36 best Things in the World


1. Peeling the plastic off something that you have just bought.

2.  Peeling the glue off the back of a gift card.

3. Dangling a cool metal chain over your hand and slowly lowering it down so it collects in your palm.

4. Dipping your hand into a deep bag of uncooked rice

5. First Kisses.

6. Having a full tank of gas.

7. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing it’s waaaay earlier than you think.

8. Waking up rested from a nap and realizing barely any time has passed.

9. Wrapping a freshly dried blanket around you.

10. Fresh snow on the ground/ snowing seen by streetlight.

11. Showering for the first time after a haircut.

12. Tearing out a piece of perforated paper perfectly.

13. Using a new toothbrush for the first time.

14. Putting on your glasses right after you cleaned them.

15. When a vending machine accepts your dollar on the first try.

16. Putting on a new pair of socks.

17. Walking into the sunshine after being in a freezing cold AC building

18. Getting a Facebook bingo. Request, Message, Notification.

19. Free samples.

20. Hopping into a freshly made bed.

21. When the dentist says you have no cavities.

22. That feeling in your stomach when you go over down a big hill.

23. When a stranger stops the elevator for you.

24. When the lights go down right before the start of a concert.

25. Seeing pictures of your parents when they were younger.

26. Finding a parking meter with time left on it.

27. Seeing a movie in an empty theater.

28. Achieving the perfect milk to cereal ratio.

29. Wearing shorts for the first time of the season.

30. Finding out you have a mutual friend with someone you just met.

31. Watching your milk mix into your coffee/tea.

32. The brief moment you drive under a bridge on a rainy day.

33. Finding a curly fry in your order of regular fries.

34. The smell of rain through a screen door.

35. Walking through the gates of Disney World.

36. Blowing a Load.

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36 Things Every Guy Should Master

