Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Free advice?

Free advice

In case you have not noticed, this blog is full of free advice. How to mark the new year, how to covert temperatures, how to look at the meaning of life. Not bad, eh?

Well, with luck, things are just getting started around here so if you are at all interested in the sorts of things that interest me let me warn you now that free advice can easily be worth a whole lot less than you pay for it so be careful who you get if from, OK?

So how much have you paid for the free advice offered to you here so far? Nothing, right?

WRONG! You have paid something precious, something you are given only so much of, something that you have control of, something that no one can take away from you if you are determined to keep it and have developed a strong grip on it, something that huge forces are spending immense amounts of money to grab from you, something once given away can never be taken back, something that most of get a resupply of every day of our lives, something that everyone at one point in life has been hungry for and that most of us will do much to get from others, something that many of us will do things viewed as being socially unacceptable to get from others, something that a few will do terrible things to get from others, something that is hugely important to each of us, something almost never spoken or written of in our culture today, something you can learn to keep on a tight leash if you choose to, something that most of us let wander almost 100% of the time. I could go on and on, but my guess is that you have the point by now and, I hope, have figured out what it is already but in case you haven’t I’m going to be just a bit stingy and hold back what it is
I’m talking about here and it AIN’T MONEY! (Stingy with money? Me? Ha, ha!)

QUIZ: What do you think it is?

Meager but REAL CASH REWARD to the first person who posts the answer as a comment! (No cheating allowed. Those of you who have patiently or otherwise heard me blab bout this in person before should not post.)


  1. I'm not sure I've heard you talk about this before, so I'll give you my personal answer to the question. My most precious and finite resource is time.

  2. Thanks for trying! Close, but time is something we talk about frequently. The "mystery object" is something that almost nobody every talks about. Imagine that before you learned to walk an incredibly sharp sword in a safe scabbard was belted around your waist. It could cut through almost anything, but would hurt almost nothing unless shoved in another's private business. The problem with it is that almost nobody ever talks about it and that if not used deliberately and cared for properly becomes dull and about as penetrating as overcooked spaghetti. Chances are that you have never been given proper instruction regarding its best use and care! What is it? (Prize size increasing!)

  3. Right on, anon! You win the prize! So. How do I deliver it?