Many moons ago, when I was still lurking, the forums conspired together to create a very long list of advice for nearly everything under the sun; from truisms or sayings that they found helpful, how to wear suits, how to make a perfect cocktail or how to make cookies to their mothers old home devised recipe. This information was compiled into one giant list and posted on it's own website, which, to the best of my memory was titled "Do or do not, there is no try." It was a great, informative read and it taught you a lot of things you never knew and helped you look at certain aspects of life a little different. Goons helped goons by using their own life experience to provide their own home baked wisdom.
Recently, over in GBS a thread has cropped up (http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3535506) that discusses advice your parents gave you, that you never followed and have now learned to be true. There is a lot of interesting things in there. But it reminded me of the above and I thought it'd be good to try and get that going again and see what we can get.
So what I want from you guys is just whatever you think fits. Not necessarily just words of wisdom or sayings or ideals that you try to live by but anything else you might happen to know a little bit more about than the average goon. What do you know about that the rest of us don't? Educate us! All being well I'd hope that we can run together a list that would rival the original that I saw all those years ago.
To contribute, I'll share a piece of advice I actually found from the original thread and that is the principle of the Two Minute Rule. It's a very simple concept; if you estimate something will take you less than two minutes to do, then just loving do it now. I thought this was kinda trite advice when I first read it but in practice it has actually helped me get a ton of poo poo done, especially since I moved out to my own place and had to look after my own poo poo.
I'd also say on the note of living on your own: BUDGET I can't begin to say how much more in order my finances got from making a simple loving spreadsheet and seeing where my money was going and what I had to spend each week to not leave myself eaten noodles and butter for a week at the end of the month. I'd appreciate any further advice for living on your own, budget or otherwise that you guys can give too.
If you want to change your Zippo lighters flints, wick or just refill it and don't have a screwdriver for the little screw on the bottom, the lid of your Zippo is designed to fit that screw perfectly. It may be obvious to those who already know but this was a loving revelation to me the other week when I found it on some youtube video.
What I recently learnt about Suit Jackets fitting as a quick guide; the shoulder seams should hug your own shoulders, with your hands at your side your fingers should be able to cup the bottom of your jacket. You shouldn't be able to fit more than a fist between the jacket and your shirt. Never sit down with the jacket buttoned up, never walk around with it unbuttoned. If it's a three buttoned suit only the middle button should be fastened,on a two button jacket only the top button should be fastened.
Buy Baking Soda. Baking Soda can do so much poo poo around a house but best of all leaving it in old shoes over night then vacuuming/shaking it out in the morning will get rid of even the hardiest of stank feet stench. I do not know the science as to why but I'd be interested to know why.
In a Retail situation, no matter how pissed off you may be, be calm, collected and polite. Anybody that has worked retail or in any hospitality trade will tell you how much more you try to help somebody who is pleasant and polite. I've been a waiter and a barman and I would always go the extra mile for people like this, I'd bend over backwards for somebody who made my night easier by not being a prick.
To specify, I'm not asking for these to adhere to any one subject, go hogwild, I'd like to see advice about as much stuff, both emotional and otherwise as possible.
So share your goony knowledge goons and let's make our own cheeto stained Sunscreen Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQlJ3vOp6nI)
Wait...that came out in 1997?? We're all getting so old .
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That budget advice - I second that. And thanks for posting Sunscreen - awesome song (we're old!!)
Learn to play an instrument or sing (really sing, not just you and your parents thinking you can)
I hate myself for quitting bass and piano as teenager, but picking up guitar now has paid off. I have always sung, but getting back into playing and singing in a band is just wonderful. Music is a powerful aspect of human life, and being able to play it is worth every second.
Don't break hearts </3
I've - deep down - wanted to be a good person, but some times in life I've trampled all over a girls heart - maybe even relishing doing it or maybe I was just apathetic. Either way, it haunts me now - for taking advantage of someone that trusted me. It just sucks for everybody involved.
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