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April 5, 2013

VINCENT DAVIS: Poor decisions, rich memories

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Was I tired the next morning? Yes. Did it take a lot of self-convincing to wake up even earlier to leave time to take a much needed shower before work? Yes. Would I have traded a Monday night full of people in all red outfits pretending to know the lyrics to awesome polka songs played by a band with a collective age over 250 years for a mellow and relaxed Tuesday morning? No way.

Every day people consciously make poor decisions; picking up fast food at a drive-thru when they should really be eating a protein bar and a salad, watching post-Charlie Sheen episodes of “Two and a half Men,” the list goes on. As humans we do our best to be happy and productive people, but we often get in our own way.

Some of you have, due to extenuating circumstances (kids, jobs, a stable of TV shows you just can’t miss) been ‘making the smart choice’ for a number of years. So long that adapting to a more devil-may-care lifestyle seems impossible, but I have some guiding advice for you. The fun of making a “poor decision” is found in making sure the payoff is worth the hardship.

For example: Mathew McConaughey was in the movie “The Wedding Planner”, which has a 3.9 out of 10 rating on metacritic and has been called “the poor man’s ‘The Wedding Planner,’ “ but his visibility in that early Jennifer Lopez vehicle led to him playing Denton Van Zan in the movie “Reign of Fire” where in one scene he jumps out of a plane to attack a dragon with a fire axe — which is one of the greatest scenes in cinema history. All of a sudden being in a J. Lo movie doesn’t seem all that bad.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. His column appears on the second and fourth Friday of every month. He can be contacted at vincedavis06@gmail.com

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