First Things First…

First things first.  I am a sixty-eight year old wise guy and have been blogging for almost ten years now. Don’t ask my why, it is just in my blood.  This first post is to give you an idea of who I am and where I am going with this blog

WiseGuyI am “That Wise Guy” as proclaimed by the blog title.  Am I a “wise” guy or am I a “wise guy”? The answer to that is probably some of both but hopefully more of the former. The dictionary defines “wise guy” as an upstart who makes insolent comments. At times, too often perhaps, I do make those types of comments.  I will strive to do less of that here but sometimes my mouth just works faster than my brain. 😉

In order to be a “wise” guy you have been around a while. You don’t get to be wise without a lot of experiences under your belt and that takes years to accumulate.

One of the reasons for starting up a new blog instead of just continuing with the one I have had for the last five years is to accomplish what one of my heroes did years ago. Here is a quote from Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Adams in 1812 about that.

Into politics, of which I have taken final leave. I think little of them, and say less. I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid; and I find myself much the happier.

He penned these words less than three years after he left the White House! I too have taken my final leave of politics as it is just too depressing to me now. In the past I was very much a political animal but I just don’t need it anymore. As Jefferson, I think little of them and am trying to say less, much less. In order to do that a fresh blog without the political baggage was needed.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I leave no heirs. I have no grandkids to tell my over-inflated life stories, even if they actually cared to listen. So in a way I am hoping to find a few virtual grandkids that might want to take a little time to hear what I have to say.

I am also hoping to find some friends to share my life stories with and even more importantly to share some of their own. We all need to listen to each other more. There is too much talking and not enough listening in this world today.

If any of this appeals to you stick around.  I have many life stories that I want to get off my chest and am very much hoping to hear many of yours.

My name is RJ & I am That Wise Guy

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