Getting older, plainer, saner
The days are rainy and dark, but this feels natural to me, which proves that I’m a man from the North.
North-East of Europe precisely, with my heavy accent that I will never loose – you know, like in: “my English better today…”
Strangely, with time I like the winter more and more, although I can’t ski for the life of me and I used to be really good at that - like double black diamond ski slopes fast good.
Now, you don’t want to watch me try it anymore - after a trip to Zermatt with my boys I decided to put the skiing equipment away for good.
Living by myself in Suisse for a long time I wouldn’t turn on the TV for weeks.
In Canada quite often I’m forced to (its called wife in the room) and in the process I have gathered better understanding how the media machine works.
Forget the news, they’re focused on criminal affairs, covid and politics, so nothing really impacting the viewers in the immediate future.
Important part is that the people delivering the news are perceived as having the prestige, be it success in business, rewards for whatever and they look good.
Then you have the talk shows, which are really the opinion makers; this is where the wood hits the ball. This is where the message to the watching public is sent.
Not that I care, I always thought that to understand what is going on in the world you need to read books, not watch TV.
I make one exception – the South American women weather forecasters on TV, starting from Mexico down, make me not to notice the temperature numbers on the screen behind.
What did you just say, lady? Rain or sunshine tomorrow?
Got distracted by the looks.
And there is the ridiculous news coming in, that makes life fun, like – John Kerry, the Davos climate czar, is a guy with six houses, 12 cars, 2 yachts and a private jet and he is lecturing people to take a bus to stop pollution.
Good news is, according to NASA the CO2 levels in the atmosphere haven’t changed since the measurements historically began, so we’re likely okay and the whole emission debacle is pointless.
The planet will take care of itself, we’re only passing by, don’t think too much of yourself.
One word about the elections in the US at the end.
I’m starting to think I got it wrong all along. What if the “deep state” (government administration, who are in their jobs 30 – 35 years, versus the president a fraction of it) supported the election of president Trump to his surprise.
I think he was shocked to be elected.
He was just marketing himself, like in the TV show of his.
You need to have a fall guy for the great reset in the society and they got one just in time.
A story about Elon Musk is making rounds, him being tested for covid four times during the day, same testing kits, same personnel, and two of these tests came positive and two negative. It would take a lot to unpack this story, but I will focus on one aspect only – how could Pfizer recently announce positive results from phase 3 clinical trial for the vaccine if its impossible to say who is sick and who is not.
Naturally, Pfizer’s stock jumped up on the news and the CEO unloaded his shares immediately. Guess his trust in the product had some limitations.
Now, bear with me for a moment as I go scientific - positive reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests have been used as the justification for keeping large portions of the world locked down for the better part of 2020. This, despite the fact that PCR tests cannot distinguish between inactive viruses and “live” or reproductive ones.
Hear that? Restaurant owners, hotel guys, airlines, cruise ship companies?
The inventor of the PCR test, the late Kary Mullis, stressed that this test should not be used as a diagnostic tool for the reason that it’s incapable of diagnosing disease. A person is only infectious if the virus is replicating, as long as the virus is inactive, it’s completely harmless both to the host and others.
So, a number of scientists are saying that what we have is not a COVID-19 pandemic but a PCR test pandemic.
Which brings up the logical question – why do we need a test that doesn’t tell us anything important, really. But that’s an engineer speaking.
Fact is, we have a huge drop in flu cases, so we’re likely confusing these two. Government payments for anything covid sure help the charade.
Let’s keep it simple.
Health authorities recommend that you wash your hands often and vigorously, like after chopping jalapeños, and they don’t want to discourage sex, but they want to remind you that the safest sex partner is always yourself.
Happy winter, everybody.
On a more serious note, gun sales are through the roof, did you know that? And ammo is on back orders. What does it say about people’s trust in the government to keep order in the society?
And there are solid reasons for the distrust, like the action of the Swiss health economist Willy Oggier, who proposed to register the names of Covid-19 skeptics and if they are infected with the virus not to grant them a bed in hospital.
Just one example what idiots walk the earth.
News TV are not consistent and the message is not clear. I’ve been through this spectacle before, back when the communism was folding. You simply didn’t know what is coming next. It is impossible to trust the news, because they make little sense.
It's as clear as day - that is why a man walks into a gun store and buys a Desert Eagle, he needs to protect family from the craziness.
