Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year - How Fast Will This One Fly?

Stolen from a friend, who stole it from Mario Andretti...

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.

I might be hitting the turbo boost in about 3 weeks and I was getting worried about it, but now I feel better with that as a motto for the year. 2011 was nicely under control for the most part, although while reviewing photographs taken in 2010 and 2011 I was sad at the lack of gorgeous sunset pictures and dogs playing in the yard pictures taken in H2 2011 vs H2 2010, work being the curse of the photographing class.

Not exactly a New Year's resolution as much as a temporary diversion - I haven't exactly taken up wind sprints as advised but am trying to improve lung capacity a little for agility. Right now can't run at Star speed and give commands both. So dog walks have turned into dog jogs. 1 walking loop around the field has turned into 2 trotting loops on our lumpy path, and sometimes I even wander all the way around to the other side of the complex and pound the pavement coming back. While it's not snake season, we might run a little on the river walk just over there. Usually I'm wearing laceless boots that I've used in the winter to just slip in for a quick trip out with the dogs.

So on my limited budget I'm shopping for a good all wheel drive shoe for varied terrain. Built-in brakes would be good. Our high speed excursions are kinda like something from a physics text book - I control my vertical speed while they manage my horizontal speed. I sure hope nobody is making youtube videos from their balcony as we fly by. I'm sure there is a very ungraceful face plant in our future, if not from a wrong foot placement, then from Dog A coming to an abrupt sniff-halt right in my path, while the Dog B continues on at warp speed.

2 days left until CPA test #3, then off to Vegas for the annual CES blast.

Happy New Years!