S1 E88 — Who’s Marc Maron and What’s da Vinci got to do with him?

Then for the next hour I recalled a vision — or was it a dream — from the vacation.  All it took was to ask, “What would Leo da V do?”

What about famous Steves?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Things are going together that mean something to you, though others might not understand.  And anyway, you don’t have to share.” Taurus

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Welcome to Episode 88 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 20th day of September in the fall of 2019.

Evidence

Over three nights, whenever I needed to sleep, but couldn’t I’d play around with questions in my near sleep, “Do Steves have anything in common, like a common personality by virtue of their name — and, taking into account how others react to them and how they react to others?” 

Ahh, the second night home and asleep in my own bed. Wait, what’s this? 

On the bed stand next to my beautiful Norwegian, Emma the Baroness, lay a clock with a digital read out that seared my brain — “2:30” (AM) and then “3:30” and then a surrender to awareness.  

Got up at 5:30 am, watched TV images on mute, heard the LA Times splat on our driveway and read it for a half hour.  

Nothing of interest piqued my curiosity. 

Then for the next hour recalled a vision — or was it a dream — from the vacation.  All it took was to ask, “What would Leo da V do?” 

He reminded me that I had laid awake in Oslo, Norway, listening to the rain and heavy breathing next to me, 2 am local time.  

That’s when it came to me.  

The Book of Steves. 

A Mark Maron-type of interview played out in my partial sleep night after night after night. And finally, I recalled the whimsy of a Patreon project with behind the wall research and ongoing comments funded by Steves and friends of Steves fed by LinkedIn and Facebook.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes I feel the need to hold myself back from reading too much into one of Steves Holiday Tau.  Back from a vacation, finding a little fun project might help me shake the low energy sleep deprivation off just enough to proceed, right?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Have fun finding your new motivation.  Expose yourself to possibly exciting prospects to see what works.” Capricorn

Maybe.  McQueen’s Holiday Tau could describe how I searched for a “Book of Steves” on Amazon and in Google.  Wow, I’m not seeing it, though.  As always if you can use Steve’s TauBit, feel free to take it.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ll be answering questions of scale, figuring out what size of life feels comfortable and enlarging it just a bit from there.” Aries

Can you believe the Holiday Tau two musical icons and a comedian share?  Except for you, I haven’t shared this passion project to anyone else.  It fits, and I want it.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Things are going together that mean something to you, though others might not understand.  And anyway, you don’t have to share.” Taurus

Thank you two Gs & a K.  So, you’re saying if I use my time wisely this Saturday, by Tuesday will return?  I’m all in!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “This is a fine time to start a good habit.  Things you do will have a cumulative effect.  Your energy three days from now will depend a lot on how you conduct yourself today.” Virgo

You know, I couldn’t agree with your Holiday Tau, Steve but I just not in the market for it after my second day of sleep deprivation. Except for the least resistance part.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “The struggle is real, but only as real as you want to make it.  Or go with the thing that offers no resistance.  Neither is better, they’re just different journeys and lessons.” Gemini

So, I have to say I misread the Holiday Tau for two comedians and a founder.  I read it as ‘when you find your way’, but it grabbed and held onto my interest just as I was about to down grade its wisdom.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “What used to be challenging becomes more palatable when you find your ‘why.’” Leo

I’m pretty sure what I need, both rest and inspiration, so I’m leaving your Holiday Tau alone for you to enjoy.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You’re not sure what you need more — rest or inspiration, food or fasting, attention or the fire that builds from knowing you are on your own.  Life will give you just what you need.” Sagittarius

Give me some sleep, then wake me up on Tuesday and offer your Holiday Tau again.  Thanks, Steve.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Don’t underestimate the power of your body to assist you.  Try new health methods and activities.” Pisces

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S1 E87 — Pipe Bombs Destroy Vacation Bliss

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve gotten so used to putting up with interruptions that you’ve come to think of them as normal.  How can you protect yourself and get the peace you so deserve?” Aries

Yes, if you noticed we left a hole in our tracking of the Holiday Tau between 8/31/19 and today, September 19th.  Why?  

Evidence

We knew our vacation bliss had evaporated with the news of pipe bombs being planted at Donald Trump’s political enemies’ homes and offices played on the radio in the shuttle car on the 405 freeway.

Emma the Baroness and I with her brothers sampled the best of Norway mixed in with intimate time with her cousins and their children and in some case grandchildren.  

Our plane touched down at LAX on schedule yesterday at 5 pm Pacific Coast Time — which is, what, nine hours difference? 

We flew from Oslo to Heathrow and to LAX  and suffered reentry transition trauma to our sleep patterns. 

As much as I could mentally expend the energy, I realized I had become my mother writing everything down. She took short hand to type up later. I waited until after the experience — day-by-day in the evening after a days adventure,  while she wrote during vacations and missed witnessing the sights. Sis and I teased her on Hawaiian bus tour when she couldn’t match up her notes to the photographs we took for her vacation album. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hello again Steve.  Your Holiday Tau intrigues me — our plans had been interrupted and disrupted frequently in transit.  Airlines mostly. But, you learn to go with the flow except for a few times when a member of our party, who is easily angered, lost it several times.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You’ve gotten so used to putting up with interruptions that you’ve come to think of them as normal.  How can you protect yourself and get the peace you so deserve?” Aries

Hi Steve, I get it and will look forward to experiencing it, but honestly I’m too tired and burned out to appreciate your Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “Oddly enough, putting too much thought into a thing can make it less effective.  The slapdash version will contain the most honest information.” Cancer

Hi Steve, Steve and Steve.  I’m lovin’ your Holiday Tau, but will need to come back to it sometime in the future.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Don’t aim your message to all.  Aim it from the most specific part of you toward something particular in another person.” Leo

First reaction?  Returning to both freeway traffic jams and pipe bomb news crushed my vacation bliss.  I’m too tired to react anyway but cynically today.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Some interpret news hopefully, and others defensively or cynically.  Optimism and pessimism are just different interpretations, though optimistic people are usually happier.” Capricorn

Nash’s Holiday Tau shimmered enough so I could glimpse it before my brain and entire body shut down as I contemplated where I had left off in each of my passion projects.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’ll be busy with many areas of life at once, but you’ll also have a sense of spiritual alignment that makes this easier than it sounds.”Aquarius

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S1 E86 — Day 86 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: “Social media and self-esteem hang in a tricky balance.  It is easy to get seduced by the rush of approval.  But if it comes at the cost of being un-self-consciously involved in life, it’s not worth it.” Gemini

Will the number of selfies mess with our heads as we create memories? Heads up, we need to make sure we are mindful and present to have the best experiences.

Evidence 

Yea! It’s Saturday again and welcome to Episode 86 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 31st day of August in the summer of 2019.  

So what’s been going on? Norway, in a word.  

We’d been following the same vacation checklist we fine tuned after our Italy Anniversary. Emma the Baroness’ older brother who’s tagging along with us and who is a little more technology challenged than we are throws some extra work and patience requirements our way as we share documents electronically. 

For this trip, Emma the Baroness wanted access to emails and the web which she didn’t in Italy.  We set her iPhone and computer up with Gmail and practiced T-Mobile WiFi which is supposed to be low to no extra charge for roaming fees and international charges.  

We’ll see, right? 

I spent three hours messing around with Volume Three — memoir, legacy, wisdom stuff.

Yup, our Holiday Tau prep with T-Mobile rings true.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Deciding to teach things you don’t even know about is one of the fastest ways to learn.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Anything we can lift from the remaining Steves?  Yes, but not for this Saturday before a vacation.

Will the number of selfies mess with our heads as we create memories? Heads up, we need to make sure we are mindful and present to have the best experiences.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: “Social media and self-esteem hang in a tricky balance.  It is easy to get seduced by the rush of approval.  But if it comes at the cost of being un-self-consciously involved in life, it’s not worth it.” Gemini

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Those who pay more attention to their own minds than to environmental cues often annoy those playing by the rules of context.  Then again, the renegades have something to teach.” Aries

Oh, so true.  So far, knock on wood as Emma the Baroness is fond of saying, we always seem to hear what a good job we’ve done raising Jazzy and Shaggy.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You get what you put into it with children.  They don’t have the same social references and currencies as people who have lived decades.” Virgo

And, again A-OK (haha)’s Tau feels worthwhile

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Art is in nuance.  Nuance takes experience.  You’ll create something nuanced because you pushed for a bigger experience.” Sagittarius

And, especially if it is nuanced, right?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “When you put something out into the world without worrying too much about what’s going to become of it, that is an act of love.” Capricorn

Oh, and Bon Voyage!

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S1 E84 — Crisis averted?  Energy depleted?  What are we going to do?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While the naturally logical thinkers may have an advantage with today’s task, those who think differently will get there with a little more effort.” Pisces

Crisis averted?  Energy depleted?  What are we going to do?

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 84 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 29th day of August in the summer of 2019.

As Emma the Baroness and I prepared to leave on our Norwegian vacation, it dawns on me that I have to leave each of my passion projects in such a way that I can pick up where I left off when we return from our two week vacation. 

Our anniversary Italian vacation made it easier to prepare for how to track expenses and take and convert notes and photos into a journal of memories. By being prepared we can reserve more energy to tackle any last minute issues.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Looking for answers in the familiar places will bring you common, acceptable solutions.  Unusual problems require unusual solutions found in strange places.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I guess you could say, and you wouldn’t be wrong that McQueen’s Holiday Tau describes in greater detail what Emma the Baroness and I spent more time doing.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Start ticking things off your to-do list.  It will bring so much satisfaction to organize your thoughts this way.” Aries

If you’re saying today’s task is really a set of tasks to prepare for our Norwegian vacation using checklists and expense tracking strategies that proved very useful in Italy, then yes I have to agree with Jobs’ Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While the naturally logical thinkers may have an advantage with today’s task, those who think differently will get there with a little more effort.” Pisces

Well, yeah.  I mean, who wouldn’t agree?

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “A long stretch of the same activity over and over will kill your enthusiasm.  So keep changing it up today.” Taurus

Makes sense, but I’m not sure how it applies today.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “To counteract the unpredictable nature of motivation, set up your own encouragement instead of expecting it to drop in.” Gemini

And, yes, who can argue?

“2”  Steve Howey, 42: “Wanting a thing over and over, deeply and with great willingness to do quite a lot to bring it into reality — that’s the sort of wanting that makes things happen.” Cancer

So, this too makes sense.  Like a child swinging on a jungle gym ladder from rung to rung overhead.  You can’t make progress as you reach out for the next rung, if you don’t release the one in your other hand so you can swing it forward to grab the next rung in sequence.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Giving something up is hard, but it’s made easier when you do it at the same time as starting something else new to take its place.” Leo

Maybe GG&K’s Holiday Tau makes a case for smaller cuts and and letting go over time.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You can’t just get rid of all the unnecessary things at one, but you’ll be amazed at what a few cuts will do.” Virgo

Sure, G&G’s Tau extends to me most of the time.  Maybe with two meanings — with how all of my passion projects could be characterized as dimensions of the same thing, life, and literally going someplace like, I don’t know, maybe Norway?

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “You’ve a stellar sense of direction now and it extends in many areas of life.  Of course, what good is knowing where to go unless you actually go?” Libra

So, should I take Nash’s Holiday Tau as in opposition to dropping a project while taking on another which is hard?  Maybe nudge it along instead”

“3”  Steve Nash, 45: “Nudge things into being more of what you want and less of what you don’t.  What can you do to make the process more pleasant?” Aquarius

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S1 E79 — Can I Keep It Up? For a Year?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: Focusing on what you can do in the moment is better than worrying about what you have no control over.” Scorpio

Evidence

What’s going on? After yesterday’s manic Saturday sleeping in felt good. Refreshed, but realizing this began a new time-tracking week, I told that part of myself to back off while I casually sipped coffee, read the long-form articles in the Los Angeles Times newspaper and flipped the ones I wanted to save into my Knowledge Bank in Pinboard. 

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 79 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this eighteenth day of August in the summer of 2019.

Before deciding to work with my hands (performing dead grass removal) I flipped articles about California coastal towns, counties and regions into my magazine, “California Tip to Tip” first, and in step two “cascaded” them from the whole state to personalized magazines.

