"For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it." ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Nuclear Option

I've often pondered what it might be like to have a training partner.  One that would hold me accountable for each and every workout.  A partner that would make sure their were consequences if I started to slack off.  One that didn't care what kind of day I had at work.

Meet Harper.

Harper is an 8week old Red Heeler or Australian Cattle Dog.  Back in the 1840's Australian cattle ranchers needed a dog to drive and herd cattle.  George Hall bred the droving dogs of the day with dingoes resulting in the Australian Cattle Dog.  The dogs far exceeded Mr. Hall's expectations.  They have very high energy and require a lot of exercise or they can develop destructive behaviors out of boredom.
You see if I get lazy and skip workouts this training partner will eat my couch in retaliation.  This may seem like a foolish plan, and it just might be, but I think it will work.
She is still too young to take running but in the week she has been with us I have been outside with her it seems like every hour that I am home.  All that time outside while not strenuous exercise for either one of us is time off the couch and time away from mindless snacking.
It's already working.

Harper and I are going to have many great adventures together.  In a couple of weeks we start obedience class, then the fun really begins!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Passion Quest

Watch the video first...I'll wait...

I've been struggling with this problem for a while now.  All of the things that I used to have a great amount of passion for have fizzled out.  The worst part is feeling like a total failure.  I had such lofty goals, I was on a path toward accomplishing great things (as much as skateboarding over 100miles can be considered a great thing).

The real problem though is not the loss of passion.  The real problem is that I stopped trying.  It's as if I expect to wake up one morning and find that everything is like it used to be.  I realize now that without at least some effort on my part that will never happen.

But what about the 100plusProject?

The answer is nebulous at best.

100plus was my great passion project, until it wasn't.  I still love the concept but right now it doesn't move me, and trying to drag it along behind me is exhausting.  So for the time being the project is dormant (unless someone else wants to give it a go, seriously contact me, we'll talk).  Maybe when I find my passion again it will become active again but for now it's time to let it go.