I think I’m about done commenting on the world affairs.
Kurt Vonnegut, the writer, said - when you get to my age, and if you do, you will realize that life is not over, but the story is.
ll tempo se ne va
The US election result is far from being finalized, the Electoral College of the United States will vote on December 14th.
Joe Biden is wrong to celebrate so quickly and president Trump is not a quitter.
The Biden’s campaign was utterly bereft of ideas and policy issues. He has been in politics for 47 years and I never heard of any of his achievements. I guess the biggest one is this - he woke up this morning.
Fyodor Dostoevsky, the writer, saw the behavior of Russia’s useless leftist class at the end of the 19th century as presaging a period of unrest.
The main character in his Notes From Underground carries the ideas of liberalism to their logical extreme. He is rational, he says that it is even impossible for an intelligent man to become anything, and only fools become something.
Whatever the results of the US election will be, the other side will not accept it, in the sense that the confidence in the government will not be the same. And confidence of the people is the key. In a marriage it is called love, in public life its confidence, this is what keeps the society together.
Example is – about 70% of dollars are circulating outside of the US, be it paper or electronic currency. And there is a reason for it – people have higher confidence in the US government that in any other on the planet, this may be in the process of changing.
We may be looking at a gradual switch from deflation to inflation, which means higher interest rates in societies that took on lots of debt. You can cancel the debt, of course, but there is always someone on the other side, the pension funds that bought it, for example.
The covid panic only accelerates change. Give you an example - for several years now there is a push for cashless society, all money would be electronic. There is a huge advantage in it for the government (ALL transactions will be visible and taxable, you won't be able to pay cash the guy who removes snow from your driveway, for example). With covid, most people will not touch banknotes that were touched by who knows who before. So there you go - bad idea made easy to implement.
There are more examples of how the covid panic increases the government control and more players in the game profit from it - just consider tech firms like PayPal or Apple looking at the increase of the number of transactions on their platform in the cashless environment.
It will cost us all another piece of freedom.
Consider this - in 1999 there were a million patents digitalized by IBM and this was when the patents on corona virus started showing up. In 2003 the Centre for Disease Control wanted to make sure that they control proprietary rights to the disease (patent US 7279327), the detection and all the measurement of it (patent US 7776521).
Now, nature is prohibited from being patented. Either corona virus was being manufactured, therefore meaning the patent on them legal, or it was nature, therefore making a patent on it illegal.
I wish to live in a place where media would ask this simple question.
I’m a square headed civil engineer, goddamn; my mind is into concrete and steel beams and its me who brings it up??
Well, I'm also into motorcycles - so into things that move extremely fast, or are solid and don't move at all.
I like the extremes, the middle is boring.
Working from home I started watching TV in the background, which is new for me.
I alternate from series like “Harry Bosch” (and this guy has strong screen presence) to the news.
And then I usually regret that I switched the channels.
I realized that the core problem in any country is the limited relevance of its president’s intentions. And then his actions are intentions diluted.
I don’t know who is calling the shots anymore on a national and international scale and this makes me uncomfortable.
When, and if, the covid scandal clears, it will be like the Nuremberg Trial for the government and media officials – “I was just following orders.” Thing is, I don’t understand from whom.
The government’s handling of the covid issue is erratic, and the absence of logic is bothering people more and more.
Example is - flying back to Switzerland I need to quarantine for 10 days at home – how do I get food during that time? Plus I need to report to the authorities within two days of arrival – so, stay home or not? If I travel from there to Belgium for less than 48 hours I don’t need to quarantine after return. 49 hours I do.
In Austria, they introduced a curfew during the night, when the traffic on the street is the lightest. How that this make sense? Introduce curfew during the day to limit people interactions, if that’s the goal.
Klaus Schwab, who was a longtime professor at the University of Geneva, and is the founder of the World Economic Forum, has said – “in 10 years you will own nothing, and you will be happy about it.” He is advocating the covid story as an opportunity for a “great reset” in our societies. You may call him the new Karl Marx, but he takes care of himself – the WEF sold all its investments just before the covid news hit.
A good question is - who is doing the thinking in our societies? Communists like Schwab or Thomas Piketty, the French mad man?
Perhaps each government should have a Minister of Thinking, as it seems to be a unique skill.
This can’t be a lawyer, can’t be an academic but a person with real life experience.
Engineers don’t need to apply - we simplify things, meaning we will give you a black and white answer.
