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February 26, 2021

Watching the weaving

The world, like an orchard full of bad apples, is teeming with villains, scammers, crooks and trolls. Human nature is imperfect. Humans, every one of us is flawed, some deeply so, patently and la...


February 25, 2021

My life as Bob Zurunkle

Life can be separated into what’s yours, what’s shared and what’s not yours. What’s shared is excellent and could be argued to be the most important. But what’s yours, and only yours, what’s bee...


The geese are running wild and I’m still fool enough to chase them. I blame myself for continuing with the idiocy. I should just say, “fuck it, I’m too old for this”, and give up. Tempting it is....


February 23, 2021

Doing the Ho Chi Minh hustle

The meeting with my financial advisor went well. I rolled a recently matured GIC into my RRSP, set up another maturing GIC to roll in in August, contributed another $22,000 into the fund for this...


February 19, 2021

意大利面

Most things for their value alone aren’t worth stealing. But there are other reasons to steal: convenience, thrills, and just for the hell of it, to name a few. As children we are brought up wit...


February 18, 2021

summer mouse, winter mouse

It’s hard to remember the years in high school. It was a long time but a long time ago. Back then it was about one-third of my whole life. Now I can just remember little fragments and scenes as i...


February 17, 2021

more than 20 years

You are either moving toward something or moving away. There is no true unchangeableness as somethings are always in motion and those can be measured in relation to you. Like that old bit about t...


February 16, 2021

Igreja de São Paulo

Day 13. Big snow overnight. Winter is still very much here. Sure the sky is brighter, the day is longer but 14 cm overnight is the leading indicator. The keys are still in the hands of old man wi...


February 15, 2021

The cheese of expectation

I hear about the decline of the American male, white males to be more specific. I think, what a waste. Suicide. Poisoning themselves with opioids and alcohol. Bad politics. Overweight and undered...


February 14, 2021

Resilient, like a chew toy

Qualities in a good rodeo clown include resilience, dependability and self-reliance. The life of a bull-dodger needs springiness combined with toughness. It requires a modicum or large measure of...


February 12, 2021

#Vanlife - freedom vs comfort.

Human rights abuses in China are none of my business. Western Youtubers shilling for the CCP are exploited by the regime and are exploiting the system has been set up. They are in it for the mon...


February 11, 2021

back to basics

I’ve been around long enough. This is not my first rodeo. I can always tell when I’ve gone wrong, often before the people I’m with have realized it. I spot the body language. Tell tale giveaways....


February 10, 2021

running out the sand

Day 19. Time marches on. When I started my countdown to March 1st I didn’t envision how I’d feel, who I’d be when the day finally arrived. It was arbitrary, like most goals, something to strive f...


I used to have a brother. I used to have a best friend. I used to wear glasses, but I got my eyes lasered. I used to drink too much. About six years ago without knowing it, I reevaluated. I light...


February 08, 2021

Nothing like Saturday

I have my routines. I go to bed. I get up at about the same time everyday, everyday about the same. No alarm, just the sun coming in through the blinds. I make coffee. I open up the blinds, pull ...


February 07, 2021

cows

When I was in India, the subcontinent, the land where every glance tells a story, where every interaction is a long poem narrating the deeds and sad adventures of a half completed experimental ru...


February 05, 2021

sunshine and fresh fruit

I was once almost mugged by three guys in an alleyway. I don’t know why they targeted me. I clearly didn’t have any money. Maybe I looked like a hippie lay-about, an easy target. Probably I was j...


February 03, 2021

due to expire

Day 26. Feb 3. Yep, we are getting there. A quick scan of the front page of PB reveals that the topics of today are family and relationships, money and work, health, daily drama, school, food, co...


I often, during these times of lockdown and winter shut-in, think back to the times when I worked in offices. I did so twice in nice offices of big and important companies and several other times...


February 01, 2021

Can't buy me love

I used to always carry change in my pockets. In a little box in my home office, with my keys, there are some cheap eyeglasses (readers), a credit card wallet, a little flashlight and a small plas...


January 25, 2021

time to waste

Monday morning. Day 35 on my countdown. The sky is the colour of my old white t-shirts, the ones that I never separate before washing. My missus asked me yesterday how long I could do this, loung...


January 24, 2021

mapping knowledge

I’m a guy that doesn’t really have a hometown, a story not unique in this day and age, but important none the less. My kids have a hometown. We gave them that stability, 20 years here now. That ...


January 20, 2021

Tales from the goat rodeo

When I wake up too early to get up, like this morning, I lay in bed and put on a podcast. Nine times out of ten I will fall back asleep again and then end up sleeping past my normal time to wake ...


January 18, 2021

beaches and mountains

We often find ourselves at crossroads where we have to decide. Do we turn left and enjoy everlasting happiness and unbridled joy? Do we go straight and continue on the path that we are already on...


January 17, 2021

Sitting in my tin can

I know that it is not politically correct, or socially sanctioned to say this, and you know I’m not optimistic as a general rule, and it seems wrong to say, but I am enjoying the lockdown. Weird...


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Life, I’ve decided is about learning new things and about self improvement. It’s about good habits and paying attention to inputs, into the mind and the body. Bad habits are hard to quit but they are easier to squeeze out with better habits
If I can get 1% better everyday, then at the end of the year I’ll be compoundly better.