From the mouth of Alex

I understand what you do at work now dad.

You help your coworkers understand their thoughts, emotions, and their relationships with other people. You chat with them and help them be better. You print things… and do all sorts of other things that have to do with printing. And also in your free time you sometimes play foosball.

Thoughts on parenting

Alex got a Rubik’s cube for Christmas. I remember spending hours playing with my own as a kid and only ever being reliably able to get one side correct. While I’m reasonable at algorithms, I have horrible spatial awareness and visualization skills. With help from the Internet, I was able to solve the cube in ~15 minutes. It makes me wonder how the easy access to information will help kids (they can tackle many more problems that have already been solved) or hinder their development (they won’t develop the tenacity to tackle problems).

Arianna’s phone (Dina’s old flip-phone from 2005) finally died just before Christmas. While it didn’t work, Arianna was still happier playing pretend phone with that than an actual working iPhone. So, I asked co-workers if they had any old phones to donate. I got 5. I wonder what that teaches Arianna. Toy breaks, get five to replace it.


This was by no means the first time he had been on ground once sacred to some great religion. He had seen Notre Dame, Hagia Sophia, Stonehenge, the Parthenon, Karnak, Saint Paul’s, and at least a dozen other major temples and mosques.

– Arthur C. Clarke, The Fountains of Paradise
Realizing I’ve visited all of those makes me appreciate life.


A coworker suggested we do a 30-day ab challenge together.  I learned a number of things:

  • It’s amazing what one can do when one puts one’s mind to things. I actually was able to finish the challenge.
  • Don’t agree to an exercise challenge from someone 15 years younger than you are. I was cursing my coworker daily for weeks. Yes, even on the rest days.
  • Agree to the consequences of success or failure up front.
  • I cannot easily detect someone (or at least this co-worker) lying to me by omission over chat (10 days undetected). I can very easily detect lying by omission in person (~1 minute to detection). In other words, it took me 10 days to realize that said coworker had given up.

30-day Ab ChallengeAnd yes… my abs look like hers… you just can’t see it as easily under my beer belly.


I think I’m at the point where the worst thing that can happen is that I fail. That’s OK.

Before that it was “be dismally unprepared and make a fool of myself”.

— Me, learning.