Author Archives: Steve

Book Summaries

This is a list of book summary publishers. These are the shorter versions of longer works. They are much smaller and less expensive. Book summaries can be great way to find books that might interest you. Generally, books are not summarized by people or companies unless they are popular books. Summaries can also be a good way to find out whether the book is a book you might want to read. Note: These are not recommendations. It is simply a list of resources. Where I have some experience (good or bad) I document my personal experience below the list. Note that the experience is personal, which means you may or may not have the same opinion as I do after working with the site.

CliffsNotes  |  Four Minute Books  |  Flashbooks  |  The Mindset WarriorZIP Reads  |  Concise Reading  |  Soundview  |  Blinkist  |  Sam T. Davies  |  Actionable Books  |  Paul Minors  |  getAbstract  |  GetFlashNotes  |  Reading Graphics  |

I have had the following experiences:

getAbstract: I found their abstracts to be far too short for my taste. You would be better off going to Amazon and reading some of the reviews of the book.

GetFlashNotes: I thought there was way-too-much emphasis on signing-up for the $29 a month membership on this website. However, if you start digging around you’ll find that there is a lot of free stuff there as well that looks really promising.

 

 

Success Concepts – Discipline

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-discipline

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/self-discipline

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/self-discipline

www.dictionary.com/browse/self-discipline

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/self-discipline

https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/self-discipline

https://www.successconsciousness.com/what-is-self-discipline.html

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/self-discipline

www.thesaurus.com/browse/self%20discipline

More specifically, self-discipline. Some thoughts (rewrite): Remove Distractions; Work Inside Your Passion – When you are doing something you love, discipline comes naturally; Reward Progress; They do the Hardest Thing First; Decide; Work Within Your Biological Clock; Action – Sometimes, you’ve just got to do it; Remove temptations; Eat regularly and healthily – Studies have shown that low blood sugar often weakens a person’s resolve; Schedule breaks, treats, and rewards for yourself; Forgive yourself and move forward; Don’t wait for it to “feel right.”; Self-discipline is more specifically about your ability to control your desires and impulses in an attempt to stay focused (for long enough) on what needs to get done to successfully achieve that goal; You Need to Have a Reason WHY!; Self-Discipline Requires Penalties and Rewards; It All Comes Down to Your Personal Standards; compete against your best self;Define What You Want; Know your weaknesses; Build your self-discipline; What is self-discipline? – It is the ability to control one’s impulses, emotions, desires and behavior. It is being able to turn down immediate pleasure and instant gratification in favor of gaining the long-term satisfaction and fulfillment from achieving higher and more meaningful goals; Practice self-denial; avoiding short-term discomfort often leads to long-term problems; Visualize the rewards;

Another discovery Roy F. Baumeister PhD made during his research is that we only have a finite amount of willpower each day.

My ideas: define what constitutes wasted time and eliminate it; limit your addictions (solitaire); Practice habit formation (write every day); Set a timer for a certain period of time for a task;

Quotes: Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu
Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn

The Complete Guide on How to Develop Focused Self-Discipline

http://www.thefeelgoodlifestyle.com

Snowbirds

Does my wife want to become a snowbird? She says she does. For a month, anyway. Will she change her mind? I doubt it. How do I feel about that? Fine. I guess. I like Florida. This is the start of the research for the trip.

In Town Suites: An extended stay hotel chain. Locations in many states.

Road Trip Urges

They start off small. Very small. They start off as thoughts. Often, they’re thoughts about previous road trips. They don’t last a long time. But, they grow. They happen more often. Pretty soon, you’re conscious of them. That’s when you know. A road trip is in the making. It’s just a matter of time. I reach a point where I start thinking about planning because that’s what I do. That’s who I am.

Rest Stops

Rest Stops

When I was a young man, I road-tripped often. As I got older, the road trips became less frequent until there was a time when I never left home without my wife or some of my children. Then, as the nest emptied, I started to wander a little more. And more. And more. Today, I take several months a year, on average, and I go somewhere. Sometimes it’s in the United States. Sometimes it’s in Europe or Asia or Africa or South America. Next year, in 2018, I think that it will be in the United States in the Spring and in Europe later in the year. This post is the first one for getting my material in order for the trip.

The image that you see on the right is from a Google Map. It’s located here. Actually, there is a whole websited dedicated to the subject. I originally thought it was created by the people who publish The Next Exit, but now I believe it’s put out by Roundabout Publications, a group which publishes material for people who live the RV lifestyle and like to move around a lot.

