31 August 2023

Porthole into my ‘morrow

Sitting in the flight to Miami – my first flight with Sharmila after joining the new job – I am driven to reflect on the recent past. There I was, minding my own business – enjoying an early retirement, covering beaches of a different island or country every month – Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Abaco, Roatan … not to speak of the Coronado Island (twice) in this country within the first six months of this year, when the best laid plans of mice and men got upset.

Reflecting further, I might have been an idiot. From all the comments from my friends and well wishers, it would appear that I was the only one confident that I was not going back to work. For money or otherwise.

And yet, somehow, I ran into yet another great team. Who has been more than accepting and welcoming of a leader whose self admitted strength lies in his ignorance and unabashedly trying to make a case that the other side might be right.

The span of six weeks has been a blur. Work has been exhilarating. Even more adventurous has been trying to settle down to a new routine. The daily walk to the local bars with Sharmila and dog – regardless of how late it is – has become an article of faith. Joining my running group again to force myself to get back into running first thing in the morning has revived many an endorphin that had escaped me for years.

Motorbiking and boating has entered the “must do” domain of every weekend. Heck, even started canoeing – to add more complexity to the routine.

The regrettable costs emerging include not having the flexibility to see the two girls in New York and DC whenever I want. And my social time with Atlanta friends has been dramatically reduced. As has the time I could spend helping friends professionally – finding jobs, making new connections, offering help in resume feedback or management decisions they were struggling with.

Ah! Well!! In another attempt to balance the old with the new. Sharmila and I are headed to yet another island to take in the beautiful beaches and the cerulean waters for the long weekend.

Watching the fiery western sky thru the airplane window, I am moved to conclude that … sunsets are a beautiful thing to reflect upon as you steadily march towards them…

30 August 2023

The peer pressure is working

Got up in the morning and went out with the group (Val and Bill) for a run. Rachel bailed out on us and went for a swim. Given the humidity this morning, we kind of did the same. And put in a 5K run in too!

From the picture, Val seems to have taken Sheryl Sandberg’s book a little too literally !!

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27 August 2023

Ventured a little more in my run today

Did a 8K run and pushed for higher speeds. Peaked at 9:30 min/mile for a mile. But averaged a little over 10 min/mile today. The trick was to let somebody running past me get a little ahead and then speed up to keep a constant distance. After about half a mile, I would have to relent and slow down. That one time when I picked three high school kids passing by me – that was a mistake. Heart beat shot past 180 !!

In a somewhat related news… I am still alive!!

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26 August 2023

Hot ride!

It was sweltering hot the entire ride to Ballground. But was glad to see Autumn and Hannah after quite some time. On the ride back caught a bit of rain but seems like I missed the downpour that went thru Alpharetta about 15 minutes before I arrived.