Monday, December 26, 2011

Dealing With a Full Deck

Greetings Happy People!!


My name is Jesse. I am 36 years old. I live in Las Vegas.

And I am learning how to shuffle cards.

Yes, it is true. In the land of roulette wheels, poker machines, and blackjack tables, I am a living example on how some people in Vegas still cannot handle a deck of cards.

When it comes to shuffling and dealing a deck of cards, I was so bad that as soon as I get my hands on a deck, it would explode on me. The good part about this was how I got some of the cards to land on the table. It is safe to say that you will not find me working behind a table at any casino on the strip.

My future in-laws felt my pain. This Christmas, they gave me one of those automatic card shufflers. It works nicely and I love it. But sooner or later, I have to face the fact that I got to shuffle these cards on my own.

Today, I was about to play an exciting game of nertz at my soon to be in-laws house (click here to find out what nertz is). As I sat at the table, I forgot to bring one important thing with me, MY AUTOMATIC CARD SHUFFLER!! GASP!!

Oh no!! What am I going to do, Happy People??!!

With great trepidation, I put my hands on the deck of cards split them in half, and did my best to shuffle my deck of cards. How did I do? Well, for starters, all the cards were on the table. I did not do anything fancy type of shuffling like those professionals do. Instead, I shuffled the cards by using the end edges and everything came out okay!! YAY!!

It was an amazing feeling to finally know how to shuffle cards on my own!! This is a better experience than learning to tie a tie!!

With my motivation, I played the game of nertz and beat like a dirty shirt. Oh well, it was a learning experience nonetheless.

There are still people that are unable to do certain things. If one decides to take on something they have not tried before, they are one step ahead of someone that has never tried at all. Taking that first step at anything is essential  in becoming better at what a person wants to do. It may look humiliating or embarrassing the first go around. But with time, effort, and never giving up, anyone can become a pro.

Will I ever become a pro at shuffling a deck of cards? Not now. But if I keep moving forward, I will become better than what I used to be.

What about you? Are you willing to become better than what you are right now?

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Just Face It

Greetings Happy People,

If you're tired of running away,
Just Face It.

If you're having a very bad day,
Just Face It.

When times get rough and bad luck call
Having those fears that you will fall
Because you chose to have the gall,
Just Face It.

For times you want to hang your head,
Just Face It.

For times you felt beyond afraid,
Just Face It.

When certain people let you down
You shed your tears and want to frown
Wishing you hide below the ground,
Just Face It.

If you have days you want to fear,
Just Face It.

If you have worries for the year,
Just Face It.

When danger lurks in every way
Confusing you to your dismay
You look for words that's hard to say
Just Face It.

For times you want to close your eyes
Just Face It.

For masks you hide as your disguise
Just Face It.

When many lies seem all too true
Making you feel a little blue
You test what IS inside of you,
Just Face It.

Just Face It, Happy People.
Life is too short not to.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Monday, December 19, 2011


Greetings Happy People,

I have some great news to share with you Happy People!!

I am proud to say that I am going into my new latest venture!!

It will involve a globally dynamic marketing business that will transcend all communication to every man, woman, boy, girl, dog, and cat!!

This company will change the face, mind, and heart of this planet as it harbors the advancing technology of the future!!

Unlike many companies, this new venture will bring in the latest in fashion, video communication, beer making, and irreversible geo-thermal global warming.

What is this company called?

Well it is called the Self Universal Communication Kinetic Energy Revolutionary System.

 You can call it S.U.C.K.E.R.S. for short!!

 This company is so promising, even I don’t know what it actually does – and I’m the founder!!

All I can do is show you before and after comparisons pictures - like an ice cream truck vs. a Ferrari, a Motel 6 vs. Caesar’s Palace, or a shack in Bikini Atoll vs. a resort in Tahiti.

If that doesn’t work, I will confuse (I mean show) you some nice flowchart diagrams on how we can make money and split the dividends – 99.9999% for me and .0001% for you!!

To be a part of this unbelievable lifetime deal, all you have to do is give me $650 and sign an incredibly super fine print 25-page contract and you too will be on your way in making millions for S.U.C.K.E.R.S.

If I am lying, then let lightning hit me where I am sitting right now!! Hey, is it starting to rain in Vegas?

As you can tell, I am not going to start this type of venture. But the sad part is that there are various businesses that are popping up today that sell dreams and promises to people. Some are legitimate while others look, feel, smell, and ooze shady.

If you are not sure about a certain business deal someone is selling you, please do some research. You will be surprised with what you find. If it is good, then go for it. If not, then it’s okay to say no. Either way, it is your decision to make. All I can say is look before you leap. Life is too short to be one of the S.U.C.K.E.R.S.

That is all I have to say. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's Okay To Dance

Greetings Happy People,

Did you ever feel like dancing, especially if you are the only one that wants to do it?

Some people call it crazy. Others call it foolish. Thanks to last Thursday, I can call it a good time.

I was at a holiday party with my fiancee Dana and we were having a good time with her fellow co-workers. The place was elaborate, the food was good, and some of the speakers were great candidates, for a certain communication and leadership organization (wink wink).

As we were checking out this huge, fancy ballroom, Dana noticed a dance floor and she had that feeling. The type of feeling that said "I wanna get down."

At first, I was a bit hesitant. I noticed that the dance floor was empty and not too many people cared to dance. However, Dana wanted to dance to the music. After a little convincing from my beloved, I said "okay."

The first song was okay. The second song was getting a little better. By the time third song started, we were having a great time!! Dana was spinning around. I was doing an okay rendition of the Deion Sanders touchdown dance. When "Ice Ice Baby" played, I was doing my best Jim Carrey version of Vanilla Ice. Word to yo' mutha :o)

By this time, other people started to get on the dance floor. They were having a great time too!! When we were done, my heart beat a little faster and we were still getting down as we walked to the hallway.

Who knew that a little dance could end up being something big?

If you ever have the opportunity to dance, go for it Happy People!! It doesn't matter if it is a little wiggle or shaking the whole booty, you'd be surprised where it can take you!! Who knows?? Others may want to join you as you dance to the music. And that is a beat they can't touch!!

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Friday, December 16, 2011

Clean Toastmasters DO the Dirty Work!!

Greetings Happy People,

It seems to happen every Toastmaster year.

There is a group of people that want the glory, but do not want to do the real work behind it.

Whether it is a member, a club officer, or a District officer, these people always want something for nothing. On the surface, they see themselves as model Toastmasters. Underneath the surface is a whole different story.

And the results are not surprising at all. The clubs have low membership numbers. The areas and divisions are in shambles. The Districts would have low ranking numbers. And as they receive their respective awards, other hardworking Toastmasters would say “Really?” I have also seen District officers get removed by the District Governor during the year!!

Yet, these effortless people put on their drama masks and say, “What happened? It couldn’t be MY fault!!”

To those people, I shake my head and say “Think again!!”

Clean Toastmasters DO The Dirty Work!!

Instead of finding excuses on what happened, the "Clean Toastmasters" use any possible method, resource, plans, and means to make it work. If they fall, they will get up, learn their lessons, and keep moving forward. Their amazing amount of determination and grit will not only earn the awards, achievements, and accolades, but also the respect and inspiration of other Toastmasters that are watching.

Why are they respected so much? Because they are always willing to DO THE DIRTY WORK!! They have the courage to take the steps and make the action happen!! There may be that fear dwelling inside of them, but it goes away once they take action.

When I become District Governor next Toastmaster year, I hope to work with an amazing awesome percentage of “Clean Toastmasters.” They are the people I can rely on to do amazing things for the District. They are also the ones I can count on by ensuring that we do have Unity in the Community. When that happens, I know the District will be in good shape before the year even begins.

In the same breath, I also expect the people from the other side of the rainbow. For the sake of many people, I hope that they can see how important their roles are in serving their respective communities. If not, they WILL see in a whole different and much dimmer light.

Actions do speak louder than words, Happy People!! Clean Toastmasters DO the dirty work!!

If you are a Clean Toastmaster, keep doing what you are doing.

If not, you can still be one!!

If you CHOOSE not to be one, what’s YOUR excuse? I would like to hear it.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


 Jesse I-I-I

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's Not Crap

Greetings Happy People,

I am amazed by some people. Simply amazed.

In this world you are always going to have those haters. The type that always sees things in a negative light. The type that always want to bring you down. The type that either don't know or don't care to know at all.

As I look at some of my files, paperwork, and different accomplishments throughout the years, there are still some people that would call this "crap."

I don't know about you, but going through six years of engineering studies and receiving a civil engineering degree is not crap.

Attending a private, Catholic high school for four years is not crap.

Achieving all the educational awards in an organization that promotes communication and leadership is not crap.

Receiving a good amount of recognition from this organization is not crap.

Publishing a book and receiving a royalty check from the sales is not crap.

There are also other good things in there that are not crap.

What makes these people consider this stuff crap? I have no idea. These are pretty good things to accomplish!! Most of them are not cupcake things!!

Are they jealous? Are they angry with what they think they cannot do? Are they unhappy with their lives to the point where they have to bring others down?

All that negativity is not helping them out at all. It is only going to bring them down even further.

As for me, what am I going to do if someone has the gall to call my accomplishments "crap?"

The first thing I will do is just keep going. I know that these words are minimal at best. It will give me more motivation to make moves and do more things that are not crap. Opportunities will open up and I will walk through those doors.

And when I walk through those doors, I will keep looking forward, moving forward, not look back at the negative things, and take pride in all the "crap" that I can do!!

Do you have a person that belittles your accomplishments? If you have someone that calls it crap, remember who they are, where they came from, and what they are standing on. Chances are it's their own crap.

Nevertheless, don't let one negativity affect your growth. They can throw all the crap on you, but you can still bloom through them like a rose.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Monday, December 12, 2011

Positive Attitude - It's Not For Everyone

Greetings Happy People,

When my walls broke three and a half years ago, I managed to attract and enjoy many good things in my life.

What are these good things? Let's go over a few of them.

