Week 10 of 213: God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. [1]

Cubicle Warrior’s blog, week 10 of 213. The family has now been here for more than a week. We are starting to settle into our Los Angeles lifestyle, but we are still homesick for the comforts of Texas and/or Florida. God gave us the gift of life, but is is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. We are finding ways to live well using the gifts given to us in our new home.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart [2]. This week we took the kids to their new martial arts instructor. We like him a lot, and anticipate good things from him. The kids are starting to feel like home in the new school, but it is difficult to do so without occasionally looking back at our old taekwondo school, the one that was home for longer than any other school. We know that we will be here for at least four years, so we will go forward on this new path with all our collective hearts…even though this means traversing at least two hours of Los Angeles traffic to and from the dojahng. The kids’ new instructor and his staff have been very welcoming. They invited us to a nice Independence Day barbecue along with the other new student (from North Dakota), and have allowed the kids to be active in some exciting events, such as the Hyper Martial Arts Camp.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail [3]. At work, I am faced with a tough problem to solve. I have to brief the General that the Air Force needs a specific capability to kill terrorists and defend our systems, but that the bureaucracy needed to make this happen is fraught with political landmines, financial constraints, and a bureaucratic pissing contest. I will lead my team on what I believe is the right path, not for the command, but for the Air Force.

There is no such thing as a good tax [4]. This Obamacare situation has spurred a bustle of political discussion on Facebook. In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other [5]. Both Winston Churchill and Voltaire offer wise points of view on the topic of taxation–generally speaking it is a bad idea to tax one party with the intent of disseminating the benefits to other parties while potentially excluding the party that was originally taxed. In case you, the sole reader of this blog, has forgotten what kind of government we have in America and why excessive taxation is bad, try viewing this video on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFXuGIpsdE0&feature=youtu.be].

I don’t fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is saying, “Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?” [6]. In 1424 days I will have to decide what to do about the only job I have ever had (other than a six month stint washing dishes at Lighthouse Point Restaurant. I know that I am capable of making rank in the Air Force and possibly maxing out as a lieutenant colonel in 2025, but I do not know at this time if I still have the desire to do the same thing for another decade or begin a new journey and work for a second retirement check. Lord knows that with the escalating cost of living I will need two pensions and a lot of IRA contributions in order to afford living to the ripe age of 80. I know that even if I walk away from the Air Force, I will still have that hunger to be on top of my military career.

This week’s foodspotting:


  • The house is starting to take shape as we make headway in unpacking and arranging.
  • I found the bathroom scale and weighed myself at 146 pounds, just over my 145-pound goal.
  • I ran six miles through rough terrain on Tuesday, and it kicked my butt the rest of the week.
  • Cabrillo Beach is conveniently located 2 miles from home, but is not the best beach.
  • I will be in training for the next two weeks. Yay. Two weeks of not hunting for a desk to work from. Two weeks of being nagged by the boss to get back to work doing less interesting stuff.
  • I went 3-2 in my UFC 148 picks.
  • My Android phone went haywire and is now DOA. I will be using the iPhone 4 temporarily until I get the opportunity to upgrade to another Android at some point in the near future [link].
  1. François Marie Arouet
  2. K’ung Fu Tze
  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. Sir Winston Churchill
  5. François Marie Arouet
  6. George S. Patton

8 thoughts on “Week 10 of 213: God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. [1]

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