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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs... well known in Psychological circles. Since I neither run in these circles nor particularly care for those that do, I know very little of this theory. Except to say that it makes some sense to me. The proposal is basically this:

  • You have a select grouping of basic needs in life, represented by the lower part of the pyramid. Things like, eating, breathing, resting, using the john, etc.

  • You can rise above your basic needs in life and enter several tiers of elevated needs. At the top of the pyramid you will notice some pretty weighty needs like morality, creativity and problem solving- all of which can be accomplished while on the john. But I digress...

All of this is really a set up for my basic theory of needs. We'll call it "Green's Hierarchy of Needs and Wants", which has a nice ring to it. My theory is simply this:

  • We all have basic needs in life, some of which are Priority Needs (PN) and others which are non-Priority Needs (NPN). Examples: Food is a PN, while sexuality is a NPN. Some would argue that point, I am sure.

  • Then there are Wants, some of which are Priority Wants (PW) and some which are simply Non-priority Wants (NPW). Examples: Money could be considered a PW, while a plate full of jello-shooters could be a NPW.

So here's the deal. This is a list of my favorite Non-priority Wants. Things that I want, but really don't need at all:

  1. A chain saw- I have little need for this, but it would look really cool in my garage.
  2. Variety of bath salts- I would probably put these in my guest bath, but then again there is only a shower in there.
  3. A Mister P-Nut commemorative bank- Saw one of these at an antique store once and I almost bought it. I don't really know why.
  4. Rock Climbing Gear- I don't do it, but one day I might.
  5. A fez
  6. Leather driving gloves
  7. New golf clubs- Tried this once and it didn't improve my game at all.
  8. Set of 100 yard flags- I actually did buy these the other day, just in case I have to show where some underground wiring is or lay out a patio.
  9. Best of SNL DVD- That would be cool to have.
  10. Set of large leather books for my bookcase- content unimportant.
  11. A coffee mug with "The Best Dad Ever" printed on it
  12. "I'm with Stupid" T-shirt
  13. A ship bell
  14. A miniature horse named "Turd Ferguson".
  15. An abacus
  16. Set of bagpipes- I would enjoy the sound of these for about 12 minutes.

What would you put into this category?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Apple Picking... the mountains can be a lot of fun. While the weather was a bit cold up at Sky Top, the time with family and friends can't be beat. As this path in Flat Rock, NC shows, frolicking with cousins can be the best sort of fun.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Some of my favorite things...

...are often the simplest of things. Here are just a few:

  1. I often get up at 5 AM to meet with one of my reps in Asheville, NC by 8 AM. One of my favorite things is to be somewhere between Greenville, SC and Asheville as the sun is peaking over the misty mountain tops. Love it, especially this time of year.

  2. Playing the "Indian Jones" Wii video game with my 11 year old daughter.

  3. Costa Rican coffee with Leslie on a cool morning.

  4. Wrestling with my puppy.

  5. Conversations with my 12 year old daughter on the way to piano or voice lessons.

  6. My old pair of American Eagle jeans.

  7. Composing music on my 1955 Steinway baby grand.

  8. A weekend with no planned activity.

  9. Going to the movies with my family.

  10. Cupcakes.

  11. Homemade peach ice cream.

  12. Listening to a book on tape as read by the author.

  13. 80s music

  14. Quoting movie lines with friends.

What are some of your favorite yet simple things in life?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dirty Dog

It's a good thing she's so cute, because she sure loves to dig holes. Fortunately, most of her digging exploits remain in the woods behind our house. Somewhere under that mud is our 7 month old puppy, Daisy.