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Mindfulness Week 4.

If you follow me and catch my infrequent blathering via my blog, you will know that I have long been intrigued with mindfulness and meditation.  In fact, I enjoy reading about folks who biohack their bodies or try to find ways to reach their potential via regular unending improvement.  This came about largely by way of reading Tim Ferris and listening to his, and related podcasts.    One of Ferris' earlier works was The Four Hour Body (closely related to the Four Hour Workweek) that explored the most efficient and effective means of self-improvement.  I enjoyed his writing style, and his way of self-experimentation and have followed his work since.   Some of it makes me laugh and shake my head.  But I have found a number of relatively easy and effective improvements.   After reading his earlier work, I then read Ferris' book, "Tribe of Mentors," in which Tim questions various leading performers in different areas, including business, finance, entertainment and sport…

Mindfulness: Am I a nut (Almond Meditation)?

A few weeks ago, I let the Twitter world know that I was going to give this idea of "mindfulness" a shot as I struggled with racing thoughts, and an inability to focus.  I tweeted that my mind went crazy while just trying to meditate silently for two minutes.   I couldn't overcome thinking that my Sonicare toothbrush runs for two minutes, and that seems like forever so my two-minute meditation timer must not have been working.  Honestly, I kept going in circles and coming back to my toothbrush.  After what seemed like twenty minutes, I put up the white flag.    I had been trying for a grand total of one minute and 37 seconds.   Sad, right?  But that brief post was a gamechanger.   My great community of friends on Twitter gave me some solid nuggets of wisdom, with the top piece of advice being to try guided meditations rather than silent meditation.

Enter "Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World," by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.


Two for One

Uber or Lyft?    As a rider, I have only done one.  But after a couple of deary quiet weekends with Uber, I downloaded and completed the application for Lyft this past week.

If you are following me, you know that my initial impressions of Lyft were positive.  They remain that way, though I do see some Uber finer points outshining Lyft to the extent that I have used both.    My interactions this week with Lyft, as part of the application process were smooth and painless.  A question I posed was answered quickly.   Good stuff and it seemed that at the very least the service portion of Lyft outshines
that of Uber.

This morning at 5:45 a.m. I turned on both Apps to run simultaneously to see how they compared.  Within five minutes I had my very first Lyft ride request.  The notification was less jarring than that of Uber, but could be missed if you weren't paying careful attention.   The ride flashed as "prearranged" and was 17 minutes away.    Long?  Yes!  But after a couple…

Hurry, hurry.

As I sat in the Jacksonville, Florida International Airport I took a minute to relax and watch the world go by.  Oddly, I am in the midst of reading, "Thank You For Being Late" a book by Thomas L Friedman.    In the book, Freidman talks about the quickening pace of technology, climate change and politics and those are intertwined.    Freidman points to 2007 as the year when things really hit hyperdrive.

I watched the world go by in sadness.  Nowhere is there a better place to see the unforgiving hurriedness and "busy"ness of the world today.  You can literally feel the stress and tension in the air.   Folks are moving as quickly as their bodies can take them, often for no other reason than the sense that they must have to move quickly.

When did all this begin?   Where or will it ever end   Technology has outstripped humans ability to keep up.  Thus, many of the tools today put stress on your bodies and our wellbeing by pushing us to try to keep up when it isn'…

A beautiful- but zero- of a weekend.

After a nearly one month hiatus from my Uber driving, due to my "real" job having me on the road for a significant stretch, I was excited to fire up the Uber App this weekend and get back to saving for Spain.

 The sun broke as the clouds separated and began to move out.   All was looking good.  My hot coffee was in hand, windows down, waiting for a "ping."   And then, I waited, and waited and waited some more.  

People create very intricate tracking mechanisms so that they can track rideshare profits or losses.   Everyone wants to know their per hour earnings after expenses.   My Uber earnings for Saturday and Sunday mornings, for about 3.5 hours each morning from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. was stunning.... Zero dollars per hour.  Yes, you read that right.  

This was a first for me.  I had some slow weekends in the past.  I had slow periods in the past.   Invariably, there would be a sudden shift and things would take off.  No so for this weekend.   The results were so po…

Welcome to the new location.

If you have followed me from the Wordpress site, I appreciate you being here for my move to Blogger.  I'm not a professional blogger by any stretch and thus I find that blogger is the easier forum for sharing my hopes, experiences, and musings.     If you haven't followed me over from Wordpress, but have found me here via the Blogger platform, welcome!  

I am a father, husband, and regular dude who is facing the regular problems that parents face in 2018.   I will use this site to share with you some of what I experience in hopes of learning from you, and sharing with you so that you might learn from my shortcomings.  

Driving to Spain, you ask?  Why the name?    Since I live in Central Virginia in the United States it will be exceedingly difficult for me to ever carry out the blog title :)  The name comes from this...

My daughter recently finished her Freshman year of college (and dad brag---did quite well and made the old man proud).   She is minoring in Spanish and has ch…