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I celebrate my 57th birthday during this challenge and I have been doing a lot of thinking about my goals and plans in light of that. That has included not only a review of the past year, but a longer look back over the course of my life thus far.

 

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About a year ago, I attended a startup weekend that sent my career in new directions and I have started my own company since. In the meantime, I spent a couple of challenges working to get "fire fit" again, but struggled with injuries and did not achieve my goal of attending Wildfire Academy this past spring. That kind of took the wind out of my sails and I took a time out on that goal to reevaluate, redirecting my energies towards becoming more resistant to injury and establishing small, solid habits in the interim.

 

Lately, I have been back fighting the black dog (depression) once again. I have reached the conclusion that one of the main drivers of that is that I have not put the desire to get back into firefighting to rest.

 

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No matter how much I tell myself to let it go, leave it to the youngun's, that I'm too old to be out there again, I can't shake it. It's crazy, I know. I've tried to think up lots of alternative ways to work in related fields. The software development I'm doing is an obvious fit for training simulations, for instance. It's not enough.

 

Looking back, the best things I've done have come from following those crazy intuitions, hunches, gut feelings, and inner nudges that won't go away. They may or may not lead me where I think I am going, but they have always led to somewhere interesting and worthwhile.

 

So, I have resolved to go on faith that there is something to all this. I have come up with a new old plan. I will train towards qualifying again and save towards attending the 2016 Wildfire Academy, with no idea if I can do it. I will just move in that direction on faith and see where I end up.

 

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I am stalking my future self, with a few faint tracks on the ground ahead of me. My prey is elusive, unpredictable, difficult to catch. It may or may not be where and when I think it is. But what better huntress is there than a ShadowLion?

 

With that as my challenge theme, here are my challenge goals:

 

1. Build the strength, endurance and flexibility to catch my prey (DEX -1, STA-2, STR-2)

 

I am re-implementing my previous "40 Weeks to Fire Fit" program, slightly altered to incorporate my hard-learned lesson of needing to listen more closely to my body before increasing training volume or intensity and to give myself MORE recovery than I THINK I need. 

 

Fire Fit Returns

 

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Durability (DEX-1)  ___/24

Comprehensive set of warmups, mobility/stability, and “prehab†exercises for an older female athlete. Bone-builders (including jumping exercises); spine/shoulder/hip/knee exercises to maintain joint health; dynamic stretching to increase ROM and overall flexibility; specific exercises for identified weak areas including head/neck/spine alignment and bi-lateral muscle balance, ankles, wrists/hand/grip, pelvic floor, and elbows. I MUST warm up before every exercise session. Kelly Starrett will be my guide to Becoming a Supple Leopard.

 

 

ShadowLion will become a Supple Leopard

 

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Endurance (STA-2) ___/18

Phase 0 - 4(+) week pre-conditioning program utilizing exercise biking, walking, and other low-impact cardio to build my aerobic base.

 

Then, start:

Phase 1 - ~ 8 week program of walking transitioning to walk/jog intervals. Success will be being able to walk/jog in intervals for a distance of 5K, with an average heart rate of 145 or below, and a peak HR under 155. Goal time: < 45 minutes.

 

ENDURANCE GOAL

It helps to have a concrete goal. That will be to make the whole distance at a speed/intensity appropriate to my current endurance level. 

 

I can make sure that those who have made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered. I've never done a Fun Run/Walk/Race before and this one seems like the one to start with:

 

9/11 Heroes Run

 

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Strength (STR-2) ___/18

Phase 0 - 4(+) weeks of a pre-conditioning program utilizing exercises from “Durability†section below. Focus on getting elbows to withstand pushups and pull-ups by dropping back and then gradually progressing from wall pushups and lightly weighted rows; establishing base of low set and rep numbers on the other exercises. This is early stage stuff while I establish my top priority right now, the base aerobic levels of my endurance program.

 

Then, start:

Phase 1 - ~12 week assisted exercise program of  knee-pushups; assisted pull-ups, grip hangs and rows; modified dips; lunges and variations. Additionally - squats, planks, sit-ups, burpees and variations. This will kick things up a notch and prepare me for an increased focus on strength training in Phase 2.

 

 

I plan to build some serious muscle in the coming months...

