Spacemen by the seashore
Well, really spacemen by the bayshore, but it sounds better with alliteration. And I really didn’t want to lead with «Astronauts by the estuary» for lots of reasons, not least of which is that it isn’t actually alliteration.
Street art is (sometimes) fascinating here in San Francisco. From stickerers to muralists to… flat metal cutouts of astronauts. On my run today I went past these and couldn’t quite believe my eyes. It wasn’t just one of thesethere were four or five that I saw. Two were on land like the one pictured here and the others were out in the bay on the old remnants of long-forgotten piers. Every now and then this town reminds me why I live here.
I got a late start, but I was back home by noon so I can call it a morning run. I’ve got a lot more to do today so I hope that was my good foundation for the rest of the day. I’m pretty tired but hopefully I’ll be refreshed by the time I get showered.
The run started faster than I thought10 or 11 minutes per mile pacebut by the end of the first mile I had slowed to my regular (hate to call it that) 13 minute mile pace. At 1.5 miles I took a walk break. No shame in that exactly, but if I want to do better I might have to go running more than once a week.
Other notable things from the run? Not much. There continues to be a lot of construction down the Third Street corridor. I caught a picture of these cranes thinking they’d be the highlight of the run until I saw the flat steel spacemen. Well, you get to see the cranes anyway.
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Believe in yourself
This is not really a reply. It’s a new post. I ran across this this morning — one of those things where you open up a book to a random page and are struck by the relevance of what it opens to. From the book “The 100 Simple Secrets Of Happy People,” by David Niven, Phd:
“Don’t write yourself off. If you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t be able to function.”
“Steve Blass was a great major league pitcher in 1972. In fact, he was one of the very best. One year later, he was on his way out of baseball. Did he get hurt? No. Did anything change?
“One thing changed: Steve Blass lost his confidence. As Blass said, ‘When it was gone, it was gone for good.’ He started thinking about all the things that could go wrong, and suddenly they did. Steve Blass no longer believed he could be a major league pitcher, and before he knew it, he no longer was a major league pitcher.
“The ability to do anything must be accompanied by the belief that we can do it. As important as learning how is learning that you know how. There is an old saying, ‘Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, either way, you’re right.’ ”
“Across all ages and all groups, a solid belief in one’s own abilibies increases life satisfaction by about 30 percent, and makes us happier both in our home lives and in our work lives.” Myers and Diener 1995
Interestingly, the very next entry is titled: “Don’t Believe in Yourself Too Much.”
Either way, you’re right
On bicycles and motorcycles they tell you: always look where you want to be. If your eyes are fixed on that tree stump, you’ll probably end up running right into it. But even if you think you’re coming around a corner too fast, you focus on the farthest part of the road and that’s probably where you’ll end up.
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