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(2019-02-16 09:54:53)
Thisyear'shome-comingstartedwithahiccup.AirCanada
canceledaflight(SJCtoYVR)onmeandcaused,asidefrom
anypotentialemotionaltrauma,atwo-daydelay.Asaresult,
over25%ofmyshortvacationwasspentontheroad.Still,
itwasChineseNewYearanditwasworthit. Travelingitselfdidnothavetobelifeless,either.Ikept
jottingdownthoughtsonanotebook(Ileftthelaptop
home.)andreadabookaboutNielsBohr,th...[阅读全文]
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(2019-02-11 10:53:19)

Theridewassmoothandittookuslessthan40mintoarrive
attheCityCollegeofSanFranciscoforthefirsteventofthe
Jiu-JitsuWorldLeague2019Season.Timmissedaspecial
classforcompetitorsonSaturdayasIlandedbackatSJConly
intheevening.Hegainedaboutthreepoundsinmyabsence
anddidnotdowellinourbriefwarmupsparringearlierinthe
morning.Noneoftheseboostedconfidence.Inthecar,he
toldmehewasscare...[阅读全文]
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(2019-02-02 10:35:45)
RainsuddenlystartedpouringdownamidstormywindsasI
gotupearlyformyflight.ItwasChineseNewYearandI
lookedforwardtoseeingdad.Mywife'sBMWwasinthe
repairshopandsheloathedmylittlebeatenHondabut
kindlycalledUberforthefamilydinosaurwhohadbeen
resistingtechnology.5am,Isetout. Thedriverlookedmyage,Mexican,withabigbelly,andenjoyed
chatting.Hehadbeendrivingforfouryearstosubsidizeh...[阅读全文]
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(2019-01-27 07:33:19)
Yogaandkettlebellswingswarmedmeupandkickedoff
theday.Onlythetoesandfingersfelttheearlymorning
freezingair.Itwasgreattogetbackonthetrailaftera
monthawayfromrunning. Forthepastmonths,Ihavegonebacktocoffee-drinking.
Everymorningatwork,Iyieldtothestrongpull.Mydose
ismodest,usuallyoneortwoespressosor12ozofblack
joe,butIhatethepowercaffeinehasoverme.Freedrinks
attheworkpla...[阅读全文]
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(2019-01-20 12:37:16)
Warningofthedangerofegoisneithernewnorrare.
Saturday,onourwaytoBJJ,TimhappenedtoturnonBernard
Evslin's"Heroes,GodsandMonstersoftheGreekMyths"and
welistenedtothestoryofPhaethondrivinghisfather
Apollo'sgoldenchariottoshowofftohisfriend.Egoled
todisasterandtheboywasdestroyed. ItalsohappenedthatIhadbeenreadingRyanHoliday'sbook
"EgoIsTheEnemy."...[阅读全文]
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(2019-01-16 20:04:53)
Mydaystartedat5:30amonthisstormyWed.Afterafull dayatworkandtwohoursofcrazycommuteback,Imade guacamoleandmommadesoupandwehadanicesupper.Finally, timetotakealittlerest.OrsoIthought. TheminuteIputupmyfeetonthestool,Timdeliveredhis mathhomeworkforreview:"Mymath.Please."matter-of-factly. "Lord,Idon'towethismuch!"moanedIinexaggerateddespair. "...[阅读全文]
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(2019-01-12 21:15:02)
WeusedtoliveinanapartmentcommunityinnorthSanJose
whenTimwasverysmallandwherewebefriendedayoung
couplewiththeirnewborn.Thehusband,F,aPhDfroma
well-knowneastcoastuniversity,wasaverysmartguy.At
thebottomofthehousingmarket,hekeptacquiringhouses
inthearea,movingintonewonesandrentingouttheold.
Astheirwealthgrewovertime,thecouplehadtwomore
children.Thefamilyprospered. Wewer...[阅读全文]
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(2019-01-06 15:02:50)
Thisyear,Istartedexperimentingwithgettingupearlyas
Ifoundthatlateeveningwasnotagoodtimetowork.I
certainlycouldnotdomuchphysicalafterabigsupper.
Besides,therewerenolackofinspirations.Jockostarts
hisdailyworkoutataround4:30am,e.g.Iusedtowakeup
at6:20,thenewtargetwas5:30,andIdidityesterday. OneproblemseemedtobethatIgothungriertowardmeal
timeandstartedgrazing.Iatethefollowin...[阅读全文]
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(2019-01-01 08:18:20)
Dec31gotabadstart.Timandmomhadskiedenoughand
wewenttoawildanimalzoo,locatedatadesolatecorner
north-westofthecity,onlytofindoutonarrivalthatthe
placewasclosedforwinter.Wedecidedonthespottoturn
southtoLakeTahoeandhalf-waytherewhensnowbegan
tofall,Istartedtowonderifanewmistakewasbeingmade.
WhatsavedthegracewasthatourUberdriver,anelderly
gentlemanwhoseparentscamefromRussiai...[阅读全文]
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(2018-12-30 09:20:24)
Afteroneshorthour'sflightfromSJC,welandedinReno.
Outdoorsandintothedarkness,weweregreetedbythecold
crispmountainair.Itwasmyfirsttimehereandit
remindedmeofCanada. Enteringthehotellobby,Timtookonelookatthemachines
andmostlyunhealthy-andunhappy-lookingelderlypeople
sittinginfrontofthemandsaidwithdisgust:
"Allthesebozoswithnothingbettertodothansitting
theresplur...[阅读全文]
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