 

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2. Fuel my body for the hunt. (CON-2) ___/28, ___/8
 

I will fuel my body with high-quality, nutrient dense foods with an eye to supporting efforts to increase endurance and muscle mass, while trimming off excess weight. The dietary regimen I will follow will be a plant-based whole foods diet.

 

I am still deciding how far to go with this goal. At a minimum, I will continue to log my food and target a moderate calorie intake. I may go further. I am considering the Engine 2 Diet. Alternately, I will go with one meat free day per week and one new recipe per week.

 

Edited 07/24/2015

 

Week 1 will be preparation to undertake 28 days of veganism, based on the Engine 2 diet. Weeks 2-5 will be following E2 at the "Firefighter" level. Week 6 will be evaluation and the setting of new goals.

 

I do have two meals per week where it is very difficult to make my own food choices, so I reserve 4 lunches and four dinners as exempt over the 4 week period. I expect that the remaining 76 meals should give me a pretty good idea if I want to continue the diet further, as will my "gut reactions" to the exempt meals.

 

 

ShadowLion Emphasizes the Savory Over the Sweet...

 

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3. Be a healthy, happy and balanced ShadowLion. (CON-1, CHA-2, WIS-2) 

 

Continue to ensure that I get plenty of sleep, maintain an healthy den, enjoy the company of friends, and keep creativity and fun alive in my life.

 

Sleep CON-1 ___/6

49 hours of sleep per week.

 

ShadowLions need plenty of sleep

 

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Maintain my den CHA-1 ___/36, ___/6

To have a healthy environment to relax in, I will do a daily clutter patrol of at least 10 minutes and a weekly home improvement task of at least 30 minutes.

 

ShadowLions need a place to relax

 

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Spend time with my tribe CHA-1 ___/6

One social activity with friends per week.

 

ShadowLions are not solitary creatures

 

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Stay Curious WIS-1 ___/36, ___/6

Make time for play. Every day.

 

Create things. Just for the fun of it. At least once per week.

 

ShadowLions are curious

 

 

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Sisu WIS-1 ___/36

Continue meditation and daily journaling habit. Maintain daily and weekly planning and goal setting, task management.

 

ShadowLions are focused and determined

 

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4. Establish and guard my territory. WIS-2, CHA-1 ___/3

 

I am continuing to establish my business, define my brand and build my portfolio.

 

Define my range WIS-1 ___/1

I am starting to have work come to me and not all of it is work that I should probably take on. I need to better define the scope of my business and the kinds of projects I want to specialize in. This challenge I will contemplate my mission, skills, talents, and dreams to produce a statement of business scope that better reflects the direction in which I want to go. 

 

Mark my boundaries WIS-1 ___/1

I will be taking an online class concerning trademarks, copyrights and other legal aspects of owning and operating a business that deals heavily in intellectual property. This will be completed by the end of this challenge. I will also establish a schedule of what I need to do to implement what I learn and begin doing those things.

 

Secure my territory CHA-1 ___/1

The server administration that I did this past challenge opened my eyes to the fact that I need more knowledge of computer security. I will complete an online course on that this challenge and apply what I learn to my clients' and my own websites.

 

Territory is not to be taken for granted

 

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And, in a nod to challenges past (and the inspiration of "Nerdhammer") :)

 

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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I read through your challenge and kept thinking about posting that last image, but you're way ahead. Yay for ShadowLion, yay for panther and big kitty images! Just letting you know that you're a constant inspiration, because you already knew I'd be following. I am happy to read that you're re-chasing your Fire Fit dream and will be cheering you on your journey. It only makes sense for passionate ShadowLion to go after her wild heart's desire!

 

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So many cat pictures :D

 

I'm excited to the return to the Fire Fit goal - it seems like this has really gotten into your bones, and when you feel that call you just have to go for it.  Keep blazing that trail, and climbing the mountain!  

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LEVEL ONE APPRENTICE WIZARD RANGER: HUMAN UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE

 

Achievements Unlocked:  Breakfast Warrior, Pushupapalooza, Quadruple Nanomaster, Return From the Dead, Gainful Employment, Leap of Faith, Minimalism Game, Get Thee Behind Me, Coffee, Camp Nerd Fitness 2015, Return From the Dead 2: The Undeadening, Gainful Employment 2: Boss Edition, Fancy Comics Person, Rogue Hair

 

Tumblr of VERY INTERESTING ART: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/radicalwizardtimes

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So inspiring to see you going after your dream!

