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April 25, 2015

Well welcomed, the warrior

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Well welcomed, the warrior

I'm a rad guy, and I live with a rad girl who treats me like a king. Ladybird picked me up upon arrival at the local airport, drove me to check in at the office to inform the staff of my return to battle next week, ministered to the sundry needs of a man ten days abroad1, washed the laundry fresh from my suitcase, and then took me along for entertainment while procuring ingredients for from-scratch lasagna.

After that shopping trip, I made my first bechamel (perfectly executed, I'll add) for our lasagna and settled into the Vulpes' night routine2 without a hitch. At which point it struck me - most Americans don't have any notion of a regular routine of family life (we also lack the cultural routines for "eating as an activity" instead of "eating to sate the machine"3, but this is an entirely different topic).

Our nightly routine is a mere iceberg-tip of the well-curated life we've put together4. It's so familiar and well-trod, this path, that I can drop right into my track fresh off a 21-hour set of plane rides from the other hemisphere5.

Most Americans don't know that they can live like this, or are unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to do so. I'm thrilled to a) be so well treated by my wife6 and b) to have put together a life that's so robust and self-supporting of all the right habits7. It's one of the reasons that I'm not particularly bothered at the spectre of changes that children will bring to my life - while I'm sure that everything's going to change, and in a myriad of ways impossible to predict, I've a more solid foundation for operating a healthy life than most people I know (and I'd bet a more solid foundation than most Americans have ever dreamt could be possible).

To wives and families!

Footnotes:

1

The talk-monsters of #bitcoin-assets left me no time to meet the locals in B.A., I tell you! I had to fight for even the few nights of tango I managed to get in…

2

Guitar-ing, cooking, singing, and eating to name a few.

3

I myself am guilty of this for 2/3 of my daily meals, taking breakfast and lunch at the office and minimizing the time so "wasted".

4

I also rented an office ten blocks from my house to minimize wasted time - part of the well-curated life thing. Granted, the real estate's a bit spendy, but it's not that much more expensive than everything else out there, and it's more ft^2 and nicer than any of the options down town. From the office I bike to a local mountain and run its stairs a few times, the whole thing several times per week. Including showering at the office, the whole exercise routine takes almost exactly an hour, every time. I don't even pay for a gym membership!

Good engineering is the art of looking at the piston, and realizing that you can cut the head to act as a radiator without compromising its structural bits. Life can and should be engineered in the same way, with every aspect supporting every other aspect holistically. Americans have trouble working out because they waste 2 hours driving to work every day, and then have to shoehorn a gym trip into life on top of that!

Time, it turns out, is your most valuable asset. You don't know how much if it you have left, and not wasting that limited, resource of unknowable depths is the key to getting lots of shit done and still having time to drink a few bottles of wine with friends on the weekend.

5

A nice thing about traveling to Buenos Aires is that it's only 4 hours ahead of Pacific time, and the flightset's just about 21 hours, no matter how you slice it. That means I get on the plane at 9a my time, and off the plane at 9a local time! If I snag 6-7 hours of sleep in there at the tail end of the intercontinental flight, my clock's pre-synced and I'm ready to roll!

6

That was what I went into this post intending to talk about, before I got distracted with the importance of holistic life engineering…

7

Cooking for ourselves, spending quality time together, eating together, making music and dancing together…

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