Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Soul and Emotions

Do I have a soul? I don't know. I wouldn't know how to differentiate it from my conscious mind, so I conveniently lump the two together and consider them one and the same.

Do I feel emotions? Very much so. They can either elate me or bring me down in the dump and they're always very powerful. Are my emotions the mirror of my soul or a reflection of the contradictions that inhabit my mind? I don't know.

I take them for being just what I believe they are: Emotions. An independent sensory experience that can enrich my life or make it abominable, depending on how emotions decide to appear to me. Now, tell me, can you control these unruly, ethereal manifestations? I don't really think so.

You can either embrace them or suppress them altogether. That's about it. Now if you tell me again that I've got a soul and its manifestation are my emotions, I'll you that my soul is the most unruly and out of control of my possessions and I'm not even going to try to control it; ever!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Just 40 years today!

I can't believe that we have already been married for forty years... Time does fly when we are having fun.

Today, to celebrate this precious milestone, we went to Alta, crossed Albion Basin and pushed up to Cecret Lake. Like a “secret” it's well hidden and no one knows why the name was spelled with a C instead of an S. Some say that it was named by a silver miner working around Alta.

When we got there, a moose was taking a nap on the shore and we decided that the outing would also serve as altitude acclimatization training for an upcoming trip.

Based on that, we concluded that we did extremely well, perched at 9,875 feet to celebrate four decades together...

Tonight, we'll add some champagne to round off these staggering numbers!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mountain biking & obstacle course

Today, as I was riding, I was looking at my mountain-bike ride as an obstacle course and each time I was clearing one known section of the trail, I was overcoming one specific difficulty, just like I would jump over a series of hurdles.
All this mental exercise in order to achieve the ultimate goal of not hurting myself. I'm becoming picky with my riding. I don't want to take another fall in a universe where it's not “if”, but “when”, something unpleasant will happen.

Will this new outlook on achieving “no-fault” rides likely to protect me more or will it jinx me? I don't know and since I'm a little superstitious, I don't want to know. For the moment, I'm just clearing obstacles!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Burning Man Anyone?

The Burning Man celebration is a week-long annual event that began in San Francisco in 1986 and has been, for many years now, relocated in the desert of northern Nevada. It begins the last Monday in August, and ends the first Monday in September, which happens to be American Labor Day holiday.

The culmination of the week-long festivities is the ritual burning of a large wooden structure that is supposed to represent a man. It happens the last Saturday of that eventful week. More than 50,000 people attend the event and bring their own floats, costumes and crazy performances.

Our next door neighbors, who are in their late 30s, attend the event every year and I wonder if we shouldn't not joint them next year, before we are mentally and physically much too old to participate. As I always say: We'll see...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Leading Ladies?

If there is a lady, head of state, that has all my admiration, it's Angela Merkel. Okay, we've had Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Benazir Bhutto at the helm of governments before, but no of them ever came close to the German Chancellor.

As the world is now looking with interest on Hillary Clinton's future, the French are beginning to talk about, and virtually “draft”, IMF's chef, Christine Lagarde, as they future candidate for president in 2017.

Well, if she were interested and got elected, she'd probably do better than Mr. Hollande and even Sarkozy, who both didn't achieve much, but her challenge would still be to drastically reform the country and go far beyond her honorific role at the IMF where talk is easy and loans are cheap.

It would require huge amounts of humility and common sense on her part to wow the French, that would have to tighten their belt and the entire legislature that would be asked to do some real work.

The same could easily be said about Hillary's Clinton assignment here in America. Mrs. Merkel has the right profile for the job and also has these skills dialed-up, but I'm not sure these two other ladies are even close to their German model...

Friday, August 28, 2015

A new flag for New Zealand?

For years, most people have mistaken the Kiwi flag for its Australian counterpart and it's urgent to put an end to that terrible confusion! This would seem like a pretty simple problem to address, but a majority of New Zealanders are not quite sold on the idea, especially in view of the fact that it will cost them some $17 million.

The Russians and other former Soviet republics didn't make such a fuss; they exchanged their red hammer and sickle flags for new flags and that was it. Since these old flags must have been horded somewhere in anticipation of a likely resurrection of the USSR by Mr. Putin, there should be a strong used-flag market in all of these countries, and nothing would prevent to recycle all of them by slapping the “silver fern” in the middle as suggested on the illustration.

I would leave the meaningless communist emblem on, because it's not that big and it might add a tinge of nostalgia to the general look and feel of the piece. Since the first referendum on the subject is planned next November, my plan and design idea should be added to the four flag alternatives voters will have to decide upon. Another two-cent suggestion of mine to solve a multi-million dollar problem!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Why do we procrastinate?

I must admit it; I'm not a good procrastinator. I mean, most of the time, I get things done right away and move on.

This doesn't mean though that I NEVER procrastinate. Every so often and every so little I do, but generally it's because I don't feel that I'm quite ready yet or that I haven't amassed enough information to seat my decision and to advance.
Today, while eating a fortune cookie, I found the maxim: “Procrastination is the fear of success.” I don't quite buy the idea. Perhaps in some extreme situations, but most definitely not with me.

For me, fear of failure is what makes me put off until tomorrow what I could, or should do, today!