Monday, April 4, 2011

Thoughts About Hypnosis & The Attraction of Wealth

I don't post nearly as often as I should. I often think of things I'd like to post, but then never do because it feels like it takes too much to login and type out, then format and proofread, then collect associated images and post them, etc...

So maybe a format similar to Tumblr would be better for me; it's definitely something I'm looking into. So on to the post.

I really enjoy hypnosis and the relaxing benefits it provides. I don't know if I really believe all the stage hypnosis quick inductions, and how people just fall over asleep, but it's interesting to think about. Usually as I'm laying down to sleep, I give myself some items to concentrate on. I take a few deep breaths, try to calm my rampantly raging ADHD thoughts, and then I either plant seeds of relaxation or attraction. Last night, I felt particularly clever when I came up with the phrase (which I repeated several times): "You'll now experience the most healing, rejuvenating, refreshing, and energizing rest and relaxation you've ever had. EVERY CELL in your ENTIRE BODY will be completely healed, rejuvenated, refreshed, and energized." I'd have to say it worked pretty well, I passed out quickly and woke up only 8.5 hours later, full of energy. As a side note, I can easily sleep 12 hours every night, and I've been that way since I can remember. I once slept 17 hours straight through. I can survive off 8 hours a night as long as I can sleep in at least once a week.

"Ok, enough about me, let's talk about you for a minute. Enough about you, let's talk about life for a while."

My thoughts on THE Law of Attraction: I don't know. I often wonder if people who become successful using The Secret, are much like those who become successful without it: something clicks in their subconscious that causes them to take and make actions that they aren't fully aware of. They can try to teach others, in good faith, but will never be able to fully describe to anyone, a truly 100% effective system for achieving what they themselves have now attained. They, in their conscious mind, are actually unaware of the true reason(s) for why and how it worked for them.

Honestly, I'm trying to wrap my head around all the aspects of positive thinking and feeling, in order to attract more abundance and wealth in my life, but I guess it's just not "clicking" for me. Maybe it's not my time, or maybe I'm just not doing something right. I might have blocks I can't find, hidden and preventing me from success. Or maybe it has something to do with what Wallace D. Wattles alludes to, when in "The Science of Getting Rich," he says something to the effect that "sustained thought is the hardest task any human will ever undertake," which is especially true for those scatterbrained individuals such as myself. If my brain isn't going 7 directions at once, I'm probably dead. I know the benefits of focus, it just really is super difficult for me to accomplish.

I've been interested in and experimenting with hypnosis and auras for at least 6 years now. I had an epiphanic thought this morning about getting rich using The Law of Attraction and Auras, and I'll share that with you now:
"Surround yourself with a "money aura" so that when you are anywhere near money, it will be attracted to you by the law of "like attracts like." Imagine money and expensive objects floating in an invisible field surrounding you. The larger the aura and the more densely filled it is, the more magnified the magnetic effect will be."

What do you think? Worth a shot.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jeff Haas Mazda - General(ly Specific) Complaint(s)

I've really been thinking about how I don't post here anymore, which I follow by saying I've been considering turning this blog into a complaint log. It almost seems like I'm always complaining about something. I don't do it for any personal gain though; I do it to warn you. I search for an appropriate outlet to lodge my complaint without having to sign up for some site that will sell my information to some advertising company (yet another thing I'd have to complain about!) and usually wind up empty handed and anger-ful (you like how I did that?). So I wind up here again, and that is the extremely long-winded intro to my rant about the Jeff Haas Mazda dealership in Houston, TX.

I know dealerships are scummy, with all the (usually unethical) tactics they employ, but I at least expect them to carry their operations out in a friendly demeanor. I'm 99.99% certain I'd never been yelled at by an employee at a dealership, until this visit. The smug, angry financial manager was only part of the complaint though. The way the deal was handled overall, led something to be desired. I'll admit, I've been listening to some best negotiation practices MP3's by several authors (some of my favorites are by Roger Dawson) so I guess I was expecting a more congenial showdown (or no showdown at all!). Fisher, Ury, and Patton talk about the angry negotiator, and I have since learned better how to deal with someone like that, but it was a surprise at the time to have someone in that state of mind at a place where you kind of expect to get your butt kissed a little. Anyway, on to the story!

We found a car we wanted through Yahoo Autos and emailed the internet salesman with our interest and terms. We told him we need to be between a certain price range and we don't have (or want to put down) a down payment. We do have a trade-in but it is slightly "upside down" financially. Carl Scott, the salesman responded kindly saying he definitely felt he could get us in our range pending credit approval. "Great," we thought and quickly headed there on our first day off together (Saturday). We set up an appointment but of course we had to wait on Carl when we got there. He was very friendly at least, and didn't pressure us on anything. He brought us back a list of figures that were still out of our price range, but he said that the finance manager could work with us on the numbers and that the figures on the paper were just estimates. We can handle that, and we just assume that this dealership works a little different than others where you do most of your bargaining with the salesman before you get to finance.

So we wait. They have a small room with 1 TV on CNN or some other news station where all they play are commercials and disturbing international news. I'll refer to it as "The Holding Cell."

