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THE LAB is now Furnished!

After two months of having THE LAB, I have finally finished furnishing and decorating. Welcome into my humble workspace!

The Lab's Vinyl Wall Decal
This was the most frustrating wall decal to apply, but it reminds me that I have an obligation to “create the future.”

THE LAB!
I call this my workbench.

THE LAB!
The 37″ LCD screen on the right can be tilted and swiveled to be viewed from any location in the room. It is also placed directly between two Polk RC65i in-wall speakers.

THE LAB!
An amazing and inspiring Picasso rendition

THE LAB!
My name….just in case I forget

THE LAB!
On the far left hand side—DOMO!

THE LAB!
The seat for you when you visit.

Now that THE LAB is complete, it’s time to make things happen!

Be Remarkable!

I came across this Ted.com talk where Seth Goldin highlighted some very important points about the importance of being remarkable. This is a great explanation of what I am doing with PeculiarPPL.com ! Be remarkable!

Yearn to Learn!

When I graduated from college I believed that I learned everything that needed to be learned in the business field. I had a business management degree, an amazing job in a management role and a bright future ahead of me, so I felt that I won in the game of life. Beyond this, I felt that I was an absolute genius and that people could get smarter through osmosis if they only stood next to me. I was so motivated that I wanted to teach everyone everything that I knew and I believed that I was incredibly qualified to do so. This feeling was further reinforced by the fact that I began to receive offers to speak to college students on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to “life after graduation”. I was on top of the world and it was great, but then I had a shockingly humbling experience when I realized that I had not even tapped into .01% of knowledge that’s available in this world! Shucks!

When I stepped out of learning mode and transitioned into teaching mode, I severely limited my future potential by refusing to grow beyond being a naive “bright-eyed, bushy-tailed” college undergrad. After coming to this realization, I sought to immediately fix things by going back learning mode. This was a very tough challenge for the self-proclaimed genius. Eventually, I learned that instead of instructing people what they should do, I should share my learning experiences so that we can all learn together. I’ve started reading books from great authors like John Maxwell so that I could expand the capacity of knowledge contained in my abnormally large brain which is in my abnormally large head. I decided to learn at least one new thing each week so that I could always be intellectually stimulated by something new. All of these things were for the sole purpose of fixing the serious illness that plagued me for years– KnowItAll!

Instead of forcefully teaching others from the Gerey Textbook of rights and wrongs, I’ve learned that often times people would benefit from “collaborative learning,” where everyone learns from each other’s successes and failures. In doing so, people will make a lot less mistakes and accomplish far greater things in this world. I will be further reinforcing this initiative by using Geremology.com as a vehicle to communicate my learnings so we can all be geniuses. To the humble viewer of this website, feel free to always use the commenting function to share your own thoughts and viewpoints so we all can learn together (which was exhibited in this entry). Let’s all learn together so we can use failures and successes to refine us, not define us!

Peculiar PPL on the way!

Two years ago I wrote about my half-baked idea of establishing a clothing and lifestyle brand. Soon after introducing this idea, I put it on hold and shelved it with my many other un-pursued business ideas. Then recently after looking for clothing that suited me, I realized that there was a severe lack of high-quality, high-value products that appealed to me. I then decided to contact a few established clothing companies in an attempt to collaborate to produce goods that suit my standards, but I was turned down multiple times because I’m not a well-known name in the marketplace.

Since I live based on the principle, “If opportunity doesn’t knock build a door,” I am building a brand called “Peculiar PPL” (pronounced Peculiar People).

Peculiar PPL is a fine apparel line that features high-quality, limited-release apparel that exceeds my already high standards. Best of all, this brand is in the very early stages of being created, which means that you are able to travel down the road to creation with me and see everything happen in realtime. I have hired a few key, talented individuals who are working with me during every stage of the process leading up to the official launch on March 19, 2011!

With high goals and a tight deadline, I will be getting minimal sleep during the next few weeks but the ending product will make everything more than worth it! Feel free to track my progress on www.PeculiarPPL.com and major developments will be shared in detail on Geremology.com!

