Wide Load @McDonald’s

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I took this photo passing a McDonald’s. 


It just seemed so perfect.


With this SUV parked right between the McDonald’s arches.


And on the SUV are two red warning flags sticking out from the sides with a sign on top that says: 

“Wide Load” 

And in the McDonald’s window is a smiley face and a $2.99 Happy Meal special. 


With the “fast food” unhealthy eating culture that McDonald’s has so long represented, what is there really to smile about except the cheap fixings. 


If you eat at McDonald’s too much or too long then like Morgan Spurlock in the documentary “Super Size Me,” who ate nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days and gained almost 25 pounds and felt crappy…unfortunately the sign “Wide Load” may be descriptive of what can happen.   


This isn’t a dig at McDonald’s per se (there are many fast food joints and things that we know aren’t necessarily good for us)…moderation in life is really key. 


Healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness, work-life balance, and generally taking good care of yourself is not just a nice to have, but important to our well-being.


Genetics aside, it’s the “Battle of the Bulge,” and it’s a lifelong pursuit to be healthy 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

U.S. National Demise From Political and Media Extremism

When media becomes propaganda, this country is in serious trouble.


We are so busy telling each other what “the truth” is that nothing is getting done. 


While Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and radical Islamist terrorists increase in strength and bravado, we are fighting one another here at home.


As more people in the U.S. gravitate to the extremes–alt-left and alt-right–lines in sand are drawn between us, while the red lines defending our common interests are eviscerated. 


Self-destructing from within, while we outwardly spend $600 billion on defense–34% of that of the entire world!


No strategy or weapons can defend us, when fake news and alternate facts and hatred of one another is at our present-day core. 


Tearing us apart, the endless hateful calls of:


– “Not my President”


– “Resistance and persistence


– “Love Trumps Hate”


– “Deplorables, Nazis, Communists!”


The political extremists and their media henchmen are leading the charge to America’s downfall and possible doomsday. 


Unless we, the American people, can moderate and unify and love each other again.


We must before our enemies take advantage of our inner divisiveness and weakness.


If we don’t come to our common senses, then we may very well pay a most heavy price in our persons, property, and freedom that we all so cherish and value. 😉

Pro Life OR Pro Choice

Abortion

I took this photo going to the doctor last week.

This guy is standing outside the office building and he goes, “Did you know that there is an abortion clinic in there?”

Sort of stating the obvious as a guy, I said, “Well I’m not going there!”

It was fascinating though watching this guy picketing with his sign, “Pray To End Abortion.”

And he’s standing in front of some spiffy signs advertising Fendi and Gucci. 

Perhaps, he’s not understanding where some people come from and what they go through getting pregnant either not by choice (rape, incest, etc.) or they are not ready to properly care for a child or there is a clear and present danger to the health of the mother. 

While late term abortions are completely anathema and in my mind really are murder, perhaps early term abortions, even if not a desired outcome by any means are at times a type of life-saving necessity for the reasons mentioned. 

Unfortunately, I really don’t think it’s a simple either/or.  

Yes, we must be pro life and protect the unborn children.

AND

Yes, we must have some element of pro choice and protect the mother and the child when it’s birth would bring more harm than good. 

The decision needs to be made case-by-case and are excruciating to decide and do the right thing for all. 

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

How Far Will You Go?

This week we watched with horror as a Texas baseball fan and firefighter fell to his death attempting to catch a ball hurtling into the stands. 
This man overreached in this case, and went to his death in order to try and catch a baseball!
He did an ordinary thing, and it cost him his life–right in front of his son. 
It is tragic–unbelievable. 
Ironically, the same day, the Wall Street Journal (8 July 2011) has an article called “The Taming of The Fans,” about what they call “rowdy fan bases” and efforts to control the craziness. 
In response, a “fan code of conduct” is being adopted by some.
“Among the no-no’s:”
– Fighting
– Illegal drugs
– Laser pens
– Drinking underage
– And so on. 
About a month ago, there was the riots in Vancouver after the Stanley cup was lost and from the chaos came the now famous photo of the kissing couple, the girl having been injured and on the ground in the mayhem. 
We live in an unpredictable world–where things can get out of control. 
When rationality, morality, and a sense of moderation get away from us, then terrible things happen–death, destruction, chaos.
And of course, this is not limited to fans of sporting events and rock-and-roll concerts.
This week, we watched with mouths agape as people like Casey Anthony and Dominique Strauss-Kahn basically walk away from some very serious and terrible charges. While no one can say what really happened, we were all really shocked at the outcomes.
For months now, we have been watching with indignation as various Middle-East dictators shoot, kill, besiege, and round up their own people in order to maintain power in the Arab Spring.
Lara Logan, the CBS reporter, who was sexually attacked and brutally beaten by a mob in Egypt’s Tahir Square during the riots in February, is another recent horror tale that speaks volumes about people going to non-sensical extremes and committing atrocities. 
The images and sound bites are there basically everyday of people, organizations, and societies going to the extremes and doing unthinkables–really these are burned into consciousness (for others it’s in their subconscious).
People are willing to go to all sorts of extremes to get what they want, do what they believe, or just to go sheer crazy.
Sometimes, those efforts are rewarded and others get their due–in the end, I believe justice prevails in this life or the after.
Our world sits on a fine line between sanity and insanity–life and death.
People are tempted “to go for it” to get what they want all the time.
But the challenge is to weigh the cost and benefits and chose our actions carefully.
There is a domino effect to our choices–and we own the consequences. 
Will we pull ourselves back from the edge–when the ball is coming our way in life?  

>Fear, Greed, and Enterprise Architecture

>Just wanted to thank Jonas Lamis for posting my guest blog, “Fear, Greed, and Enterprise Architecture,” on the Architecture & Governance Magazine site.

I think A&G is a great magazine — down-to-earth and straightforward views on a range of important topics to CIOs, enterprise architects, and other IT professionals.

Kudos to Jonas and his team!