Remember why you started…
- Week of 2 to 8 May. I wrote most of this on a flight to Cape Town.
- Whenever I’m on a plane which is accelerating to take off the following words go through my head: “Punch it, Bishop.” – I can’t help it.
- Monday, public holiday, Mia made us some fruit salad, the last AfrikaBurn photo processing, we drove to Strand Beach for some putt putt – nice 18 holes (better quality / design than the Sea Point one), soft serve ice creams and a walk on Strand Beach, I dropped Mia off at her mom’s house, some quick shopping for a dish Wouter was cooking, nice dinner with Gerald, Sarah and Wouter, we phoned Paul on speaker phone – he stopped for a burger in Ceres on his way home from AfrikaBurn – after finding his car keys at lost and found, good chats, in bed fairly early.
- Tuesday, walked to the office, processed 11 days of email backlog, stayed at the office till after dark, braai at Jacques’ new house and a good catch up chat, they have a new dog called Nesquik – super cute.
- Wednesday, office, city fibre meeting, spent a bit of time of the roof of our office building to install a new dish for our home wireless link, watched The Jungle Book with Jacques, Marietjie and Charlotte at the Waterfront, take-away Wagyu burger from Mondiall, phone chat with Mia, a G&T with Jacques, tinkered with the wireless link config at home.
- Thursday, finally managed to get the new wireless link running, walked to the office, Bantry Bay trenching project kick-off meeting, climbed on our roof at home to align our wireless dish, managed to get the link to be pretty stable at around 20Mbps (-53db), post-burn catch up chat with Paul at Knead, home, great dinner at Carne on Kloof with Hilah, Al and Diabi – very nice rib eye and a bottle of John X Merriman, tiramisu (not bad, but Wouter’s is better), Van Hunks with Al and Hilah, bit of an odd feeling when you want to just drive home to listen to a new album on the way.
- For some reason I’ve been in this super chipper mood all week. Must be the six days of great Cape Town weather, or a post-AfrikaBurn glow. Feel like I’ve processed a lot of stuff.
- Counter-intuitively, I think, sometimes it’s easier if things end badly.
- Impressive how the body heals in two weeks. Almost back to normal. I’ve pretty much been left-handed for two weeks.
“There’s a power in letting go.” — Brandon Flowers, Between You and Me
- Friday, walked to the office, a ten minute packing session, drove to the airport, flew to Joburg and caught up on some Pocket reading and blog notes, I suspect I don’t travel enough for my Pocket habit, Gauntrain to Rosebank, Uber to Ernst’s house, worked on the porch at Ernst’s house – inbox/rss/photos/notes zero, tapas and gin at Workshop 55 with Ernst and Lisa, we had some Monkey 47 and Gin Mare – the holy grail of gins, good fun, nice to see Ernst.
- Pocket reading list went from about 155 to 120.
- So much for that Greek coffee, Ari!
- I think I’m pretty comfortable with my Intermittent Fasting lifestyle these days. Two meals a day is all you need, kids. Don’t eat before 13:00.
- Tune of the week: yeah, still Lonely Town. Safe to say I love this album… The Desired Effect.
- I really hate voice notes in messaging apps. Feels like voicemail.
- Saturday, tea with Georg and Ernst, caught up on some blogging, brunch with Al and Georg at Vovo Telo in Parkhurst, catch up chat with Dan, epic nap, Wilderer and Swaan G&Ts with Lisa, Anton’s 40th birthday party at Anton’s house – nice to see Georg, Andrew, Kloppies, Cath etc, ended up staying there till about 3:00, Anton made a nice speech – the bit about immediacy was cool, I obviously made everybody listen to that album I’d been listening to all week.
“Nothing you do, buy, build, make, or contribute to this earth is going to truly fulfil yourself from the inside out.” — nice read on the topic of immediacy.
- Sunday, tea with Ernst, we fetched Georg from Anton’s house, Ernst drove us to the airport (in his rather awesome new car), a beer at the airport with Georg, flight to Cape Town, dropped Georg off in Clifton, watched a Netflix documentary about algorithms while blogging, backups, in bed early, watched 1/2 of Love and Mercy – the Brian Wilson movie – very good.
“Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.” Be an optimist and an idealist. — 9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings
Have a fun week, crazy kids.