1.Give advice that matters in one sentence.: When nobody has your back, you gotta move
your back. One sentence.
2. Tell if someone is lying. Everyone has his theory. Pick one, test it. Choose the tells that
work for you. I like these: Liars change the subject quickly. Liars look up and to their
right when they speak. Liars use fewer contractions. Liars will sometimes stare straight at
you and employ a dead face. Liars never touch their chest or heart except selfconsciously.
Liars place objects between themselves and you during a conversation.
3. Score a baseball game. Scoring a game is an exercise in ciphering, creating a shorthand
of your very own. In this way, it’s a private language as much as a record of the game.
The only given is the numbering of the positions and the use of the diamond to express
each batter’s progress around the bases. I black out the diamond when a run scores. I
mark an RBI with a tally mark in the upper-right-hand corner. Each time you score a
game, you pick up on new elements to track: pitch count, balls and strikes, foul balls. It
doesn’t matter that this information is available on the Internet in real time. Scoring a
game is about bearing witness, expanding your own ability to observe.
4. Name a book that matters. The Catcher in the Rye does not matter. Not really. You
gotta read.
5. Know at least one musical group as well as is possible. One guy at your table knows
where Cobain was born and who his high school English teacher was. Another guy can
argue the elegant extended trope of Liquid Swords with GZA himself. This is how it
should be. Music does not demand agreement. Rilo Kiley. Nina Simone. Whitesnake.
Fugazi. Otis Redding. Whatever. Choose. Nobody likes a know-it-all, because 1) you
can’t know it all and 2) music offers distinct and private lessons. So pick one. Except Rilo
Kiley. I heard they broke up.
6. Buy a suit.
Avoid bargains. Know your likes, your dislikes, and what you need it for (work, funerals,
court). Squeeze the fabric — if it bounces back with little or no sign of wrinkling, that
means it’s good, sturdy material. And tug the buttons gently. If they feel loose or wobbly,
that means they’re probably coming off sooner rather than later. The jacket’s shoulder
pads are supposed to square with your shoulders; if they droop off or leave dents in the
cloth, the jacket’s too big. The jacket sleeves should never meet the wrist any lower than
the base of the thumb — if they do, ask to go down a size. Always get fitted.
7. Throw a punch. Close enough, but not too close. Swing with your shoulders, not your
arm. Long punches rarely land squarely. So forget the roundhouse. You don’t have a
haymaker. Follow through; don’t pop and pull back. The length you give the punch
should come in the form of extension after the point of contact. Just remember, the bones
in your hand are small and easy to break. You’re better off striking hard with the heel of
your palm. Or you could buy the guy a beer and talk it out.
8. Chop down a tree. Know your escape path. When the tree starts to fall, use it.
9. Speak a foreign language.
10. Approach a woman out of his league. Ever have a shoeshine from a guy you really
admire? He works hard enough that he doesn’t have to tell stupid jokes; he doesn’t stare at
your legs; he knows things you don’t, but he doesn’t talk about them every minute; he
doesn’t scrape or apologize for his status or his job or the way he is dressed; he does his
job confidently and with a quiet relish. That stuff is wildly inviting. Act like that guy.
11. Give a woman an orgasm so that he doesn’t have to ask after it.
Otherwise, ask after it.
12. Be loyal. You will fail at it. You have already. A man who does not know loyalty, from
both ends, does not know men. Loyalty is not a matter of give-and-take: He did me a
favor, therefore I owe him one. No. No. No. It is the recognition of a bond, the honoring
of a shared history, the reemergence of the vows we make in the tight times. It doesn’t
mean complete agreement or invisible blood ties. It is a currency of selflessness, given
without expectation and capable of the most stellar return.
13. Play gin with an old guy. Old men will try to crush you. They’ll drown you in
meaningless chatter, tell stories about when they were kids this or in Korea that. Or
they’ll retreat into a taciturn posture designed to get you to do the talking. They’ll note
your strategies without mentioning them, keep the stakes at a level they can control, and
change up their pace of play just to get you stumbling. You have to do this — play their
game, be it dominoes or cribbage or chess. They may have been playing for decades. You
take a beating as a means of absorbing the lessons they’ve learned without taking a
lesson. But don’t be afraid to take them down. They can handle it.
14. Play go fish with a kid.
You don’t crush kids. You talk their ear off, make an event out of it, tell them stories
about when you were a kid this or in Vegas that. You have to play their game, too, even
though they may have been playing only for weeks. Observe. Teach them without once
offering a lesson. And don’t be afraid to win. They can handle it.
15. Make a bed.
16. Dress a wound. First, stop the bleeding. Apply pressure using a gauze pad. Stay with the
pressure. If you can’t stop the bleeding, forget the next step, just get to a hospital. Once
the bleeding stops, clean the wound. Use water or saline solution; a little soap is good,
too. If you can’t get the wound clean, then forget the next step, just get to a hospital.
Finally, dress the wound. For a laceration, push the edges together and apply a butterfly
bandage. For avulsions, where the skin is punctured and pulled back like a trapdoor, push
the skin back and use a butterfly. Slather the area in antibacterial ointment. Cover the
wound with a gauze pad taped into place. Change that dressing every 12 hours, checking
carefully for signs of infection. Better yet, get to a hospital.
17. Jump-start a car (without any drama). Change a flat tire (safely). Change the oil
18. Make three different bets at a craps table. Play the smallest and most poorly labeled
areas, the bets where it’s visually evident the casino doesn’t want you to go. Simply play
the pass line; once the point is set, play full odds (this is the only really good bet on the
table); and when you want a little more action, tell the crew you want to lay the 4 and the
10 for the minimum bet.
19. Shuffle a deck of cards.
I play cards with guys who can’t shuffle, and they lose. Always.
20. Tell a joke. Here’s one:
Two guys are walking down a dark alley when a mugger approaches them and demands
their money. They both grudgingly pull out their wallets and begin taking out their cash.
Just then, one guy turns to the other, hands him a bill, and says, “Hey, here’s that $20 I
owe you.”
21. Know when to split his cards in blackjack.
Aces. Eights. Always.
22. Ask for help.
Guys who refuse to ask for help are the most cursed men of all. The stubborn, the selfpossessed,
and the distant. The hell with them.
23. Break another man’s grip on his wrist. Rotate your arm rapidly in the grip, toward the
other guy’s thumb.
24. Recite one poem from memory. Here you go:
When you are old and gray and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
–William Butler Yeats
25. Point to the north at any time.
If you have a watch, you can point the hour hand at the sun. Then find the point directly
between the hour hand and the 12. That’s south. The opposite direction is, of course,
26. Create a play-list in which ten seemingly random songs provide a secret message to
one person.
27. Hold a baby.
Newborns should be wrapped tightly and held against the chest. They like tight spaces
(consider their previous circumstances) and rhythmic movements, so hold them snug,
tuck them in the crook of your elbow or against the skin of your neck. Rock your hips
like you’re bored, barely listening to the music at the edge of a wedding reception. No
one has to notice except the baby. Don’t breathe all over them.
28. Deliver a eulogy. Take the job seriously. It matters. Speak first to the family, then to the
outside world. Write it down. Avoid similes. Don’t read poetry. Be funny.
29. Know that Christopher Columbus was a son of a bitch. I later learned that he was a
hand-chopping, land-stealing egotist who sold out an entire hemisphere to European
avarice. So I left Columbus behind. Your understanding of your heroes must evolve. See
Roger Clemens.
30. Find his way out of the woods if lost. Note your landmarks — mountains, power lines,
the sound of a highway. Look for the sun: It sits in the south; it moves west. Gauge your
direction every few minutes. If you’re completely stuck, look for a small creek and follow
it downstream. Water flows toward larger bodies of water, where people live.
31. Tie a knot.
Square knot: left rope over right rope, turn under. Then right rope over left rope. Tuck
under. Pull.
32. Shake hands. Steady, firm, pump, let go. Use the time to make eye contact, since that’s
where the social contract begins.
33. Iron a shirt. My tailor once told me of ironing: Start rough, end gently.
34. Stock an emergency bag for the car.
Blanket. Heavy flashlight. Hand warmers. Six bottles of water. Six packs of beef jerky.
Atlas. Reflectors. Gloves. Socks. Bandages. Neosporin. Benadryl. Motrin. Hard candy.
Telescoping magnet. Screwdriver. Channel-locks. Crescent wrench. Ski hat. Bandanna.
35. Caress a woman’s neck. Back of your fingers, in a slow fan.
36. Negotiate a better price. Be informed. Know the price of competitors. In a big store,
look for a manager. Don’t be an asshole. Use one phrase as your mantra, like “I need a
little help with this one.” Repeat it, as an invitation to him. Don’t beg. Ever. Offer
something: your loyalty, your next purchase, even your friendship, and, with the deal
done, your gratitude.

