It is literally steamy outside. The air is reasonably heavy but the air is so filled with humidity it is hazy and almost smoky. We’ve had humidity before, but I don’t ever recall it being visible like this. Very cool. Luckily it is not too warm (70s).
I was always one of the slowest kids in school, although I could run forever. In retrospect, my knees hurt so much when I was a kid it hurt to even walk, and although I could run through it the pain held me back and slowed me down. When I was 19 the pain started to go away, and I also read an article about how to run faster (use the legs, not the arms and back). Still, it caught me by surprise when I went away to college and my peers started calling me the “4.2 40 Man.” I liked the reputation, but was also afraid my friends would realize I was slow and I’d lose my new, appreciated reputation. “My friends at school think I’m fast,” I said to my childhood friend on a trip back home. “How funny is that?” “Actually, you have gotten faster since you went away to school,” my friend said. It was a wonderful realization that I was suddenly fast, and something I’d cherish even to this day, that I am faster than 99% of people out there, and I used it as often as I could — like a new toy — when playing in adult sports leagues.
Everyone says this, but you never truly believe you’ll ever be in your 40s. And you certainly never believe you will look at 31 years since your senior year in high school. It feels like yesterday, although I havent seen most of my class since graduation (I’ve skipped the reunions, although I enjoyed high school – waht is the point?). Some day soon I will (hopefully) say, I can’t believe I am in my 80s. The sad part is, when I was a teen I *never* thought I’d be as old as 40 (that was an eternity away) but now at 49 I can definitely see 80 on the horizon.
I was worried Daughter L was oversleeping today but it turns out it is senior skip day at her school :). I remember my senior skip day, 31 years ago (:() — I played golf. THat was just a few weeks after Jack Nicklaus had surprised the golf world by winning the Masters in his 40s. That was the year I loved golf so much I golfed 3 times a week (walked on as a single on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and I was starting to play well enough that the golf coach asked if I’d consider playing golf, not realizing I was a senior. Funny how much I loved it then – I don’t feel that way at all now. I don’t know how you can have soo much passion for something then none at all.
Whether it is a new strategy, new product or whatever, teaching is really important in Corporate AMerica. But so few corporations are good at actual teaching. They barf up information in an hour or a day, then expect us to learn it on our own. There is no reinforcement, check for understanding, etc. When I taught, I gave what I needed to teach in 10 minutes, spent a period of time reinforcing it, then continued to loop back to it. This never happens in Corporate America. How much productivity is lost by this?
Al-Walid I sent an army of his men (varied reports but approximately 10K) out of modern central Saudi Arabia and conquered the Iberian Peninsula in 711 (not much is known about the Iberian Peninsula before the 8th Century). The Moors would rule this area for the next 7 centuries and their presence had a lasting impact on Spanish culture.
Other than possibly Coolidge, Harding, Johnson or one of the clowns preceding Lincoln, I can’t imagine we’ve had a more ignorant, intellectually damaged/stunted, and less successful (“all his books end in Chapter 11”) than Donald Trump I can’t imagine who that might be. I didn’t vote for him and thought he’d be awful, but I actually truly think he is a very damaged and incredibly ignorant human being, let alone President. His utter ignorance for history is incredible.