At least this one will, and I’m still going to say it – if you own nothing, you have no freedom.
Some people start showing signs of desperation, as in the long running France – Turkish feud, president Erdogan said that president Macron needs some mental treatment.
In response France recalled its ambassador to Turkey and the EU elites issued a communiqué that Erdogan should behave.
I can almost hear his laughter from the 2000 rooms mansion in Ankara.
We’re all losing something because of the covid scandal, businesses going bust and people getting poor. Salaries get cut in half or better, making people slaves of the system.
The governments are coming down hard on the doubters of the official line. In Canada you could be fined up to $750,000 for not following the rules.
I think I am hearing another laughter, this time from the grave of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin.
What I know for sure is that in the end reality always has the final say.
As Guy McPherson said: Nature bats last.
And it will be a good shot, cleansing us of this nonsense.
Let the Canadian artist Robbie Robertson take it from here:
“Struck by lightning, the fire is dying
And she called out your name
Sudden thunder, the sky is crying
Can't tell the tears from the rain.”
Geopolitics is founded on two assumptions. The first is that a community’s location defines the community. Second, the leader’s decisions are shaped by that reality. On the most basic level, political leaders don’t count because the decision-making exists within the limits of the place you live in, and then some of us may carve their way out of their matrix, but we’re the outliers.
This comes to my mind just before the US election, and you may like one candidate or the other, but at the end there are bigger forces at play. The president is just the front man, giving a hint of what is coming at you soon like a freight train, and nothing can stop it. And what is coming is nothing short of re-arranging the way the world works. Trump understands it; Biden gets in the way of it, trying to delay the inevitable.
He is the obstacle in the way the world evolves and seems to have little clue about what is going on around him. He follows a trial of men with similar limitations – George W junior and Obama. Obama didn’t even attend security briefings during his second term. George W said that “lots of our imports come from other countries”. Shows you the level of engagement.
See, I don’t believe in globalization, in any way you can imagine it, business or ideology or faith. When the Polish pope John Paul II was trying to start the dialog with the leaders of other faiths, I thought that was wrong, terribly wrong. It was seen outside of Christian faith as a weakness, a sign of a doubt in what you believe. You either know what you believe in or you do not. If the Pope has doubts, we’re all in trouble.
There are serious issues, of course, like the covid scandal in the months leading to the election. Some people are making advances out of it for political gains, some just make it big in the bank (these are the honest ones). There doesn’t seem to be much more to it than this.
The common man gets trashed. The covid charade is sparking massive protests in major cities, which the media chose to not cover.
To be honest – what they could report? They have no depth in their thinking about the world.
Let’s talk business for a change.
Technologies that define an era usually come from a major geopolitical power. Roman engineering, for example, helped shape the Mediterranean world. British technology created and sustained the industrial revolution. These empires could absorb the cost of innovation because they had the money to do so and because they knew it would only reinforce their power. And because technologies are meant to reinforce power, even the most benign were invented for military purposes.
A few examples here. The first and most obvious is that the iPhone, an icon of innovation, is actually a composite of older military developed technologies; only SIRI was invented this century. To its credit, Apple updated those technologies, fused them into a single platform, and turned that platform into a brilliantly packaged and marketed product. Still, what is called “high tech” is frequently an older innovation updated for modern use. It’s evolutionary, but it isn’t revolutionary.
The military is the primary source of innovation in our societies, never forget that, and, by the way, China hasn’t delivered none of this.
Plus, maturity is different from obsolescence. The microprocessor cannot be considered cutting edge—it was put to practical use before 1970. It has become a foundation of society even though it is no longer being radically innovated. The same could be said of the automobile and the internal combustion engine. It was incredibly useful, but after the1970s it became all marketing, not much more.
I still like the Dodge Charger Hellcat, don’t get me wrong. I take an American muscle car over a German or Italian product any time of the day.
Put my foot down on the 700 horsepower engine and I forget that nothing gonna stop them as the day follows the night, right becomes wrong and the left becomes the right.
No matter, that’s my freedom.
Eddie Van Halen passed away the other day. He was not just a guitarist, he played every instrument, but guitar was his thing. And his brother Alex had his back playing drums, Eddie would not do an interview without mentioning him.
To hear the best of him listen to his solo in “Eruption”, and it’s so wild and fast and so all over the place, you’d think he would get out of key any moment now.
