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Much of my life has been centered around building myself, trying to become better. In that journey I've found some things that worked well,and some that didn't. I've met some amazing individuals that have acted as coaches, training partners, energizers, and mentors. While I'm far from figuring things out, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2019 at Forge Yourself
Last race of the season, I did another swim leg of a half ironman. This time it was the Austin 70.3. As before, I was with great teammates Susan Pope and Melinda Wight. It was a beautiful race that I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Living Life
September was an educational month for me. Volume wise, I exceeded expectations in swimming (45k yards), but was under in biking miles (141mi). However, I pulled multiple PR's in the pool this month and a PR on my hilly bike... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Living Life
August was another challenging month. I had trouble with more fatigue issues and had some work travel, but didn't expect the overall impact I experienced. I suspect I lost some focus along the way. Here's how August played out: My... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Living Life
Working this machine, and with good coaching, swam 1000 yds today in training for PR of 20 seconds faster than last, best time. Haven't been working the machine that long, so I doubt it's had much impact yet. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Living Life
July didn't turn out as well as I wanted, but it considering some of the challenges and comparing to June, it wasn't bad at all. I hit a wall where I had no gas, and took some days off that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Living Life
But also had the privilege of working with heroes. (picture links to video) Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Living Life
Here's some recent vids we took of swim strokes. We do need some practice with the camera :). The idea here is to review and figure out what to improve. These two videos are at a controlled pace: This one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Living Life
Superb Father's Day in AUS on this dive! My life isn't perfect; there's a still a few things I have to do, but it is pretty danged cool and much better than I deserve. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Living Life
Here's a yoga sequence I consistently practice, a series of standing poses strung together. I admit, I'm not very good at this type of exercise, but I do get a good feeling when complete. I build up to this sequence... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Living Life
So here's numbers for June. Look at that abysmal bike mileage! Actually, June contained a significant amount of travel where I didn't have access to a pool or my bike. Getting back into the routine after the body had been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Living Life
Well, May was definitely a month of thinking and evaluation. I set very aggressive goals and only hit one, but I also developed some knee problems which caused me to change course. Let's break it down. My swimming is solid.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Living Life
I don't do many game reviews, but since I'm emotionally invested in certain titles, I decided to complete one on Mass Effect: Andromeda. Giving credit where due, the game graphics are outstanding and smooth and combat is fun. The versatility... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Living Life
March and April have been fantastic months! March finished base training where I hit most of my goals; April started speed training, of which I have little experience, but am enjoying what I'm coming up with. In March I pulled... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Living Life
So as I close out February, the 3d month of base training, I find myself happy with where things are going, but challenged by the negativity of not doing as well as I could have. I missed a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Living Life
This is always the kind of thinking that gets my juices flowing. I don't know if I'm any different than the next person, but I have always feared getting old and feeble. I used to live around alot of ailing family and that was a bit scary. As I started to look around, I noticed folks that were old, but not feeble, some were downright phenomenal. There seemed to be a strong correlation between exercise and quality of life. At the same time I also have what I would call an entrepreneur spirit, but also alot of fear of risk. Maybe there is a link somewhere in here :). Thanks bud!
Very inspirational and right along the lines of some of my latest thoughts! Thanks for sharing!
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Mar 15, 2010
I think you're exactly right Jason. Rather than trying to "balance" by figuring out what has to be done to achieve balance, focusing fully on this minute seems to add a very strong sense of well being. Maybe committing to this minute is the same as committing to yourself. If you can commit to yourself, then you must be self assured, self loved, and worthwhile.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2009 on What does it mean to be "balanced?" at Jason Womack
A question I haven't been able to answer is what would it cost for the government to run health insurance, and would that be higher or lower than private insurance. One aspect of the US Government is its outstanding democratic attitude. The government does very well at attempting to consider all facets, opinions, interests, and people. However, doing so, comes at a cost. Resolving all the differences that come with developing a system that provides for all, or as many as possible, requires people to deliberate and spend resources to come up with such a system. By nature, a democratic government is not efficient because it must consider all facets of an issue. A private enterprise, on the other hand, is not bound by such ideals and can cut through quite a bit of bureaucracy, although, obviously a private entity will not fully address the needs of all. The government does not have to make a profit, whereas the private business will. So, I think a significant issue to which I've seen no empirical data from which to judge is, will the US govt's greater administrative cost be greater than or less than a private insurer's profit margin? Theoretically, this is what will make one or the other system more or less costly to the citizen. This is all a fairly simplistic analysis and I'm sure there are many more smarter people than I that could add clarity to this issue.
Will the proposed bill limit my healthcare options? Yes, any system which makes decisions by default will limit options. I think the right question is will the options be limited to the point that the care is unsatisfactory. Another thing to consider is will the limits be more or less restrictive than what private insurers offer? Sec 122 of the proposed bill is touted as rationing health care; I'm not finding anything in this section that does so. This section describes the minimum type of care under this plan and limits the cost-share of the individual. Sec 123 confirms the existence of a committee that will determining treatment and benefits: "(1) IN GENERAL.—There is established a private-public advisory committee which shall be a panel of medical and other experts to be known as the Health Benefits Advisory Committee to recommend covered benefits and essential, enhanced, and premium plans." I believe this is how a private insurer also makes similar determinations. The difference is that with multiple insurers, an individual can make a choice on which company to contract with.
I remember Jason telling me one time, speaking of a client of his, "I couldn't help them make a light beam any smaller, but I could help them with the 300 emails they had needing answers." If taking care of those emails freed up productivity in optical physics, maybe Jason did help them make the light beam smaller.
We did that when we moved from Oklahoma to Washington. We drove across to Yosemite, then to San Francisco, and took PCH all they to the northern part of Oregon. Man, what a drive!
Absolutely inspiring!