Success!

12/29/2014 — Leave a comment

UnknownI want you to know that I care. I care about every one of the billions of cells that you contain. I care about you and yours!

I care about your success too. I want you to be all that you can be. However, if that is your wish, it will have to be your concern every waking moment of every day. Remember, if you live to be seventy-two you will have lived twenty-five thousand days. Didn’t know that did you. So, wasting time is not an option!

If you follow the powers that be, you will be doomed to failure!

Foe instance, if you have a three-day “Holiday” coming up (Saturday Sunday Monday) and you follow the trend of leaving or stopping work at noon on Thursday, as many do, you are not a rebel, independent or dedicated. You are simply one of the throng of people who will spend their tim here on earth and then pass without notice. If you believe you have an obligation to go out and drink on St. Patrick’s Day, then chances are you will not be notable for anything when all is said and done.

I urge you to work hard and truly walk to the beat of a different drummer because if you allow society to influence your work habits you will have nothing to show for you merger efforts, in the end!

Now pardon me, I must go do my workout!

I am Kip Addotta

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Sober!

12/28/2014 — 2 Comments

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I have had my share of liquor and I have done without it for four years, now. No, I did not get into any twelve step plan to do it. If that’s what you need to accomplish alcohol free living great. But I have never been a joiner of groups. I find them incestuous!

One day I simply admitted the truth to myself and that truth was that I did not nor ever have ever liked the taste of the stuff. And I had made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t ever again do anything that I did not enjoy doing!

Imagine life without liquor. Crime would be near non-exsistant, traffic deaths would be a seldom occur, people would feel better and look better and marriages would more often than not be a life long experience and un-wanted children won’t be created. Abortion clinics would dry up and blow away and the debate over wether or not abortion should be legal would end! (Even though I am against abortion, I do believe that, in some cases, it may be necessary, but never simply to enable men and women to live irresponsibly!)

When I go out, I have a great time and am able to be as annoying as I ever have with liquor in me. (A real plus) Try it sometime. Go out and don’t drink. The first thing you will notice is how badly the people around you are behaving. You used to be one of those people! But, not any more! No longer will you have to drive home with the pressure of having to drive with the real danger of being pulled over by the authorities and incurring a mark on your record and added expences, that over the course of ten years will amount to Thirty Nine Thousand Dollars. More than enough to put a down payment on a beautiful home. A home that you will be able to afford because you no longer have the expense and ancillary expenses that liquor creates. The benefits of an alcohol free life are endless!

So give it a shot 9No pun intended!

I am Kip Addotta

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The Interview

12/18/2014 — 3 Comments

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Let me get this straight. A movie studio produces a film about two men who are asked to do an interview with a sitting head of state. Say President Obama. In the movie the actor who is to play the head of state looks a lot like our President Obama.

In the movie the two main characters are asked to assassinate this head of state. Do you think that our government would allow such a movie to be released? Personally, I doubt it. I think we might be outraged.

Now, let’s add to that the fact that the movie studio attempting to release this film is owned by a company who’s origins are a country that has historically been an enemy of the state which is led by this President. How bright does one have to be to realize that this might not be a good idea?

Now, it is not lost on me that the head of “This Country” is, to say the least, a Daffy Dictator. But, this does not make the idea of the film any less appropriate.

There are those who will argue that the film is a comedy and the movie studio is only joking, but, let’s not forget the words of Shakespeare who wrote, accurately, that, “Many a truth is said in jest!” There are also those who will say that movies don’t influence peoples’ behavior and yet fortunes are paid to production companies to use products on camera to do exactly that, influence peoples’ behavior!

So now “This Country” is declaring this movie to be an act of war and movie theater chains are refusing to show this movie! And there are those who are saying that these movie theater chains are cowards and are bowing to the demands of “This Country with the Daffy Dictator.”

Let’s examine this! What if these theater chains did show this movie and  “This Country with the Daffy Dictator” were only bluffing. It is not a stretch of the imagination to think that some unrelated terrorist group would commit act of unthinkable horror, on these packed movie theaters knowing that, “This Country with the Daffy Dictator” was to blame resulting in a catastrophic war between nuclear powers, all in the name of “Jest.”

Funny Huh!

I am Kip Addotta

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I tend to go into a depression around Christmas time and i don’t think I am alone.

I believe the cause of this is that everyone is too busy to service relationships and, to me, that is the meaning of Christmas. In other words, I get lonely! I miss the chit chat and the exchange of the mundane. Christmas has become too economically important with businesses trying to bump up that fourth quarter. Nothing gets done or moves forward and everything gets put off until “After the holidays” which means the middle of January!

We work hard and save our money all year long only to empty our bank accounts during the holidays. Or even worse, go into debt!

I know that I am “Tilling at windmills” and that my writing this will not change anything. But, this is the feeling that I will not come out of this funk until it is over.

I want people to be merry during this season, not greedy and competitive! Yes, I am dreaming!

Kip Addotta

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I have come to believe that I do my best work when i am tired!

When I am tired, I don’t care and not caring brings the creativity out of me. Gone is the worry about what others will think. To hell with the politically correct and the overly concerned. “Frankly, Scarlet, I don’t give a damn!”

If someone doesn’t like me because of the lack of color in my skin so be it! They can go pound sand!

If people want to ridicule me for expecting them to be responsible for themselves and there actions they can go spin on a fence post.

And I am sick and tired of pretending that women are better than men when women can’t even produce a feather weight boxing contender. Get down off of those stilts you call shoes and dig in like the rest of us! Girls DO have Cooties and we all know it!

I’m going to say it. I like tattoos! It makes it easier to spot the idiots! (Except for my daughter in-law. She’s bigger than I am)

And another thing, mow your lawn, in the summer and shovel your walk, in the winter and if you don’t have a lawn or a walk get them, you nincompoop!

And to you (So called) boys, out there. Pull your pants up so you can run from the police with some style, for crying out loud. You look like a bunch of sissies. And why aren’t keyboards in alphabetical order? Then we’d all know how to type!

Here’s a special note to Chef Gordon Ramsey! Get a TV Dinner, sit down and watch your flat screen, like the rest of us, you pompous epicurean puke!

Here’s another special note to all the girls at Fox News, stop talking so fast and stop talking over each other, we can’t understand a word you’re saying! Also, Greta Van Susteren! Stop shopping at Brooks Brothers, buy a dress! And if you can’t afford a dress barrow one from Alan Colmes, a flowered print, even a MooMoo would be an improvement!

Finally, I think that the next President of The United States should be a dog! We’ve never had a Canine President and I think it’s about time! An Airedale would be nice!

There! I feel better now!

I am Kip Addotta and I approve this message!

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Kip,

I never could afford to maintain a car, not even when I worked fulltime. Needing a car was never high on my priority list. When I was 20 years old I owned two cars and didn’t even work. You could get a decent used car for $30, less than minimum wage for a week’s work back then. I haven’t owned a car in 35 years. I’d love to own one but am not about to put any effort into it maintaining it or anything else for that matter.

When I drove a cab in L.A. the son of the guy I drove for offered me a decent old car. It ran, but I knew maintaining it would be more trouble than I could afford. I told him thanks but he’d be better off giving it to someone who is able to take care of it. I know myself.

In 1968, before I moved to L.A. at age 21, I owned two cars, a 48 Plymouth and a 59 Studebaker Lark station wagon. I had to decide which one to take to L.A. What a luxury dilemma that was – and I didn’t even work. I chose the station wagon. It cost $80 and was one of the best cars I ever owned.
It got me to L.A. and lasted a while before it started overheating. The gas stations back then were all full service. Every time I’d pull up for water a mechanic would come out running. “What seems to be the problem?”

The problem was it was always the most expensive thing they could find, something I could never imagine paying. I need a new radiator or a flush job, something beyond my comprehension.

One day I pulled up again to a water hose, not looking for mechanical help, just wanting to let the engine cool down for the water flow, and here comes the mechanic asking what the problem is. I’m waving him off. “No no, that’s alright, I can’t afford any repairs, I just need a little water.”

But here he comes anyway, must have been the 30th mechanic I’d encountered during such drop ins. He asks me to unpop the hood.

“Looks like you need a new radiator cap”, he says.
I tell him there’s one on there.

“Yeah”, he says, “but it’s no good – you need a new one.”
“How much are they?”, I ask.

“Let me see if I have a spare one in the back”, he says.

He goes into the shop and comes out with a used cap and puts in on and the car is good to go. That was it, no more overheating. I had to go through 30 mechanics to get to that guy – and I wasn’t even looking when it finally happened. I had given up. Can you blame me? But I am not afraid to admit that repairing and maintaining things was never my forte in life, probably because I always assumed I’d be a millionaire by the time I was 20 and other people would be doing it for me. I assumed wrong.

I don’t know how long that car lasted, maybe a few months. Something minor went wrong with it. But it wasn’t minor enough for me to do anything about it. So, like all the other cars I have ever owned I let it sit on the street until one day I walked by and it was gone – in the same way that one day you and everyone you know will be gone – poof – towed away forever, just like that.

TJ

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I recently read an article on the things that successful people have in common!

Of course hard work, long hours and faith in ones self were mentioned. But, there was one attribute that caught my mind. Neatness! “A place for everything and everything in its place!”

I know that if “My” space is cluttered or in disorder I cannot function effectively! I am nervous, distracted and my stomach is as upset as, how I imagine, a death row inmate’s stomach is. I believe that I am a classic “A Type” personality!

I feel guilty if I waste my spare time relaxing, I must be doing something in order to relax, I hate vacations and holidays and anything that slows or interrupts progress towards a goal, I need to be successful in order to derive enjoyment from an activity, I generally move, walk and eat rapidly and I am happiest when I am doing more than one thing at the same time (Multi-tasking) As an example, at the very moment, I am drafting “This” blog I am using the time I have while thinking about what I will express next to shave my face, with my electric razor. And, of course, all the clothing, in my closet is hung and folded in a specific manner!

All of these behaviors could be defined as faults and yet, every one of them is a trait shared by successful people!

When I make a promise to “Myself” as in, I will exercise, write a blog and put up a video everyday, I must accomplish these things if I want to get a good night’s sleep, this evening! OCD? Could be! I do not recommend this sort of life style, as a way of life for anyone else, excepting those, of you, who want to be successful!

I am Kip Addotta

Please, please, please, comment on this on my web site!! So I can sleep tonight…

http://www.kipaddotta.com/

 

 

The Human Species

12/01/2014 — 2 Comments

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I am always amazed at the behavior of my species!  At the same time I am hopeful that my impressions are not correct.

When I see people who seem to have no concern for, or even worse, have contempt for their fellow man I am confused. Is it really, “A dog eat dog world?”

I have gone to a few baseball games, in my time and, of course, I have a team that I hope will win, but if the other team makes a great play, I can appreciate it for the brilliance of that performance, and yet the people around me don’t seem to appreciate it. They are angry that the brilliant play was against “Their” team. They call themselves sports fans, but there doesn’t seem to be anything “Sporting” about them. These people will even support cheating if it benefits “Their team!”

In the voting booth, are people voting for the general benefit of Our Country? It does not seem so. It seems that they are voting for whatever helps their particular agenda. We have the “Black Vote, the Gay vote, the Woman’s vote, the conservative vote, the youth vote, the senior vote and the liberal vote!” Where are the American voters? The media has separated us into groups and pitted us against each other to give themselves more content and we continue to allow it!

It seems to me that the same people who want Government programs that benefit “Them” are people who are not willing to be honest about their own income and pay their fair share of the cost of these programs. Cheating on ones taxes has become expected, even encouraged. “Everybody cheats on their taxes!” has become an accepted attitude! Well, I do not cheat on my taxes and I do not respect people who do.

