Unlearning

OK I got this…left-handed parallel parking on a steep cobble-stone hill in a rental car with a manual stick shift in busy downtown Edinburgh. I squeezed the SUV in with inches to spare, jumped out in the street to celebrate only to see the “Residents Only” parking sign. Heavy sigh. This was my first attempt…

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A guy like me

Why did I pay money for the opportunity to put my mind and body through an exhausting challenge like the Ironman 70.3? It was an extremely difficult combination of swimming, riding and running through the beautiful rolling hills of Napa Valley. I was able to finish in just over 7 hours. Why did I do…

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Perfectly fine

No one is perfect, which is perfectly obvious to me. Yet I believe there’s nothing wrong with the pursuit of perfection. The problem comes when you buy into someone else’s notion of perfect, setting up an unachievable standard that’s out of your control. Choose what perfect means for you, and compare against your last performance,…

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Keepin’ it light

I’ve given a few intentionally humorous speeches in my day, mostly in Toastmasters. I’ve given a few unintentionally humorous speeches in my job, mostly when asking for more budget. Last Friday night I attempted stand-up comedy for the first time. I took this challenge to stretch myself, get up in front of a crowd and…

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So wrong

Are you kidding me? I’m sitting in the musty Smog Check waiting room, watching through the window as the 18-year old kid with the greasy hands tries to get my car done before closing time. I’m already annoyed about this “creative” way that the state of California takes my money. Then I see another customer,…

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