A real shocker

It’s electric, boogy woogy woogy
Every winter there’s something I dread more than the icy cold temperatures, the sun setting at noon, and football seasons ending. Have you ever gone to shake someone’s hand, or open your car door, and zap! you receive an electric shock that startles the bejeebies out of you?

It happens to me a lot every winter so when this time of year rolls around, one of my top goals is to find out when it’s more likely to happen, and to avoid it avidly.

Queen of the Amazons
Last year I scoured Amazon and was happy to discover there are key chains out there for the sole purpose of eliminating static electricity. Click here to take a look at those (and please note, I’m an Amazon Associate so I receive a portion of any transaction made through this link). And yes, I just watched Wonder Woman last night, who said something like “Queen of the Amazons” more than once. Great movie, by the way!

I also came across a YouTube video that gives step by step instructions on how to manufacture an “anti static electricity stick”…

I went the DIY route, making my device pretty much exactly like the guy recommends in the video. Here’s my static eliminator stick.


Walking in high cotton
I’ve also tried to be more aware of what I’m wearing. Polyester is bad for static. So I try to wear more cotton. When I’m exiting my car, I try to get out without sliding across the fabric seat, and I’ll also grab the metal door frame as I’m exiting. Even inside my home I’ll get shocked as I go to pet my dogs. The air in my house is really dry because of the heater being on, and I use a space heater as well. One possible task for the future may be to get some sort of humidifier. Anyway, all of these methods seem to be helping.

So if you’re constantly getting zapped, try some of these ideas and hopefully, like me, your winter will be a lot less shocking.

-Out of the Wilderness



If You’re A Broke Alcoholic

“Money will make you more of who you are. If you’re a broke alcoholic, you’ll be a rich alcoholic. I had a $15,000 bed but couldn’t get any sleep. I had 10 cars but wasn’t going anywhere.”

To have a list of “favorite quotes” is fairly common. If you need proof, sign up for any social network-type site and you’ll soon find all the sites have a section for this type of list. A quick search for “book of quotes” on Amazon.com returned 7,622 results. Why are quotes famous? Why are simple statements from random sources popular?

1. Because someone has stated an observation or feeling that we’ve observed or felt, too, but couldn’t find the accurate words to express.

2. We want to be inspired. We want to laugh. We want to know that we’re not alone in our feelings of happiness, joy, anger, curiousity, or hunger for life’s meaning.

So we cling to the quotes we relate to, the ones we wished we thought of ourselves. Quotes that draw their arms around us as if to say, “It’s ok to feel this way.” Quotes like the one listed above are hard to hear, though. It’s quite counter-cultural to say anything about money not satisfying. Especially when the person who said it was one of the most prolific football players in recent history. After chasing the things success brought him, Deion Sanders realized it was all meaningless in the end. I wonder if he was reading the Bible at all…Ecclesiastes, maybe?

“Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”

The very next chapter of Ecclesiastes includes text that has been used in music and movies for decades. The Byrds made this song famous:

Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey and Sandra Bullock starred in this feature film:

I challenge you to search around and find quotes you can relate to. Find something that inspires you and hold tight to it. Memorize the words and recall them when no other words can quite grasp what you’re experiencing. And for a second challenge, come up with your own quotes. You’re an original and every generation needs someone who’s not afraid to speak their mind and pour out the emotions in their heart. One day, many years from now, you may be the person other people are quoting.

“He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

The very next day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw more than just the Lord’s glory, he saw the Lord himself.

“He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.” (C.S. Lewis)