Wed. Feb. 12, 2014: Unwarrented Snark & Snowboarding Physics

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Waxing Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold

New post over on Gratitude and Growth about how I’m trying to save my citrus plants.

Frustrating day yesterday. I felt like I was going around in circles, not getting much done. Did work with a delightful client back and forth on a project, which was fun, but the rest of it. Days like yesterday are frustrating, and I’m fighting the sense that today will be similar.

I have two books to recommend: BRISTOL HOUSE by Beverley Swerling and THE RIVER OF NO RETURN by Bee Ridgway. Both of them are excellent novels. Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed them. I hope the latter is the first of a series, because I want more with these characters.

I hurt for Shaun White yesterday. He had a rough day, and the snarkiness of both the media and some of his colleagues was disheartening. This is a guy who got the sport in the spotlight. Snowboarding takes strength AND intelligence — there’s a lot of physics involved, which most people don’t understand. You have to be able to calculate distance, velocity, wind speed, ground conditions, air conditions, and make split second decisions while you’re moving. Maybe some of these guys couldn’t write out the equations on a blackboard, but they feel it in their bodies. A lot of people think snowboarders aren’t smart because they speak unconventionally and dress unconventionally and work off by themselves doing stuff most people don’t understand and don’t buy into a lot of crap you’re “supposed” to buy into. The good ones have to be exceptionally smart, or they’d wind up dead. Shaun White’s done more good just by being himself, focused on his talent and creativity, connected to his core integrity, than most people do at double his age. He had a rough day in bad conditions, but it doesn’t negate all the wonderful stuff he’s done, both on and off snowboarding and skateboarding turfs, as a whole.

Now, I need to get back to my own core integrity, dig down, and get some good work done today!