Remaining Contemporary

Retiring from your job is expensive. You may feel that it is important that you remain on the job for, at least, a little longer.

It behooves you to retain a contemporary appearance. You don’t want to be known as that old man or woman who sits in the corner taking up space..

To retain your contemporary status, there are actions that you need to take well before you begin your additional time with the company. The following are the ones I think are required; there may be more. What follows is important whether or not you eventually continue to work; they are important to keep you healthy and active well into later years.

1. Control your weight. You don’t need to carry needless burdens around with you when you remain on the job.

2. Maintain your health. Don’t smoke. If you don’t smoke now, don’t start. If you do, quit. Avoid addictions of all kinds.

3. Protect your skin. Avoid excessive exposure to the sun.

4. Provide adequate attention to your hair. There is nothing wrong with enhancing its color if needed. There is nothing wrong with purchasing some if you’re shy of an appropriate quantity.

5. I think a little light cosmetic work may be all right. Avoid taking on an artificial appearance.

6. Dress in keeping with the standards in your company.

7. Participate with activities in keeping with the standards in your company.

8. Resist volunteering comparisons with the way things are being done currently with the way things used to be.

9. Carry your share of responsibilities, more if you can manage it.

10. Remain courteous and friendly in your demeanor. Exhibit a sense of humor.

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The Purchase of a 1937 Packard Linousine

In 1953 I had just purchased a 1951 Packard four-door sedan and was enjoying it very much. One day, when I brought it to be serviced at the Packard dealership, the service man told me that a Mrs. Arthur Usher was selling the 1937 Packard limousine that had belonged to her deceased husband. Arthur Usher had been a vice president at The American Locomotive Company until he had retired several years earlier.
“She wants four hundred dollars for it. But, it’s not worth that,” he said. “I’d offer one-fifty.”
Being enthralled, I contacted Mrs. Usher and went to see her at her stately home in Niskayuna. I was escorted into the living room by the butler. After waiting ten minutes, Mrs. Usher entered and we began a discussion concerning the sale of the car. At her invitation, she and I strolled to the two-car garage where an old Packard roadster and the limousine were parked. It was a huge car, in like-new condition, with side mounts and a twelve-cylinder engine. The hood was a mile long. There were folding seats in the back. I fell in love with the car at once.
“Would you take one-fifty,” I asked.
Mrs. Usher adamantly refused. “The price is four hundred,” she said. In a huff, I left the estate.
At home, I told Sally how unreasonable the old crone had been. Why couldn’t she sell the car to me for what it was worth? I moped about the house, the limousine constantly in mind. The service man had said the car was not worth the outrageous price she was asking. He should know what it was worth. Why was she being so unaware?
Sally observed as my spirits dwindled. I wanted that car. It was something that is realized only in dreams. It had been so close to my grasp and now I must reconcile myself to its loss.
A week went by and my mood worsened. Indeed, it had changed to one akin to grieving. When I arrived home from work one evening, Sally said, “I have some news for you.”
“Yes,” I responded listlessly.
“I went to the bank and withdrew four hundred dollars from the savings account. I know you said this money was to be used only for emergencies, but I want you to buy that car.”
I cast off my pride and purchased it the next day.

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Nod Efeek

At The American Locomotive Company, I became friends with an older man named Don Keefe. He may have been 40 while I was 23 but we were friendly enough to enjoy conversations. He had been working on writing a novel for a long time and I thought this was interesting. From time to time he’d show me a chapter. It sounded good to me but he was not able to sell anything.

We also talked about poetry. He knew a lot about this subject and I learned a good deal from him about rhythm, rhyme, meter, etc. I began writing poetry myself and would show my creations to him. He’d suggest changes in wording which I accepted. He once told me that good writing involved a sort of rhythm that was hard to describe. I believed it and still do.

I invented a game of referring to each other by our names spelled backwards. I became Oiram Aniraf and he was Nod Efeek. We had an associate who liked the game. His name backwards name was Yevrah Yardnal. Whenever I think of these men, I remember by their reverse names first.

Years later, when I had my first book on Fortran published, I made a trip to his home in Troy to give him a copy. I had not called ahead. When I arrived, his wife responded to my push on the bell. She told me he had died some years before. This came as a shock. I was still young enough to not realize that friends die.

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A Country-Wide Innovation Contest

Other nations may have more people than we have and they may have more money with which to enhance their economy. Even more education. But other countries don’t have something we have, which is freedom. In our country, we can still start out in a business of our own and make a success of it.

In the past, we’ve invented many things but, rather than build and sell them ourselves, we have allowed other countries to take over. As examples, I cite photographic products, phones, television, computers, and autos. Shouldn’t we invent and then lead the world in their production?

All our people need is a little help. I propose our government sponsor a contest for innovative products we can invent and sell throughout the world. This is our special talent. I believe we are the most innovation people on earth. At present, we might have the ideas for real break-throughs but not the funds to develop them

The contest would be open to anyone in our country. In a form a person might state his or her idea for a product and what it would be used for. The person might also tell how the product is needed by everyone and how it would benefit them. The contest would be judged and all winners would be assisted in actually producing their product. There would not be a single winner but many. I think this would lead to an avalanche of new products. With these we might find another product like to rival the computer in utility, or the airplane, we might find alternative sources of power, a new way to produce food, space travel, etc. There is no end to what could be seen if our innovative genius is unleashed.

WWO Innovations A Country Wide Innovation Contest

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Handwriting Analysis

WWO Hobbies Handwriting Analysis

I believe mildly in handwriting analysis and have studied it to a small degree. But, as with horoscopes, I sometimes wonder who decided what the characteristics in the handwriting examples mean. It is said, for example, that the more handwriting slopes to the right, the more emotional the person is; the more the handwriting stand upright, the more logical and controlled by the mind. Who decided this?

If the stroke on the letter “t” slopes upward, an analyst will declare the person is optimistic; if downward, pessimistic. I can almost see the logic in this. The same about the slant of the handwriting. If it slopes upward, the individual has an optimistic outlook on life; downward, pessimistic. Makes sense.

If handwriting slopes to the left, the person is self-centered and selfish. I don’t like to believe that one. One of the women I was most fond of had this kind of writing and I didn’t see that quality in her. There have to be exceptions.

Sometimes, the personnel in a human resources department will check the the handwriting of a job applicant. It is said that dishonesty can be detected in handwriting. I tend to believe this. I also believe that criminal traits can be discerned from handwriting. But, I can’t help but think of the exceptions. I wonder how many persons did not get the job because they were deemed to have traits that involved dishonesty or criminality.

My experience with handwriting is not extensive enough to allow me to do readings of the handwritings of real people. If someone asked me to do this, I’d reveal only the good qualities I see. This might lead to some humorous readings. For example, if all I saw were criminal properties, all I might say was that the writer had used a good quality pen.

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