Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters…
- Week of 7-13 Sept.
- Health week 1/4.
- Monday, awake at 5:50 – blissful 10 minutes of snoozing, cold and wet school run, work, gym, swim, iWeek at Spier – lots of familiar faces from a past life – but in general… pretty boring, drove to Cape Town, office, arrived home to more than two boxes of wine in our garage, drove to Stellenbosch with Georg, Joshua Bell and US Camerata at The Endler Hall – very good, thanks Georg, babies don’t sleep this well.
“It takes a very long time to become young.” — Pablo Picasso
- Tuesday, 24h fast, walked to the office, managed to get our new home internet connection to work, spinning class, sunset promenade walk (see above), spent some time researching TRE.
- We now have a new home 10Mbps fixed wireless link and much better indoor wifi. So long lame ADSL line.
- I have this theory about why late 30s entrepreneurs do well – you have to be very optimistic and excited about a business to go raise money, if at that age you can be excited and really be having fun in a pitch it’s probably a good business idea.
- I again realised this week how important it is to keep setting new goals for fitness. End of Sept, beach look, 10% body fat, visible abs etc. Lose 3kg – get to 77kg.
- Wednesday, up early, TiTea, gym – first killer abs class in a while, swim, office – making pitch decks, arranged to send some flowers, moar killer abs, pretty intense spinning class and a relaxed swim, caught the live iPhone6S presentation – camera looks pretty cool.
- Thursday, one year later, swim, office, fibre cabling meeting, more investor deck making, CoFi meeting with Dominic at iWeek, fetched Mia from school, raw juices at Fred & Max, took Mia to art class – they made clay owls, more pitch deck hacking, early supper while Mia did her homework at W Cafe, dropped Mia at her mom’s, nice sunset drive to Cape Town, swim at the Point gym, blogging.
- I’ve started collecting body fat readings from two machines:
15.3 at 82.4 IR, 15.2 at 82.8 BIA, Lean mass: 70kg, Target weight is 77kg.
“And in the end we lie awake and we dream of making our escape.” — The Escapist
- Coffee is evil.
- Friday, TiTea, gym and killer abs class, Century City Connect visit with Michael and Peter, lunchtime walk – great weather, bumped into Abz, a drink at Tiger’s Milk with Paul (PRK), Up Yours – shallow conversations with Dutch and Belgium girls, Skype chat with Jacques, Van Hunks with Al, Hilah and Paul, Van Hunks gets pretty loose in the morning hours, great to catch up – thanks for the birthday gift!
- My friend Frans used to say, relationships are like driving a car, the boy is in charge of the accelerator, the girl is in charge of the breaks. Later on I worked out that the girl is normally also in charge of the hand break. ~70% of divorces are filed by women.
- Losers don’t flirt. Hmm. I guess I agree, but I’m struggling with this one.
- Saturday, woke up at Hilah’s house, bloody marys and scrambled eggs with Paul and Hilah, home, epic nap, watched some Mr Robot, the slow pizza experience with Paul at Mitico’s in Kloof street – unavailable intense alpha female club only child support group meetup – maybe two big loves are enough / par, great tiramisu, AfrikaBurn project chat with Paul and Wouter – we’re still pondering the Sunday parties, watched Trainspotting again… great movie, slept like a baby.
“…and with a couple, I mean one.” — Paul about going to yoga classes with Hilah.
- The Scientific Way to Mend a Broken Heart
- Current state of the AfrikaBurn 2016 project idea: Atomic City Drunk Robot Sundays. Firstly, it’s not a theme camp – theme camps are for losers. Rather focus efforts on making a cool home camp – in the quiet zone – with a deck to have sundowners on. Collaborate with a few similar thinking teams of people to have two afternoon parties. One on the Sunday before the event starts, and one on the Sunday of the event (when most people have gone home). What I like about this plan is that for the 6.5 days the main event is on – you are free to just experience it – no work to worry about.
“Harry Burns: You take someone to the airport, its clearly the beginning of the relationship. That’s why I have never taken anyone to the airport at the beginning of a relationship.
Sally Albright: Why?
Harry Burns: Because eventually things move on and you don’t take someone to the airport and I never wanted anyone to say to me, How come you never take me to the airport anymore?
Sally Albright: Its amazing. You look like a normal person but actually you are the angel of death.” — infatuation can be pretty cruel – not the same person you fell in love with.
- Sunday, backups, brunch at La Vie with Paul, promenade walk, spent seven hours on Clifton 1st with Georg and Rob and an Aerobie (see below) – chats about lord of war, relationships, the impact of great swimwear, perfect sunset with a few sundowners, Rob introduced us to the institution that is Aris Souvlaki – Greek restaurant, thanks Rob, open shawarma, Aiden joined us for a drink (he’s moving to Ireland soon), I had my fortune read (Greek coffee remains) by the owner – most interesting, such a perfect day, slept like a baby.
- I think I’m starting to have a bit of a crush on Sea Point.
“Pizza is the new cocaine.” Rob telling us how health aware the film industry has become.
- Turns out I’m going to meet the girl I’m going to marry in April next year – Greek coffee insight.
“Keep swimming – it keeps you sane.” … no idea how he knew I like to swim. I suspect this bit of wisdom is more accurate than the previous bit.
“Sail right into the wind, Joe. That’s what you do.” — Aiden
- I think I’ve refined Alan’s spec: Smart, tall, skinny, takes good care of herself.
- Processing a breakup is interesting – how the thinking evolves. 7 theories later I’m just filing it under: Not the right time. It’s for the best. We would probably have just become very unhappy and let the relationship end in a much worse way. Smart and wise move…. “When Sally Saved The Friendship With Harry”
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss
- Tune of the week: Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters – Elton John
Have a fun week, crazy kids.