February 16, 2020
Good Sunday afternoon VFOT Friends and Followers. It is the Sunday of the 3-day President’s Day Weekend. It has been an interesting weekend so far, but I’ll get to the reasons for that later. It has been busy…but productive and I have to say that I’m feeling pretty good about life right now. I’m pretty blessed. In any case, let’s get right to it.
I’m plugging along with Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It, by Chris Voss (Voss, Christopher. Never Split the Difference, Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. 2016. New York NY: Harper Collins.) I’m just over half-way through this. I put this one aside for a few days. To be clear, it is very good…but it is also very heavy. I just had to step away from it for a bit. I’m back into it. There are a lot of surprises in this one.
I’m still making my way through Leadership Strategy and Tactics (Willink, Jocko. Leadership Strategy and Tactics-FM-02. 2019. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.) I’m about halfway through this. I picked this one as my morning selection, and as a result, I’m only hitting it in 15-20 minute increments. That probably wasn’t the best decision. I should have just pushed right through it. Since tomorrow is a holiday, Maybe I’ll just get this one done so I can review it.
Just in case those two weren’t enough, I had another title pop us a recommendation on my Kindle. This one jumped right out at me. The title is Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War (Coram, Robert. Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. 2002. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company.) Of course, I recognized that name…Colonel Boyd invented the OODA Loop. I couldn’t not download it. I’ve barely cracked into it, but I’m pretty excited to get into it.
For light reading, I stuck with the Clive Cussler novels. I just went back, randomly picked a couple of titles, and re-read them. I just needed something that would help me disconnect and get out of my own head. Cussler is always good for that.
Other Learning Opportunities
During the 1st week of this reporting period, I had the opportunity to attend a community event called “One Book, One Community.” The topic of the evening’s presentation was the book, No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder (Snyder, Rachel Louise. No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. 2019. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing). Ms. Snyder was in our City to be the Keynote Speaker at this community gathering. It was powerful and informative. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend.
That week, we took the first of our Ballroom Dancing classes. C gifted these classes to me for Christmas and we have a class each Friday night during February. We had our second class this past Friday night. We’re really enjoying this.
Last Tuesday, we hosted a product demo for a new tool for the Department. I’m going to hold off on diving into this one until we get a little more data from our T&E, but it was interesting to learn about it.
I had some extra opportunities to train Jiu-jitsu this week and was also given the opportunity to teach a No-Gi class for the 1st time.
I already mentioned that we started taking Ballroom Dancing classes this month. So much fun!
We’ve had a couple of great date nights. Last weekend we went and visited with A & C and their girls for an Oscars Party.
This Friday, was Valentine’s Day, so we followed up our dance lesson with dinner next door at Trattoria Rustica. It’s always amazing there. It was a beautiful night out.
Yesterday was an adventure. I trained in the morning and had a great day of training. After that, it got interesting. I had been invited to my best friend’s Mom’s Birthday party. That wouldn’t normally be an issue. However, my ex has re-married…to my best friend’s brother! Of course, they would be there. My initial knee-jerk reaction to the invitation was to not go. T and his wife called me and convinced me to go. C backed me up and after I got cleaned up from the gym, we went. Interesting is as far as I’m willing to go with describing it. Ultimately it was fine.
Today, I can’t say that I had a ton of fun…but I was very productive. One of my goals for this year is to de-clutter and organize. I spent about 5-hours in my workshop. A lot of stuff went into the trash and a bunch of other stuff went into plastic packing boxes. I’m feeling pretty good about that.
Well, that is probably enough for now. Until next time, remember: