourage him to get out there in the real world and learn how to hold down that precious job.  Then he can count himself as being one of those LUCKIEST TEENS!    And he will do o.k. no matter what field he chooses as his life’s vocation.





THE WALTZ

11 11 2011

My youngest grandson was over for awhile this afternoon.  He told his mother he had never heard me play the piano.  I don’t play much anymore, too busy on the computer.  Anyway, he asked me to play it for him so I opened the keyboard and sat down.  The first song that came into my head was ‘The Waltz You Saved For Me’.  I had told him that I only know old songs.

As I played, my mind could see all sorts of people dancing the Waltz.  There were my parents in the dining room.  They had a Christmas party on Christmas night every year when we were growing up.  My brother played the piano very well and he would play that type song.  The couples would dance in the dining room while other people were visiting in the living room.  It was a lot of fun and makes for nice memories.  As my parents danced the Waltz, they would glide across the floor, moving as one person. Both were very good dancers and always enjoyed their dances very much. They were beautiful to watch.

As I played the song, the words echoed in my mind also.  ‘I will sometimes remember the Waltz You Saved For Me’.  How simple.  How beautiful.  And the music glides along while the dancers glide also.

Dancing has changed a lot since those days.  And that is a shame, I guess.  Wonder if anyone dances like that much anymore except for the professionals who know that is a beautiful way to dance.  That three cornered way of moving makes just the right turns at the right time.

Now  ‘I will sometimes remember the Waltz you saved for me’ echoes in my mind tonight.  Nice memories of a nice life.





WHAT IS GOING ON HERE

10 11 2011

I look at the television news stories and I read the newspapers regularly and I keep thinking to myself, What in the world is going on here, or at least in this country of ours.  Surely, we don’t have to live through another hippie era with the campouts in the cities and the bonfires and the guitar music and the non productive citizens.  Surely not again!

But then, maybe I am the only one seeing this.  I saw where someone stated for all to hear that this was reminiscent of the civil rights era.  Well, that was originally a takeoff from the Vietnam era.  So anyone can think whatever they wish.  I just wish they would all get up, clean up, and get a job.  Then they wouldn’t have time to worry about how much money someone else was making every day.  They could only worry about how much money they were making.  And then they could think about how they were going to pay their rent, buy their groceries and clothing, provide water for baths for themselves and their families, and then work at taking  care of their own families.  There wouldn’t be much time for camping out in the city, nor playing the guitars and singing around the campfires.

Eventually, most of  those original hippies had to get a job and take care of their own families.  Time for this today.  Enough is enough.  Get on with life.





OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS!

5 11 2011

Sometimes opportunity knocks and knocks some more and no one hears the sounds.  Other times, opportunity knocks so loud that it almost knocks the doors off the hinges and no one wants to hear the sound.

No one was ever promised a great life nor lots of food in the kitchen, nor even a kitchen.  Everyone has to get out and get it for themselves.   This is the good old American way.  This is how people are able to raise their standard of living over and over again over the generations.  When I was younger, it was thought that each generation should try to raise the standard of living for the next generation to come.  Instead, these days some people are   happy going downhill further and further.  They even drag those poor children along and teach them that this is the way to live.

In a normal company, after many years, a man might make a pretty good salary with all kinds of benefits.  Then if he gets laid off because the economy gets bad,  he might still think he is worth that large hourly salary he was making after 20 years with that former employer.  That cannot be.  He must go back and start over again with beginning salary and fewer benefits.  But many people are not willing to accept that.  They draw a line and say anything less than what they were making before is an insult.  So he collects his unemployment and time passes with no progress.  The longer he is without a job, the more it will hurt his future. Pride has to take a back seat.  Opportunity gets the front seat on the bus.

If the responsible man has saved some of his money and not spent himself into debt, then he can survive until he finds that prime job he is looking for.  Otherwise, he better take whatever is offered.  It might be a cut in pay, yes, or a cut in benefits, yes, but a salary of any kind keeps the wolf from the door.  It provides the money for that rent or house payment and puts groceries on the table.

And then if he is open for opportunity to knock, there will be other opportunities over time and he will once again progress to that larger salary and more benefits.  But he has to work at it every day.  He has to do all the things that make for a good employee.  That means he gets along with his peers, arrives to work on time, and puts in a good day’s work for that day’s salary.