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36 Things Every Drunk Should Do Before He/She Dies…

1.) Open and close a bar.
Find one that opens its doors before noon. Stake out a comfortable seat and hunker down. Resist informing the bartender of your tremendous plan, as this will cause him to pour waves of pre-celebratory shots and you won’t survive happy hour. Pacing is everything. Watch the crowds come and go, watch bartenders rise, reign and fade while you remain like a cagey Methuselah. From that day forward, within the walls of that bar at least, your name will be legend.

2.) Go on a bender.
I don’t mean a weekend binge. I’m talking a full-bore, hooch-bent, screw-work hoolihan. Dangerous, yes, but so is getting out of bed in the morning. True benders have gone the way of the snap brim fedora, which makes them all the greater currency in the world of drunks. It won’t be easy. You must start drinking the moment you wake up and carry on until you go under. Then start over again. In your grandfather’s day you had to drink two weeks straight before you could officially declare yourself on a proper jag, but that’s when a mug of beer cost a nickel. These days four straight days and nights will give you all the bragging rights you need.

3.) Drink a fifth of hard liquor, by yourself, in one day.
For some this is a typical evening, the rest will have to try harder. Unplug the phone, don’t answer the door and get down with your bad self. Stock up on ice, gather mixers if you need them, crack the seal and, inch by inch, take that proud bottle down. Take your own sweet time. Near the bottom you will discover a rich inner landscape you thought a barren desert. Explore it.

4.) Dance like a fool in front of a large hooting crowd.
Cast aside your fear of public opinion, march to the center of the room’s attention and boogie down. You don’t need a partner, you don’t even need music, do a happy jig to the beat of your own drum. Of course, it helps to be really really drunk.

