Two steps forward, one back

No joke: Trying to kick the procrastination habit is harder than quitting smoking. It’s like how one cigarette leads to another, then another… Wow, imagine how tough it would be to try to get hardcore procrastinators to not just sign up to a support group, but also to attend more than one meeting.

Anyway, I recorded this one while driving.

Update: I didn’t realize the upload prematurely crapped out. Sorry about that. If you re-download the MP3 you’ll get the whole thing this time.

Movie theater and mall photos. Clicky here.

Rich Pav

Richard has been living in Japan since 1990 with his wife and two teenage sons, Tony and Andy.

11 thoughts to “Two steps forward, one back”

  1. I was really enjoying this one, but, to my dismay, the thing just cuts after 5:03; chalk it up to the lock being off again? No matter, hopefully you’ll finish up the movie theater rant on another podccast.

  2. Rich – Maybe anime is an aquired taste, but my wife and I (45 & 44, respectively) are big fans. But with anything, anime comes in many genres and quality. Just a suggestion, but ask friends with similar tastes and you might find a series or movie that you may be pleasently suprised at enjoying 🙂

  3. Hey, I started to listen to this one and had the short version. I deleted it from iTunes… and it removed that episode holder from the subscription itself and no amount of updating will allow me to re-download it. I don’t get why it would do that… Is anyone else having that problem?

    1. same problem : i tried updateing as well a million times, but nothing

      i went and downloaded off the blog link, but would be nice to have on itunes podcast archive

  4. Yay! I tried everything and finally found the solution. If you delete an episode of any podcast it removes that it from your list of the feed and will never let you get it again. The solution is to unsubscribe in the podcast menu. This will leave your episodes and will not delete them. Then resubscribe and it will reload the feed. 😀

    1. If you originally subscribed through iTunes, you can search for the podcast in the store, find it, click on its icon to get a list of all available episodes, then select the one you want to re-download.

  5. Hey Rich, really enjoyed the podcast. It’s so true that xmas traditions have been dictated by the media… or other sources. Even the date of Christmas has nothing to do with the birth of Christ, but rather was determined by the church to coincide with the solstice, originally Dec 25 on the Julian Calendar (to woo the pagans, presumably).
    The heathen Germanic mid-winter feast, Yule, reinforced the customs of banqueting and merrymaking, as well as the giving of gifts.

    In The History of the Christian Religion and Church, During the Three First Centuries, says: “The notion of a birthday festival was far from the ideas of the Christians of this period in general.”

    Add to that, Santa (didn’t the idea of a red and white come from Coke?)… and if you’re to look into most of the traditions, they really have nothing to do with Christ.

    The Economist explains, it was only later that religious “publicists appropriated ‘this festival of light [the birthday of the unconquered sun], for Christ is the world’s light’, and pretended (with a lack of evidence that would not be approved by Truth in Advertising campaigners) that baby Jesus was born in December. That is why Presbyterian Scotland long disdained Christmas, as did lingeringly puritan America until commercial interests recreated it.”

    Really makes you think, doesn’t it… as to why we hold sacred, what we do… and if we do it for the right reasons.

    1. There’s an article on about how Santa became the fat guy in the fuzzy red and white suit. He wore red before Coke, but if you put all the Father Christmasses, Saint Nicolasses, etc. in a lineup, you’d definitely choose Coke’s guy as the perpetrator of the sleigh damage to your roof.

      One of the things I like best about Buddhism is that it teaches you to sit down, shut up and think about compassion, love and understanding every day, not just once a year, and not to get all caught up in the material stuff. And not just think about it, but practice it too. Other religions do that too, but I think Buddhism does it best. After all, when’s the last time you heard about Buddhist terrorists and military factions making the evening news?

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