The scariest thing I ever did as a parent in USA was drop my oldest off at Kindergarten

More than anything else, this shows the sheltered life I’ve led, but I think the most nerve-wrenching thing I did as a parent was drop my oldest (son R) off at Kindergarten, which happened 13 years ago tomorrow.  I was so worried about him – would he do okay?  Would he make friends?  Would he be bullied?  It was stressful and worrisome.  I didn’t feel that way about my daughter L, not only because she was the second in line (we’d already done it so I knew what to expect) but she was much easier to adjust to things at the time.  But, again, it shows what a privileged life I lead – there are people in USA who have to worry about their kids and drive-by shootings, etc.  I did not go to a great high school (it was half minority in a poor area and there were problems with gangs, etc.), but I did not have to raise my kids in that.  I feel blessed.  And I wish I could make it so no one had to raise their kids in that.  The fact we have that in the USA is really unforgivable to us, our Leaders, and our top 1% who have retired and spend their days in luxury.

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The scariest thing I ever did as a parent in USA was drop my oldest off at Kindergarten

Read a little about Tort History, which began in Ancient Rome

Was reading about the co-investor brother who sued the CEO brother for raising minimum salaries to 70K but lost now has to pay the CEO brother’s 1.2M in legal fees.  I love that the brother was willing to put himself on the line to raise salaries, so am glad to see from the distance that he won. Anyway, I was wondering when civil law suits started, so perused WIkipedia about this.

Ancient Rome had fairly comprehensive laws in place for the process for various civil suits.  In time, this continued with the Byzantine (i.e. Eastern Roman) Empire, and continued into Europe into the Middle Ages.  Germany and Anglo-Saxon cultures had civil cases, but in the case of English cultures the money went to the king as a penalty (and for extra revenue).  If I understand the reading correctly, it was about the 18th century when civil lawsuits as we know them began to take shape.  

Read a little about Tort History, which began in Ancient Rome

Happiness is getting into a flow at work…

It is so important – in Business Development as much as anything — to get into a flow at work, where I become highly productive with minimimal distractions.  Part of the keys to doing this in Business Development is to get the ducks in a row — get a list of Decision Makers together, develop the message, anticipate the common questions and have collateral ready at the finger tips to send quickly if they ask before scheduling the next steps.  Today I am in a groove – I am making calls, reaching out to people, have everything at my finger tips.  It is awesome!!!

It is much harder to get into a flow with larger companies, where there is a tide of crushing emails taht arrive, where there are endless numbers of meetings and conference calls, and lots of reports.  This is especially true in Sales, where so many Sales people don’t know how to actually keep things going through email, so want to have a “quick chat” that disrupts flow.  I love email because I can let it sit until I have a moment to review it between other things, so in essence it makes it easier to have flow – not just for me, but for everyone.  QUick chats are rarely just quick chats, and they often put a barrier between what might otherwise be flow.

Happiness is getting into a flow at work…

Played a couple of wonderful hours of GTA

Confession: I love Grand Theft Auto.  It is the only video game I’ve played as an adult, and liked it so much I went out and purchased a used console and a new game.  I play the open world, meaning I race Franklin around the city, making up little games for myself as I go.  Tonight I made a game of chasing taxi cabs.  It was wild — racing through the streets, ramming cars, cars exploding, pedestrians leaping out of the way, things on fire… It was hilarious…  But here is the thing:  in real life, I am almost always a gentle and non-violent person (I am even against the death penalty and refuse to watch porn since I believe it is exploiting youjng women that we should empowering rather than objectifying), but love racing my car through the streets of GTA, causing wonton destruction, laughing hysterically the entire time.  I asked my therapist about it – should I be concerned that I enjoy the game so much?  He pointed out what a kind and caring person I am, and if my outlet is a couple of hours of GTA, that is okay.  So, tonight was a fun night of blowing things up, and tomorrow I return back to my normal kind/polite self.   (Note: I am exceptionally polite, except when I am truly angry, and is something my therapist tried to tone down (i.e. to be less openly friendly and polite), but he finally gave up – it is how I am wired, and I have a hard time not being friendly and polite 🙂 ).

Played a couple of wonderful hours of GTA

Interesting observations from today’s bus ride

Today, on the way home, noticed one woman playing with her hair with one hand and holding her cell phone with the other – how was she steering?? At a crowded bus stop, 11 out of 18 people were heads down on their cell phones.

the orange clad preschool class I saw a month ago swooped into the bus in their way to another field trip. They were chanting and singing and clapping hands – how awesome would it be if adults were nearly as excited to ride the bus 🙂

Interesting observations from today’s bus ride

For lunch, walked to the local park, circled the track twice, walked back…

As part of my ongoing attempt to walk throughout the day — not just in the morning — I walked to the local park, circled the park twice, then walked back.  All told, it took 40 minutes.  I’m not certain of the distance,, but so far today I’ve walked 6.7 miles so it must be a little over 2 miles, perhaps closer to 3.  I eat my lunch at my desk so I can carve out the time to walk, and I love it.

For lunch, walked to the local park, circled the track twice, walked back…

Arm is acting wonky today

From time to time (beginning two years ago) my right arm will start acting wonky: it will twitch, the fingers will start closing on their own, etc.  When it first happened I called the doctor and he wanted to see me right away but was full so referred me to a peer.  She examined me at length and it was determined it was related to my C4 vert, which has spurs, probably related to my Ankylosing Spondylitis. Sometimes the arm is fine, but today it is twitching pretty badly, my fingers in particular.  It is impacting my typing speed, since I am typing random keys when I type so must make a lot of corrections. 🙂

Arm is acting wonky today