5.) Spend a night in the drunk tank.
While getting captured by the Man goes against the most primal of drunkard instincts, if you’re putting your time and liquor in, it’s going to happen. Make the most of the experience. Pretend you’re Cool Hand Luke. And don’t refrain from telling your friends: Among drunks, the real ones anyway, a night in the tank is a very large feather in the drinking cap.

6.) Get drunk on the grave of your hero.
Wait until the cemetery closes for the night, then slip over the fence with a bottle of something strong. Prop your back against the gravestone and tell your hero how much he inspired you, how he changed your life, revel in the fact that your inspiration is only six feet of hard-packed earth away. It’ll be the greatest one-sided conversation you’ll ever have. Then pass out. Let the groundskeeper be your alarm clock.

7.) Buy a crowded bar a round.
For no reason at all. Jump up on a barstool and shout it loud: “A round for the house! On me!” Make sure you have a good toast ready, because, for once, they’ll all be listening.

8.) Embark on an impromptu road trip.
Out of the blue, propose a trip to Las Vegas, New Orleans, Jack Kerouac’s grave or, for the love of God, the Two-Headed Cattle Museum. It doesn’t really matter where, the joy is in the journey. There’s nothing like a sudden burst of irresponsible freedom to shake up your worldview. It will be an adventure you’ll never forget or get tired of talking about.

9.) Get 86’d from a bar.
There are generally two types of drunkards in the world: Those that get 86’d a lot and those who never do. If you’re the latter, you’re missing out on a very special feeling. A man with any character at all must have enemies and places he is not welcome—in the end we are not only defined by our friends, but also those aligned against us. So choose the type of bar you loathe. Get remorselessly smashed on tequila. Let your lizard brain do your talking. Splash the kerosene, drop the match and watch the bridge burn. Few sentences in the English language bespeak a mysterious dark side than: “I’m not allowed in there. And, quite frankly, I don’t blame them.”

10.) Extravagantly overtip a bartender.
The next time a bartender is especially kind or proficient, lay a massive tip on her. I mean, massive. You must be relatively sober or they’ll discount the act as drunken foolishness. Say something smooth like, “You’re the best of your kind,” drop the bomb, and—this is important—walk out of the bar without another word. With this single act of unexpected generosity, you will restore a bartender’s faith in humanity and give your own self-image a healthy boost.

11.) Walk up to an attractive stranger way out of your league and buy him or her a drink.
You always wanted to do it. You’ve enviously watched your smooth friends do it. Now it’s your turn. The fear is nowhere proportionate to the risk to your ego (she’s out of your league, remember?), yet it still requires a certain amount of courage. It’s akin to sticking your hand down into the garbage disposal. The thing isn’t going to turn on by itself, but still…

12.) Conspire an afterhours at your favorite bar.
I’m not talking about them letting you have a quick one in the back while they’re cleaning up. I’m talking about drinking until the sun creeps through the shut blinds. It takes a lot of time and tips to earn the privilege, but there’s nothing quite like it.

13.) Make your best friend a perfect martini.
I mean perfect. Employ the proper utensils and the highest-end liquor you can afford. Follow an old-school recipe and take your time. You know how a handmade present from a child always warms the heart of a parent more than the most expensive gift? Same deal. Just a little something for all the times your pal bailed you out. And after your friend has enjoyed your sublime creation, make yourself one, you magnificent bastard.

14.) Buy, build or steal a home bar.
Put the well right in your home. Outfit it with many sparkling bottles, accruement and tools. Sit on your barstool with a grossly over-poured cocktail and think: “This is my bar. No one can cut me off, no one can kick me out, none but the floor can announce last call.” You’ve been a sharecropper long enough. Get your own plot of land.

15.) Get carried home by your drinking buddies.
In the company of friends you can trust, get fantastically loaded to the point you cannot stand, nevermind walk. Let them brace you from both sides and carry you homeward. Sing like an Irish uncle. Swear love and fealty to your human crutches. These are the bonds that never break.

16.) Get drunk with your father.
Getting loaded with the man who brought you into this world is one of the most deeply mystical experiences a human being can manage. If you can’t get your father to commit, find an elder you respect.

