I wanted to write about this earlier this week, but I couldn't make my words work the way I wanted, so I'm reduced to just stating this fact: Nolan tested for his purple belt in Tae Kwon Do on Saturday. Not only did he pass his test, he earned a gold medal from the judges for his form, and two trophies, including a trophy for best student. I'm very, very proud of him.
The quest to find and keep Balance is currently a success: Anne and I have found time to walk our dogs together at least every other day (but usually daily) , I've been able to jog at least two miles almost every day, I've found time to read almost every evening, and I'm managing my warm-ups for the WSOP well. Mind, Body, and Spirit feel closer to in Balance than they have in a long, long, time, and that's a great feeling. You know, it's kind of like distance running: it's tough to get into a groove, and the training, warming up, and first couple of miles can feel awkward, but once you find the zone, your legs just want to keep on going, and everything falls into place. (Until you hit the wall, of course, but I'm hoping to find a different metaphor before I get there.)
The only thing I haven't really had time for the last few days is writing narrative material for my blog, which is a drag because I yearn for the creative outlet, but there just isn't time right now, and if I try to force it, I just get frustrated.
Okay, before I get to work, a couple of World Cup thoughts:
- HDTV + World Cup = Crazy Delicious. I've been taking my Powerbook into
the living room every morning and working from the couch while watching
my favorite tournament in the world, in absolutely stunning HDTV.
- Team USA just looked terrible in their first match. Where was the team I've been watching qualify for the last two years? I hope that team shows up on Saturday.
- It really offended me that ESPN2 showed the American national anthem, then cut away for commercials and music videos during the Czech national anthem. That was so disrespectful, and so contrary to the spirit of this tournament, I hope a lot of people complained to them about it, and it doesn't happen again.
- Did you see Brazil yesterday? Those guys aren't human. I'm convinced they're football-playing perfect alien/robot hybrids. Watching that team work around the top of the box is like watching Eddie Van Halen rip out Eruption in 1980.