“Misery loves company” — even with a chicken and turkey.
Someone always has it worse.
Too funny! 😉
Thank you to my son-in-law for sharing these.
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft died yesterday, Oct. 15, 2018.
His untimely death reminded me of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Microsoft who died Oct. 5, 2011.
Allen co-founder Microsoft in 1975 and Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976.
Allen was 65 and Jobs was just 56 at time of death.
Both were pioneers in the IT Revolution.
Both died of cancer.
Both dropped out of college.
Both accumulated $20B of wealth in today’s money.
Both own(ed) 2 sports teams (Jobs posthumously)
Both were huge philanthropists in terms of what they left the world: money in Allen’s case and many innovations in Job’s.
Both have been in Time’s 100 Most Influential People.
Both died an early death–sadly too young!
(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)
So this was a little funny-sad.
We were taking a walk.
And we passed these two houses side by side.
One, this tall stately-looking all brick manicured corner house.
The other, this cozy and sort of beat up little white siding house.
The juxtaposition of these two as neighbors couldn’t have been funnier.
Sort of like strong and determined Rocky and the nebbish that couldn’t.
Listen, there isn’t anything objectively wrong with the little older white house.
Taken by itself, it may actually be a nice place to live–as I said, it’s sort of charming (even while the other is commanding)!
But when you put it against the big new brick fellow, it’s just a story of relative deprivation ready to be intensely felt.
Both have a roof over their heads…and both in the same nice neighborhood.
Yet neighbor and neighbor–but for no reason, one ends up feeling probably a little shitty–that’s putting it in comparison, of course. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)
I loved Chabad Rabbi Schneur Kaplan’s speech today in synagogue.
It was about how we can learn to be happy with what we have in life.
The biggest marketing gimmick is to say to the guy, “Look at what your neighbor has next door!”
Jealousy, desire, greed, having more and better than the next guy/girl…
That’s what many people live for and how they think.
Some can have as much as the founders of Apple, Google, and Facebook combined and still it’s not enough.
If just one person has something more…it can drive that person crazy.
Like Haman on Purim, who had wealth, power, large family and everyone bowed down to him…
Except one person named Mordecai who wouldn’t bow.
And despite having everything, but missing that one thing drove Haman so crazy–it was his downfall!
When we eat, we can be satisfied with one slice of pizza and say grace or we can have four slices and still not be satisfied.
How do we look at things?
We can be grateful for whatever we have and say that G-d gave us just what we needed at this time and place.
Or we can look at what we don’t have, and forever be bitter and unsatisfied.
What joy we can experience in life when we realize the graciousness for what G-d has bestowed on us and we are thankful for what we have. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)
See Apple (top photo) streaming with customers trying out their world-class computers and smartphones yesterday.
See Microsoft (photo underneath) just a few storefronts down in the mall with nice vibrant colors, but just a handful of customers (the non-red shirts) in the entire place.
BTW, I took a look at the iPhone 6 Plus and liked the size (I thought I wouldn’t) and ordered one (will be nice I hope to actually see the screen on this thing).
At the same time, I tried the Microsoft Surface, and my wife says to me can you videotape me showing how long it takes to actually try to figure this thing out–piece of garbage!
It was also confusing why the Microsoft store was selling Dells and other companies computing devices–Ah, maybe because they don’t have anything competitive of their own???
Microsoft great try with the overall store (Touche!) but you just don’t have the retail products to compete with Apple–and the piles of Xbox in the rear of the store to draw people in–that wasn’t working either.
Microsoft still a winner at enterprise computing, but Apple hands-down has you on personal computing–everyone to their corners. 😉
(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)