Has anyone else ever wondered what is going through an individual’s head when you’re talking to them? Have y’all ever wondered what is actually behind the glassed over look in a person’s eyes? Is that person actually processing the information? What if you had to train someone to do a very specific task? Before I begin, I do think it is worth mentioning that I am very aware that what you will read shortly has personal variations based on personal preference or experience. But, that’s my point, are people, in general, capable of just listening to instructions without additional thoughts which interfere? To demonstrate, below i will explain step by step how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. See if y’all can just read and follow the instructions. You might be surprised just how hard it actually is to do. Understand that I make a few assumptions when delivering these instructions like y’all knowing what peanut butter, jelly, and sliced bread actually are. If you don’t, Google those ingredients first and then come back, I’ll wait. All terms in the following instructions are as I would use where I live locally. Different places (not in Texas) tend to call things by strange names for some reason. And, before we ask, much of the information contained below was emailed to me by a personal friend who thought it would be cool to try with my Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. The instructions worked well on 2nd graders, but gets lost in translation by older children and adults because we tend to over think things.
Given that all the necessary items are present:
01. Begin by taking the sliced bread in it’s wrapper into one hand and remove the closure device by untwisting the tie or pulling off the plastic piece.
02. Untwist the wrapper to open it exposing the bread.
03. With one hand gently remove two slices of bread and lay them flat on your preparation surface.
04. Pick up the jar of peanut butter in one hand. With the opposite hand unscrew the top in a counterclockwise fashion. Once removed, set down the top on the table.
05. Holding on to the open jar of peanut butter, pick up the butter knife with the free hand.
06. Grab a nice portion of peanut butter on your knife.
07. Put down the peanut butter.
08. With the hand that is now available, pick up the left slice of bread and hold it flat in your hand.
09. Maintain and open palm w/ finger slightly bent to keep the slice in place.
10. Carefully apply the knife with the scoop of peanut butter to the slice of bread. Gently spread the peanut butter so that it is evenly distributed.
11. Lay down the piece of bread w/ peanut butter on the table next to the untouched bread, peanut butter side up.
12. Now, set down the knife.
13. Using one hand of the two that are available, pick up the jelly jar and open the jar in the same manner as the peanut butter jar.
14. Set the top down and pick up the knife w/ your free hand.
15. Insert the knife into the jelly jar and scoop out a decent portion of jelly. Because the jelly is quite unstable, you practice caution when holding it.
16. Carefully set down the jelly jar.
17. Pick up the remaining slice of bread with your free hand. Be sure that the slice does not have peanut butter.
18. Hold the slice in the same manner as the previous slice.
19. Gently apply the jelly to the slice of bread, be sure to spread the jelly so the that all the jelly is evenly distributed.
20. Set down the knife.
21. Holding on to the slice of bread with jelly in the same manner, pick up the slice of bread with peanut butter.
22. Be sure to pick it up from the sides so that you do not stick your fingers in the spread.
23. Adjust the slice of bread with the peanut butter so that it’s held on an open palm w/ slightly bent fingers.
24. Make sure that the peanut butter is facing up.
25. Bring both pieces of bread together as in a clapping motion, but with a fraction of the force.
26. Maintain this motion with your hands while you rotate your hands to meet the peanut butter and jelly faces together.
27. Remove the top hand and gently place sandwich on preparation surface.
28. Use the butter knife to carefully cut your sandwich in a diagonal fashion from one corner to the opposite corner.
29. Place butter knife at the edge of the sink as this is the international way of saying “I might want to make another sandwich”.
30. Enjoy the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that you prepared with your own two hands.
So, let’s review. Does it really take 30 steps to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? It’s all a matter of opinion, right? In regards to teaching, do we need to be so precise the very first time? Here’s what I personally think, the answer is yes. If we are taught short cuts first we will never truly know the right way or wrong way to do anything. As additional observation, it has been my experience that people want the end first, rather than learning how to get there the next time. No, I’m not a teacher, I’m not an instructor, nor am I a trainer, I’m a dad, who over the years, still applies the things I learned when I was younger to how I have raised my own children. I’m no where close to perfect, but I will always remember that the devil is in the details.
