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Aug 16, 2008

Flexibility is the key to life. Don't you agree? How many times have we tried to make something work the way we expect it to work only to be met with dismal failure time and time again? I don't know about you, but failure has been a mainstay of my life.

Failure, however, is not just a part of life; it's an integral part of learning. Maybe that's why there are so many clichés written about it:

‘It's my way or the highway!’

‘Failure is not an option.’

‘If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!’

And my personal favorite: ‘Experience is the harshest teacher. That's because she gives the test first and the lesson later.’

I was prompted to write about failure because in the course of wanting to create a scintillating blog that would delight and surprise you, I ran into my old friend: failure to launch.

It began simply enough. I had found a totally delightful video that was too cute for words. I debated on how to share this gem with others. Should I submit it to care2 News? No, that wouldn't work because then my friends may not see it. I could, of course, create a NM and tell everyone to "note it." But I really don't like to do that. It's kind of like tooting one's own horn, speaking of clichés.

Ok, then the solution must be to go to each friend’s page and post it there. Aha! Now everyone would be duly delighted and impressed! Yes, that must be the answer.

Then I remembered this blog. "Oh, yes," I thought to myself. "Remember that group that you keep trying to get going ... 'Serenity in Sync!' Of course ... duh ... that, indeed, is the perfect spot for this incredible event." Sorry ... I tend to get carried away at times.

Now that I knew exactly where to put this one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud, feel-good video, I proceeded to do just that. Did I even mention my failure to study rocket science? No? Well, I'm telling you now, just in case there's any doubt: A rocket scientist I am not!

Admittedly, I am a newbie to group ownership and management. And with my incredibly important and busy life (it does take time to get really good at online solitaire), I have not yet gotten around to reading how to post things, etc.

My first few, feeble attempts met with abject failure. No, I couldn't figure out how to add the html code to a blog item. So I tried posting it on the billboard for this group. Nope, that didn't work either. Aha, I bet I can get that sucker to come up if I do it in "Discussions." Certainly a good idea, no? But, alas, a definite dead end.

As a last resort, I decided I would put the sucker on my personal page and direct you kind groupies to it. For sure, that had to be the answer! Did it work? What do you think? With my track record here, you probably already have guessed the correct answer. A big fat NO!

For God only knows why, I couldn't get the vid to appear, especially when I preceded it with a long intro.

By now, I am nearly reeling with frustration, so I head on back to this blog message to at least list the url. But even that was not to be. Can you guess what happened next? Don't waste any brain cells on figuring that one out. I'll tell you: Hard as it is to imagine ... after all I had been through already ... the instant I hit the back button on my browser, I gasped in pain. Unbelievable ... I had essentially erased the message I had so carefully constructed by going away from this page.

Great! Now what do I do? Oh, yeah, try, try again!

I hope you enjoyed the journey of my latest exploit. If you do, tell me so. (It really is permitted to leave a comment ;=) If you don't, let me hear from you anyway.

No matter what you decide, enjoy the fruits of my labor which, in the end, I put up on my page, reluctantly removing the previous tenant, "Pit Bull Smiles." Here's the link:


p.s. I'll get better at this, I promise. In the meantime, why don't you add a share of your own? Share anything that will lighten our load, make us smile for awhile. Or how about starting a discussion?

p.p.s. Here is what the intro would have said if I'd been able to post it!  (smile)

Engineer's Guide to Cats

Engineers may think they can analyze, design and wonk their way around anything. But they may have met their match with cats, as the Engineer's Guide to Cats proves.

Watch as Oscar, Ginger and Zoey put engineers Paul and TJ through their paces. The feline phenoms demonstrate such arts as feline floral regurgitation and cat yodeling. You can also learn such helpful skills as how to calculate the internal volume and aspect ratio of your own cat, to better determine wind resistance and leaping capability.

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