Failing to Geekout – Geekout 7

And my streak of successfully listing answers for the page-a-day calendar comes to an end. I can’t get this one. Today I’ll need to list Two Named Animals from Beastmaster, Four Dr. Seuss Book Titles, and Two Named Victims in Assassin’s Creed.

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Here goes…

Two Named Animals from Beastmaster

I don’t know Beastmaster at all, so I don’t have anything to list for this one. I did a quick search, and it seems like it might be a movie.

Four Dr. Seuss Book Titles

This is more of a “do you remember your childhood” question than anything all that geeky. Did non-geek children read something else? Well his books are certainly some of my favorites today. Not just because of how well-written and entertaining they are, but also for all of the great lessons they teach.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

I’m not really the adventurous type, but this book does make life seem like a wonderful journey. The places I’ve gone have been interesting.

The Sneeches and Other Stories

Some sneeches have stars on their bellies others don’t. None of them are better than the others, but before anyone learns that lesson, everyone is willing to pay a lot to always be the “better” type of sneech.

I think there are plenty of things you can take away from this story, beyond the obvious ideas of equality among people. You could also interpret that you don’t need to always be chasing the popular things to do. If everyone is buying the greatest new stuff, you don’t have to. You can be yourself. You’re already pretty great!

Green Eggs and Ham

I’ll admit, I’ve never tried green eggs and ham, and I don’t try as many new things as I probably should. I do know in my mind, however, that making judgements without information is a mistake. Whether that be about food or something else doesn’t matter.

The Lorax

Speaking for the trees is an important thing, since they can’t speak themselves! I admit, I need a thneed, but I’d rather find a more sustainable way to get my thneed. Perhaps we could try cutting and replanting the trees only in one place? Assuming we could produce enough thneeds for everyone’s needs, I think we’d be OK.

Two Named Victims in Assassin’s Creed

And this page gets me again. I’ve played only the first of this series. I own a few of them, but I want to play them in order. Having started the first a few times, but never completing it means I don’t know any target names.

Wrap Up

I did not expect two on the same day to end that streak. I guess I need to get around to playing Assassin’s Creed again. One of these days I’ll finish it, but I’m always distracted by other games I’m playing. Too many games, books, movies, etc. Too little time.

Mentors: Helping Us Follow Our Own Paths

Through life, we learn many things. We learn from many people, and we grow as individual members of a much greater society. Through our experiences, we gain great wisdom that we may use as we wish. Some keep their wisdom within, wasting its greatest use. Some people will share their wisdom with others offering guidance, and those greatest of all will teach others how to gain wisdom of their own.

I think it’s about time that I wrote about the last group of  people. I’ve had quite a few people help me during my years. These people I would refer to as mentors. They offer guidance more than just instruction. A mentor offers advice and direction instead of issuing commands from his or her own wisdom. Mentors help us grown as individuals. Earlier in the day of my writing this post, I ran into one of my mentors from when I was in high school. He was a teacher at the school, however, I never took a class of his. In fact, I don’t even recall how I met this specific mentor.

I know, thinking back on my own growth, that I received a lot of guidance from him. Not that he ever told me what to do, but I talked with him about my plans, my thoughts, and much more. Through his listening, questioning, and advising, I gained a great deal. I’ve had other mentors in my life. Many of them I’ve had more interaction with, but I still count this one among the most important in my life. He showed me a great many things. He taught me in many ways how to be a mentor to others, since he’s the only one I’ve had who hadn’t much connection to me. The others are those I’ve worked with or in whose classes I’ve learned in.

Thinking back on things, my greatest mentors still know me today. I think that speaks somewhat to their greatness as teachers. Remembering your students after many years is truly great. When I said “hello” to him earlier today, it was while we were each leaving a late night showing of The Hobbit. He was there with his kids, so we didn’t have time to talk. I was truly impressed that he not only recognized me, he remembered me, my name, and discussions we’d had in the past. Additionally, he remembered the name of the person I was with, my wife. Neither of us ever took his classes. He knows well the other students with whom I attended school as well. An impressive memory, and it’s clear if you talk to him, that he is a great teacher for it. When I was in school, the Lord of the Rings movies came out while I was in high school. That was one of his few remarks while we talked today.

I was emailing with one of my mentors from college recently, and I had the chance to talk with him about how I was doing. I am glad that I had that chance, because there is one thing I want to tell all of those who have helped guide me in my life, “I am doing well. Thank you for everything.” When I say that, I don’t mean financially doing well. My life is relatively stable, but most importantly, I am happy with my life. I have a wonderful wife, I have a fantastic home, I have a loving family, a love my job, am grateful for my coworkers, couldn’t ask for better friends, and am truly blessed. I have my mentors to thank both for my having those and also for my being able to realize that I have them.

Those who know me well, have heard me rant about the bad teachers I’ve had in my education. I’ve had my share of bad teachers, I’ve always used them as an opportunity to learn on my own, rather than following their guidance. I’ve also had my share of great teachers, and this post is my chance to make sure that people know that there are great people out there. They’ll help you, they’ll guide you in life. They’ll show you how you can help others in the same way they help you along the path. I only hope that I can offer similar guidance to those who cross my path in life.

Bicycle Commuting

When the weather is not as hot as it has been (90+ and humid), I will often ride my bike to the office. I live a little under 5 miles from my office, so I can do the ride in the morning without arriving drenched in sweat. This is important for someone who works in an office in close proximity to other people. The heat, however, would cause me to arrive drenched in sweat, so I’ve not been riding to work for weeks.

I find that a bike ride to work is great way of removing stress. Sometimes I am stressed about things that will be happening at work, and a ride to the office clears my mind of these concerns. It’s also great for the ride home. You very quickly get your mind off of work and onto what you’re doing. Much more so than driving does.

I am not athletic by any stretch. In fact, my BMI is about 29, so I am just barely under obesity. I say this as encouragement for others. I am overweight and can ride my bike to work nearly 5 miles and it’s not very difficult. You can do the same thing.

In fact, I am writing this post to encourage more people to try biking to work. It’s great exercise and doesn’t take a lot of time out of my day. My commute takes about 10 minutes by car and about 20 minutes by bike. Thanks to traffic lights, I average 30 miles an hour going to and from work. I average 15 miles an hour on my biking commute on the exact same streets.

Please take safety precautions and learn about biking on streets before you try this. I am obviously not a medical professional either, so make sure you check with a medical professional before trying this.