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Posting this from the Lobby Lounge & Bar in the Fairmont Claremont in Berkeley you guys. While my girls getting ready for dinner here to burn some dining certs. Life is so hard being Platinum you guys 🙂
Please make time to read the latest article by Michael Lewis. You will learn a lot about what the Department of Energy does at the very least! And pray a lot with me as it becomes pretty apparent that the new guys in Washington DC just may not be, well, qualified to run such pivotal government agencies. Before you accuse me of being a Trump hater ( I am not, I just think he is mentally ill and unfit to run a lemonade stand!), PLEASE do it AFTER you read this, thank you!
I save the best articles for last, errr, I mean Sundays! This addresses some areas I have been thinking about lately. Cult of “being busy”…
Time scarcity isn’t only about buying more time for yourself either. It’s also about prioritizing your time. My sense is many people are busy for the sake of telling people they’re busy these days. It’s a badge of honor. People really enjoy saying things like, “There just aren’t enough minutes in the day.”
It’s almost like people are trying to look busy for the sake of saying they’re busy. It’s a form of signaling.
People with better time management skills can actually enjoy their free time which increases happiness by allowing them to exercise more, do volunteer work or spend more time with their friends or families, all activities linked to increased levels of happiness.
Ever since I became a homeowner and cutting my lawn once…I have outsourced this function. And oh I am so glad I do! Also, it is amazing how having children changes, well, everything!
I never thought about time management much until my daughter came along. Now that I have newborn twins as well I have no choice but to make more efficient use of my time. That also requires saying no to stuff I used to do in the past as priorities have shifted.
No doubt you have heard of extreme sports. And extreme running. Runners who run for days or consecutive marathons and stuff like that. Well, all that is BS when you learn what is required of runners in the Barkley Marathons! Designed by a madman to break their spirits in the Appalachian mountains, only 14 have ever completed it.
Let me give you a glimpse of what this is…My mind was blown, yours will be too. If not, do not ask for a refund!
Officially, it consists of five loops through Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee, totaling one hundred miles, but most participants believe it to be closer to 130. Runners must ascend and descend about 120,000 feet of elevation—the equivalent of climbing up and down Mount Everest twice. And all this must be done in just sixty hours. As of race time this year, of the more than one thousand people who have run it, only fourteen have finished.
It costs only $1.60 to enter. An application must be sent to a closely guarded email address at precisely the right minute on precisely the right day. The email must include an essay titled “Why I Should Be Allowed to Run in the Barkley.”
You must then complete a written exam that asks, for instance, “Explain the excess positrons in the flux of cosmic rays” and “How much butter should you use to cook a pound of liver (with onions)?” New runners, known as “virgins,” must bring a license plate from their state or country. “Veterans”— returning runners who did not finish—must bring an item of clothing. One year it was a flannel shirt. Another year it was a white dress shirt. This year it’s a pack of white socks. The few who have finished the course and are crazy enough to return, known as “alumni,” need only bring a pack of Camel cigarettes.
The race can begin any time between midnight and noon on the closest Saturday to April Fools’ Day, always exactly one hour after a conch is blown. Runners are not given a map of the course, which is unmarked and largely off-trail, until the afternoon before. They must rely on compasses and the race’s obscure official directions to find their way. GPS is forbidden.
Runners must locate thirteen books in each loop and tear out a page corresponding to their race number. This year’s batch includes Unravelled, Lost and Found, and There Is Nothing Wrong With You: Going Beyond Self-Hate. After each loop, the pages are counted and each runner is given a new number. There are no aid stations, just two unmanned water drops that are often frozen solid. Those unable to finish are serenaded by the Barkley’s official bugler playing a discordant rendition of “Taps.”
All runners must sign a legal disclaimer that reads: “If I am stupid enough to attempt the Barkley, I deserve to be held responsible for any result of that attempt, be it financial, physical, mental, or anything else.”
Well, look around you. Do you have teenage kids? You know what I am talking about!
Around 2012, I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behaviors and emotional states. The gentle slopes of the line graphs became steep mountains and sheer cliffs, and many of the distinctive characteristics of the Millennial generation began to disappear. In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.
The author then goes into detail accompanied by grim statistics. I am alarmed, we all should be!
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