What’s happening?

Quiet blog.  Been busy – in a good way – but time for an update…

Went on a diet and lost weight.  Now in the correct BMI range.   Good move according to all the books.  My wife doesn’t like that I did it. She thinks my face now looks too thin.  I think she was just used to my former face for so long and it’s now different.  In a year I’ll look normal to her again.

Starting to find ways to build exercise into my otherwise fairly sedentary life.  Little things, like every morning it takes my computer about five minutes to boot.  For years I’ve sat there and stared at it doing booting up, sometimes fruitlessly banging on keys or clicking things hoping it would become responsive sooner, always to no avail.  Now I hop on my new Gazelle exercise machine for five minute, get the heart and blood pumping for those five minutes, kick start my metabolism engine for the day, then when I go back to my computer it’s fast and ready for action and so am I.   It’s strangely satisfying and is almost pure ‘found time’ that didn’t used to exist for me.   I’ll be using that machine more and more.  I just re-tooled my office and now have a new monitor next to that machine so I’ll soon be able to watch movies and TV shows via the web while exercising.  I hate exercising with nothing else to occupy my mind.  I also do things like park as far away from the place I’m going when I drive so I  have to walk farther from the car to the store or office.   These little things add up over years, all in a positive way.  That one little thing with the computer boot-up exercise will result in about 1,300 hours of extra aerobic exercise over the rest of my life.  Just that one little thing!

Did I mention I’ve enrolled in grad school?  This is semester #2.  So far I’m loving it.   I think i’m the oldest student in the program I’m in at my college.  So far it appears that I’m also older than all the professors, at least the ones I’ve met.  If they notice, they haven’t told me.  Maybe they whisper about it behind my back.  I don’t worry about it.  I can often help some of the students and often the professors.  Some of the students and all of the professors can help me.  This is exercise for the brain.  It’s also re-tooling and preparing me for my next 15-20 years of consulting.   It’s also more exercise since the parking lot I drew in the parking lottery is on the opposite side of the campus from the classrooms I use.  They offered to put me on a waiting list for a closer parking spot and I declined.   Being that far away guarantees at least an hour of fast walking every week I have classes.  Why change that?  It’s also a bit of fresh air, I can do some people watching, and occasionally meet someone new and chat.    

Most of us let our education and training get old.  Things evolve fast and we have to evolve with it.  It’s a rare company today that will make sure it’s employees keep up with things.  You have to take responsibility for that yourself.   If you are self-employed then duh!   With the web and lots of virtual training available now, this is easier than ever before yet strangely, people still don’t do it nearly as much as they could.

I love my ‘new’ field of applied statistics.  It’s a natural extension of engineering and science.  It will probably be useful.  <smile>  I’m only taking my 2nd and 3rd class in the program and have already landed a consulting assignment because of it.  This is going to be  a slam dunk winner.

I hang out with a lot of people my own age in various clubs, dinners, etc.   At school I hang out with people half my age.  I need to do that more.  Not only is it interesting and energizing, but as I get closer to my goal, all my current peers will be dead.  I need to make younger friends now or I’ll be lonely later on.   It’s a bit of advance planning.  One thing that is sad about my younger associates in school however is that despite their much younger ages, many of them seem mentally older than I expected.  I’ll know more about that as I get to know them.  Maybe it’s because they are mostly working professionals going to school at night so are dead tired in these evening classes while I’m fresher and pumped up.  I didn’t have to put up with a day of office politics before class.  Now that I can compare my extensive corporate life to over a decade of self-employment, I’m sure that a day of typical corporate office frustrations, inefficiency and politics is more draining than an entire week of ‘real work’.   

One last thing before I stop for today.  When I started my new educational effort, I made a decision to slow down marketing my business.   I thought that it would be best to concentrate on doing well in school and let work and income fall both to give me time and energy.  I can afford to do that.   Very strangely however, my consulting and training work has skyrocketed.  i’m having one of the busiest years ever so far.  Too soon to tell if this is a random effect or a result of more energy.  Am I projecting a more self-confident impression when I talk to prospective clients so landing more work?   I’m not stopping my business, just being more laid back about it and not ‘trying’ to get work so hard.  I told myself I would just do what falls into my lap.  Looks like the diet may have been a bad idea.  I may need a bigger lap.

Bye for now…