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A Little Time Costs Nothing

We get 24 hours in a day. For most of us a quarter of that time is spent sleeping. that leaves 18 hours of productivity. We choose to fill that time with work, family, friends, maybe eating. But, lets be honest, most of us spend the majority of our time just wasting time. I do it, you do it. We all do it. Playing games, iPad, iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Tinder, Tumblr,  Fumblr. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Amazon Not so prime (aka reading)

We waste so much of our 18 hours just wasting time. I’m not accusing. I do it too. And because we waste so much time, we often feel rushed because we feel we have so little time. Or, for some of us, looking and feeling busy is the rush we desire. I think I already wrote on this topic, maybe not, but looking busy has become a personality trait for many. I’m funny, he’s athletic, She’s always busy. (Or he’s always busy, not to judge) We rush around and we don’t have time for simple things.

I’m not talking about family, friends, watching birds and smelling flowers. Those things are cute, but the simple things I’m talking about are as follows:

1: Putting your shopping cart back in the return area. And I’m not talking about leaving it in the general area, barely touching the one in front of it, but still hanging out in the parking lot. I mean pushing it all the way down the chute and possibly even slamming it into the back of the previous one so they all lock together. It’s so tacky and annoying when I’m returning my cart and I cant even get it into the chute because everyone has just left a pile. So busy they just couldn’t give it a good shove. Who does this affect. First of all, me! Secondly the guys and girls making minimum wage fetching these carts. They should be able to hook them up in a little train and return them. Instead they spend most of their time having to push them all together. Which breaks their backs and leaves more and more shopping cart mess in the parking lot. And if you are the person who leaves your cart in the parking space next to you…. I’m coming for you!

2: Saying hello to the Walmart greeter. (This also applies to Target, Home Depot, and any other shopping center or market that employs someone usually elderly or disabled to say hello and make you feel welcome) Saying hello costs no energy and takes no time. They say hello, you say hello. Maybe smile, but its not required. Of course, I’ve lived in places where if someone says hello to you on the street, there’s a pretty good chance you are going to be leaving with less money. But, I can 99.9% assure you the Walmart greeter isn’t going to mug you or swindle you into buying them a new car. Just say hello.

3: Cleaning up the mess you made on or around your table at a restaurant. I’ve eaten with kids, and they can be messy. I’ve eaten with adults, and they can be messy. I get it. You’re having a great time eating and celebrating and throwing your bread up in the air and sometimes things will fall to the floor. But, if you are able to pick up your fork, napkin, onion ring, or 4 month old baby, that would be a great help to the servers and busboys so they don’t have to climb under the table. And if they aren’t the cleaning type so the next customer doesn’t have to step on your fork, napkin, onion ring, or 4 month old baby. It doesn’t take that much time and it’s a great help.

4: Putting clothes back on the hanger at a store. Many places employ armies whose entire job it is to put clothes away. But, you know there are other places where an hour after opening it looks like a tornado came through and knocked every article of clothing off its hanger and onto the floor or draped over the rack. It’s a disaster for the employees and future shoppers. I won’t say I’m the biggest fan of hanging up clothes, but how much time and energy does it really take to notice a shirt is the wrong size and to put it back on the hanger it came off of? This also applies to folded clothes, but I would recommend having a PhD in Foldology first.

Yes, we are busy. Some days are more rushed that others. But, if you take a little extra time to help a fellow man or woman, the world might be just a little nicer.

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Best Albums Of My Generation: Part 1

Music was always a huge part of my life growing up. I was never ever up on the trends of the era. Most likely I was way behind the curve. Fridays I would come home from school to an empty house. I never questioned where my parents were, until now. Where were they on Fridays? Whatever, not important. As soon as I would get home I turned on MTV and watched the Top 20 videos of the week. (You see, kids, back in my day MTV played Music Videos) This is where I would try to get the slightest grasp of what the cool kids were listening to. A lot of Dr. Dre if I am not mistaken.

I don’t know why I told you that story. It has nothing to do with this post. Sorry.

Keep in mind, I am no music expert. I know what I like and if you disagree, that’s fine. Here is my list of…

The Top Albums of My Generation As Far As I See It.

Weezer: The Blue Album (1994)

“Buddy Holly” was the flagship of this album. At least that is the song MTV played to no end. But, I can’t remember an album before this that brought so much enjoyment. It was loud, upbeat, and covered topics that were way over my 6th grade head. But, I had the cassette tape and I wore the thing out in my Sony Walkman riding the bus for field trips and Football games. I’ll pull it up on Spotify today and it still brings all the power and glory of 21 years ago.

Weezer: The Green Album (2001)

No, this list is not going to be a tribute to Weezer. They are just an unstoppable band when it comes to putting out memorable albums. Personally we are taking a jump from 6th grade to College Freshman. Completely different person listening to this music, but again, it played a part in my history. The Blue Album was the soundtrack of middle school field trips and The Green Album was the soundtrack of late night beer fests with the Cross Country team. “Simple Pages” being the track I always remember. “Photograph” with it’s loud screeching in the beginning that was just a little too loud when I played it on the College Radio Station. And, “Island In The Sun” which I never ever liked, but couldn’t argue that it didn’t fit in with the album as a whole.

Dave Matthews Band: Under The Table And Dreaming (1994)

No, I will not bow down to the establishment that Dave Matthews sucks! This has never been the case, and in my opinion, never will be the case. When you talk about the most influential albums for those who attended high school in the 90’s this album has to come up. Under The Table And Dreaming was a break from the razor blade depressing grunge of the early 90’s. (not that there is anything wrong with Nirvana, STP, and Alice In Chains) But I think America’s youth needed a change to more uplifting music that didn’t make you want to stop showering. Dave was the cool younger uncle to the Grateful Dead grandfather of the Jam Band Family. “What Would You Say”, “Satellite”, “The Best of What’s Around”, “Ants Marching”, and eight other tracks just as memorable. The songs were good and it was the first CD I had that I could put on repeat and listen to over and over for a whole weekend and never want to stop. It planted a seed that made Dave Matthews one of the top Summer concert ticket must haves for decades after.

Blues Traveler: four (1994)

This album was released just two weeks before the previous album. Same style of music but completely different. While not as much of a juggernaut as Under The Table And Dreaming, four could hold its own. “Run-Around” and “Hook” were the only singles from the album that gained any real popularity. But the popularity they found was grand. If your city’s Top 40 station wasn’t playing “What Would You Say” they were paying ‘Run-Around”. And interestingly Blues Traveler front-man John Popper played harmonica on both those songs. The band was never as big as Dave Matthews, but the two of them formed a symbiotic relationship that gave them both strength and stability in the mid 90’s. And who didn’t have a poster of the album cover hanging in their room?

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This list will be continued in the very near future. But be sure to tune in. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel