Friday, January 30, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect...?

My answer... not always. Case and point, driving. It has been my experience that there is no correlation between the number of years of experience and the quality of the driver.

Every single time that I'm on the road, all I see are terrible drivers. One missed accident here, a near side-swipe there, failure to signal, limited driving distance, short stopping... the list is endless. It happens left and right.

Driving is one of the few acts where practice boosts confidence to take risk rather than make perfect drivers. Most other things people do, you can gain confidence and become better. For example, the more you play a sport, the better you become at playing it. The more frequently you practice an instrument, the cleaner and crisper your music sounds. The longer your tenure at your job, the more you learn, the more efficient you become, and the better is your end work product.

Drivers seem to get worse with more experience.  Maybe that's why insurance companies can charge the premium for coverage. I feel like that almost justifies the high cost.

How can we combat the rise of the poor driver? To me, it's easy. Like most professionals in any career path, there is some sort of continuing education. Drivers should be required to take their drivers test every few years. Maybe every time their car goes for registration renewal, they have to get their driving skills re-evaluated. Who knows? It's something to try to make things better. And in the process, jobs could be created, money could be made, and safety could be insured. And maybe insurance premiums could be reduced!

Did I just find a solution to a 1st world problem?

Be careful out there...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The 7th Continent

"I think part of the appeal of Antarctica is experiencing some sort of power, the forces of the natural world." - Jon Krakauer

I can't believe that we're booked for a trip to ANTARCTICA! It's going to be an 11-day cruise this December 2015. I imagine this is going to be another one of our adventure trips. Like our trek through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp, it will be cold and bright. And like our safari in the Serengeti, we're going to see a bunch of animals that we normally never see. It's going to be an amazing experience, and I can't wait to live it!

Everyday, we will be able to get off the boat at least twice, and via Zodiac, we can set foot on land! We have other options like snowshoeing, sea kayaking, hiking, and camping!

I never imagined having this opportunity. (Thanks babe!) Looking forward to checking this off my bucket-list.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful." - Helen Keller

I went to the eye doctor today. After going through all the routine tests and checkups, Dr. Esperon told me that my right eye prescription is going up slightly, while the left is steady.

I inquired about some reading I had done on the internet about vision. Somewhere out there, the idea that your vision stops changing at a certain age was somehow ingrained into my mind. So, naturally, I asked about it.

His response was that your vision can plateau in your 20s, but that doesn't mean that it won't change. Your vision can actually move up or down, good or bad by fractions of a point as you age. And here I am thinking that it would only get worse!

Here's to another year of sight (good or bad), the ability to see beautiful world, and the vision to see things through to the end!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This happens far too often...

I've been lagging on my blogging and it always catches up to me.

It's a New Year, and I'm going to try this again. Let's hope for some regularity...


June 2014 - World Cup - Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Iguazu Falls

June 2014 - Engagement Photos

August 2014 - Chris & Melissa's Wedding - Los Angeles, CA

October 2014 - Washington DC Trip

November 2014 - Save The Dates delivered

December 2014 - Wedding Invitations mailed