One way to help keep hanging out with friends as you get older is to pick a regularly a occurring thing you do together. Ex: every week watch Game of Thrones together, or a sports team (football is best since it’s once a week). Sounds silly when you’re young, but keep this in mind in your 30s.
When handling firearms, always assume there is a bullet in the chamber. Even if the gun leaves your sight for a second, next time you pick it up just assume a bullet magically got into the chamber.
I always show the empty breech and lack of magazine before I hand a gun to anyone, and I always insist on seeing that the breech is empty and no magazine is attached before I’ll take a gun from anyone. This was drilled into me again and again and again as a soldier.
If you have a big problem at work and you need to break the bad news to your boss, try to come up with a couple of ideas for how to fix the issue before you talk to them. It will come off better and help everyone focus on the next steps. Problems happen, always try to be part of the solution.
Bring a 24-hour survival kit on even the shortest hike
Short hikes are the most dangerous, for one simple reason: people underestimate them and thus go into them without gear and preparation to rely on if things go bad.
The recent (happy) story of a woman who was rescued after 17 days lost in the Hawaii jungle is illustrative of countless similar stories of even experienced hikers going on short, “fun” day hikes, getting turned around/injured, and then getting thoroughly lost – without the water, food, gear, maps, and preparation they’d have on a longer trail.
She survived, but she easily could have died. On a 3-mile trail that she’d hiked before.
Use the recycle air feature on your cars AC system! Instead of constantly fighting to cool the hot air outside, it will cool the already cooled air inside your car. Saving gas, and cooling your car faster.
If you don’t have a dog and are feeling lonely, local rescues are ALWAYS looking for volunteer dog walkers
Obviously you have to go through a training, and there are volunteer boundaries you have to be respectful of. I spent over 80 hours at my local humane society for community service for school, and for the most part it was really relaxing spending time in the cat suites with a book and taking dogs for a walk around the pond behind it. It became a chore doing it for community service, but seeing dogs that are there for weeks light up when they recognize you made me feel good about what I was doing every time.
If you have a cat suddenly start peeing outside their litter box, take it to the vet to get checked for a bladder infection
They stop peeing in the litter box because if it hurts to pee, they start associating the litter box with pain and go elsewhere.
When you cross a road, always make eye contact with the drivers of oncoming cars. Studies have shown that even our peripheral vision can identify faces when you are looked at and thus it increases the chance of being seen and avoids accidents
You do not owe strangers anything. If someone approaches you in a manner that makes you uncomfortable, it is your right to ignore them, walk away, or call for help.
I see so many people seemingly trapped into politeness by societal norms, that they feel obliged to engage with people who are clearly making them uncomfortable. Fuck people who think it’s okay to harass you and expect to be treated with politeness.
When making rice, use chicken broth instead of water. Will turn even the most bland rice into something delicious.
The purpose of HR is to protect the company from you, not the other way around
Think about it this way: why would a company bankroll a department that doesn’t have 100% of it’s best interests in mind?
Unions are not bankrolled by companies for this exact reason.
So next time you have a complaint, particularly with management, consider whether or not you’d be better off going to your union or labor board.
I unfortunately am not aware of alternatives to unions or labor boards for those who don’t have access to either.
If you have a prescription that’s expensive even with insurance check the manufacturer’s website. Many will have coupons or copay cards.
Also if you are having trouble affording the meds talk to your doctor. They may be able to find a more affordable option or give you samples to get you through for awhile.