17.) Fight a good fight.
Samuel Johnson said “Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea.” Men who go to their graves without ever getting into a fistfight undoubtedly feel the same way. How many times have you gone home thinking, “Damn, I should have clocked that asshole.” Next time, do it. Swing first, swing hard, and make sure you’re in the right. You may not win, but at least you were in there swinging. Fear of losing a fight never stopped Bukowski and neither should it stop you.

18.) Visit the source of your favorite beer, wine or liquor.
Make a pilgrimage to the headwaters. Follow the river that’s fed you joy to its source. Stand amongst the vats and barrels and absorb the knowledge that this is the spring from which the good times flow. Drink as many free samples as they’ll give you. It might mean a trip to Dublin or Tennessee, but from that moment on you can gaze into your glass and think, “Lad, I met your mother.”

19.) Drunkenly watch the sun come up with your best boozing buddies and a bottle.
You’ve spent plenty of time railing against the dying of the light, this time welcome its birth. With a shot.

20.) Sit in on an A.A. meeting.
Not all accomplishments are rum and games. File this under the heading of facing your fears. Just as Jonah found enlightenment in the belly of a beast, so will you. You may come to look at it as a sober examination of the safety net (or trampoline, as the case may be). You may view it as a cautionary trip to hell. Either way, you’ll never have to wonder again.

21.) Hit a dozen bars in one night.
Make like Marco Polo. Instead of eating one lousy apple, take a bite out of a dozen exotic fruits. Chase the ever elusive good time. A rolling stone gathers no bar tabs.

22.) Try at least one hundred different drinks.
Too often we drunks get trapped in a rut, forgetting there is a wide and golden world of forgotten cocktails, strangely-hued beers, mysterious liquors and wines from places we cannot pronounce. Explore the world from your barstool. One need only thumb through a bartender’s guide to realize how wide that world is. And when you return to your rut, and you probably will, you’ll appreciate just how good home can be after months on the road.

23.) Get loaded in the land of your forefathers.
An effortless task for Europeans, a broad leap of faith for we colonials. Return to the land from whence your blood sprang, sit down to drinks with those your bold forefathers left behind. And for godsakes, don’t order a Bud.

24.) Juice on the job.
You will never comprehend just how pleasurable the workaday grind can be until you bring your old chum alcohol along. You don’t have to get boss-punching drunk, just sneak enough to loosen up that tight harness. It’ll make you wish you worked for a drinking magazine.

25.) Split a magnum of expensive champagne with your true love.
Do it up like F. Scott and Zelda before they went crazy. Realize that this is one of the precious few times you can get swizzled in front of your better half and she’ll think it’s wonderfully romantic.

26.) Give a hobo twenty bucks.
Make him promise he’s going to spend it on hooch. It won’t be a hard sell. Twenty bucks is the price of a crappy shirt to you, to our alley brethren it’s a gift from the gods.

27.) Get loaded and tell your boss exactly how you feel.
It could go down at the company picnic, the Christmas party, or maybe, if you’re really going after Accomplishment #24, right at the office. It’s tremendously cathartic. Years of stress and bitterness will drop from your shoulders and for the first time, after you’re done unloading, you will see your employer as an actual human being. You may very well get fired, but hey, if you’re angry enough to go berserk on your boss, you need to get a new job anyway.

28.) Send a friend a bottle of good liquor.
Apropos of nothing and don’t tell him it’s coming. Attach a card reading: “Tonight the drinks are on me.” He will never forget it. There is no better feeling than unexpected free booze.

29.) Eat a pickled egg from the big jar.
A bar must own a certain amount of character to carry the big jar. Maybe you’ve seen one. A jar large enough to hold Jay Leno’s head, populated with slightly off-color eggs floating in a murky fluid. You always wondered what they tasted like and it’s time to find out.

30.) Go on a fishing trip with your pals.
Ensure you bring enough beer and liquor to paralyze the nation of Liechtenstein. Fishing tackle is optional. Drink near a body of water (you don’t actually have to come in contact or even see the water, but it should be nearby), then, when night falls, build a huge campfire. There is nothing more conducive to male bonding and rampant drinking than a campfire. Trust me, strip clubs come in a distant second.

