What ticks you off?

If you pay attention, you can tell a lot about a person by what ticks them off.

I hate slow Internet. I can’t stand spending money on stupid things. And I waste more time complaining about complainers than is helpful for me or the complainers.

These are the things that tick me off. Like a time fuse on a bomb, these are the things that control when, even how, I explode.

When I think of great men, though, I know the things that annoy them are far greater. Great men get annoyed by great things.

  • Slavery
  • Poverty
  • Disease
  • Addiction
  • Loneliness
  • Desperation
  • Indifference

I don’t mean great on a scale between good and bad. I mean it in terms of grandeur or magnitude. The things that annoy great men are far more significant than the things that annoy me.

How I’m learning zip codes

Real estate.

And service scheduling.

For the past couple years, I’ve been interested in real estate investing. I haven’t purchased my first property yet, but I’m going to do it.

I’ve been looking on the MLS. I look on the maps to find where properties are located.

After a while, the zip codes start to look familiar. I get to know where a place might be located based on the zip code alone.

I’ve lived in Louisville most of my life, but I never knew much about the zip codes, except the ones I lived in.

For the past couple months, I’ve been working at Sonitrol. Recently, I’ve been in charge of scheduling service routes.

In order to get the most done each day that we can, it helps to have guys run to jobs that are close to one another.

I look at the addresses. Then I look at the maps and plan where the techs will go.

After a while, the zip codes start to look familiar. I get to know where a place might be located based on the zip code alone.

That’s how I’m learning zip codes, at least in Louisville.

An iPad from work

My boss gave me an iPad. It’s an iPad 2, not the latest or greatest, but it’s still an iPad.

When I first heard about them, I remember thinking they were a great solution looking for a problem to solve. I read that somewhere, and it made sense to me.

I’m not sure how I’ll actually use it: browsing online, watching Netflix. Since my computer’s been down, I’m sure I’ll use it more than I normally would have used it.

For work, I’m supposed to be toying with a program called Prezi. It’s a presentation software, like an updated type of PowerPoint. Having an iPad will help me learn to take advantage of more of Prezi’s features that are iPad specific.

Overall, I’m not sure how much I’ll use the iPad. I like that I got it, though. I like that my job is flexible enough to give me one without much fanfare.

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