But he never does, just keeps you on the edge listening and that’s art for me.
He was the rocking machine and also a great storyteller.
So, here is my tribute to him - only the good die young.
I am hooked on good songs and the ironic thing is that I don’t listen to music anymore. I don’t really read books anymore either, the library in my house is deadly, but now I am done reading anything new – there is nothing they can tell me I don’t already know.
I subscribe to a news portal that insists that the next financial stimulus will consist of all citizens writing checks to the governments, $1250 in America.
That’s a joke.
All these ladies and gentlemen in governments couldn’t resist the extra spending and the central banks are now coming to the rescue because they have no choice.
That’s not a joke.
Money is a mental concept, it is not a real thing if not backed by anything tangible. And to be clear, I see nothing wrong with it.
When the economy was expanding, even exploding like in the internet age, if the money was tied up to something tangible like gold, it would choke all the progress fast. Gold only adds about 2% of stock a year, good part of it going into jewelry, and the economies back then were growing at a multiple of that. This is the problem with “sound money”, delicately called “the gap”.
Between fantasy and reality, my opinion.
The problems start when the governments go to far, like buying stocks and bonds outright in the market (with brokers front-running them), introducing capital controls or extending the maturity of bonds arbitrarily. Italy invented that, I think.
Say, you were holding a 5-year government bond, but the guys in Rome were running light on cash and couldn’t possibly redeem it. So they would tell you that you’re now holding a 30-year bond.
The Swiss National Bank (SNB) stands out as the biggest speculator in the world.
Its balance sheet is over $ 1 trillion, or 136% of Swiss GDP.
The Federal Reserve balance sheet is 35% of US GDP, so to compete with the SNB, the Fed would need to increase its balance sheet from the current $7trillion to $27 trillion.
Basically you can consider SNB a hedge fund and let’s hope the markets will hold (SNB is a major shareholder in companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook).
What does that have to do with stimulating the Swiss economy may take some explaining to do.
I read that the revenue from covid testing kits is $2 billion per day and at some point the cost of the vaccine will kick in too, helping the revenues even more.
Once the money starts flowing freely, the system has a built in resistance to stop it.
We’re looking at the biggest money making run since the internet bubble of the late 90’s. Replace “run” with “grab” according to your level of sensitivity.
That’s the brothers Van Halen below. Someone once asked Eddie what is the rocking music all about, “sticking it up to the man,” he said.
I am no good in crowds, I‘m the walking definition of ‘Old School’, which means that I want to be free to do what I want, not harming anybody around me.
And I don’t intend to, I’m as sweet as a little puppy with big brown eyes.
Just don’t test me.
Let’s move on to business.
The covid vaccine is hoped to be here early next year and it’s beyond the media’s collective imagination to ask what that actually means.
I knew a good man in my previous life, actually pre-previous, as he is now retired, likely playing golf somewhere in Florida spending evenings on the beach, but he instilled in me that way of thinking.
“What does it mean, really?”
As I understand, the drug, when it comes, or if, will require extremely low temperature to be stored in. And by low, I mean LOW. There is no infrastructure to distribute it in a compliant way, and these storage facilities can’t be built quickly. Trust me on that one. By accident, I am a fine engineer.
Then there is the fact that any new vaccine has about 50% success ratio, historically.
So if you hope for a “change the world” moment early next year– you better don’t.
Back to the media: they represent the short-oriented mindset, like – “what do we do this afternoon, huh? anybody?” And it’s the army of ladies on the screen with their lips botoxed to the extreme, and also over weighted weird guys driving cars with very small displacement engines.
We’re talking about oligarchs here and the people paid by them, the ones on TV screens. They only think in concepts much like Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset (the one of the Davos gathering fame, and somebody please explain to me the purpose of this get together, except it costs the taxpayers a fortune – there is an army protecting the finest from the citizenry and nothing ever comes out of the meetings, never).
The practical application of what these people are doing is not there.
They don’t even understand it, which is very sad.
Simple example – in California they will force all cars to be electric real soon but they lack the infrastructure to do so as they don’t have the required power grid to support it.
Not to mention the budget that they won’t be able to accommodate to build it. So it will not happen. There will be not enough plugs to plug into. It’s actually the opposite, I mean, plugs, yes, but not enough places to connect.
Hell, my thinking is flying away now into dangerous territory.