Truck Research

Medical: All commercial drivers of vehicles in interstate commerce with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms) are required to obtain and maintain a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate (ME Certificate) (sic – no punctuation.) Medical Examiner’s Certificate – If the medical examiner finds that the person he/she examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), the medical examiner will complete a Medical Examiner’s Certificate and give the original to the person who was examined. The medical examiner will keep a copy of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate on file for at least 3 years. If a driver wishes the Certificate to be in card form, he/she may:

Purchase a separate “medical card” from an industry supplier of motor carrier forms (e.g., State trucking association) before the physical exam and ask the medical examiner to complete and sign it, in addition to the Medical Examination Report form; or
Print the Certificate on cardstock paper. It is permissible to reduce the size of the Certificate.

You need an FMCSA # if you weigh more than 10K pounds and haul hazmat or passengers or non-exempt freight. I’m not really clear at this point what non-exempt freight is. You only need a CDL if your total weight is over 26K pounds. Up to 26K pounds you do not need a CDL but you may need an FMCSA #. I would think an FMCSA # is a good thing and would help you get loads. It seems that there really is a viable market for people with small trucks hauling freight.

The key to making money is getting loads. I made money as a trucker not because I was a great driver. I made money because I had a computer next to me that I programmed to poll the load board I used every 15 seconds and processed what was on the board and then screamed at me if there was a load on the board that looked good. This enabled me to get a better shot at getting the load. All I had to do was to drive and wait for the computer to scream and then glance down at the number I needed to call. It would be even easier to do today. Plus today, I know how to send out emails and text messages from my PC to every broker I can get a phone number from.

Go here: https://www.uship.com/carriers/hot-shot-freight/ – this is a load board for people doing freight with small trucks. I got a login id and logged in. There were 73 loads going out within 100 miles of my house. 25 of them were “Cars & Light Trucks” that needed hauled. Some of them paid upwards of $2 a mile. 8 of them were in the “Horses”  category and were local delivery. There were 499 loads going out within 200 miles of my house. 

Go to: https://www.123loadboard.com/find-loads/oklahoma/all-cities/all-loads and click on hot-shot loads. Apparently, all load boards, and there are a bunch, have a hot-shot section as well as have loads that are less than 10K pounds.

More load boards: Hot Shot Carrier | Expedite Loads | Central Dispatch | Ship My Car

Read: Small truck, big service;

Stolen Bicycle

$300 Reward for Recovery

405-664-8145

Dahon 2013 Mu P8

Dahon 2013 Mu P8

THIS BICYCLE WAS STOLEN IN NORMAN, OK

This is a picture of a bicycle that is the same color and model of the bicycle that was stolen from my home on Thursday September 14, 2017 between 2-3 PM. I really like the bike. I prefer it to my carbon fiber road bike when I ride around town. If you can also drop off the person who stole it tied- up and unconscious with a sack over their head along with the bicycle there can be substantially more money involved.

Rolling Okie

Yes, it is a real lion and yes, I am taking it on an afternoon walk. It’s not a very common photo and I’m hoping that seeing a bike like the one above will trigger your memory into remembering this picture and thinking about my stolen bike. Memories and sights are like that. One triggers another.

Lion Walking

Lion Walking

Houston Airport Details

Houston Skyline

Houston Skyline

There are inexpensive flights out of the Houston, TX IAH airport to lots of places around the world. Since I live in OKC I need a way to get to IAH and it needs to be cost effective. I know that I can take Megabus from Dallas to Houston for $1 if I plan far enough ahead. The question then becomes how I get to IAH from downtown Houston. The following explains how I can do it.

The Houston Megabus location at 815 Pierce Street is approximately one block from the downtown METRO Transit Center. There appear to be 8 buses a day currently going from Dallas to Houston. They start early in the morning (7:15 AM) and the last bus arrives in Houston at 10:20 PM in the evening. The trip takes 4 hours. You can reverse it with about the same details to get back to Dallas.

According to the IAH website: METRO Bus 102 serves the airport and surrounding vicinity with multiple stops and continues to the METRO station downtown. The fare is $1.25 (cash only; the driver does not make change). Transit time to downtown can run 1.5 hours. Riders may stow luggage in the baggage compartment accessed from the outside of the bus (drivers do not assist with luggage). Pick up and drop off is at the METRO Bus Stop on Baggage Claim Level, south side of Terminal C. It appears that the METRO station downtown is at 1900 Main St. Houston, TX 77002.

Bus route 102 leaves every 20 minutes and takes about one hour to make the trip. It looks like the bus starts at 5:00 AM and stops at 12:00 AM. For more information call Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County at (713) 635-4000.