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Wisdom 21   Dexterity 11   Charisma 14   Strength 18  Constitution-12

Elastigirl Endeavors, Experiments, , and Explains - Current Challenge: May 9 to June 12 - Nerd Fitness Rebellion

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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Following one of the first people who encouraged and inspired me on the Nerd Fitness boards.

 

Oh, and for the big kitties.  I'm a Snow Leopard person!

 

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 [ Level ?? ] Thunderbro Maximus of the Thunderlords Legion

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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I read through your challenge and kept thinking about posting that last image, but you're way ahead. Yay for ShadowLion, yay for panther and big kitty images! Just letting you know that you're a constant inspiration, because you already knew I'd be following. I am happy to read that you're re-chasing your Fire Fit dream and will be cheering you on your journey. It only makes sense for passionate ShadowLion to go after her wild heart's desire!

 

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^^^ Totally awesome. Soon...

 

How could I post big kitty pics and not have that? 

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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So many cat pictures :D

 

I'm excited to the return to the Fire Fit goal - it seems like this has really gotten into your bones, and when you feel that call you just have to go for it.  Keep blazing that trail, and climbing the mountain!  

 

And many more cat pictures to come, it appears!

 

Guess what else will be back? Truck Porn Tuesdays!

 

 

So inspiring to see you going after your dream!

 

Thanks, Elastigirl! 

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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I'm happy fire fit is back. I missed it!

 

Awwwwww. 

 

I did, too.  :)

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Hey, Rurik! You've had some serious awesomeness going on in your challenges. Love your survival curriculum!

 

Following one of the first people who encouraged and inspired me on the Nerd Fitness boards.

 

Oh, and for the big kitties.  I'm a Snow Leopard person!

 

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Snow Leopards are awesome! 

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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I've finally gotten a challenge thread completed before the challenge begins. That hasn't happened in a long time! I've had more energy and enthusiasm today than I've had in a long time, too. Hmmm. Wondering at the significance of that...

 

Goals are basically complete, just need to make a final decision on how far I want to push my eating goal this time. 

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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And....

 

The Renaissance Rebels are back!

 

Spread the word...

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Surprise! (Couldn't resist, after Sloth's comment.)

 

It's Truck Porn Thursday!

(for the bye week)

 

 

M548 Hellcat Extreme Terrain Wildland Vehicle   

 

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As sold by "FireTruckMall.com"

 

Can be sold separately or with 1999 Peterbilt Tanker for $320,000

(Oops! What did we learn about "Tenders" and "Tankers" last year?)

CHASSIS:
M548 6 Ton Cargo Carrier
232 inches long
105-3/4 inches wide
110-3/4 inch tall
Weight unloaded- 12.88 tons
36,500 GVW

ENGINE:
Detroit Diesel 6V53 210HP, excellent shape
Automatic transmission, 5 speed
Reverse Air Flow Cooling

SUSPENSION:
Soft-Track Tank-Type Independently Suspended Road Wheels

TRAILER:
New 40,000 LB 25 FOOT Dovetail
New Tires and wheels
Composite Floor
Air Conditioning in Cab

MISC:
Fording capability of 40 inches
Comes with trailer
Undercarriage and tracks are below 95% wear
Highest Road Speed of 38 MPH
Steepest Grade 60%
Steepest Side Slope 30%
Highest wall climb 2 feet
Ground clearance 17 inches

FIRE EQUIPMENT:
Hale HPX100 BD26 High Pressure Xtreme Diesel Pump
2 pre-connect 1-1/2 inch Crosslays
80 cubic feet of feet of functional compartment space with 3 accesses
Pump and roll capability
ROPS (Roll Over Protection, designed for protection in brush)
1250 Gallon Tank (top of tank below cab door handle for lowest center of gravity)
30,000 pound Winch

Can carry up to 20 people in Emergency Evacuation Situations.

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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Pretty sure that's an APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) Tank. If not a Land Raider straight out of WarNerdhammer 40.000

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Non-armored cargo carrier that has been discontinued by US Army and that's popular to repurpose as extreme terrain firefighting vehicles. Lots of space to put the fire equipment, rugged, good for evac situations.