Or the good one, no?
I will never support electric cars, because I don’t know where they get their energy from. Dirty coal fired power plants? Nuclear, in which case where is the toxic waste being dumped?
At least the traditional car has the catalytic converter, so you know what you’re blowing in the air.
Okay, it was like that until the Germans ruined it for everybody.
People miss the infrastructure part as if it doesn’t matter.
Example number two - there was all the rage that the big banks will move to Frankfurt or Paris if Brexit happens, and I hope it will.
But neither Frankfurt nor Paris have the telecommunication capacity of London.
Not even close.
There is no infrastructure to match London. And try to put it in – it takes years and an amount of money that is unfathomable on the bankrupt European continent.
Don’t you think that matters for business? Don’t you think the big players know it?
Scaling down now, sitting here on the patio on a beautiful day, I got some orders to do things around the house, but I have some serious hearing loss; my wife complains all the time.
She read this essay, how it’s full of opinions and just me being annoying.
“I had the feeling that you won’t let go.”
Living the Dream.
“You have the same eyes,” said the lady on the 787 Dream, somewhere south of Island on the long flight home.
The plane was cruising high above the clouds making its way to Canada. It entered through the Labrador, then followed the St Lawrence river, passed Montreal and finally hit the Toronto airport. And I know every moment of it, maybe 50 times by now. My little brother says it’s easier to fly up and down than square. And he knows, he is a pilot.
And I’ve been around too, you know, flown all over the globe.
And `Canada is home for me, nothing beats it.
“You know,” she said referring to my brother, “we flew together many times, he is the calmest pilot I ever met.”
And I thought: “he is the coolest guy I ever met.”
She looked at me as if waiting for an answer.
So I said: “he is the better looking brother.”
She took her time sizing me up.
So before all that, I spent a few days in Warsaw, and Warsaw is always good. The views, the history, restaurants, parks, people, you can’t beat that. There is nothing like this anywhere else.
I parked myself in a superb restaurant, had a light meal on the patio, a glass of a good wine under the sweet October sun.
Plus hey! It’s my native language. I can pick up all the nuances. And I am a storyteller and I can make people laugh, or at least interested.
There was a polish writer back in the day, Jerzy Kosinski, and he made it big in the US of A, and then he killed himself in his Manhattan apartment.
His demons came to close one evening.
Back in the day in Poland he would tell stories on a train and people would miss their stations just fascinated by what he was saying.
I am sure he was making most of it up, as I do. This is how art works, you steal from others but you add something to it.
Read his book “The painted bird”, it is something for the ages.
And I talk to people, “chat them up” is the expression. I can’t work the iphone for the life of me, but I can talk.
Then I had to leave Warsaw, with the covid scandal they want you to leave contact information exiting the plane in case of I don’t know what. Honestly I don’t.
I may have misspelled my name, I’m Michael Jackson now, I think that’s what I wrote. Also the last digits of my phone number may not be right – but hey, I had a big stroke a while ago and the right side of my body doesn’t function as it used to. My writing is bad and my mind wanders. More and more.
But I will follow the quarantine procedures down to a “t “.
I will do my part, just don’t want a clerk with a commanding voice calling me to check how I got my shopping done today.
I’ll be fine.
Former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "Second Wave" is based on faked false-positive COVID tests, "Pandemic is Over".
The "Big Pharma" insider asserts that false positive results from inherently unreliable COVID tests are being used to manufacture a "second wave" based on "new cases."
Dr. Mike Yeadon, a former Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Pfizer for 16 years, says that half or even "almost all" of tests for COVID are false positives.
Dr. Yeadon also argues that the threshold for herd immunity may be much lower than previously thought, and may have been reached in many countries already.
In an interview last week Dr. Yeadon was asked: "we are basing a government policy, an economic policy, a civil liberties policy on, what may well be, completely fake data on this coronavirus?"
Dr. Yeadon answered with a simple "yes."
Survival rate of COVID is now estimated to be 99.8%, similar to flu.
Another argument made by Yeadon et al in their September paper is that there has been no difference in outcomes related to lockdowns.
"The shape of the deaths vs. time curve implies a natural process and not one resulting mainly from human interventions...Famously, Sweden has adopted an almost laissez faire approach, with qualified advice given, but no generalized lockdowns. Yet its profile and that of the UK’s is very similar."
