The Life of BrianThe Life of Brianen-usWho?<br /> This is not my first blog post.&nbsp; It is however, the first one where I&rsquo;m actually me (<a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/cwo-staffmembers.aspx#Brian" target="_blank">Brian</a>).&nbsp; Most of my life is as the man behind the curtain.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m an outdoor enthusiast, business professional, and the one who built the new website you&rsquo;re using now. The real heavy lifting is thanks to a great team; I just had the vision.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> I seem to find myself in peculiar situations a lot, and must have a unique way of seeing the world because everyone is always saying, &ldquo;You should write that down&rdquo;.&nbsp; And so, here is my attempt at doing just that, &ldquo;The Life of Brian&rdquo;.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> This blog will probably be filled with random thoughts, and hopefully stories of adventure as I travel through this crazy life.&nbsp; Truth is, I really don&rsquo;t know.&nbsp; But from my little rooftop in the world, I welcome you.&nbsp; Ask questions; post a comment, whatever you like.&nbsp; There really are no rules but the ones we make.&nbsp; <br />http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-who-17-39.htmlTrue StoriesWed, 06 Jan 2010 12:47:00 GMTBrian WaspiStuck On The SofaSo, I&rsquo;m at home on the sofa with some sort of illness.&nbsp; I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s the Flu, but it might as well be.&nbsp; Maybe it was the economy, but for some reason I was sick more times in 2009 than in the previous 5 years combined.&nbsp; I don&rsquo;t think anybody likes being sick, but I REALLY can&rsquo;t stand it.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m such a go-getter and I feel like my body is fighting me when I&rsquo;m sick.&nbsp; Eventually I give in and lay on the sofa&hellip; like now.&nbsp; The last time this happened, I wrote &ldquo;<a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-how_to_avoid_the_swine_flu!-10-33.html">How to Avoid the Swine Flu</a>&rdquo;.&nbsp; I know what you&rsquo;re thinking, must have been pretty smug advice right?&nbsp; So this time I&rsquo;ll write about television.<br /> <br /> Most people that know me also know I don&rsquo;t have a TV.&nbsp; In fact, I haven&rsquo;t had one in years.&nbsp; I do occasionally watch a favorite show on Hulu.com, but that&rsquo;s about it.&nbsp; Even now, sick here on the sofa I don&rsquo;t miss it.&nbsp; Seriously it&rsquo;s about 50/50 bad shows vs. commercials.&nbsp; Even the non-commercials are just advertising other shows&hellip; with more commercials.&nbsp; There are so many more entertaining things to do.&nbsp; Here are some suggestions to get you started:<br /> <br /> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Plan a Practical Joke (my favorite)</strong><br /> Seriously, there is a shortage of these in the world.&nbsp; Plus everybody always laughs and says, &ldquo;Payback&rsquo;s a *$%#&amp;&rdquo; but really?&nbsp; If they&rsquo;re a TV watcher there&rsquo;s no way they&rsquo;ll plan as good a joke as you do.&nbsp; The last one I did was sticking Bill&rsquo;s mouse to his mouse pad.&nbsp; Simple, yet harmless and funny.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Go Outside</strong><br /> This simple exercise can change you life, really.&nbsp; Forget all the health benefits; remember we&rsquo;re replacing TV entertainment with real forms.&nbsp; Just walk around, look around, turn off the noise in your head and just &ldquo;be&rdquo;.&nbsp; Build something, hike somewhere, get dirty, whatever floats your boat.&nbsp; Whatever it is just enjoy being alive.&nbsp; Life is too short to spend so much of it mindlessly on your bum.<br /> <br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Write a Blog!</strong><br /> Seriously, if you&rsquo;re reading this sorry excuse for literature you&rsquo;ve got to be thinking &ldquo;how hard can it be?&rdquo;.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s much easier than trying to find a decent channel.&nbsp; You have something to say and people need to hear it!&nbsp; What&rsquo;s important to you, what do you know that others don&rsquo;t?&nbsp; Share your story.<br /> <br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Start Something Great</strong><br /> All of us have music inside.&nbsp; Find it!&nbsp; Most of the time we know what it is and fear, worry, habit, whatever stops us from perusing it.&nbsp; See option 2 above, and just be.&nbsp; Realize that the noise in your head pulling you back isn&rsquo;t you, and you definitely don&rsquo;t have to listen to it.&nbsp; Defy the voice and start now, by turning off the TV and creating what&rsquo;s next instead of waiting for the TV to show you.<br /> <br /> <br /> Other ideas?&nbsp; I&rsquo;d love to hear them&hellip;<br /> <br />http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-stuck_on_the_sofa-17-45.htmlTrue StoriesThu, 04 Feb 2010 20:10:00 GMTBrian Waspi