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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Mayo Jar

Some philosophy worth remembering...

A Professor stood before his philosophy class and wordlessly, he picked up a large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golfballs. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So then the professor picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes".The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now", said the professor, as the laughter subsided. "I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your heath, your friends and your favourite passions--things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else--the small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the sink. "Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Skiing Whistler

Whistler lived up to all the hype, and passed it. It is a very very big mountain. In fact, it is 2 very big mountains. See it here on Google Earth (an awesome tool) (in summer time).

Perisher: 3076 acres - 50 lifts - 53k skiiers/hr - 3km long run
Whistler: 8100 acres - 33 lifts - 59k skiiers/hr - 11k long run
Vail: 5300 acres - 34 lifts - 54k skiiers/hr - 6km long run

Conditions on day 1 were fabulous. Blue skies and shin deep powder everywhere. Fresh tracks. Due to the number of Cat tracks at Whistler, I decided to ski Sat, and possibly board Sun, but I did not regret it. The boarders were struggling there that I saw, and I was having a ball on the planks again. I really think the boarding improved my skiing somehow. On Sunday the cloud came in and with cloud and snowfall, visibility was shot in some places.

Alyssa made me do a little jump which nearly killed me, you can see it here It is 2.5 mg. Its is a blight on my skiing ability, but I maintain that the hill was much steeper than it looks in the video and that jump, was a rock, and my skiis stuck fast on it. It was a great moment in sports.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Colorado, as far as I can see is big and brown and flat. Until you hit the rocky's. They are huge and jump out of the ground 20kms outside of denver. Further in, the rockys in Colorado have about a dozen ski resorts. But we were headed to the best, Vail. It was fantastic.

Roller Derby in Denver

Chris and Charles took me to the Roller Derby as a surprise, apart from getting lost in the scariest part of Denver on the way, despite Sat Nav sitting idle on the dash, it was a fantastic evening. It is a pretty brutal sport, and the crowds were interesting, definitely a punk sub culture there. Pics are hard to get when they are flying around the rink.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Happy Birthday

I want to send out a very happy birthday to my favorite 18yo nephew Adam, who turns (you guessed it) the big 18 today. I am sorry I wont make you 18th bday party this weekend, but Ill be thinking of you. Cheers - you made it - wonders will never cease ;)


Monday, March 13, 2006

St Louis - Missouri

I have arrived at the leadership centre, here in St Louis. Its a very cool place. Unfortunately I dont think that I will be able to see much of St Louis at all before I go, but I will see Denver and Boulder this weekend.

Friday, March 10, 2006

To Ski or Board at Whistler - that's the question

Whistler has some medievilly long runs, that -might- lend themselves more to skiing than boarding. I am not quite sure which to do up there. One day of each may be a possibility, but it seems the best choice should be maximised and used all weekend. I am leaning towards boarding at the mo. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Big trouble in little Colorado

It appears, that the Anark boys think that they are going to give me some trouble. It would seem that they have a secret little plan to get me innebriated on my arrival there in Boulder next Friday night. Of course, I will do my Aussie best to out-drink and out-bullshit them. It'll be hard, but as they say, someone has to do it. It'll be especially hard to out booze them after my 3 week dry spell, I might be a light weight! It'll be especially hard to out-bullshit them, coz they're Yanks ;)

Monday, March 06, 2006

My exciting outlook

1 week of work (6-10)
1 week training in St Louis (13-17)
1 weekend in Boulder, Colorado, skiing Vale (18-19)
1 week work (20-24)
1 weekend in Canada, skiing Whistler (25,26)
1 week work (27-31)
1 weekend on Whidbey Island, Half marathon (1,2)
1 week work (3-7)
1 weekend packing up (8,9)
Fly home April 10th !

Saturday, March 04, 2006

New slideshow of JCH

I have posted a slideshow here of Joshua first year. Enjoy.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Running - its a bloody mystery

Someone explain this to me: I'm heavier than I have been for over 8 years. I have run less in the last month than I ever have in 56 months of my recorded running history, ridden zero and swam zero. To describe it, my monthly mileages for the last 4 months (nov-feb) are: 105,30,40,8! Then I take my little blood clotted leg out for a run yesterday, and over my hard 9km course, I run it over 3 mins faster than ever before on that course, when I was worried I might not make the distance. What is up with that? If you can explain to me how to consistantly get faster by bludging and not running, I'm on board!!!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

New baby on the way!

A friend has had a scan and is pregnant! Great news congrats to you both (yep, there were two involved). Another baby in the mix will make things even more interesting. I am not at liberty to release names, but I am sure all will be revealed soon enough. Ill give you a hint - it's not Fiona.

Revealed! :

Hey - there is still more to see, posts previous to the one above exist in the archives, available on the right hand column.