Last updated.. Jan 2014
as published in TRUCK WEST Magazine 2005 - and thanks to artist Jamie Bowen
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the 'geniuses' that legislate some of this nonsense..
Observations 2006 (or, Deep Thoughts for those who Take Life Way Too seriously
- 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot
- 99 percent of lawyers give the rest of them a bad name
- A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory
- Every one has a photographic memory.. some just don't have film
- Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
- Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak
the Zurich (investment) Axioms
Risk - Worry is not a sickness but a sign of health -- if you are not worried, you are not risking enough.
Greed - Always take your profit too soon. Decide in advance what gain you want and, when you get it, get out.
Hope - When the ship starts sinking, jump. Accept small losses as a fact of life.
Forecasts - Human behaviour cannot be predicted. Distrust anyone who claims to know the future.
Patterns - Chaos is not dangerous until it starts to look orderly.
Mobility - Avoid putting down roots. They impede motion. Do not become trapped in a souring venture because of sentiments like loyalty and nostalgia.
Intuition - A hunch can be trusted if it can be explained. Never confuse a hunch with a hope.
the Occult - If astrology worked, all astrologers would be rich.
Optimism and Pessimism - Optimism means expecting the best, but confidence means knowing how you will handle the worst. Never make a move if you are merely optimistic.
Consensus - Disregard the majority opinion. It is probably wrong. Never follow speculative fads. Often the best time to buy something is when nobody else wants it.
Stubbornness - If it doesn't pay off the first time, forget it. Never try to save a bad investment by "averaging down."
Planning - Long-range plans engender the dangerous belief that the future is under control. It is important never to take your own long-range plans or other people's seriously.
the CONTRACTORS DICTIONARY
CONTRACTOR - the Gambler who never gets to shuffle, cut or deal
ENGINEERS ESTIMATE - Cost of construction in heaven
BID - Wild guess carried out to two decimal places
BID OPENING - Poker game in which the losing hand wins
LOW BIDDER - Contractor who is wondering what he left out
CRITICAL PATH METHOD - Management technique for losing your shirt under perfect control
PROJECT MANAGER - of an orchestra in which every musician is in a different union
STRIKE - Union effort to increase egg production by strangling the chicken
DELAYED PAYMENT - Tourniquet applied at the pocket
COMPLETION DATE - Point at which liquidated damages start
AUDITORS - People who go in after the war is lost and bayonet the wounded
LAWYERS - People who go in after the auditors and strip the bodies
(as published in the Supply Post - and many thanks to Bill Bosovitch from Rock Creek, BC)
some Words of Wisdom
- It's always darkest before dawn, so if you're going to steal the neighbour's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
- The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.
- It's a small world, so you gotta use your elbows a lot.
- No one is listening until you make a mistake.
- Always remember you're unique - just like everyone.
- Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
- It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
- If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
- If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again it was probably worth it.
- If you haven't much education you must use your brain.
- You can't strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
- When someone says, "Do you want my opinion?" - it's always a negative one.
- The trouble with work is - it's so daily...
- The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
- Scientists say 1 out of every 4 people is crazy.. check 3 friends - if they are OK, you're it.
- Pain and suffering are inevitable but misery is optional.
- Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like clearing the driveway before it has stopped snowing.
- Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work ! (quote - Thomas Edison)
Q - "You're a high-priced lawyer! If I give you $500, will you answer two questions for me?"
A - Absolutely! What's the second question?
and IN CLOSING
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