Well, I hope we had a little fun together today and that every once in awhile it pays to think about what we do so mindlessly. Life was better when the internet was my back yard, when a round up ball game on the corner lot was staring at my cell phone, and when I talked to someone it was usually face to face. Technology has made it easy not to be a part of life and hopefully there are still some old school parents who enjoy being involved in the lives which are around us. Anyway, before I go too far off topic I think it is the perfect time to end this post. Thanks for visiting, hopefully y’all enjoyed this little piece of nonsense.
I would like to say that I’ve been itching to get back here to The Sting Of The Scorpion Blog, but there would only be about 3% truth in that statement, and I would like for everyone to know that my year or so vacation has been just that, without one single withdrawal symptom to count. I know some of y’all are asking how could I not miss blogging about whatever crossed my mind at a given moment of a given day, and I would say it was actually easier to walk away from than I first thought because I was pretty addicted to doing as I pleased how I wanted to and when I wanted to. So, with that being said let’s kick the tires and light the fires. Yes, I will probably still misspell words, use improper grammar, cuss allot, and give my unwanted opinions. And no, I will not be announcing any kind of fucking format changes, I like the fringe too much to charge ahead changing shit that doesn’t need changing. I do, however, want to thank everyone for visiting over the past months, when I was posting I averaged 1200+ visitors a day and when I stopped that dropped to an average of 800+ visitors. Come to find out older material was still being re-blogged and commented on, people were still using links from other blogs and searching the world-wide web to find this blog. I would have to guess that 90% or better of the searched terms landed y’all here by accident because I tag the shit out of my posts and have something like 30,000+ tags in the cloud. Before I get started I would like to reach out to thank everyone who has continued to email me, text me, comment here, or just flat-out call me. It has been a constant reminder that I have left y’all hanging, that I abandoned my blog along with friends and followers, and that even though I may have been finished with one part that I wasn’t even close to being done yet.
Which is where we begin, deciding whether one is finished or one is done. I see your face already, giving me the looks of a disappointed parent before even giving me a chance to explain. But some of y’all already know the difference, some of y’all even use it on a daily basis, but the rest of y’all may think you’re learning something new, only to find out that it has a purpose in life. Most things I teach my children are lessons taught to me over the years, of course I’ve had the luxury of picking and choosing what works for me, but I have a nice collection of “tools” in this weathered shed that have come in handy over the years. The best example of all of this nonsense we call living out our lives is knowing without fail if I am finished or if I am done. While i find it super simple, I will explain. Imagine if you will, for those who can, that you picked up a great book to read, a thick book with many chapters, a book which will probably take weeks if not months to get to the end. You’ve set aside a few hours to read and decide at the end of the first chapter that you need a break. Now ask yourself, are you finished or are you done. For those playing along, you are merely finished for the time being. To be done one needs to make it to the end, signifying being done. Being finished or done applies to everything, yes I said everything, from conversations and conflicts, from getting dressed to showering, from going on a trip to doing your daily routine, it applies everywhere. Just think how much simpler life would be if everyone on the planet applied being finished or being done to everything they do. It simplifies my life to say the very least.
Is is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that it really has been an entire year. A year without blogging? A year without any social media? My calendar says it’s true, so it must be true, right? Getting back into gear has proven to be rather challenging to say the very least about the matter. Anyway, I think the vacation has done me well, as well as well can be, it’s been a crazy busy year with many twisted turns, some expected and some real surprises.
Before I get into the past year let’s look at the present, today is a great day to discuss. So, it appears my blogcatalog account is still up but I can’t get into because I don’t have the password so I’m trying to get it resolved or reset. Same goes for Twitter and Google+, I can see the pages but can’t get logged in. As far as Facebook and the Facebook fan page, same scenario, with the exception that they want me to update my information with proof of photo identification to show I’m a real human or something to that extent. Personally, I say piss on it all because in reality it was the chore up updating social media which was one of my biggest problems, leaving me very out of focus doing my blog. For what I ask? To promote something that nobody cares about, that’s the answer we’re going for. I knew since day one that this blog was merely one in billions or more. So, my decision has been made, if I’m to give this shit a go again then it’s going to be on my terms alone. I’m taking it back to basics, taking it back to my boring ass life and lifestyle, and writing about the shit that matters to me personally and what might be in or around my life.
