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A couple items for a better life

A 10 speed
A crock pot
A good chef's knife
An electric toothbrush (does a better job that manual)
A pull up bar
A perfect mattress (buy new one on craigslist, use a 6 months, then try another another til you find the perfect one)
A Lazy Boy chair, you won't need a couch, and they are the best
Amazon prime
Netflix
Buy high quality tools, so you only have to buy them once.
Keep a change of clothes at the office.
Never hit anyone unless they are an immediate threat.
Every hat should serve a purpose.
Never take her to the movies on the first date.
Shave with the grain on the first go-around.
Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.
Buy a plunger before you need a plunger.
Exercise makes you happy. Run, lift, and play sports.
Brush your teeth before you put on your tie.
A small amount of your paycheck should go directly to your savings account every month.
Never wear a clip-on tie.
Give a firm handshake.
Compliment her shoes.
Never leave a pint unfinished.
If you aren’t confident, fake it. It will come around.
You can tell the size of a man by the size of things that bother him.
Be conscious of your body language.
The only time to ever point a gun at someone is before you shoot them.
Always stand to shake someone’s hand.
Never lend anything you can’t afford to lose.
Ask more than you answer. Everybody likes to talk about themselves.
Never have sex with anyone that doesn’t want it as much as you.
Go for women out of your league. You may end up surprised.
Go with the decision that will make for a good story.
Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it.
The most important thing you can learn is personal responsibility. Bad things happen; it’s your job to overcome them.
The first one to get angry loses.
Raising your voice and shouting never wins an argument, the one that lowers their voice and slows their speech seems more aggressive in a fight
Always go out into public dressed like you’re about to meet the love of your life.
Don’t change yourself just to make someone happy.
Luck favors the prepared.
Women find confidence sexy as hell.
Do whatever you want to do, but be the best at it.
No one is on their deathbed wishing they spent more time at work.

pets, not a good idea

Not until you have a house and someone else to help take care of them.

Dogs need to be walked a couple times a day, and if you're unlucky, once in the middle of the night.

If you do get a pet, don't feed it when you get home everyday, they'll just go bonkers waiting for you to get home and it's so they can get fed, regardless of how much dry food is in the dish. The Pavlovian experiment proved that pets aren't smart, and food is one thing they confuse with other actions. Think how upset that dog might get if you come home late because you had errands to run and everywhere was a new delay because of long waiting lines... now think how many things your dog can ruin with any one of 4 excrements from their body, just because they are upset

About sexual consent

"Don't work from or with consent.  Hold out for enthusiasm! "

the code of the West

The Code Of The West
John Wayne once said, “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.”
Back in the day, when men were working on settling the west, a lack of written law made it necessary to make some of their own, rules of behavior, if you will. This “Code Of The West” was a gentleman’s agreement, of sorts, as rules to live by. They were never written, but always respected. They might break every written law of the territory or government, but took pride in upholding their code.
The Code
* Don’t inquire into a person’s past. Take the measure of a man for what he is today.
• Never steal another man’s horse. A horse thief pays with his life.
• Defend yourself whenever necessary.
• Look out for your own.
• Remove your guns before sitting at the dining table.
• Never order anything weaker than whiskey.
• Don’t make a threat without expecting the consequences.
• Never pass anyone on the trail without saying “Howdy”.
• When approaching someone from behind, give a loud greeting before you get into shooting range.
• Don’t wave at a man on a horse, as it might spook the horse. A nod is the proper greeting.
• After you pass someone on the trail, don’t look back at him. It implies you don’t trust him.
• Riding another man’s horse without permission is nearly as bas as making love to his wife. Never even bother another man’s horse.
• Always fill your whiskey glass to the brim.
• A cowboy doesn’t talk much, he saves his breath for breathing.
• No matter how weary and hungry you are after a long day in the saddle, always tend to your horse’s needs before your own and get your horse some feed before you eat.
• Cuss all you want, but only around men, horses and cows.
• Complain about the cooking and you become the cook.
• Always drink your whiskey with your gun hand to show your friendly intentions.
• Do not practice ingratitude.
• A cowboy is pleasant even when out of sorts. Complaining is what quitters do. Cowboys hate quitters.
• Always be courageous. Cowards aren’t tolerated in any outfit worth its salt.
• A cowboy always helps someone in need, even a stranger or an enemy.
• Never try on another man’s hat.
• Be hospitable to strangers. Anyone who wanders in, including an enemy, is welcome at the dinner table. Same was true for anyone who joined the cowboys on the range.
• Give your enemy a fighting chance.
• Never wake another man by shaking or touching him. He might wake suddenly and shoot you.
• Real cowboys are modest. A braggert is not tolerated.
• Be there fro a friend when he needs you.
• Drinking on duty is grounds for instant dismissal and blacklisting.
• A cowboy is loyal to his brand, to his friends and those he rides with.
• Never shoot an unarmed or unwarned enemy. This was also known as “the rattlesnake code”. Always warn before you strike. But, it could be ignored if you were being stalked.
• Never shoot a woman no matter what.
• Consideration for others is central to the code.
• Respect the land and the environment by not smoking in hazardous fire areas, disfiguring rocks, trees, or other natural areas.
• Honesty is absolute. Your word is your bond. A handshake is more binding than a contract.
• Live by the Golden Rule.
Many magazines have a trick, they have a "Customer Satisfaction" clause... this is where in the fine print, they tell you that your credit card will be used to AUTOMATICALLY renew your subscription so you don't SUFFER a loss of the magazine, and to escape this infinte amount of renewals, you must ASK them to stop renewing.