Thirty minutes later: we are greeted by the finance manager Kortney Malito.

As an aside, I've done some searching on him to see if others have complained, and he is apparently some kind of Master Level Business Manager according to "The Automotive Training Academy." I guess he just had to pass the "5 day training course" to be classified in this "distinguished" manner, because it surely has nothing to do with his cordial and ethical business practices (non-existent).

Mr. Mal(d)ito immediately became irate that we weren't taking the deal he had weaved, which was clearly (although only by a small margin) outside of our agreed upon price range. "That's just semantics," he raved. Really? According to Merriam-Webster semantics doesn't mean "untrue," it means the study of words and how they change through history. Does this mean the Automotive Training Academy doesn't teach definitions of useful terms? Maybe "Master Level" means: "you sell cars real good - even if you have to bully a couple people (or everyone) to meet your forecasts."

But I digress.

I don't know if there really was some misinformation provided by Mr. Scott, or if Mr. Malito was just using psychological warfare, but he actually had to call Scott into the room to clarify what the original agreement had been. Malito had an angry tone most of the time, especially when I brought up any kind of bargaining stance. He basically yelled at me when I mentioned the dealership's "documentation fee" as a point of discontent. I stated that it was not required by the state of Texas, as I had previously learned, but he wasn't hearing any of that! He quickly shot his chair around to grab previous documents, stating that Jeff Haas has never (EVER) waived the fee, and that I would "kill the deal" if I made that an issue. I'm actually curious if bringing that number up, but being told that it would not be negotiated is illegal since the state does not require it and declares that it should be a number agreed upon by both parties (if you know, please shoot me a comment to inform me). Then he exclaimed that there was another couple waiting to buy the car and that there were other people waiting to get financing, so if I would just hurry up and sign the deal we could get moving.

And I'm running out of steam...

He broke me down with his tone and his (overkill) argumentative nature until I was just unwilling to keep trying for a fair deal. We were eventually actually inside of our price range, so I let it be and we bought the car.

"Sign here here here here here here here here here and here..." and the deal was done.

"Hand this (paper plate) to Mr. Scott and he will put it on the car for you."

I honestly don't even recall if he thanked us for buying the car because I was so sick to my stomach at that point. It didn't get any better when we got back to Scott and he handed us the key. Wait... the key?

"There's only one key?" We asked.

"Yep," was his only response.

This isn't just any key, this is a $156 "switchblade" programmable linking key. Great, another kick in the pants on the way out!

After all the dust settled and we were driving to show our friends and family the new purchase, it dawned on us that we had been totally distracted by all the numbers and attitude, that we completely forgot to ask for a Carfax report! DOH!! Of course to make it worse, the universe saw fit to show us literally 50 Carfax commercials that night while watching TV.

Maybe it just wasn't our day! The car is nice though.

Black 2010 Acura TSX

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cute Cuddly Comfortable ... Growths?

Nope, it's just a coat from Chilean designer Sebastian Errazuriz. The same guy who brought the world the zipper dress!

Check it out:

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Do You Tweet?


Jan 11, 2011 @ 6:39 pm
Note: You're doing it wrong: Doing It Wrong


Jan 11, 2011 @ 6:34 pm
Need an idea for something to do with all that snow & ice? - Snow and Ice Demon


Jan 11, 2011 @ 4:58 pm
This is where Labron James got it from: Labron's Mentor


Jan 11, 2011 @ 4:48 pm
How do you like YOUR bacon and eggs? - Bacon Cups for Your Eggs


Jan 11, 2011 @ 4:47 pm
Because sometimes, only one SHARK ON YOUR HEAD just isn't enough: Balancing Shark Act


Jan 10, 2011 @ 10:26 pm
Some birds fell out of the sky, but not Big Bird! - Big Bird in The Sky


Jan 10, 2011 @ 10:19 pm
Need HD to really appreciate this one: Super Textured Biker


Jan 10, 2011 @ 9:52 pm
Cats - Now on DVD: Cats - DVD


Jan 10, 2011 @ 9:47 pm
If you can find a cooler cat lamp somewhere else... BUY IT! - Cat Lamp - Using a REAL Cat


Jan 9, 2011 @ 10:52 pm
Insert Crab Joke Here: The Crab That Didn't Get Away


Jan 8, 2011 @ 10:03 pm
Schnozzberries! - Lickerish


Jan 8, 2011 @ 9:59 pm
Ok, I think I get everything except the boots...: Posing Girls - Trying A Little Too Hard


Jan 8, 2011 @ 9:57 pm
Cookie Monster Rocks: Cookie Monster Undies


Jan 7, 2011 @ 10:25 pm
Ya, she's a little mouse-y up top, but she's got a bangin' keyboard: Nerd's Dream Girl - She Loves Computers!


Jan 7, 2011 @ 9:59 pm
Nice Melons; Pumpkins are Melons, Right? - Nice Little Personal Pumpkin Patch


Jan 7, 2011 @ 9:51 pm
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! : Cheerleader Kitteh

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