Friday, February 21, 2014

The fear of failure is to achieve failure!

Seems breezy today. But look what is coming - this is a surface temp map for next Friday.  as yo ucan guess red and yellow is not a good thing.


 At least we have a good chance for more snow as the 10 day maps have a large piece of humidity directly over Wisconsin.  Of course it's a long ways off but THIS storm was accurately predicted 10 days ago.   Ya gotta love European models - so much better then American models.

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This whole problem of Primaries has me a little ticked off.  It is so obvious to me for the need to primaries ESPECIALLY in small communities.  I like our Mayor but I believe he dropped the ball on this one and I just don't understand.  It's certainly not a money thing.  I'm on a fact finding mission now!  Looking for my first windmill!
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OK - I gotta brew some beer today - it'll be a Milk Stout.  I was not going to brew more Milk Stout because I have to worry about lactose intolerant people.   Last month I brewed an East Indian Porter (a very very hoppy Porter) and when I bottled two weeks ago - OMG it was awesome.  At bottling it has that very subtle two coal trains hitting head-on quality and then finishes strong! 

But then for a competition I was suppose to brew a Milk Stout - so I got everything ready and BAM - it was changed to an Oatmeal Stout. So I brewed an Oatmeal Stout and NOW I have to make the Milk Stout.  

I think a Weizenbock is next (a more powerful Dunkel Weizen)
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There is an article that tells Japanese travelers what to expect when visiting America which is always interesting.  DJ and I are planning a trip so we tend to obsess what to expect in Europe but we were wondering about the other side of the coin.  Here is what is told to Japanese travelers.

There is a thing called “Dinner Plates.” And what goes on them is a mighty disappointment.

American food is flat to the taste, indifferent in the subtle difference of taste. There is no such thing there as a little “secret ingredient.” Sugar, salt, pepper, oils, and routine spices are used for family meals. There is no such thing as purely U.S. cuisine, except the hamburger, which isn’t made at home so much. There is almost nothing special to eat based on the different seasons of the year. Basically, they like sweet, high fat, high calories things.

Beware Rough Areas Where the Clothes Demand Attention 

In Japan, hip hop clothes are considered stylish. But in the United States, it is wise to avoid them, as you might be mistaken for a member of a street gang.

But You’ll be Pleasantly Surprised by American Traffic Patterns.

 Manners with cars in America are really damn good. Japanese people should be embarrassed when they look at how good car manners are in America. You must wait whenever you cross an intersection for the traffic light. People don’t get pushy to go first. Except for some people, everyone keeps exactly to the speed limit. America is a car society, but their damn good manners are not limited to cars.

Nobody is impressed by how much you can drink. In fact, shame on you.

In the U.S., they do not have a sense of superiority if they are able to drink a large amount. Rather, if you drink a lot, there is a sense that you cannot manage yourself. 


Non-smokers are more important than smokers in the US. Smokers capture the concept that they are not able to control themselves, and are the owners of weak character.

They Have Free Time All Week Long!

In America, whether you are a student, working person, or housewife, you carefully make room for leisure time, weekdays and weekends. Most people are ensured free time, always.

In Japan we believe that there is no free time during the weekday. Only the weekend. 

You won’t be getting your groceries anytime soon, so checkout lines are a great place to make friends.

Cashiers are slow. Abysmally slow compared to Japan. I get frustrated when I’m in a hurry. Americans wait leisurely even if you’re in the special checkout for buying just a little something. I thought Americans were going to be quite impatient, but in reality they are extremely laid back.

And this last one is a pet peeve of mine and I believe it is why people fail to achieve their goals.

 But darn it all, they’re so weirdly optimistic you just can’t stay irritated at them.

In Japan, there is great fear of failure and mistakes in front of other people. It is better to do nothing and avoid being criticized than to taste the humiliation of failure. As a result, there are things we wanted to do, but did not, and often regret.

In America, you can make mistakes, fail, and it doesn’t matter. It is a fundamental feeling that to sometimes be incorrect is natural. In addition, rather than thinking about mistakes and failures, American’s have curiosity and say, "Let’s try anyway!"

The fear of failure is to achieve failure! (I'm sure someone has said that before but it just came to me so . I'll take credit until I hear otherwise.)