In Germany, an organization of 500 German doctors and scientists has formed, who say that government response to the COVID virus has been vastly out of proportion to the actual severity of the disease.
It helps to put this “pandemic” in an economic and geopolitical contest as well.
In this sense it’s a gift that will keep on giving.
Issues with EU disintegrating and strong separatist movements? Just turn up the media dial on Covid and people will stay home. Monetary easing and negative interest not working for years now ruining pension funds – do the same, just scare everyone, divert the attention.
The airlines are in a rare situation – BA chief executive Alex Cruz said this “last week we flew 187,000 passengers. The same week in the previous year we flew almost a million. We remain worried about the virus in the winter season. People are still afraid of traveling.”
What he didn’t say is that the major carriers burned tens of billions of dollars on shares buybacks in recent years in an effort to lift the stock value. Now they’re coming to the governments, hat in hand, asking for taxpayer money for comparable amounts that they incinerated earlier.
Then we have more serious things brewing.
There is a looming confrontation between the Europeans and the Russians. Normally the Americans would take care of all this because of the deal they had during the Cold War – we provide security, you side with us against the Russians. That deal has collapsed – Americans are going their own way and Europeans are their own, but the problem is they’re not of one mind. European policy making requires that all countries have to agree and one veto ruins the deal. So the Russians have a Trojan horse in terms of Greece, Cyprus and Hungry and that leaves it up to the rest of the Europeans to act independently.
The country that really matters here is Germany – they are desperate to have good relationship with Russia, this is where they get most of their energy from. In case of conflict escalation, they will need to massively re-arm, which will bring some memories in Europe.
Aside from all this, I am taking a week off starting Monday, need some break and first stop is Warsaw.
I talked to my sister, and she doesn’t take the Covid story as easy as I do.
“Go careful,” she said.
The chance of a lifetime
Writing these Friday essays is one of the best decisions I made in my life. Even if no one read it I would still do it, and here is the reason – if you know that next Friday you have to say something original, you keep your brain in the creative mode.
And if week after week you leave this trail behind of thoughtful examination of the world, you can’t help but get better in whatever it is that you seek to do. And if other people read it and trust you more – that’s a jackpot, no?
Being good at something is not a good enough reason to spend your life doing it.
I realized that some time ago. I may be a bit out of place as a structural engineer in the pharma industry, but I learned and I’m good at adapting.
Still, I prefer writing, which may be also a decent retirement plan.
But when I walk into a slick design like Toronto terminal 1 or Gdansk (Danzig) airport I see right away how the loads are transferred through the exposed structure. This gives me a strange sense of pleasure.
You never forget your first profession.
Gdansk, by the way, is comprised of 3 cities, the best kept secret is Sopot. I just spent a few nights in the Grand Hotel there on the beach, typing on the famous molo.
It was absolutely fantastic.
I started writing about 10 years ago, because imagination is the power to bring to mind things that aren’t present, the ability to step outside the moment. And I love it.
The step up from imagination is creativity, which is making something that is original, never experienced by anyone yet. How cool is that? You create something that wasn’t there before.
When we write our resumes, we make them sound like the life ran a narrative course, when in fact it was no-linear random process and that made it interesting. Life is a process of improvisation between your talents and the circumstances. Never clear where it will lead.
The most efficient people are the ones who absolutely love what they do.
If you say – “why don’t you stop it and try something new for a change?” they wouldn’t know what you’re talking about, because they’d say – “this isn’t what I do, this is who I am. This defines me.”
It’s just this something in life that you get right away when you put your hands on it. Dancing, sailing, flying, writing.
Like my brother, who would show up for work and fly the big birds across the Atlantic to the JFK even if they’d stop paying him. He wouldn’t likely even notice that they’ve stopped.
“What’s the best airport from pilot’s view?” I asked him.
“LAX, hands down, Chicago’s O’Hare close second.”
“On the Dream (787)?”
“Good wings, pull up quick.”
Wings are the most important part of the plane, the rest is just mechanics.
Wings are art.
Some people have figured out how to be naturally more productive than others per minute, and the way you do that is by having the instinct to ship. Not the instinct to polish, to justify.
You may call it “staying ahead of the pain”.
Don’t wait for the perfect alignment, just jump in, and then jump out if you lose interest.
Sing in the shower, write a poem, take chances in life, at the end you came to the world with nothing and you will leave with nothing.
It’s all about making the best of the meantime.
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler