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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon
    As a young kid, my ol' man put me on the kitchen table & said jump boy, I will catch you. Good lesson - he said that this shows you can't even trust your ol' man.
    That is just plain sad, and delves deeply into your character. Pity he did that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    He was right. You were a sponger
    apparently, his dad owned a restaurant...

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    He was the eldest of 16 children. The family was evicted many times. He was a 'sick puppy'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon
    He was the eldest of 16 children.
    an Irish family then...

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    a) If there are a group of girls and you think you may have a chance always make a play for the one wearing a hat.
    b) In a house of ill repute don't overlook the one with a cough.
    c) For girls. It is just as easy to fall in love with a rich man, as it is a poor man.
    d) Never accept the answer NO from someone who doesn't have the authority to say YES
    e) It is easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.


    But in all seriousness I believe one has to have passed on the basics to sons, at least , by the time they are 7.

    Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man: Francis Xavier, the co-founder of the Jesuit Order.
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
    You people, you think I know feck nothing; I tell you: I know feck all
    Those who cannot change their mind, cannot change anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon
    He was the eldest of 16 children.
    an Irish family then...
    Yes but PROTESTANT - Salvation Army - Northern Ireland. We were instructed to never marry a Catholic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon
    We were instructed to never marry a Catholic.
    good advice...

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    I am not for or against this policy. I will say that you cannot give your children too much love & affection. Physical discipline should be exercised sparingly. Don't push them too hard to succeed. Treat them equally.

    With me, the shit hit the fan - depression, alcoholism, never married, millionaire by age 40. Now, I have very little $$$ but I have a top wife and am thankful for her.
    'One day at time.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon View Post
    I am not for or against this policy. I will say that you cannot give your children too much love & affection. Physical discipline should be exercised sparingly. Don't push them too hard to succeed. Treat them equally.

    With me, the shit hit the fan - depression, alcoholism, never married, millionaire by age 40. Now, I have very little $$$ but I have a top wife and am thankful for her.
    millionaire by age 40.???didnt drink much then . as an alcoholic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi
    There's a lot My Kids will find in My Diaries, letters I've kept from years ago
    There's a lot I hope they don't find out.

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    I always thought Baz Lurhman's Sunscreen song had some good advice. I'd add, "Look after your back. While you're young, it can take the punishment, but when you're old, you'll regret that you punished it. Don't smoke tobacco. Stupid thing to become addicted to. Drink in moderation. Do maths and word problems every day. Find joy in giving and don't expect anything in return.

    Ladies and Gentleman,
    Wear sunscreen.
    If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.
    The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience...
    I will dispense this advice now.

    Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
    But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked...
    You're not as fat as you Imagine.

    Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
    The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.
    The kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

    Do one thing everyday that scares you.

    Sing.

    Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

    Floss.

    Don't waste your time on jealousy;
    Sometimes you're ahead,
    Sometimes You're behind.
    The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.

    Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults;
    If you Succeed in doing this, tell me how.

    Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

    Stretch.

    Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your
    Life.
    The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

    Get plenty of calcium.

    Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

    Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.
    Whatever you do, don't Congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either.
    Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.
    Enjoy your body, Use it every way you can... Don't be afraid of it, or what other people Think of it,
    It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own...

    Dance... even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

    Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

    Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

    Brother and sister together we'll make it through
    Someday your spirit will take you and guide you there
    I know you've been hurting, but I've been waiting to be there
    For you.
    And I'll be there, just tell me now, whenever I can.
    Everybody's free.

    Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.

    Be nice to your siblings;
    They are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

    Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on.
    Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

    Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard;
    Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

    Travel.

    Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will Philander, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

    Respect your elders.

    Don't expect anyone else to support you.
    Maybe you have a trust fund, Maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

    Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

    Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

    But trust me on the sunscreen...
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    ^ excellent

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    Quote Originally Posted by lob View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon View Post
    I am not for or against this policy. I will say that you cannot give your children too much love & affection. Physical discipline should be exercised sparingly. Don't push them too hard to succeed. Treat them equally.

    With me, the shit hit the fan - depression, alcoholism, never married, millionaire by age 40. Now, I have very little $$$ but I have a top wife and am thankful for her.
    millionaire by age 40.???didnt drink much then . as an alcoholic.
    I got sober on 9 April 1984.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon
    millionaire by age 40
    That was your Zimbabwe stint , yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon
    millionaire by age 40
    That was your Zimbabwe stint , yes?
    During the 80's I was netting $200k/annum as a CPA & investor.
    Yes, I over did it but the above are the facts.
    I retired at age 42.
    In the interim, my sister fleeced me for AUD0.5m.

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    Retired for good or just taking life a little less seriously?

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