First - let me get this out of the way : I fed a squirrel. I saw a bunch of squirrels so I went back to the RV and got some almonds. I put one in my hand and sat around forever, and finally a squirrel came and ate it. It was the cutest thing ever - he put his little front paws on my hand to eat it. Now I'm obsessed with feeding the squirrels, but I haven't had any more success.
Ok, so let me share a few things with you that will keep you entertained for a while.
I read the book, "The Four Hour Workweek"
This book is probably the single best personal improvement book I've ever read. It talks about how to maximize your LIFE by working as efficiently as possible and using your free time well. As I read the book I alternated between thinking "wow! I do that too!" and "oh my god, I need to write that down!"
I'm not a huge fan of these sorts of books usually, but this one was great. It has very practical and specific advice, and you can tell that the guy is actually living the life he wants to live. I actually took notes (which I never even did in school) and have already implemented a few of his ideas.
Next up is what I consider to be the best blog on personal improvement out there today. I used to be a big Steve Pavlina fan, but as far as I'm concerned, he's lost it. Don't get me wrong - he's an incredible person and has a lot to admire, but I find his newest advice to be 95% new age junk that isn't actually going to produce results.
Tyler from Real Social Dynamics is one of the most, if not the most, talented pickup artists in the world. He has a lot of great ideas beyond just picking up women and has a very thorough approach to self improvement. His blog is the only blog that I read on a regular basis - I cut out all the ones that I felt were a waste of time, and his was the only one left.
Last, but not least, I just did a monster interview with the guys over at Pickup Podcast. It was so long that they split it into two parts. I talk about my book a lot and what it was like living in Hollywood. I think you guys will like it, so click here to listen to both episodes.
Time to go to the creek....
Can't wait to hear how you implement the teachings from the 4-hour work week book.
I totally agree with you, it's very inspirational.
awww, you were sick when you recorded that. did they leave in the part where i come over and say "hi"? you know, the important parts...
Wow, very, very nice radio voice. Seriously second only to Johnny Saviour, you probably have the best PU voice of all I've heard.
My week in Hollywood has just finished and I'm now on a plane to Tokyo. Just hearing the Japanese announcements on the airplane's PA brings back fond memories of my trip here last year and makes me more excited to get there.
(Quick aside. The girl next to Todd is sleeping in the most hilarious position I've ever seen. She's kneeling facing the seat with her legs under the seat in front of her. Her head is face down on the seat of the chair, buried in the cushion. I cannot imagine that that's comfortable in any way. I wish I had my camera out to take a picture.)
I waited too long to call people so I didn't get to see all of my old friends, but I did get to see a bunch of them. I stayed at Style's place, spending most of my time working on CD on one couch while he worked on a new book on the other couch. His new girlfriend, an exotic half Indian, quarter Japanese, quarter something else, hung out with us a lot. She's adorable and a lot of fun, and they're in love.
Marmot, by Suprada on Flickr.
Belding squirrel, Yosemite NP. Marmot, Yosemite NP.
This was a most unexpected viewing of a creature which looks like a squirrel but stands up on two legs! I had read in books that this guy lives in the high sierra. During the time we were there, this guy kept popping up and down the rocks, munching on something (hopefully not human food) and entertaining us.
Interesting fact: Belding squirrels are found in meadows and pastures in California, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. They are known for their longest hibernation periods of any North American mammal, usually lasting seven to eight months!
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