1. Having a great relationship with a beautiful woman (soon to be my wife).
2. Created a blog for the "Happy People."
3. Published my first book (Greetings Happy People).
4. Made new friends and reunited with old ones.
5. Bought my first home.
6. Receiving good opportunities to speak at different events (on stage, by radio, and at different functions inside and outside of Toastmasters)

These are just a few good things. There are many more good things coming ahead. What are they? Stick around and find out, Happy People :o)

As I feel good about enjoying these positive things in my life, there are still people out there that still believe that what I am saying is fake and this is all just a ruse.

These are the same people that do not believe positive things can happen for anyone. They are also the same people that joke about it and make sarcastic remarks. They are the ones that would either poke holes at someone's good fortunes or try to find something that is negative.

These "haters" are like crabs in a pot. If they see one crab going out of the pot, they would cling on to that crab and pull him back with the crowded cluster that is at the bottom the pot.

It is a shame that we still have those non-believers. Most of them claim to give a real aspect on life as they do their best to put others down. I feel sorry for them because they choose to live this way. It is THEIR choice, not mine.

It goes to show you that positive attitudes are not for everyone. People have a right to choose how to feel and what to do with their lives. They also have the right to believe what they want to believe. It is up to them to determine whether it is right or wrong.

As for me, I will choose to live my life with positive attitudes, good feelings, and reap the benefits from them. It has worked for me so far. All I got to do is just keep living and enjoying life as best as I can. Who knows what good opportunities will develop from this?

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Closed Door

Greetings Happy People,

A door stands in front of you. It is closed.

You look at the door and wonder what could be behind it.

Could it bring something good? Or could it bring some misfortune?

For some, those questions become concerns. Those concerns become fears. Those fears become ignorance.

Many times people have hated what was behind the door, but they never went through it.

People have created thoughts and feelings that are closed like the door.

Others let the closed door ponder their minds for minutes, hours, days, and years. Not even knowing what's behind it.

Meanwhile, the closed door still stands. Never harming anyone. Never saying a word.

I have seen many doors like this. I have opened some of them. Others I have passed by.

Some of the doors I have opened led to good things. Others were learned lessons. Few led to regrets.

If I really want to know the answer, I WILL open the door.

Many closed doors lie in front of us today. Many questions lie behind these close doors. Some of them will be opened, others will not.

The only people that have the courage to know what's behind them are the ones that open the closed door.

Whether it was something good or something bad, they knew what was behind it.

As you stand in front of this closed door, will you open it?

Only you hold the answer to this question.

Only you can put your hand on the knob, turn it, and open that closed door.

Will you do it??

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.

Jesse I-I-I

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Positive Revelation

Greetings Happy People,

As I type this message to you, I have come to an interesting revelation.

 I rather hang with few positive people that tons of negative ones.

As I look around my world, I am grateful to hang with people that are positive. Positive in nature, positive in attitude, and just plain overall positive!! Whenever I hang around with positive people, I get a new sense of energy that takes over my body. It makes me feel more productive, I feel more inspired, and I can do more things that I possibly could!! Whenever I hang with positive people in my life, I can do some amazing things!! How amazing, you ask? Well, if I were to look back at certain things and look at what I did while in a positive funk, I would say “DANG!!” because I accomplished more than what I thought I could!!

On the other end of the rainbow, I am not as grateful to hang with those negative people. Negative people come in different phases: the bullies, the “victims,” the know-it-all braggarts, the timid people, the hypocrites, the drag-downs, the worrywarts, the pompous twits, and the straight up jerks. What do all of these people have in common? They can suck the energy, drain the life, and make a mess out of one’s day. When I hang with these people, I create those negative moods ranging from boredom to sadness to anger. Negative people may have been born crying, but they don’t have to cry for the rest of their lives. I really feel sorry for these folks. The more they become negative, the more they decay inside and outside.

If this was a choice for me, it would be a complete no-brainer. The only question I have is why there are so many negative people in the world? If they only took the time out to think, do, or feel something positive, chances are that they would see that life is not that bad. It’s not rocket science, it just a choice!! Which one would you choose?

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


 Jesse I-I-I

Thursday, December 1, 2011

And I Love Her

Greetings Happy People,

Today is a very special day for a woman I know.

This woman is someone that I am grateful for having in my life.

Outside of my own family, this woman is one of few people that I was able to share parts of my life with - and she's still with me!!

She is a woman that I am truly grateful to have in my life. When others did not give me the time of day, she opened the door.

Every time I see her smile, my heart is warmed.

Every time I hear her voice, my soul is at ease.

Every time I hold her, all my doubts and fears would go away.

She is the type of woman that has tremendous beauty inside and outside.

I am amazed by this woman's strength as she stood with me through the good and bad parts of my life.

I am grateful for her wise words, gentle spirit, and a style that she carries on her own.

I am a just grateful for her.

It gives me great pleasure that months from now, she will become the newest Oakley in my life.

There is no better person to carry this name that this woman, my fiancee, Dana Wall.

Happy Birthday Dana!! Thank you for being a part of my life!!

You are an amazing lady and I am glad that I got to know someone as special as you!!

I love you!!

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

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