#6 The Fun:

As a child we attended rendezvous. This is a reenactment of the pre 1840s.  We slept in a tepee, carried knifes, shot black powder rifles and cannons! Needless to say this shit was fun as hell. i learned to make a fire from flint and steel, weave baskets, sew (even if I’m not that good at it) and use common sense.

the kids in my “neighborhood” and myself all had access to quads or four wheelers, go karts, dune buggies, trucks and horses. Things got broken… but we fixed them!

I learned to drive a go kart about the age of 8 followed by quads then trucks.

We stated out until the sun went down. After dark we played man hunt in the front yard.

I learned to shoot a bow and arrow, throw knives and tomahawks and even make a potato cannon.

One summer me and my brothers decided to dig a big ass hole, like a swimming pool but it was more like a mud hole, we even made a slide. It stayed about two summers before our dad filled it in.

We had a fort in the back yard and a few self-made tree houses in the neighbor’s woods.

Summers were hot so we would swim in just about anything. Ponds, rock pits, stock tanks etc. We would use canoes homemade rafts and borrowed boats… image 5 kids carrying a boat down a dirt road on foot in 100 degree weather.

I’m not sure how we didn’t get sick or lose and fingers but we all made out okay all things considered.

We were young and wild. We learned through action and play.

Commonly Misunderstood

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“What is” in simple terms we all understand. Related to life and its lessons without all the bullshit. And maybe a few jokes so chill the fuck out.

What is an “Asset”?

Simply put…. Ass puts out. Meaning and asset will provide you with income or value.

Example: rental property provides income. Renting a room or a car also provides money. Many times you can make a liability and asset by renting it out….. If you do this don’t forget to account for the cost and upkeep of the rental. Side note:  using actual ass as an asset can get messy.

What is a “Liability”?

  • Simply put… Bitches Lie…a liability will cost you.

Example: your home, family members and car all cost you money. Kids are not cheap and neither are pets or women. Liabilities are not always bad but must be considered in a budget.

What is “income”?

  • Simply put… Money that comes in.

Remember there are many types and categories of income a few examples are : earned, unearned, passive, capital gains, legal, illegal, self-employment, wages in kind and donations to name a few.  An example of illegal earned income from self-employment would be a hooker. however if she has a pimp she has earned income because she physically works for the money but is not self-employed because her pimp gives her job duties and he gets a cut of the money in the form of “pimp taxes”. She could still file a 1099 tax form but will not be the “owner” she could be considered contract labor… but she might not want to say she’s a hoe.

What is an “Expense”?

  • Simply put: you gonna pay.

Example: rent, water, food, school supplies, medical bills, and beer.

What is “Gross income”?

  • Simply put… money you could get and worked for.

Gross income is called gross because you don’t see this amount and it’s gross. But for real it’s the amount you earned BEFORE state and federal tax. And sometimes “Pimp tax”

What is “Net income”?

  • Simply put… money you can actually spend.

Net income is the money you actually get after state and federal tax. It’s called net because the lower amount traps you in a net and forces you to work for money you will never see.

What is “Choice”?

  • Simply put… you got options even if they are shitty.

You can chooses to go to work, get dressed, cut your hair, kick a dog, get drunk, slap a hoe or even stop at a red light. It’s not about right or wrong or should or could. It’s about the ability to make a “selection of action” or a choice. You don’t HAVE to stop for that red light, but be ready for the consequence. Don’t get it twisted.

What is “Mandatory”?

  • Simply put… you don’t have an option.

Things that are mandatory don’t offer you a way out. You live on earth? Gravity is mandatory.  You occupy a living human body? A heart beat will happen. Mandatory is something you can’t change. Like death… that shits gonna hit you someday NOT an option. There are not many things in life that are mandatory.  People just say they have no choice to excuse them from making a shitty choice or not taking action in their own life. PLEASE think about this concept!!

What is a “consequence”?

  • Simply put… just an effect of an action. Could be good, bad or neutral. Shit happens.

Example: you CHOOSE to kick a dog you might get bit, or he could run off and you just saved a kid.. Whatever. This is not about what you SHOULD do to be a good person. It’s just the effect of a cause and can be a pro or a con.  Cause = choice / consequence = effect. If you don’t know the relation of cause and effect listen to Afro Man’s song “Cuz I got high” and this should clarify the relations of cause and effect.

I find this funny. If you don’t too bad. If you do YAY!

