October 18, 2020
Happy Sunday afternoon VFOT fans and followers. This has been a relatively low-key and uneventful weekend. I took the opportunity to relax and recharge. I really needed the time for some overdue self-care. Here’s what had been going on prior to the weekend.
I finally picked another pro-reading title this week. I went back to one of my favorite leadership authors, John Maxwell and selected one of his older titles, Developing the Leader Within You (Maxwell, John, C. Developing the Leader Within You. 1993. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson). I’ve read many of Maxwell’s books, but for some reason, this one sat on my shelf unread. I don’t know why. It’s comparatively short and an easy read. I’m only a couple of chapters into it, but so far I’m enjoying it and getting a lot out of it.
If you’ve read earlier blog entries, you know that I’m a regular listener of The Jocko Podcast. One of the source works that Commander Willink frequently cites is About Face, by Colonel David H. Hackworth (Hackworth, David, H. and Sherman, Julie. About Face-The Odyssey of an American Warrior. 1989. New York: Touchstone.) He recently shared that this title, which had been out of print for awhile was being reprinted and that he had been privileged to write the new Foreword. Although I own several copies of this book from my time at Annapolis and Quantico, I have no idea where any of them are. I was happy to buy a new copy, with the new Foreword, and start re-reading it. I’m about halfway through it and I am really enjoying this one too. I probably haven’t read it since the early nineties, so I actually don’t remember most of it. This is a fascinating autobiography, tracking military career that stretched from shortly after WWII through Viet Nam. I understand why Commander Willink is such a fan.
Other Learning Opportunities
I completed delivering my portion of the fall in-service training rotation. This was a great training block. I’m really proud of the program that our team put together. They did a great job.
I’ve managed to keep up with my jiu-jitsu training several days a week.
Finally, on Thursday, I got to pay a brief visit to the Dalton firing range and watch some drills from the new Firearms Instructor program. There are going to be some interesting changes to the program.
We’ve had some great opportunities to have some fun in the past couple of weeks. Last week, date night started at District. We managed to get in for an early dinner without a reservation. It was delicious as always.
Last weekend, after training in the morning, the Bride and I headed out for a late lunch. We ended up in the Town of Lee. I’d forgotten that it was Columbus Day weekend and that everywhere was going to be busy. Our late lunch turned out to be more of an early dinner at 51 Park. It was a wonderful fall day in the Berkshires.
For the holiday, we took a drive to a new destination for a hike. We had a wonderful brief trip on the Tannery Trail to Tannery Falls. Hiking in our beautiful Berkshire forests during Autumn is always a treat.
This week’s date night was another success. We decided to try Mission for dinner. We hadn’t been there since before the emergency was declared. It was great to visit another favorite destination. The rest of the night was occupied with dancing in our living room and playing with the pup on the rug.
Yesterday, we headed north for a late afternoon visit to Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams. Their new fall Porter and Stout are awesome. The barbecue from A-OK Berkshire Barbecue was outstanding too.
Well, that’s enough for now. Be well. Stay healthy. Until next time…
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