Monday, November 23, 2009

On Thanksgiving, Precocious Fifth Graders, and Pet Rabbits

On Thanksgiving, Precocious Fifth Graders, and Pet Rabbits

It’s Thanksgiving 2009, so please permit me to take a break from the usual financial stuff. As I have always maintained, money is 25 percent of the pie – the other 75 percent involves people; but you cannot go very far with a hole in either of these areas.

Unless you are a turkey, in which case this happens to be one of the worst times of the year, you MUST have something to be thankful for. I understand that given the economic atmosphere we are experiencing as a nation, coupled with the mostly negative news lately, it is very easy to lose sight and get sucked in by the pessimism.

But just take a moment right now and realize that there are so many things to be thankful for. In fact, I am willing to bet that the things in your life you have to appreciate and be thankful for far outweigh the bad stuff. For one thing, has it occurred to you that there are millions – if not tens of millions – of people just like you who wish they had the sight, ability, and strength to read this blog right now, but can’t?

Personally, this Thanksgiving I am thankful for my 10-year-old daughter, Amy Asare. If you have ever entered my office or spoken with me for more than 45 seconds, you know about her. And yes, my life revolves around her, pretty much because I figure she did not ask to be born. Now don’t get me wrong … she’s not spoiled or anything. Well, OK, maybe just a tiny bit.

I am thankful that I can say I am a proud daddy of a wonderful, healthy, happy-go-lucky – oh yeah, waaay happy – fifth grader who thinks that pizza is about the best thing ever and that Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana is TOE-tally awesome! The transition up until this point has been an amazing, eye-opening experience. Although I have two younger sisters who are now adults but will always be little to me, I have never learned so much since having my daughter. A little advice for the guys reading this: If you want to be really, really happy, you’ve got to learn how to decode statements by listening closely. You know what I’m talking about?

I remember just the other day, Amy was a few months old. Her favorite spot at the time? In front of the TV, waiting for the next commercial so that she could dance to whatever music accompanied it. Then the daycare and kindergarten years, when she was asking questions like, “Daddy, what’s the New Year?” and telling her teachers that her dad was whatever profession they were reading about that day, including an astronaut and a scientist.

One time, we were on the road when she inquired, “Daddy, are you the boss at your office?” My response was something like, “Probably,” because I personally don’t like that term. Amy’s response? “Yeahhh!!!” with her hands up in the air, because her teacher had explained to her class that bosses tell others how to do their work.

Lately, I am dealing with how to get over the fact that conversations between her and her friends go something like: “Oh my God, that’s like so TOE-tally funny, awesome or cool.” If you want to know the real deal about what’s going on in your kids’ lives, you’ve got to observe them around their friends while you pretend you’re not listening in. Chauffeuring them to their endless events is a great time to do this!

Amy’s school recently started a 4H Club, and of course the club would not be complete without her. Her job is taking photos of the club’s activities – as a result of which she just discovered that she TOTALLY loves taking photos, it’s so cool, and therefore she wants a digital camera for Christmas.

This past Wednesday at 4H, they got to pet a bunny. And just in case you didn’t know, “Bunnies are sooo easy to care for. You can put them inside your house. All you have to do is sprinkle water on them and comb their hair. And oh, they have these really cool red eyes, and people eat them, but I won’t eat them. I only eat cow, and since I am in 4H I get to pay O-N-L-Y five bucks, Daddy!” You can imagine how the rest of that conversation went.

The point is, I am thankful. Please write back and tell us some of the many things you are thankful for. That’s what the “So, what do you think?” portion of this blog is for! Peace and Thanksgiving blessings to all!

Laser Financial Group, LC


  1. I am thankfull for:
    To be born at all, since my mother was strictly forbidden to have babies, and as prematurely born I survived in a country with one incubator per 100 000 people.
    To have grown in society that promoted tolerance between different cultures and religions.
    To father who answered my questions and who trained me to think logically and play Chess.
    To my mother for teaching me English, so I am able to write here.
    For my high IQ, because it enabled me to study paralel to working in factory on 3 shifts, and become one of experts in Economy and Systems Analyse and Engineering.
    To have survived and am still alive after retirement for health reasons, where MDs concluded that I have only 3 months left to live.
    For inspiration to create ideal retirement Fund that would pay 20% to its Members on deposited money per year from the start, and at least triple this money each 36 months, while building factories and instalations for processing agricultural and industrial waste into usefull and marketable products and energy, giving people jobs and part of profit to have more money to buy things for their families, thus raising production of other goods, which would bring more employment also.
    To God for giving me chance and inspiration for saving World from hunger and Global Warming process by invention of new Wind and Solar Power Stations that can produce electricity at cost of 10$ per MWh or less, which would make all products of factories cheaper.
    To live in time of Internet, so I can inform World about my inventions that would help everybody and save milions of lives.
    To important people and variouos Charity Funds that would be reading my emails and understand how my Water production devices, using cheap electricity can produce water on agricultural scale, freeing people growing food on the land from dependence on rain.
    To God that has shown me way to permanently remove CO2 from air while producing usefull and marketable products using cheap electricity, instead of costly and useless proces of binding it with chemicals and dumping underground.
    For chance to be able to write this post, and for hope that people would read it.

    To everyone who can help me start production of my inventions, so please contact me on Email address mpollak at

    To Moderator of this Blog to tolerate his post.

    Marijan Pollak, IT SA/SE 1st. Class, Instructor and Team Leader (retired)

  2. I am thankful for my family,my health,my friends...I am thankful that God gave me a chance to be here and help people. God bless

  3. I am thankful just to be alive and in good health.

    John T


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