What’s the most unlikely person you’ve ever struck a friendship with?

Steven Spielberg, although I’m sure he doesn’t remember.

Once while traveling, I flew into LaGuardia Airport, I believe. No bags showed up on the carousel. The entire flight was there waiting for suitcases and a long time passed. I was dressed in an unusual way because I was just returning from several months in India. The baggage claims people told everyone not to wait, there was “some hold up.” We waited more.

A lady with short blond hair, jewelry and a cigarette in a cigarette holder (cigarettes were allowed on airplanes and terminals in those days) approached me. She asked if I knew what was happening with the suitcases. I told her what I knew.

Out of the blue she asked, “Have you ever been to India?” Well one of the connecting flights I was on was from India and I just came from India. So I replied, “Yes, of course. I even speak a little Hindi.”

She said, “Oh my. How interesting! Would you like to meet Steven Spielberg?”

I said, “Who’s that?” and the cigarette holder almost fell from her lips.

She said, “You don’t know who Steven Spielberg is? He’s the one that made the movie E.T. You have seen E.T., haven’t you?”

I replied honestly, “No, but he sounds like an important person.”

She said, “Wait here and a minute later I was standing before Steven Spielberg and another woman with black hair (who I later found out was his wife).”

We talked for 5 or 10 minutes. He told me he liked me because I neither knew who he was nor cared and not seen any of his movies. (I have since seen all the Spielberg movies.) He said he was making a movie about India and liked the fact that I was just coming from there. He asked me a bunch of cultural questions about the people of India, especially rural India.

The movie he was making was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He did not tell me that. I just figured it out later.

That’s the most unlikely person I ever met, purely by chance. We were, for 5 or 10 minutes, friends, calling each other by first name. Never spoke to him again.

Spielberg got a bad name from the Indian/Asian community after making that movie, for which he regretted, I am told.

10 Irrational Thoughts People Think

irrational thinkingIrrational thoughts occasionally occur in the minds of all people.  Intelligence does not make someone immune to irrational thought.  These thoughts typically clutter our minds with feelings of resentment and distaste.  Sometimes they are based on internal defense mechanisms we develop to mitigate personal anger in an attempt to avoid facing the truth about ourselves or our immediate circumstances.  If someone imposes stringent expectations related to a stressful issue on themselves or their close companions, irrational thought is likely to set in, and all parties involved will probably experience needless emotional grief.

Passionate perceptions of an event made by someone in distress can seem crazy from a third party perspective.  This craziness is simply the sum of stress and irrational thought.  These thoughts allow the distressed party to remain the victim while avoiding all situational responsibility.  One must learn to break this momentary negative thought process in order to achieve continuous stability in their life and in their relationships.

Here are 10 irrational thoughts that rational people often fall victim to at one point or another:

  1. Mistakes are never acceptable.  If I make one, it means that I am incompetent.
  2. When somebody disagrees with me, it is a personal attack against me.
  3. To be content in life, I must be liked by all people.
  4. My true value as an individual depends on what others think of me.
  5. If I am not involved in an intimate relationship, I am completely alone.
  6. There is no grey area.  Success is black and failure is white.
  7. Nothing ever turns out the way you want it to.
  8. If the outcome was not perfect, it was a complete failure.
  9. I am in absolute control of my life.  If something bad happens, it is my fault.
  10. The past always repeats itself.  If it was true then, it must be true now.

Your life will be more productive if you learn to avoid this type of negative thinking.

What year do you believe people will begin inhabiting Mars? 

That will happen when a human sets foot on the surface of Mars. Probably sometime in the 2030’s.

Did you know the Moon was inhabited by astronauts? Yes. It’s true. When they landed on the moon they had to stay several days before taking off again. That means they lived on the Moon and thus inhabited it for a short period of time.

The same will go for humans on Mars except they will likely have to stay longer because it takes about two years for Earth and Mars to be close to each other in orbit for a return flight.

They are Watching You

These days, many people don’t care, but it’s happening. They are watching you.

Ever notice how if you do a google search for, as an example, a new Pixel Phone, all of a sudden – on pages you go to – there are advertisements for the Pixel Phone everywhere?

That’s because Google is watching you, your Internet Service Provider is watching you, the NSA is probably keeping you in a database somewhere. They do this mostly to “provide you” with services such as advertisements for a new Pixel Phone, which is what you were searching for, and as far as the NSA is concerned, to track potential terrorists.

We are, in fact, being spied on.

Now most people don’t care about their right to privacy, these days. They are willing to sacrifice that for the convenience of using a cell phone, the Internet, a computer, a smart home device, and so on. We’d rather have these items than not, and if someone is more concerned about privacy then we wonder what are they hiding that they are so afraid to keep it a secret.

In other words, people these days either don’t want privacy or they think that privacy is an admission of guilt.

There are, however, other reasons you might want privacy.

Suppose you want to do banking online, pay bills online, shop online, look at porn online, and son on, and don’t want people to know what you’re doing?

Here’s one that I think about sometimes. I’m a writer. I like to write. I wrote a novel. I’m working on a number of interesting writing projects right now. In one of my projects someone wants to detonate a nuclear bomb they stole. So I search for nuclear weapons, Russia, terrorism, stuff like that to make my story sound plausible. All of a sudden, the NSA notices. Pop! Someone looking this stuff up. Maybe I’ll wind up on a do not fly list. (It’s happened – though I doubt for me.)

Shouldn’t we have a right to privacy? Don’t we have a right to privacy?

During the raging gun-debates of the United States over the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, do we forget the 4th Amendment guarantee a right to privacy?

Are we giving up that right?

Your Internet Service Provider, the people you pay your Internet bill to, know what you search for. Google or Bing know what you search for. The receiving web page knows where you are coming from.

Just some food for thought. 2nd Amendment rights, yeah, go for it. 4th Amendment rights, nah, throw it out the window!

3D Maze: Count Time

Sometimes counting is very important. In this 3D maze, you can go over or under pathways to get from Start to Finish. This maze has multiple solutions. The difficulty level is EASY.

Right click on the image to download it. Then print it, and use a pencil to trace your way from start to finish.