Now, as I mentioned above, many people have continued to email and text me and for some reason it has convinced me to try again. I know, I’m trying to figure out what it is that they or y’all are missing, but thanks for the encouragement and the poking and prodding and general enthusiasm, I really do appreciate it, so we can see how it goes. I guess the next thing to do is bring everyone up to speed and then I will get into some really deep shit in coming posts.
Well, I recall mentioning that I became a “minister” so I could fulfill the request of my oldest daughter to officiate her wedding up in South Dakota. And, last summer I did exactly that. In all, the ceremony was easy, it was the whole marrying off my daughter that proved to be the challenge. It was an eventful trip to say the very least, but that will be the next post, because we had the wedding, but we also had a very life altering medical emergency with my wife as well. Just know everyone is well now. So, speaking of marriage ceremonies, something I figured I would not be doing again until probably my son’s marriage if that would be what they wanted, but I found out that plan had quite a few holes in it as it would happen. Therefore, to date, not counting my daughter’s wedding, I’ve officiated 6 other marriages and 3 same sex marriages (female to female). Not that the kinds of marriage ceremonies actually matter, but there are still a few of y’all out there that have the idea that I’m anti-gay, a racist, anti-religion, and against so much other shit. All I can say is live your life as you see fit. Anyway, all the weddings mentioned approached me personally through word of mouth. This is not why i was ordained, but I considered everything and moved forward. Let’s just say I was given the opportunity to witness the other sides of people as they prepared for the big day. We’ll discuss more later in regards to weddings, trust me.
So, a quick review. I’m still married, just celebrated 18 years last month. I’m still working at the same place doing the same thing on the same shift, more to come on that topic too. I’ve just started parent taught driver’s education with my soon to be 16 y/o son. We, as a family, as a whole, are just living life one day at a time. In one of the next posts I will elaborate on my medical health.
But I think for now this can end as a post since I actually do know how boring I really am. So, I guess this is my way of saying that upon my return I don’t really care if the haters have their big girl panties on or not. My opinions have not changed much, if any, there are still too many fucktards out roaming around out of control that I come in to contact with more often than not. With that being said, remember boys and girls to eat it every day.
Or is it? Do we ever really know? Do we ever really want to be the first one to say it? After some deep soul searching I have decided to give this whole blogging & social media thing a well deserved rest. It’s nobody’s fault, there isn’t a hidden agenda, or even a reason I won’t explain, since that is what I’m doing now. At first I was just thinking piss on it all and burn it to the ground. Who am I kidding, I know I’m just 1 blog of billions, and my lack of presence is just that, a lack of my presence.
Over the last 7 weeks I have come to the conclusion that I’m bored blogging, reading blogs, fooling with social media, and in a nut shell, the internet itself. This has actually been evolving over the last several months but I kept in the game, I kept swinging, and I keep getting the same result. Allot of it is that I’m lazy because it is a chore (for me personally) to write posts on my phone. Then I factor in time, a luxury for me as I don’t have much free time anymore, and when I do I discovered naps, which is good for me since I work 2am til 3pm 4 days a week, it has worn me out. Then, try to squeeze in having a family, a life, and so forth. Some of y’all get it I’m sure.
I would like to, however, give thanks to two people I consider my friends who I would have probably never met if it weren’t for this blog. We don’t talk much anymore but I just wanted to let Kris and Rex know that I really do appreciate them and what they have done individually to impact my personal life. My hat is off to you two wonderful women and I’m forever in debt to y’all. Both of y’all have my deepest gratitude, each for your own individual reasons. Don’t get me wrong, I have “met” some fantastic people over the years, even a few of y’all lucky fuckers in person. Every one of y’all need to crack the top off your favorite beverage and know I salute all of you.
My blogs will remain up and functional. I will still be looking at emails and so forth. Y’all probably won’t see me active on Google+, Twitter, or even Facebook much. I don’t know what else to say or even why I felt compelled to explain any of this. I guess it was to say I’m alive and well. Don’t worry, blogging is my damn dirty little bad habit, I’m sure I’ll be back one day.
Steven (aka Scorpion Sting)