Ever try to get ahold of a company to tell them to stop ripping you off? They aren't easy to phone up for that, and they can always deny that they were ever mailed, or emailed such a request

If your car ever gets stolen

If your car is ever stolen, your first calls should be to every cab company in the city.

You offer a $100 reward to the driver who finds it AND a $200 reward to the dispatcher on duty when the car is found.

The latter is to encourage dispatchers on shift to continually remind drivers of your stolen car. Of course you should call the police too but first things first.

There are a lot more cabs than cops, so cabbies will probably find it first - and they’re more frequently going in places cops typically don’t go, like apartment and motel complex parking lots, back alleys etc.

Lastly, once the car is found, a swarm of cabs will descend and surround it because cabbies, like anyone else, love excitement and want to catch bad guys.

If you register to vote

Do NOT give them your phone number. Make one up, use your area code and the number from the song 867-5309/Jenny

You'll get phone calls for every damn wanna be running for every office, and robo-calls trying to get your attention about every proposed law.

Don't give them your address unless you must. Give them an old address, and when you register, bring an old drivers license that has that address, or a bill with your name and that address

Unless you want to get a ton of junk mail every single voting year... and the damn jury duty. Remember, it's very cool to be on a jury, but you get no pay, and you don't get paid by your regular job either. Very rarely does a company offer to cover your regular pay while you are on Jury Duty.. I've seen it happen, but it's really rare

Best way to get hired to your first job

Build a resume of your accomplishments

Blood donations, volunteerism at hospitals, helping to build homes at Habitat for Humanity, awards for winning bike races, snowmobile races, high school sports. 

I've looked at hundreds of resumes when deciding who to interview for jobs, and most people have no clue to pad their resume with good deeds when they are short on job experience. 

Until you've worked at a couple places, you'll have to charm your way to an interview. If interviewed, you are likely to be one of 5 people chosen to give the job to, and who ever seems easiest to get along with, most grounded in working hard to get things done on time, and likeliest to be good for the comapny gets the job. 

During an interview if you show confidence, that's good. Ego and aggravation, arguementitiveness, that is bad. Being calm and steady is best.

words from the wise

In this world you must be very smart, or very pleasant. Jimmy Stewart - the movie Harvey


A cowboy does not judge color of skin, but by character within.
A cowboy stands strong for what the American Frontier is all about. Freedom, truth, justice and the American way.
A cowboy will not be wronged, nor wrong another. The justice he deems out depends on that.
A cowboy is loyal and hard working and maintains a high ethic.
A cowboy loves his country, and will fight for its principals and sovereignty.
A cowboy is faithful to what is entrusted to him.
A cowboy is bound by duty, honor and gratitude for what has been given him, which includes his family and friends.
John Wayne’s Code of the American Cowboy. modified


"Do not hurt when holding is enough;
Do not wound when hurting is enough;
Do not maim when wounding is enough;
Do not kill when maiming is enough;
The greatest warrior is he who does not need to kill."
Stephen R. Donaldson "Thomas Covenant Chronicles":