GTR = Geremy’s Transformational Ride

GTR = Geremy's Terrific Ride

On Saturday I experienced the excruciating pain of having my heart knocked to the back of my body while the skin on my face felt like it was being ripped off. Just when my body couldn’t take it anymore, I slammed on the brakes so I can experience the blissfully painful feeling once again. This pain was unnatural and unsafe, but it felt so freakishly good that I needed to get multiple fixes of the speed induced euphoria before the experience ended for good. This was my experience while test driving the most amazing street-legal rocket-ship car that has ever graced this earth’s surface…the Nissan GT-R.

I sorta felt sorry for the salesman who was glued to his seat with a look of terror in his eyes as I harnessed the speed of the tremendous twin-turbo engine to catapult the car from 0 to 60 miles an hour in 3.8 seconds. Instead of trying to get me to slow down and drive like a 74 year old grandpa in his Buick, he encouraged me to “fully test the limits of the car,” which I interpreted as “go as fast as you possibly can without killing yourself.” I took his statement as a challenge and I literally did things to that car that I cannot publicly describe for fear of having my license revoked and public speculation that I am THE STIG*.

When I set the appointment to drive this super-car, I had the intention of purchasing a quick all-wheel-drive vehicle to replace my current car and I walked into the dealership fully prepared with all of the necessary documents to make this a reality. Since it was obvious that I was serious about this purchase, the salesman wanted me to get a full and accurate feel for the car. When I drove this car, my decision was finalized and I knew that I needed to be the chosen person to give this polite beast a new home in my driveway.

I loved everything about the car! I loved how the built-in computer measured g-force when cornering and other important racing stats that would never be used during my 1.4 mile commute to the office. I loved how the brakes had enough force to stop a speeding Boeing 787 jet in seconds. I loved how the racing seats hugged my body as if it was telling me, “Geremy, I know that the engine’s power s bone chilling, but I am going to embrace you the entire time to make you feel better…but it won’t help.” I loved how the quad-exhaust pipes screamed “hello, pleased to meet you” when cruising down the street, and “GET OUT OF MY WAY” when racing down the highway. I loved this car and it needed to be mine.

After my body felt nauseous from speeding, cornering and stopping, we returned to the dealership to talk numbers. Unfortunately, we could not see eye-to-eye concerning the trade-in value of my car because the dealership uses the formula “Value of car – $25,000 = Trade-in Price” for trade-ins and that was no-bueno with me. I had to leave the dealership without my GT-R this time, but it has developed a new deeply-rooted love in my heart and it will be mine eventually!

Nissan GTR, I love you… will you be my valentine??

Please note: Everything that Jeremy Clarkson said in this episode of Top Gear about the GT-R is a tremendous understatement!

* I really am The Stig

Oh No! Please don’t order THAT!

Some SERIOUS food

Have you ever taken someone out for dinner and thought “I hope they don’t order that” as you scanned through the menu? Prior to last Saturday I believed that a thought like that would never cross my mind, but I was mistaken when I was introduced to “THE GOLDEN OPULENCE SUNDAE.”

Seriously?!?

I went out with a friend to eat at Serendipity 3 and I was greeted by the shock of my life called the golden opulence sundae, which cost a whopping $1,000. Let me repeat this so you can fully grasp the magnitude of this situation…

I went out with a friend to eat at Serendipity 3 and I was greeted by the shock of my life called the golden opulence sundae, which cost a whopping, monstrous, Brobdingnagian, colossal ONE THOUSAND US DOLLARS. When I saw this on the menu, I figured that the restaurant failed to place the decimal point in the right location, but then I noticed “Guinness World Record” above the description. That’s when I knew that they were serious and my wallet seemingly said to me, “Geremy, how are we gonna handle this one?!?”

I inadvertently overlooked the “reservations required 48 hours in advance” under the item and started to plan an exit strategy in case my dinner guest ordered this sundae. My elaborate strategy involved me pretending that I was on fire, bolting out of the restaurant and playing dead on the sidewalk. However, it turned out that the sundae was not ordered and I was able to pay for the bill without having to panhandle on the streets to earn money.

I’ve now learned a lesson that I should set parameters around my dinner invitations. From now on I will say, “would you like to go out to dinner? You can order anything you want, as long as it doesn’t cost as much as a new Kia Sorrento!”