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August 7th, 2005


Sometimes I wish I had more time for this blog.  There are a tonne of funny things to write about and remember in daily life.  I just don’t have/take the time todo it.  Oh well…hope everyone is well.

January 7th, 2005

New Year’s Eve 2004: Vancouver, BC

I was lucky enough to spend New Year’s in Vancouver, BC this year and I wanted to remember New Year’s Day for myself and any friends that care.

At 1 in the afternoon, after spending the morning eating Breakkie, and walking around with friends, Chris and I ditched ’em to go for a run around Stanley Park

Stanely Park is situated on one-end of downtown Vancouver.  It is about an 8K+ trail around the edge of it.  The trail is just along the water and you can see mountains and whatnot in the distance.  Hard to believe you are in the middle of a city.

Chris and I left the Hotel at about 1 pm for the 1.5 mile run down to the park.  When we arrived at the park we stretched out the newly loosened muscles.  And then ran our way around the park counter-clockwise for the next 45 minutes…

It was one of those beautiful run where the legs feel great and the pace increases steadily over the distance.  The water was perfectly still and no wind.  Lotsa folsk were walking lazily around the park.  As we reached the 1/2 point around the park, we could see the sun coming off the water and English Bay in the distance.  We picked up our pace and cruised the last 2 miles in well under 7 min/mile pace.   It was a glorious moment…I just remember feeling my legs pounding and my breathing feeling so damn good.  Maybe we could have run a marathon.

We stopped at the newly refurbished Sylvia Hotel for a glass of water before returning to the Hotel.  After a massage and a nap I was ready to go out….

Despite being the only single bloke on the trip with 4 other couples, we had a sensational nite.  5 bottles of wine, Absinthe, and a 4 course dinner (at this place) later we brought in the New Year.  It was a good time.  See some pictures here.

December 5th, 2004

Pictures and Saturday Recap

done by my good friend Chris on Bootblog.

I must remember to take time out more often to chill and reflect.

July 1st, 2004

The Art of Hustling

The Cubs are not Hustling (thanks to Freesia for passing this on to me)

This article has a so many truths in it…it scares me. And it relates to the Cubs, of course, but more importantly, to each and every one of us in our daily life. Business, Personal, Sport, Spiritual…whatever part of your life, it don’t matter.

Hustling in life is essential if you want to get the best out of yourself in your endeavors. I have seen countless people complain that they are not getting what they want out of a situation, or just coming up short….and frequently it is the little things like “not hustling on your way to 3rd base” that hold them back. They are so close…but a bit lackdasical and “expect it to come there way” (like the author Greg Couch refers to the Cubs attitude this year).

Sometimes I want to just scream at them…but the fact is, no one listens when you scream (And I learned in my teens that yelling/screaming is just an ineffective way to communicate despite the immediate feel good feelings).

Hustle Sean, Hustle. Don’t be a whining lazy yank…be a hustling, hard working American.

January 8th, 2004

Power, Money and Attention

November 29th, 2003

The Philosopher:Epictetus

Francesca brought some stuff about a philospher Epictetus last weekend. Just read it on T-Day nite. Some things that I want to remember from what this bloke preached:

For Epictetus, a happy life and a virtuous life are synonymous. Happiness and personal fulfillment are the natural consequences of doing the right thing.

His prescription for a good life centered on three main themes:

1) Master your desires
2) preforming your duties
3) Learning to thing clearly about yourself and your relations within the larger community

Whereas our society (practically, if not always explicitly) regards prefessional achievement, wealth, power, and fame as desirable and admirable, Epictetus views these as individual and irrelevant to true happiness.

his practical observation was that a virtuous life leads to inner coherence and outward harmony. There is great relief in being morally consistent: The soul relaxes, and we can thus efficiently move forward in our endeavors, as Epictetus would say, “without hindrance”.

My Comment
I used to read philosophy, especially when I returned from a long trip. Trying to find answers…now – I don’t have the patience I used to have to sort through it all. Francesca’s cheat sheet was good in that it broke down what this guy was saying. One thing I hope to take away and re-instill – is to just live with virtue.

For me that means, don’t lie. Chris and I talked about just being completely honest with people since we started BootsnAll. I think we have and I hope I have in my personal life as well. No lies, no worries.

November 26th, 2003

Never ask the following…

Never ask…

1) A girl if she is pregnant
2) A couple if they are getting married
3) A couple if they are trying for kids.

I made the mistake of asking one of these this past weekend. Damn…make sure you learn your lesson Mr. Keener.

October 24th, 2003

How to Learn

October 23rd, 2003

Look at things

from more than just my perspective. My way ain’t the only way.

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