31.) Eat the worm.
It’s a cliche, but so are strippers at a bachelor party. It must be done. The last thing you want to do is mutter a half-hearted lie to your grand kids when they squeal, “Gramps, did you eat the worm?”

32.) Learn at least one traditional drinking song.
Ethnically fractured and mixed as we are, we colonials have lost the art of the booze ballad. Watch a European football match on television and first thing you notice is the fans know one hell of a lot of songs. All we Yanks can manage is the “Na-na-na” song and chants of “De-fense!” Sure, we all know the words of Ring of Fire by rote, but what of The Pub with No Beer, My Lip Is on the Cup, and Drunk Last Night, Drunk the Night Before? Also, there’s nothing like a table of drunks bellowing an unidentifiable song in unison to scare the bejesus out of the bar staff.

33.).Make your own beer, wine or moonshine.
There are fewer finer feelings in the world than to nurture booze from it’s humble, evil-tasting origins to something you can get hammered on. Just expect to repeat these words over and over again when you go mad on the blood of your creation: “I made this! Me! And now I’m drinking it! Woo-hoo!”

34.) Spend half a paycheck on a single bottle of liquor.
So much money for so little booze. We’ve spent our lives learning the art of getting the most stagger out of the smallest investment. We’ve heard rumors of those insanely expensive bottles, but they might as well sell them on Mars. Out of spite, you’ve probably told yourself: “Screw that—booze is booze. What’s it gonna do, get me five times drunker?” In a better world, maybe. Depending upon the sensitivity of your palette, however, you may come to understand that the rich really do have it better than us. And when I say better, I mean they can afford better booze.

35.) Start your long-awaited and very personal autobiography: Me and the Booze: A Love Story.
You don’t have to finish it. Very few do. The point is, the very act of starting an autobiography means you think you’ve lived an exciting enough life to deserve one. Strive for that day.

36.) Experience absinthe.
Do the full ritual with the spoon and sugar. Drink enough to feel the full effect. Stroll the path that Hemingway, Van Gogh, Degas, F. Scott, and myriad other geniuses spent their lives pounding flat. Just don’t cut your ear off.

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36 Winter Things

  1. Declutter and organize.
  2.  Plant a container garden.
  3. Plan a winter vacation to somewhere warm — even if it’s just a daydream.
  4. Ditch Words With Friends and have a Scrabble tournament for your friends and family.
  5. Go on a digital diet: pick a day (or days) to stay away from the television and the internet (including your smart phones).
  6. Go to a basketball game.
  7. Get tickets for a comedy show or musical
  8. Act like a tourist in your own city by visiting the most famous historical sites..
  9. Go to a high school, college or professional hockey game.
  10. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, or for another worthy cause.
  11. Hear live music at a festival, coffee shop or other venue.
  12. Donate outgrown toys, clothes and books to families in need.
  13. Go to a planetarium; then find the constellations outside at night.
  14. Hike your favorite summer trails to see how they change in the winter.
  15. Sign up for a Polar Bear Plunge.
  16. Lace up your skates at the local rink or skating pond.
  17. Help elderly neighbors keep driveways and walkways clear of snow..
  18. Sample winter beers. Set up an ice wine tasting.
  19. Warm up in a hot yoga class.
  20. Hit up your favorite dive bar.
  21. Learn how to salsa or ballroom dance.
  22.  Commit to a monthly date night.
  23. Attend a reading or author signing at your local bookstore.
  24. Get on track for retirement savings.
  25. Test or acquire a carbon monoxide detector.
  26. Have an awkward conversation you’ve been avoiding. (You know you just thought of one.)
  27. Winterize your car: check your tires and battery, and keep your gas tank full to prevent frozen fuel lines.
  28. Start (or add to) your 529 fund for your kids’ college education.
  29.  Create an emergency preparedness kit; make sure your flashlights have batteries.
  30. Refresh your morning routine.
  31. Choose new photos to display in your picture frames.
  32. Have a spa day
  33. Have a movie night, complete with popcorn or kettlecorn.
  34. Turn down the thermostat and snuggle under the blankets. Bonus: lower heating bill.
  35. Focus on joy, rather than what you (or someone else) could be doing better.
  36.  Don’t book every single minute of your days; allow time to enjoy life unscheduled.
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36 Life Instructions

