By paying alcoholics to pick up trash all day with beer, tobacco, food and money, Amsterdam has hit upon a very popular program that really works to reduce idleness among their resident population of bums. It even works to elevate their self-image. Several of the comments extol the virtues of abstinence and self-control instead of managing the condition.
For these folks, total abstinence is not on the table. But this solution helps everyone.
I did half an hour of sax and an hour of guitar, as well as a half hour of cello. 21.0 guitar, 16.0 cello, 5.0 banjo, 7.5 harmonica, 3.0 music theory, 5.0 sax = 57.5 hours. Last weekly report was 11/11/13
I have recently admired jazz music. I think it is very creative and innovative. But unfortunately, I could only admire it from afar, since I did not play any jazz-related instruments.
I started playing with Tyler’s alto sax. It was fun, sounded good, and was actually fairly easy to play. So by golly, I rented myself a tenor sax.
Yes, I have a lot in my plate. I have a business to run, nine children to raise, and I am learning two other instruments and French already. But hey, life is about reaching for your dreams. And it is about priorities and energy, not really time. There is always time for something you just love to do.
I am at the age where some of my friends are getting sick. One of my good friends had a heart attack recently. It just shows the necessity of working out, particularly at my age.
I did four rounds of ten front squats all the way down with 135 pounds on the bar, followed by 400 meter sprints for the breaks. I did them in fourteen minutes.
People in the Ukraine are very frustrated. Their country has been virtually trapped in a world that has changed little since the fall of communism. Their leaders are widely seen as crooks, as the system as corrupt and unfair. When I was there, you could feel the cynicism and depression in every word of the locals. They are tired of having so many problems.
So, my kids of course asked the obvious question when we told them we wanted to learn French as a family, “Why?” We told them France has a very refined culture. It would be fun to visit there. We are trying to show them little glimpses of French culture the best way we can in order to illustrate the appeal.
Last night we watched the Disney film “Ratatouille” and then tonight we made crepes. Hey, it’s tough to break down the appeal of a place on the other side of the planet to kids! You have to use things they relate to.
The movie was a big hit. And the crepes were an even bigger hit. We let the kids put in their own fillings, from ham and cheese to jams to sugar and honey. They ate every one. The kids were asking me to make them more for breakfast tomorrow.
This was my twenty six month old boy, Cyrus’, comment on my workout today. I could only do half of Diane, which in this case was three rounds of a total of 22 pull ups in rounds of 10, 6, and 6. (4oo meter runs between max efforts) I did it in 10:27. I should do more workouts in front of him. I need the positive feedback. This is my third workout of the entire month. I have lost a lot of fitness.
It has been a very difficult month for working out. I have had major stress at work, plus I have had a cold most of the month. I never feel like working out when I am just struggling to get through my work day. Hopefully December will be better.
The pro-Russian authorities have resorted to beating the protesters who are advocating greater ties with Europe. This same headline, sadly, could have been written many times over the last 70 plus years.
Michelle and I have decided to study French together. We would like to teach our babies to be bilingual. Yes, Spanish is more practical, but French is the language of the country beloved by my mother, daughter, son, and wife. (I have not been there. Ahem.)
You never know if these things are going to work or not, but I am eternally trying to expose my kids to cultures other than those found in Bakersfield. I would like them to be more worldly. Hopefully, exposing them to one the world’s three global languages (along with English and Spanish) is a good start.