It doesn’t take an economics professor to figure all this out.  It is very simple.  You take whatever opportunity knocks on your door.  You work at it and progress in your life.  You make the best of a bad situation.  But you don’t live on the street and you don’t sleep in a tent on the concrete, and you don’t have to beg for food.  Not if you have allowed opportunity to be heard over the years.  Listen and get on with a good life!  That is how Americans do it.  And have done it for many years in the past.

And don’t kid yourself or anyone else.  There are lots of jobs out there waiting for employees.    And that will be another blog to come.  Meanwhile listen when opportunity knocks on your door.  And open that door to a better life.





MY WRITING

4 11 2011

Hi again:  Blogging twice in one day.  That means it sets a record for me.  Hard to find that much time most days.  If you like my writing, I sure do wish you would invest in my books.  Either that or else I’m going to have to build more closets around here.  Books are accumulating.

My books are very good and people who do buy them tell me they really like them.  I recently sent out a notice to people who had bought my books before that I have a new one out.  Most of the people who ordered wrote me a note and thanked me for letting them know about the new book because they have enjoyed my books so much.  I consider that a really nice compliment.

My books are based on just fun and happiness mostly.  They are intended to be a short reprieve from all the problems of the world.  And they are not expensive either. I only charge $10 for each book or any three for $25.  And they make really great gifts for anyone who might be on your list this year.   Acceptable for anyone from age 8 to 100.  One of the teachers in a school read some of #2503 to her class and they just really enjoyed it.  And I have lots of older customers who thoroughly enjoy reading about all the old times and things that jog their memories.  Just plain fun for all.

I have six books out now.  #2503 is based in the 1930’s and some 40’s.  In The 40’s is about that era and the War and just simple family life during that time.  The Wonderful 1950’s tells of all the changes and how people’s lives took a great big turn.  More family entertainment.  A Better World tells of the changes over the earlier 1900’s and what we can all do to help have A Better World.  Then I have a cookbook entitled Bet’s Cookbook that offers lots of plain, simple tips for anyone cooking for a family.  Nothing expensive here.  Nothing hard to prepare.  Just plain old food that fills everyone up and doesn’t cost a lot of money nor take much time.   And then my latest book is entitled The Real Story and it tells of life in the early 1900’s including up to the integration crisis in Little Rock and The Real Story of Gov. Faubus’ decisions.  This is NOT what was reported in the media.   Then I write of my husband’s experience with alcohol and his recovery and ultimate success in life.  Next,  I offer some suggestions as to how this beloved country of ours got in the mess it is in and I offer suggestions as to how to get out of this mess.

Just thought you might be interested in some of these.  They really are good books.  And make for very enjoyable reading.  Why don’t you give them a try.  I sure would appreciate it.  And then maybe I won’t have to build another closet.  Thanks.  Bet





GET A JOB!

4 11 2011

Well, I’ve tried to stay out of the political situation.  Been sitting on my hands a lot these days.  But things do sort of get to me.  I grew up always being taught I was responsible for myself and whatever I did each day in my life.  I raised all my children in that same way.  Every single person in this world is responsible for whatever it is he or she does every single day of their lives.  Now people can choose to be ugly or mean.  They can choose to rob and steal and pilfer all their lives away.  Or they can  choose to be nice, pleasant, and honest in their daily lives.  I have chosen to be nice and pleasant and honest every single day.  Sometimes I have fallen from grace in my life.  Everyone does that now and then.  But then I have picked myself up, brushed off the bruises, and been responsible for   my daily life.  I think that is what people should do today also.

I am not a politician.  Nor am I too smart for my own britches.  But it would seem to me that these protestors such as they are today, would realize they are their own worst enemies.  If they wanted to work, they would be out trying to find a job.  No one is ever going to hire someone who does not know how to get up off the street and present themselves in an orderly manner.  For instance, if you were running a company, would you hire someone who did not bathe, nor wash their hair, nor get a haircut, nor shave, nor dress properly for a job interview?   I would not.  Neither would any company that I know of.

So, if they are out protesting and cannot get a job, then I would say that was their problem.  Not everyone else’s.  Not Wall Streets nor Main Streets.  Their fault.  Their responsibility to look nice and to present themselves in an orderly manner.  If they wanted to work, they would be dressed nicely, standing in a line to wait their turn at the next job opening, and being pleasant to everyone around them.  Otherwise, then, they are welcome to live on the street, forage for food, and hope for the best – from the government.  This is all they want anyway.  Free life with no responsibility for their own actions.