1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
4. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
5. Always accept an outstretched hand.
6. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
7. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out. .
8. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
9. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
10. Be romantic.
11. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
12. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
13. Be a good loser. Be a good winner.
14. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
15. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
16. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
17. Keep it simple.
18. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
19. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
20. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
21. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the one’s you did.
22. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
23. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
24. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
25. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
26. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
27. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
28. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
29. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
30. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
31. Become someone’s hero.
32. Marry only for love. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
33. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
34. Wave at the children on a school bus.
35. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
36. Don’t expect life to be fair.

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36 Things about the Number 36

  1. 36 is both the square of 6 and a triangular number, making it a square triangular number. It is the smallest square triangular number other than 1, and it is also the only triangular number other than 1 whose square root is also a triangular number.
  2. This number is the sum of a twin prime (17 + 19), the sum of the cubes of the first three integers, and the product of the squares of the first three integers.
  3. 36 is the number of degrees in the interior angle of each tip of a regular pentagram.
  4. The number of possible outcomes (not summed) in the roll of two distinct dice..
  5. The number of domino tilings of a 4×4 checkerboard is 36.
  6. The sum of the integers from 1 to 36 is 666 (see number of the beast).
  7. The number of inches in a yard.[1]
  8. In the UK, a standard beer barrel is 36 UK gallons, about 163.7 litres.[1]
  9. The atomic number of krypton [2]
  10. Many early computers featured a 36-bit word length [3]
  11. ASCII code for the symbol ‘$[4]
  1. 36 is the number of characters required to store the display name of a UUID or GUID (e.g., 00000000-0000-0000-C000-000000000046).
  2. Messier object M36, a magnitude 6.5 open cluster in the constellation Auriga [5]
  3. The New General Catalogue object NGC 36, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces [6]
  4. Jewish tradition holds that the number 36 has had special significance since the beginning of time: According to the Midrash, the light created by God on the first day of creation shone for exactly 36 hours; it was replaced by the light of the Sun that was created on the Fourth Day.[7] The Torah commands 36 times to love, respect and protect the stranger.[7] Furthermore, in every generation there are 36 righteous people (the “Lamed Vav Tzadikim”) in whose merit the world continues to exist.[7] In the modern celebration of Hannukah, 36 candles are kindled in the menorah over the 8 days of that holiday (not including the shamash candle).[7]
  5. In one Māori legend, concerning the creation of mankind by the god Tāne, 36 gods took active part in assembling the various parts of the first human before Tāne breathed life into her.[8]
  6. In Shaivism (s.a. Kaśmir Śaivism), The 36 tattvas describe the Absolute, its internal aspects and the creation including living beings, down to the physical reality.
  7. The 36 Views of Mount Fuji, a famous series of prints by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai
  8. The The 36 view of the Eiffel Tower, a famous series of prints from Henri Riviere inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai
  9. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is a 1978 kung fu film
  10. 36 Quai des Orfèvres, often referred to simply as 36, a French police film
  11. The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations are considered a useful conceptual aid in theater.
  12. The Thirty-Six Stratagems are a collection of Chinese proverbs illustrating useful approaches to conflict situations.
  13. In French-speaking countries, 36 is often used as a placeholder number.
  14. 36 Crazyfists are a four-piece metal band from Alaska.
  15. 36 (Thirty-Six) is an American Punk rock band (On Newgrounds)
  16. 36 is an ambient musician from the UK.
  17. 36 is a song on Steal This Album! by System of a Down.
  18. 36 is a movie releasing in 2010, directed by Martin Campbell.
  19. The game of roulette has ’36’ numbers on the playing grid and roulette wheel (together with a ‘0’ or ’00’ depending on whether it is a European wheel ’37’ or American wheel ’38’)
  20. The roulette based game Rollorpoker uses ‘36’ playing cards on the wheel and playing grid, instead of numbers.
  21. Australian Basketball team The Adelaide 36ers[9]
  22. Retired number of former baseball players Robin Roberts[10] of the Phillies and Gaylord Perry[11] of the Giants.
  23. Retired number of former basketball player Lloyd Neal of the Portland Trail Blazers[12]
  24. IBM System/36, a minicomputer
  25. Perfect score on the ACT.
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36 Things

1. Tell someone how you really feel about them, instead of waiting because you’re scared.

2. Tell someone what you really want and need instead of building up resentment.

3. Share your fears publicly, in a blog post for example, and ask the community to keep you accountable in overcoming them.

