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Life Advice

March 24, 2010

Last year, for James’ first birthday, we failed. But that’s okay because THIS year, we took him on a largely self serving train adventure for his birthday.

A component of this adventure was the collection of life advice from strangers on James’ behalf. I am in the process of adding to this collection because while life advice from a guy in a garbage can on Pier 39 in San Francisco is interesting, it requires balance.

Yay! Audience participation time! Think of some life advice you’d like to pass on to James. It doesn’t have to be big and profound – we already got a lot of “just follow your dreams” from people like the garbage can guy. For example, you could give James advice on how to best ride a bus – or how to tip his personal driver. If you’re feeling optimistic.

I will also use this opportunity to resurrect the Fridge Door Society. Best (a completely subjective term) life advice will earn a life time membership into the Society.

Leave your advice in the comments.

This is James eating his birthday cake at his grandparents’ place last week. His grandpa’s birthday is 10 days before so they shared a cake. It had a golfer on it taking a swing at Elmo’s head, as J.D. astutely noticed.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Theresa permalink
    March 24, 2010 2:21 pm

    Every good meal starts with sauteed onions.
    If you marry some day always remember the question: Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?
    And finally, since you are a boy: never pee into the wind.
    Happy birthday James.

  2. Michelle permalink
    March 24, 2010 3:28 pm

    the sauteed onions comment is excellent advice…
    also James, should you find yourself in Sweden trying to refuse your host’s offer of your twelfh helping of Swedish meatballs in 24 hours, be advised that trying to say “Thank you, but I am full” in Swedish is fraught with embarassment potential. You will likely be saying that you are far too drunk/smashed to consider another plate of this delectable and omnipresent national dish.
    happy trails and Happy Birthday!
    Jake’s mom

  3. Jean permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:57 pm

    James, if you do decide to make a habit of sauteing onions, always, always, always, close your closet door before beginning. And if you are really unsure if the eggs that have been sitting in your fridge for at least 5 months, because you’re male and you are in university, are still edible, fill a big bowl with water and drop the eggs in – the rotten ones will float.

    You are allowed to hang up on telemarketers.

    “Internet” is not equivalent to “unadulterated Truth”.

    Always ask questions. Never assume. Never stop asking, “Why?”

    Learn to observe and ponder.

    Learn how to laugh at absurdity and remember that God made laughter for a darn good reason.

  4. Janice Grocholski permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:41 pm

    Smile in the face of Uncertainty and it will smile right back at you!

  5. Charlie permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:23 pm

    Always take ‘no’ for an answer. Always especially from Mom

  6. Charlie permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:26 pm

    James, the best way to get your own back: pee in the wind

  7. Eileen permalink
    March 24, 2010 9:15 pm

    Listen to your mom when she says, “No, you can’t get a tattoo – you’ll regret it later . . “, even if you don’t believe her.

  8. Jim Caudle permalink
    March 25, 2010 7:40 am

    In your career stratigically never close a door without opening a window.

  9. Davida permalink
    March 25, 2010 10:57 am

    For these days….Always listen to your mommy and daddy, they are right, and they tell you what to do for a reason. (and..shhhhh…mommy’s are usually more right then daddy’s)

    And for later on in life…..

    Rules can be broken sometimes, and you need to learn when it is okay to break them.

    Be who you are. Who else could you be?

    ****** Listen. Listen some more. *****

  10. Jaelyn permalink
    March 26, 2010 10:20 am

    When everything seems to be going wrong eat ice cream – it will put a smile on your face every time!

  11. March 26, 2010 8:28 pm

    Always remember that your mom gave birth to you, and you wouldn’t be here without her. I suggest that every year you get her a present, just to say thanks for the nine months gestation and the work required to get you out here into the world. Not to mention the years she’ll be investing in making sure you don’t die falling off of counters, getting hypothermia, stabbing yourself with sharp objects, and engaging in various other creative pursuits.

    Yay Mom! That’s all you really need to know.

  12. Nicole permalink
    March 30, 2010 9:19 am

    Hi James,

    My best advice:

    Just because you are good at something or can do something doesn’t mean you should do it.

    For Example:

    1. You may be GOOD at peeing into the wind, it doesn’t make it a good idea to do so.
    2. You may be GOOD at doing “an office job”, it doesn’t mean you will like it.
    3. You may be GOOD at picking locks, yet, it may not be in your best interest to become a robber.
    and finally,
    4. You may be GOOD at getting your mother and father to pull out their hair, but frankly it may be in your best interest to let them keep their hair; ultimately, they will probably look better in family pictures and on your graduation day and I have a feeling you may appreciate that then, even if you do not now.

    Big Hugs,


  13. Mary Caudle (GG) permalink
    March 30, 2010 3:18 pm

    To James:

    Love Life …

    Experience Life’s kaleidoscope of adventgures … discover, marvel its beauty, learn from our World … then add “a little bit of James” to it.

    PS: After viewing the San Diego blog … James, Mom and Dad are certainly on track … you are an amazing family !!!

  14. Theresa permalink
    April 6, 2010 1:21 pm

    So who made it into the fridge door society??? I am sitting waiting with baited breath.


  15. Rebecca permalink
    September 24, 2011 10:02 pm

    Never pass a lemonade stand without stopping 🙂

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