We talkin’ ’bout practice?

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The more I write, the better the writing will get.

The more I photograph, the better my photographs will be.

Practice.

It’s a mantra that I need to incorporate into my approach. I need to “regain” my creativity. I need to reawaken it; I have allowed it to become complacent. My creativity has been binge watching shows on Netflix while eating junk food delivered from Amazon Prime Now and meals delivered by Grubhub, allowing it to never leave the house and rarely leave the couch.

I care about writing. I care about the pens and the notebooks I use. I care about the keyboard that I pound out my thoughts on. I care about the tools of the craft. I need to refocus on the craft itself.

I care about photography. I care about the cameras and, the medium, and the accessories. I love the tools that I have. I care about those tools. I need to refocus on the craft itself.

Five things for the week

Cafe on the Ave

  1. I am not at rest; I am in flux. The rest will come when I am back in Pacific time… I hope.
  2. Been reading a lot about Robin Williams. I… I just don’t know. You just don’t know. You never really do.
  3. White Fang is one of my childhood favorite books, so White Fang (2018) caught my eye while browsing Netflix, last night. Beautiful animation. It was so well done.
  4. I still haven’t gotten the hang of taking better care of myself.
  5. This was a mediocre week. One of those uneventful weeks that help you recalibrate what is good and what is bad.

 

Pho Shizzle

On the last day of the Games, after competition had wrapped up and my team was finished, I had an evening to myself with no commitments. It was such a nice feeling. No commitments.

I did spend some of it catching up with some colleagues from Southern California. I hadn’t seen them in years and there was much to discuss. Friends, talking for hours in a coffee shop… a really good time.

Afterwards, on my solitary walk back to the hotel, I realized that I was hungry so I stopped into Pho Shizzle. Throughout the week, the team and I had fun with the name of the place. Some of them had tried it. So, I decided it was my turn to try.

A solitary meal, eating a bowl full of spicy beef noodle soup and a couple of spring rolls. Time to think to myself, for myself. Time to just stare out the front windows and people watch.

This was the perfect end to that week, that day.

South Korea’s win over Germany

I love love loved watching the ROK beat Germany. Loved it. They played so hard, with so much heart, knowing that odds were that they still wouldn’t make it though the group stages. I took a lot from this, specifically the reinforced lesson that you need to give it your all regardless of the outcome.

I started the morning watching both 7 AM (Pacific) World Cup matches, and training some email. I like these types of mornings, especially when traveling, as it gives me a chance to center.

Overall, not a bad day. I wasn’t happy that I was working today but, I also can’t remember the last time I did actually take a full day off of work on by birthday. It used to be nonnegotiable; I simply did not work on my birthday. Even if I had to burn a vacation day to do so. I do need to get back to that mindset. It’s my birthday present to myself and, for the past few years, I have not given myself anything.

The pic (above) is the building where I’ll be stationed for the next week. I’m excited to be a part of this event, working to make the system and the people around it successful. Seeing the signage and the activity of setup is very energizing.

Cloud fields

When the clouds mimic the farmland below. I think this was taken somewhere over Ohio, as it was still early in the flight.

Today was a travel day, IAD>SEA. I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks here, supporting our system’s use during the Special Olympics USA Games.

Five things for the week

More flowers are starting to come in.I want to write something about Anthony Bourdain but, I don’t know what nor how to write about it. It is affecting me, though. And, if anything, it’s helping me speed some decision making that I need to do for the overall betterment of my life.

  1. Parts Unknown: Iran
  2. Parts Unknown: Korea
  3. Parts Unknown: Koreatown, Los Angeles
  4. Parts Unknown: Hanoi
  5. Parts Unknown: Montana

//The list isn’t necessarily my favorites but, just episodes that stick out in my mind when I remember his most recent work. There are multiple episodes of No Reservations as well as an episode of A Cook’s Tour that I vividly remember. Not to mention his writing… for my money, one of the best writers (not “travel writer” or “food writer”, just “writer”) of this era.

Five things for the week

  1. I meant to blog a lot more than I actually did (0 times), this past week. I’m not sure how/why that didn’t happen.
  2. My wife and I have identified our next steps and now, we just need to work on the plan to get from here to there. Yes, this is cryptic but, trust the process.
  3. Photo above is of one of the new chickens that my parents have. It is a good reminder of how much i would love to have my own chickens one day.
  4. I’ll be 41 years old soon and yes, I’m still addicted to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
  5. “Less is more” seems to be the key to so much more than I realize, or even gave credit for. Something I need to incorporate into almost everything that I do.