4. Tell a friend your greatest dream, and then ask them to hold you accountable in pursuing it.

5. Admit to a friend how you really feel about how you spend your time—then brainstorm about ways to improve it.

6. Introduce yourself to someone you’ve been dying to meet, even if you feel nervous.

7. Ask someone who’s done what you want to do for advice and encouragement.

8. Tell your boss what you can do instead of wondering if you’ll ever move forward professionally.

9.  Or tell your boss his services are no longer needed—then finally start pursuing your passion.

10. Tell yourself the truth instead of lying to yourself about the changes you want to make in your life.


11. Sign up for a class to learn a skill you’ve always thought would be fun.

12. If you can’t afford a class, look on Craigslist for free events related to that interest.

13. Ask a friend to teach you to do something you don’t know how to do—and offer to teach them something else in return.

14. Take that new class at your gym, instead of worrying that you won’t be able to keep up.

15. Buy a new or used instrument and look on for instructional videos on YouTube.

16. Think of something you’d enjoy creating—a blanket, a song, or a small piece of furniture—and then do some research today to take the first step in doing it.

17. Write a blog post or take some photos and submit them to your favorite website.

18. Invite a few of your friends to play a sport you’ve always wanted to try, even if you fear you’ll seem uncoordinated.

19. Blast your favorite song and try a dance style you’ve always admired. Nothing makes you feel alive like getting your blood pumping!

20. Make a list of things you think you’d enjoy, and then pick one you’ve never done to try this weekend.



21. Plan a vacation to that destination you’ve always dreamed about visiting.

22. If you can’t afford that, research cheap ways to travel—staying in hostels, volunteering abroad, or transporting someone else’s car, for example.

23. Issue yourself a “life ticket.” According to Tiny Buddha contributor Jamie Hoang, we find ways to pay tickets when we get them because we have to. Think of travel in that same way—and be resourceful to make it happen.

24. Take a weekend road trip to somewhere close you’ve always wanted to visit.

25. Write down your three favorite hobbies and for each, a place you’ve always wanted to try (i.e.: a beautiful beach an hour away for surfing). Plan to go this weekend.

26. Invite friends to a restaurant, bar, or other establishment you’ve wanted to try, but have avoided in favor or familiarity. (Once you invite other people, you’ll be less inclined to change your mind last-minute!)

27. If you’ve avoided going to a new spot because it’s expensive, start a “fun night” savings jar today, and make trying that place a priority.

28. Make a list of fun “staycation” ideas (for daytrips in your area). Schedule at least two of them for the next month.

29. If there’s a conference you’ve always wanted to attend, book your ticket for next year, or see if you can volunteer there to get free or discounted attendance.

30. Plan some type of creativity-driven travel project—once a week or even month, take photos, draw, or write in a new spot you’ve wanted to visit


31. Jot down three qualities you’d like to possess, then three choices or activities that coincide with them (i.e.: adventurous—white water rafting). Make a plan to do that thing.

32. Enlist a friend to help you face it fear, whether it’s quitting your job or skydiving.

33. Create a positive affirmation to replace a limiting belief (i.e.: tell yourself, “I feel confident around new people” instead of “I can’t meet new people—I’m too nervous”). Then use that new belief to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

34. Think of something huge you’ve wanted to do, but feared you can’t. Now shrink it down to something smaller but related (i.e.: climb Mt. Everest could start with join a rock climbing gym.) Do that smaller thing today. It’s a start!

35. Ask a friend to describe your potential. Find the parts that make your heart race with excitement, and then take one small step today to work toward that possibility.

36. Set a 30-day challenge—i.e. write 5 pages every day without worrying if they’re any good; after 30 days, you’ll have a first draft of a 150-page novel.

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