I am also disappointed in myself, in many ways. I know I can always do better and strive to do so knowing that I will never reach perfection. But, I can achieve perfection in “The Striving” towards perfection! I expect myself to do everything to the best of my abilities and will not allow myself to do things half way! It is not enough to seem like an honorable person, I must be an honorable person and it is never convenient to do so! The words, “Nobody is perfect” are not a license to be imperfect, they are an acknowledgment that there is room for improvement!

I believe that doing the right thing is important in all matters, and it is easy to figure out what “That thing” is. If you are presented with a problem and wish to deal with it in the “Right” way, make a list of your options. Then, find the one that is the most difficult and inconvenient. That choice will be the “Right” one!

A member of The Human Speceis

Kip Addotta

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Years ago I Fathered a child!

I was in love with a woman who was the most beautiful woman I had ever known. But she did not deserve my love!

She was persistent! No matter where I was performing she would show up. I don’t know how she found out where I would be performing she was always there. She had money and would even arrive when I was in Europe. A groupie, if you will. She was an ardent fanatic fan of mine and didn’t want to accept “No” for an answer. I believe that it was not me that she was attracted to, but show business!

After fending her off for a year and a half, in a weak moment, I succumbed to her charms and we began a relationship that lasted for two years, at which time she informed me that she was with child!  (It is a girl.)  I have always taken care of and accepted responsibility for my children and I fully intended and was prepared to do so!

Then, I received a call from her and she told me that she had married another man in a wedding that was held in Hawaii. I was devastated! I had made a terrible mistake. Our child was not a mistake, the mistake was my “Star crossed” relationship with my child’s mother!

And so I bowed out, in respect for her new husband who was told that my child was his. At the same time she said that I was her one true love and her marriage was simply to have a father for our daughter! I was so naive that I believed her and that somehow we would be together, in the end!

This woman would eventually divorce this man, but then she marred yet another man and gave birth to two more children with him.

Now, she has found out that I am writing my autobiography and is afraid that I will include her, in my story. And I will, but under a different name!

She has sent her own children to befriend me and report to her as to my book. Now I am considering using her real name so that everyone will know who and what she is! I most likely will not do this, again, for the children, but there is a part of me that wants to!

I am a mortal Man

And, I am kip Addotta

 

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If you let yourself waste time on people who you dislike by even giving them a corner at the back of your mind you waste the precious space for feelings of content and happiness. There is only that much real-estate in your heart and filling it with negative feelings towards someone leaves no room for anything else.

The less time we spend minding someone else, someone else we despise, the more time we have to enjoy life. After all, there are very few people in the world who truly deserve hate – and even then, it’s giving them too much credit, thinking about them. Having no emotions for someone who has done you wrong is a better option in any case. It’s even better to turn your negative emotions around, turn them into pity or acceptance. It is even possible to turn them into respect if you try hard enough.

There is good I everyone. Some just tend to have more than others but there is something to be found in every single individual, something that can be admired. You may not like what they do or how they do it but you can admire their courage to do these things or their determination. There is always something you can find too, to help you develop tolerance and, even, a certain amount of respect. Why? Because the alternative will harm you more than it will harm them.

What we feel affects us, first, and then it also affects people around us when we lash out – and we do lash out eventually. Negative vibes tend to affect only those who care about us – people we care about. And if left untreated it can spiral down into an inflated issue where there wasn’t one to begin with.
If you can’t find something good in someone, forgive and move on. That’s the best way to rid yourself of these needless emotions. The moment you do you’ll feel happier. And it really doesn’t matter why you had them in the first place – how you feel will only hurt you, no other; by feeling anger or hate you only let them hurt you more.

There is a good exercise for letting go of such feelings towards people around you: find one good thing about them, just one – and hold on to that thought. Every time you feel anger or disdain towards someone go back to that thought, a positive thought about them and see the negative feelings vanish. It feels like a breath of fresh air, truly.

The fewer people you feel upset with, or things for that matter, the happier you’ll feel. Negativity tends to pile up and unless you actively let go of it, let it drain, it’ll boil on to the surface and lead to all sorts of things you might regret in the future. With very few exceptions, there is good to be found in everyone, always something to be admired or, at the very least, respected and accepted.

I am Kip Addotta

This from Neila Rey