Why Plan When You Can React ?


Things I have learned as a City Planner and Marine and Boy Scout and in Sunday School.

Don't worry, be happy.  

Why Plan, when you can react?

Any road will do when you don't know where you are going.

As you climb the ladder of success, don't forget who helped you.

This too shall pass.

Get it done.


Life has its ups and downs.

It will get better.

Think positive.

Positive Mental Attitude is a Force Multiplier.

Don't make mountains out of mole hills.

What good does getting depressed do?

Dive right in.

Take bite size projects, and finish them.

Make a decision, and stick with it.

The longest journey begins with a single step.

Excuses are like belly buttons, everyone has one.

If anything can go wrong, it will.

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

But a stitch in time saves nine.

Run spiell chek.

Travel more.

Eat Less.

If it tastes good, spit it out.

Keep plugging away.

Swing for the Fences, but try not to strike out.

Stuff happens.

Just do it.

Can do easy.

Criticism, like sewage, runs down hill.

When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.

7 "P's" - Preliminary prior planning prevents pitiful poor performance.

"We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives!"  Mary Angelou

Be Prepared.

Do a good turn daily.

Good guidelines then and now - A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

On your Honor, Do your Best, Do Your Duty, For God and Your Country.

Leave your campground better then you found it.

Leave your community better then you found it.

If like many planners you are disorganized, find someone who is organized to help you.

Checklists help, but don't let them become the bible.

Search for the Win / Win.

Developers are important to your community.

Seek, and Ye Shall Find.

Planning, like life, has its ups and downs.

It will get better/It's got to get better/I hope it gets better.

Brevity is Beautiful.

KISS - Keep it Short and Sweet.

Short Plans are Best.

Don't make mountains out of mole hills.

Life can be a can of worms.

Publish or perish.

The longest journey starts with a single step. 

Keep plugging away.

Muddle through.

Take bite size projects, and finish them.

Make a decision, and stick with it.

Keep your eye on the ball.

Planning should not equal procrastination.

Keep your friends.

Don't be a workaholic.

How many people on their death bed say, "Gosh, I wished I had worked more?"

The Few, the Proud, The Marines.

The Few, the Careful, The Planners.

Building consensus among governments and people is like herding Cats.

Show me which way the people are going, and I will lead them.

Planning Chicago's third airport is like bathing an elephant - it is big, difficult, and you can definitely get hurt.

Excuses are like belly buttons, everyone has one.

Grant me the COURAGE to change what should be changed; the SERENITY to accept what cannot be changed; and the WISDOM to know the difference.

We will all hang together, or all hang separately.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

But pay attention to details - other people are.

Let criticism roll off your back.

Do what your boss tells you unless it is illegal or immoral.

Flee Fornification,  Or, Don't get caught.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Most of your life is none of their business.

Socrates was a famous Greek Philosopher. Like many planners, he was always telling people what do do..............  They poisoned him.

When you take a job, you are issued some marbles. Each time there is a problem one marble is taken away. No new marbles are ever added for any reason.  After a while, you lose your marbles.

When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.

Hostile public hearings are stressful, but they seldom shoot at you with real bullets.

The Planner is like the Marine Point Man - he leads from the front, gets shot at often, and sometimes gets dinged.

When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight - Call 911-Marines.

Great Leadership enables the Marines to get American teenagers up at 0500 hours, work out, stay clean and neat and organized, and Charge Machine Guns, all for minimum wage.

Yea though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil, because I am a US Marine and therefor the baddest guy in the valley.

To err is human, to forgive divine - neither of which is Marine policy.

The height of windy braggadocio obnoxiousness - a Marine from the Windy City.

Stop me before I Plan again.

ACDC - Acronym Code Decode Center

FUBIJAR - Flip You Buddy, I'm Just A Reserve 

FUBIJAC - Flip You Buddy, I'm Just A Consultant

FUBAR - Flipped Up Beyond All Recognition 

WITAWTAW - Where There's a Will, There's a Way

PANE - People Against Nearly Everything

NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard

NIMTOF - Not In My Term Of Office

BANANA  Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody

REMF - Rear Echelon MF

SUCKS - Snarky Unfair Churlish Kid Stuff

Braden River Trail

We propose that Manatee County and the City of Bradenton work together on a pedestrian easement on the south and west side of the Braden River and Evers Reservoir. At minimal cost local government could provide access to the very nice river and lake. The proposed trail would connect the neighborhoods north and south of the Braden River. Children could access the Braden Park and Braden High School without travel along Route 70 and Lockridge. 

This plan is proposed by MBOOSA (Merry Band Of Open Space Advocates.)

Also see the separate but related proposal for Honore Park at:

For more information about this plan contact Craig Hullinger at craighullinger@gmail.com or 941 349 3626  craighullinger.com

I Was Pleased To Find a Close in Parking Spot For Veterans

I was pleased to find a close in parking spots for veterans.  I pulled into the spot. But then I noticed the adjacent space for expectant mothers. As an able bodied guy I felt a little foolish taking this spot.


Funny Money

One Thin Dime

Not Worth a Plugged Nickel

The Buck Stops Here

The images above are "funny money", the scrip we used in Vietnam instead of US currency. The purpose of using this scrip instead of US money was to stop or at least slow down black market transactions.


One of my fun additional duties in Vietnam was to take in and pay out all the old Military Payment Certificates (MPC) with new MPC. We did not use US dollars in Vietnam – instead we used paper dollars, quarters, dimes, and nickels. We were only supposed to use MPC to buy things from military organizations. This was to reduce black market transactions between the US military and civilians.

With no notice all bases would be “locked down”, with no one permitted to leave or depart. The purpose of this was to screw anyone who was involved with the black market - anyone who was off base could not get back on to base to get their money exchanged. We got the word in the middle of the night. The base was locked down and every Marine had to turn in his MPC. Paper nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars, covered with junk and waded up, were counted out, and I gave each man a receipt. I had over $20,000 in MPC and I kept it in an ammo box. Then I had to take the money to Wing Headquarters in Danang, count it to Wing, get new money in the same denominations, and return and pay each man. No mistakes, as I recall. It took me three long days to collect and pay back all the money to each man.

I had paid everyone except a Marine named Riley who was in the brig (jail). I did not know him as he had been in the brig before I joined the unit. I went over to the brig to collect his money. I was shocked to see it was a Marine I served with in 5th LAAMBn in Yuma who I knew very well. I had told him then he needed to clean up his act and quit drugs when we had served together. He did not listen then - hope he has cleaned up his act. He was a smart capable guy, just not willing to go along with the Marine program


Carbondale, Illinois Tax Increment Financing District Downtown Redevelopment

The City of Carbondale developed two Tax Increment Financing Districts. The large district above is in the historic downtown. Southern Illinois University is at the south end of the District. Major roads intersect the district from all directions. The AMTRAK station is near the center of the District. The City owns a number of properties within the TIF.

The City will use TIF to assist redevelopment. The City is poised for great redevelopment facilitated by the proximity of the University and by the face that the area is traversed by all the major roads.  The district is attractive and can support substantial quality redevelopment.

This smaller district above is located west of the downtown area. The District includes two large historic structures. In addition to TIF incentives, the redevelopment of the historic properties could receive a valuable historic tax credit.


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