 

Am I the only one

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Am I the only one who thinks that with the growth of technology and advances in medicine that the population has not been able to advance or even retain common scene?

Fixing things or figuring out how something works.

Scheduling how log an item or good will last.

Awareness of surroundings and dangers.

Consequences of actions and probability of damage.

I don’t know but maybe it was just how I grew up. Rough and tumble taught me a lot. I think perhaps being indoors so much has left children lacking in the lessons that adventure can teach.

#3 The Animals:

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We had a pet dog. The rule was “It’s only a pet if you don’t intend to eat it”. With that being said we also had chickens, two turkeys, four rabbits, a cow, a snake (for a short time) and a pig. At different times the numbers changed a bit.

Well in my area we had a “large cat sanctuary” and a “wild cat sanctuary”. Then a few dumb asses who had some pets they should. And few crazy mother fucker who had some pets and did good.

Any way the large cat sanctuary had several lions. At night you could hear them in all their glory. On calm warm summer nights you could feel the vibrations in the air from their calls. If a farmer had a horse die you had two options; rent a backhoe and bury it or donate it to the cats for food. The cats were the cheaper option. Now the wild cat sanctuary had smaller wild cats. Some bob cats, a lynx and a few others I can’t remember the names. I do remember my dad taking us to seeing them and getting to play with them. They are so cute but you can feel the power they have when playing. Killers for sure.

Now for the dumb ass…. some guy had a pet cougar… yeah… so any way rumor has it he couldn’t afford to feed him right and the cougar got restless and broke out, they tried to catch him but it’s a cougar VS a dumb ass. So the cougar just roamed around in the woods and would eat a cow from time to time. Anyway we never went in the woods at night. The cougar was never captured.

A few roads over a friend introduced me to a guy with a black bear. the bear was “trained” he knew some cool tricks and the bear was ridiculously smart and regularly got out of the containment, but knew where the easy food was so never went far (because he was spoiled).

The lizard guy was just that, a guy with a lot of lizards of different types and some really nice containment.

Wild hogs are assholes. Growing up I just assumed all snakes are poisonous because MOST are here. And the spiders…. omg. They are everywhere in every color and size. I hate spiders! The reasoning I have for hating them the most is… if a snake bites you, you know. If a spider bites you… your arm turns black THEN you know. They are sneaky.

#2 The Tech:

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We had no cable or wifi. Satellite was too expensive and required cutting down trees. We had a land line and AOL dial up.  The tv had an antenna on the side of the house that occasionally needed to be adjusted because of the wind.

I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was 13 and I remember it was basically a go phone. No games app or anything like that. It made calls and I could text. It was plastic and I swear it was indestructible. I was almost the only one of my friends that had a cell at the time because I had a job and needed to call for a ride.

We did not have any game systems until later when I got an original Atari for some yard work I had done for a neighbor. Sometimes my brother would bring his game boy or play station with him when he came to visit but that wasn’t a regular form of entertainment.

I had a basic desk top computer that I ran with dial up and free AOL trial CD’s. And yes I gamed for years like that. You don’t know LAG until you raid a dungeon on a free dial up trial… Lime wire was the shit. Don’t know it? Google it! And don’t forget the walk man mp3 player with anti-skip. Because you know…. dirt roads.

#1 The New Location:

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I was raised in a small town in east Texas from about the age of 5 or 6. I lived there until I was 22ish. Actually I was in an unincorporated community outside of a small town in east Texas. We had no town curfew, no police and lots of wild animals. The county sheriff came out if 911 was called but did not patrol our area otherwise. We had running water and a volunteer fire department. All sewer was in the form of a septic system and gas was in a large tank that got filled as needed. We had deer, hogs, snakes, spiders (omg the spiders), mosquitoes, wild dogs, a cougar (yes for real), lions, bobcats, the lizard man, and a bear. I know you’re thinking “WTF is going on in Texas”?
We didn’t have any real rivers but we had rock pits, ponds and a lake and a half of lake. The half a lake had alligators so we didn’t really swim in it, mostly camping, drinking and mudding with trucks and quads. Most of the rock pits have undertows so we stayed close to the edge, side note fuck snakes they swim. The ponds are just ponds nothing crazy just some cow shit. The lake was okay but it was the farthest from the house and had mosquito issues.
Most of the land was flat. Like super flat, and what wasn’t farm land was heavy woods, so about 50/50.
The sun was and still is a bitch. One summer we hit 112F… actual temp NOT a heat index.