It’s the long anticipated and long overdue Blog Post #19. Travel, work, and my fitness regime have all contributed to the delay in getting this post completed and out into the world. It’s good to be getting back to this bad, rad, sad, make-you-mad but glad-you-had piece of craft that I call the greatest bit of humorous health blogging that I’ve ever written. While my writing has slowed in recent weeks, I’m proud to share another published article that came out this month with City Mash Vancouver. It’s a look at Vancouver’s mental rental market and the sacrifices and ingenuity of people really wanting to live here. It’s not new or groundbreaking. It’s Vancouver joining the ranks of New York City, London, and Hong Kong where those who really want to live in the city will find a way. Check it out here: https://www.citymash.com/vancouver/2017/05/15/creativity-and-compromise-needed-to-beat-vancouvers-rental-market/
My wife and I recently enjoyed a week away in Ontario, Canada. We wine toured the Niagara region and spent time in Toronto. We’ve both recently found ourselves more interested in the sport of baseball and enjoyed a couple of Major League games. With that, our diet has been poor and we’ve felt the effects. The scale has creeped up and our energy levels have not been as good as they had been. We’ve now re-committed to healthy eating to go with our workout programs (which I’m proud to say we have remained steadfast and committed to). However, you can’t outwork a bad diet and this especially true as you get older so it’s good to get back to healthy eating.
I’ve written a fair bit in my blog about time and how we use it (remember, time doesn’t actually exist). A big reason for this is that I’ve struggled with the concept of time, wasted time, and how best to use my time. I’m currently trying to find more useful and productive uses of my time. Playing chess against my Android and punishing it for the same tactical mistake yet again, beating my wife on Words with Friends with ‘dominant’, victorious, and ‘divorcee’(kidding honey), and scrolling social media are all time killing wastes of time that get me no closer to any of my goals. While downtime that rejuvenates, relaxes, and decompresses is a positive thing, mindless time wasting that could be used for something productive has been an Achilles heel for me and a splinter in my mind for some time. Now, I’m looking to commit to positive uses of my time. Podcasts that inspire, reading articles that educate, and taking actions that potentially bring me closer to long and short term goals are all much better uses of my time and takes me further away from the procrastination and hesitation that I spoke of in my very first blog post. Once goals and wants have been established, action needs to be taken for anything to happen (no planning, wishing, hoping, discussing, praying, dreaming, or pondering can take the place of action for reaching goals). I’m now asking myself, “What action can I take right now that will potentially bring me closer to my goals and what I want in life?”
Words of Wisdom
1. Have some patience when driving. The light has barely turned green and people are honking. It seems that people are honking at you before you even have a chance to finish your text.
2. Don’t worry if you don’t always understand things right away….or get them at all. My mom e-mailed me to tell me how proud she was of my writing. She said, “I don’t always get your blog but I’m proud of you.” Oh Mom, if you got all of my blog, I’d really be worried about you. Sometimes, I don’t even get it all.
3. Stop saying “Grunge is dead!” It’s not dead…..well it’s sure trying. Long live Eddie.
Bad news: It’s time for the ending jokes. I’ve come up with so many inappropriate jokes lately that I haven’t had my brain ready for clean, humorous, blog-friendly fun. This is all I could come up with. Enjoy.
It was a warm summer day. I was at a wedding where the groom’s brother was drinking a beer just before the photos were to be taken. A wasp had unknowingly gone into his beer and he was instantly stung. His lower lip swelled like a dry sponge in water. He looked like a kid who had lost his favourite toy. The jokes were relentless.
“Why so down? Your brother is getting married.”
“Cheer up! You’ll get married one day.”
“Smile for the camera!”
The photo of everyone pouting was classic. People are so cruel.
Later in the afternoon, we all sat around listening to music. Being a Norwegian who burns and doesn’t tan, I sought the safety of shade. The groom’s brother and his sad face came over to me and asked, “Why are you here and not out enjoying the sunshine?”
“I shouldn’t be in the direct sun…. My skin takes to the sun like your lip takes to bees.”
“I’m supposed to go to the Justin Bieber concert and I’m not feeling well”
“I’m sorry to hear that. It also sucks that you’re not feeling well.”