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the Art of thinking about words

March22

I’m working with a fellow named Tim Barker (you’ve read bits-and-pieces about him on this blog before) as he launches a ministry. this effort might be unique in that, through something of a community-regulating system, the most productive ministries, relative to a defined return on investment (“ROI”) is measured, scored and followed. it’s all about accuracy and accountability.

Tim has poured his heart into this effort. and, my sense is it will make a difference. I’ll likely support it financially, and back it with my name.

while coaching Tim last week, these words tumbled from my mouth:

“don’t let your mission be clouded by passion”.

God does that to, or with, me some times.

I think Tim and I are both pondering that. but, there is likely something to it.

meanwhile, I also spoke in front of a women’s executive group last night. that’s so very energizing. I got to say a lot of things. I feel some of them made sense. and, I hope the words strike a chord and help some of the listeners make better decisions, soon, or at least eventually. key words included “proactive” and “relevant”.

on the way home I was thinking of words and how their meaning(s) change with context and order.

a preliminary result was:

“my experience clouds my judgment. and, my judgment is clouded by my experience”.

more on that later. but, for the moment, it’s just a thought. maybe like the Chinese supposedly saying:

“the promise is in the punishment, or the punishment is in the promise”.

if the Chinese do say that, the words have certainly inspired a lot of self-reflection on my part. and, action.

Nana used to refer to this as: “the art of thinking”.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

quote-able road rage

May26

honda insightThe Honda Insight is now crawling (literally) into the North American market.

I am not going to review it because I won’t ever drive it. But, based on what I (think) know it’s tinny, the suspension feels like a bobsled, you can’t call the engine a power-plant because every legitimate technical review of the toy vehicle describes the sound the engines makes as a “whine”.

In the United States, only three four-seat cars; and, all of them hybrids, get thirty five (35) miles per gallon (mpg), or better:

The Toyota Prius which starts at $21,000; the Honda Insight which starts at $19,800; and, the Ford Fusion hybrid which starts at $27,995

Somewhere, Honda and Toyota lobbyists are certainly smiling.

And, it can be argued this is where terrorism has actually claimed a victory. In case you had any glimmer of doubt, you can now be certain that Ford, GM and Chrysler will not likely exist as truly independent companies by 2016.

We need to be angry about this. The sound of my heart breaking with the loss of such a national legacy makes a noise worse than someone else’s crying baby on an airliner. It’s worse than the sound of your parachute failing to open. Really, to get an idea of how awful it is, you’d have to sit a dog on a ham slicer (just not Rowdy, to be sure).

There is currently a lot of hand-wringing in-and-amongst the House and Senate over what to do with suspected terrorists at (Guantanamo Bay Prison (“Gitmo”). Why not make them drive Honda Insight taxi cabs in New York City? There is your “eye for an eye” baby.

By the way… How many people really understand the meaning of “Gitmo”?

Brian Corks Porsche CaymanMeanwhile… I am not meaning to come across as arrogant, and I am always and reasonably thinking “green“. But, bet on me strapping on my unbadged Porsche Cayman and making a run for the real money so’s my hair catches fire (although, mind you, have shaved my head for summer training). With it’s unique chip-set, it flys, and is reasonably efficient – mostly because of pilot skill and training.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

just being All me

February8

I hauled off and “picked-up” a truck yesterday.

I need it for my new dog and soccer. Read “brian’s new Buddy” from January 26.

Seriously.

Big, black and sportin’ loads of attitude.

Just like me except I am not particularly big; and won’t be mistaken for black.

Emma Jo likes the truck.  In fact, she thinks it’s “really cool”. We ran some errands and she was in her car seat grinning from ear-to-ear (and drawing with colored pencils). She has big plans for “Daddy’s Truck” later today playing “forts and stuff” with her buddy (BFF actually) Claire.

I have a sudden desire to revisit Home Depot and haul something.

I think I need a winch. … and, a “bull bar” – what ever the hell that is.

I will always be a Porsche Guy. But, if it makes Emma Jo happy, I am a truck guy now as well.

Just for fun let’s listen to Rascal Flatts and “Fast Cars and Freedom”. And, of course, “Take Me There” if you are with me.

The only issue I MIGHT have with the video is girls surfing in bikinis is not Righteous. I would not teach my girls to surf that way.

By the way…  I will be cycling and running long and hard today.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

Porsche vs. BMW

February1

I understand that BMW claims to be: “The Ultimate Driving Machine“.

However, that is advertising.

The fact is, in my experience (which is rather significant), Porsche can claim that distinction.

We must be ever mindful that I am Racer X.

Lets fire up a poll:

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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