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Frustration and Insomnia 2

I reserve the right to use the Urban Country as a place to vent my frustrations once every year. Tonight is that night. Being unable to get to sleep for the last hour, I feel like my mind is racing with hundreds of sheep jumping over fences and on top of each sheep is a ...

Thinking about leaving Homosexuality? 2

Tonight I was reading about the American Family Association which had organized a boycott against Ford Motor Company for donating money to gay organizations. Today they lifted their boycott after 2 years, while Ford had apparently agreed to end most of its support for gay organizations. More than 780,000 people signing the petition to boycott ...

Could you become corrupt? 1

A while back a buddy of mine said to me “I would never want to become a cop because if I did I’d be corrupt”. It was an interesting statement to me because I had never thought of it quite like that. Like most other kids, I too had wanted to become a cop at ...

Worry-Free Society 1

As some of you already know I’ve been visiting China for the last week. I spent 2 nights in Hong Kong and I’ve been in the Southern island of Hainan for the last 4 days, and we’re flying way up to Beijing in a few hours. Since arriving here, I’ve been making observations about the ...

10 Life Standards 1

Taking Mojo for long walks gives me a chance to think about anything and almost everything. I think that’s why I enjoy walking so much; I don’t get distracted from my thoughts, such as I would if I were say driving or working or watching TV. I’ve also been using my new phone as a ...

Christmas fever 1

Earlier today I had a feeling of emptiness and lonliness. I couldn’t understand why I had this feeling, being surrounded by thousands of people in a shopping mall, and living in a city of 4+ million people. Later on in the evening I spent time with some friends I haven’t seen in a while. I ...

Success and Happiness

The age-old question of what defines success and happiness has been constantly in my mind over the last little while. The whole subject originally came up when I re-watched American Beauty a few weeks ago. This brilliant movie was an extreme eye-opener for me. It’s one of the few “real” movies ever made where people ...

Old Friends

Over the years I have lost touch with most of the friends that I went to high school with. It is almost entirely my fault because I don’t visit home too often and when I do visit home, my visits are typically short because of time constraints. I really regret losing touch with them because ...

Publicizing salaries 2

Could you imagine having the ability to find out the salary of any friend, co-worker or relative? Or anybody else in your country? In Finland, tax information is public, so every year when last year’s tax records become public there is a mad rush of people snooping on their friends and family to see what ...

Twenty Random thoughts 5

1. Last week I bought a car. The only thing I miss about the Jeep is the courtesy wave that other Jeepers give out when they drive by. (Talk to me in the summer and I might have a different opinion).2. Don’t buy expensive-looking speakers from the back of a van. They aren’t worth a ...