 

I like the "Dragon Slayer" painting on the side. Has pump and roll capability, too.

 

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Of course, very useful in case of Zombie Apocalypses or NerdHammer needs.

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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YES this is a PERFECT zombie apocalypse vehicle!  And a two-foot wall climb?  I am impressed.

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LEVEL ONE APPRENTICE WIZARD RANGER: HUMAN UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE

 

Achievements Unlocked:  Breakfast Warrior, Pushupapalooza, Quadruple Nanomaster, Return From the Dead, Gainful Employment, Leap of Faith, Minimalism Game, Get Thee Behind Me, Coffee, Camp Nerd Fitness 2015, Return From the Dead 2: The Undeadening, Gainful Employment 2: Boss Edition, Fancy Comics Person, Rogue Hair

 

Tumblr of VERY INTERESTING ART: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/radicalwizardtimes

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I've finally gotten a challenge thread completed before the challenge begins. That hasn't happened in a long time! I've had more energy and enthusiasm today than I've had in a long time, too. Hmmm. Wondering at the significance of that...

 

Goals are basically complete, just need to make a final decision on how far I want to push my eating goal this time. 

 

You and me both! It feels... oddly inspiring :) Subb'd and looking forward to following your black tail through the many challenges ahead! :D

 

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Evicious, Khajjit Ranger STR 7 | DEX 13 | STA 3 | CON 6 | WIS 16 | CHA 4

Current 4WC: Evicious: The Unburdening II + Blitz Week!

Fitocracy! I Play To Win!

Keep up the momentum!

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Just replace the guns with water pumps

 

So... many... gamification... ideas...

 

Oh, yes.

 

 

YES this is a PERFECT zombie apocalypse vehicle!  And a two-foot wall climb?  I am impressed.

 

I want one. To drive in the Fourth of July parade in Parks, AZ. That's home once I get out of the big city. Population of around 1200 scattered across ~80 square miles. People decorate their pickups and water haulers. The little kids dress up and and either ride horses or walk their pets (which can be anything from dogs to goats to pigs). Then everyone gets together for a barbeque of brats and beer down at the old general store... Rural life.

 

 

I'm here for the porn.

 

And the other stuff too.

 

Hey, Jakkals! There will be porn. At least of the truck variety. And other stuff, too.

 

 

 

If it's Truck Porn

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is it safe for work or still porn?

 

 

I would think it would depend on what your work is. For firefighters, it would be considered TSFW (totally safe for work), even though the dang thing costs something like $320,000 with the truck and trailer to haul it around. Used. That seems a bit much. I don't think I'll be getting one for the parade anytime soon. :(

 

What got me started on the parade thing was I was driving to work yesterday and passed an old fire truck that someone fixed up and takes out to kids' birthday parties. It was very cool. I got to thinking I'd like to have an old fire truck. Something to do with all my free time.

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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You and me both! It feels... oddly inspiring :) Subb'd and looking forward to following your black tail through the many challenges ahead! :D

 

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E! Those are the coolest cats... They look very happy to have their challenges done early, too.

 

Lets go!

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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What got me started on the parade thing was I was driving to work yesterday and passed an old fire truck that someone fixed up and takes out to kids' birthday parties. It was very cool. I got to thinking I'd like to have an old fire truck. Something to do with all my free time.

Don't you have a birthday of your own coming up? ;)

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Well, I had mixed results today. I got a ton of stuff done this morning before work and I kept my eating in check. Went to a very cool presentation on computer security by a bona fide "white hat" hacker in the evening.

 

Sinking my teeth into the Linux server admin stuff has given me a whole new perspective on security and with my love of puzzles and problem solving and fascination with technology, I was enjoyed it immensely. I need to be careful, though, because he pointed out that it's very easy to get pulled away from the development side and end up totally immersed in the security side. I have games to make and apps to build.

 

Where I faltered was in putting off today's workout. I got delayed at work and didn't have time to get to the gym as planned between the end of work and the program. I can still make my goals for the week, but I'll have to be very focused and committed to do it.

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:

but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~T. E. Lawrence

 

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands,

flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. 
~John Muir

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