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Life In Fast Forward?
Welcome to the online home of me, some guy given the name John Cleveland Payne. In the grand scheme of life, I am just another guy with another blog. But to myself, and hopefully to all of you who actually read this, I am something a little more special. From a young age, I fell in love of the idea of ‘the message’ and medium in which you try to transmit.

Basically, everyone has a message to give to the world. Some are basic, some complex, some have the power to up lift and some are just out there to bring as many people down as possible. But everyone has a message, and most people have problems identifying their message. And the ones who get that far can seem to figure out how to get the world to listen.

Well, I have a message, and this is where I will get a chance to share it. Hopefully, you’ll get plenty of things to keep you motivated or inspired, provide knowledge and comfort, and just have a little fun. Apologies for the state of flux and state of seemingly confusing messages that you’ll get here for a while, as I am doing a lot of personal soul searching, and scrubbing of old ideas to take the best of the past to build a new beginning.

In 2007, I changed the name of blog from “The Mis-Adventures Of The Jazzy Cool One” to “Life In Fast Forward.” I began to tear down old blogs and newsletters and try to find places for them here. My goal is to take the focus off of me the person, and show the world the life I live and share with every human on the planet. I aspire to life at a very high standard, and instead of dealing with people who rather slow us down, I want to find ways to help people pick up there own pace. As you get to see an insight to the further adventures I hope to lead, hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride, and want to come along.

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Sunday, September 04, 2005
I haven't been getting a lot of work done, thanks to Hurricane Katrina. All my free time and most of my time at work and with my family has been attached to gathering information for our local efforts for evacuees that have found there way to Little Rock and Central Arkansas. Between answering phones to take information, running radio remotes for my full 8 hours I'm running the board, and trying my best to get information updated on the website I created to keep the information current for the public, life has been hectic.

Dealing with this hurricane has been a crazy experience. Working for a news/talk radio station, and working in both the news that turns into commentary and the talk that turns into information, sometimes the line of what to say and when get garbled. People are blaming everyone on what happened and why. The hosts are getting blasted for being too-liberal or too-conservative or just not knowing when to shut up in the minds of the listeners. Arkansas are complaining because a guy from Indiana is trying to convey information about New Orleans, and he is butchering some of the names and places. People from New Orleans are used to people butchering those names, and are singing the host's praises for getting the information to them. Food drives and water drives and cash drives and the point of saturation when you end up with to much information and too much help.

How many volunteers does it take before people start getting in the way? It depends on the effort and what you have to offer. Donating cash is easy and can get pretty much anything a volunteer organization can use. Human, well, as some point too many humans will start to take up too much space. A lot of our callers were ready to load up there trucks with gas cans and head to New Orleans. A caller told me he was organizing a group of fishermen who were going to take there bass boats and get to work doing whatever they can. It is heart-warming, even if it might be a little short sided at time.

And scams. I almost posted one online offering medicine for people in need. That was the only one that really got past me, but I'm sure more are coming. Especially when people start to get to work cleaning and rebuilding in the gulf.

I feel better now that I have my short rant. I'm still not sure how I'm supposed to catch up and explain missing 3 days worth of newsletters (and the surprise loss of my jazzycoolworld.com domain! Damn those shady web host who DON'T transfer you domain name . . . ), but I'll figure that out later today.
posted by J. Cleveland Payne @ 6:36 AM  
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