Emma the Baroness and I wanted to believe everything would work out for her family reunion with cousins she hadn’t seen for a couple of decades.  The potential British Airways strike could leave us stranded in Heathrow with no way out. Our Holiday Tau we share with Henry Winkler and Zahn helped a little as we moved ahead with booking reservations.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: Focusing on what you can do in the moment is better than worrying about what you have no control over.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

WW&C’s Holiday Tau could apply to what I’m purposefully ignoring today — managing my publishing passion projects in the days following this week.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “This goal you’ve been working on might not bring what you’ve hoped for, but that will probably be its own kind of reward.” Taurus

Let’s hope Howey’s Holiday Tau rings true, the day is young and I’ll be on the look out for them.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “The new opportunities will appeal to you far more today than the actions that felt safe.” Cancer

Isn’t this every parent’s worst night mare? Or every teacher’s judgement call? Or, every advisor, coach or consultants dilemma?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “If you help too much, you could be nurturing a dependency that will hinder a person’s ability to develop skills on his or her own.” Virgo

Oh, you’re good.  At least your Holiday Tau perfectly fits me. I’ve become a highlighting fool while reading “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” just to get a basic understanding of why we “… a fool only sees what he wants to believe and disregards the rest.” And, isn’t this experiment all about me?  Or is it?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “The more you understand how things are, the better you can make them what you want them to be.” Sagittarius

Wow, really? Who’s got time to wait for a new version? Workarounds, it seems like that’s all there is to do as one platform or service you rely on disappoints.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “You can either fix what’s broken or wait a few months more for the availability of the new version.” Aquarius

And, if disappointments don’t monopolize your time, little distractions tempt me down rabbit holes until I become aware of all the 1/2 hour time blocks I’ve left blank. 

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “What seems like a small distraction simply takes up too much of your time.” Pisces

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S1 E76 — “The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book”

Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Conflict, tension and surprise aren’t just essential elements of drama; they’re needed in real life.” Libra

Evidence

I’m a little freaked out over the complexity and I wish I had implemented some sort of version control like engineers and programmers I used to work with did.  Note to myself.

Hi and welcome to Episode 76 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this fifteenth day of August in the summer of 2019.

What’s been going on? I’ve been walking roughly three miles around our lake a few times a week listening to my iTunes playlist of songs.

When one captures my inner Leo da V I make a note of the singer and title for later reference in my Notes.  What occurred to me lately is beyond the Tau of Steves, shouldn’t there be well rounded input, from say their lovers, friends, wives, sisters and maybe others, to vouch for the value of their Tau?  Just saying. 

And, if so a reminder I’m on the “E’s,” alphabetically.

However comma, as Emma the Baroness loves to say when she shifts gears into a new topic, one of my monumental projects called “Working On the Business” includes

1. Comparing my earliest manuscript for Book One: ”On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” one chapter at a time to blog posts.

2. Consider adding photos.

3. Make edits chapter by chapter including in “The Knowledge Path Volume One”.

4. Identify blog-to-website changes necessary. 

I’m a little freaked out over the complexity and I wish I had implemented some sort of version control like engineers and programmers I used to work with did.  Note to myself. 

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: Power comes from knowing what others want, which requires listening well.  Listening is the power move.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Leave it to G&G’s Holiday Tau to resonate with my predicament today.  Thanks fellas.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “Conflict, tension and surprise aren’t just essential elements of drama; they’re needed in real life.” Libra

Hmm.  Is this some sort of trust-the-force-Luke reminder? 

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “There is a primal beast inside you, barely detectable in the hum of the modern world. In the wilderness (actual or metaphorical) it syncs with all that is.” Capricorn

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S1 E75 — Dreams and Schemes and Workarounds

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Steve Howey, 42: “You need to see your plan on actual paper today.  The physical copy brings forth a reality you won’t argue with.” Cancer

Maybe unconsciously or subconsciously I’ve fallen again for Leo da V. 

Hi and welcome to Episode 75 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this tenth day of August in the summer of 2019.

Evidence

I spend an hour on the scope of my passion project, The Knowledge Path: Volume Three – Notes to My Future Self . I added notes from “Homo Deus” and “21 Lessons” by Yuval Noah Harai to my Inspiration document for extending and broadening the scope of Fantasyland’s first 500 years of the United States. 

And, as if on a mission impossible, I began tying in what I had learned about Florence, Italy as the birthplace of the Renaissance.  But, that’s not all.   What about what I’ve drafted already from notes on the Roman Empire which precedes Kurt Anderson’s “Part I, The Conjuring of America: 1517 – 1789”?

But, where Emma the Baroness and I spent most of our worrying time was on the news her sorority sister told her that would threaten to disrupt our Norwegian vacation — our carrier, British Airways announced that they may be involved in a potential strike.  

What other options would we have if it materialized?  A more expensive Norwegian Air reservation? A different non-British Airways flight out of Heathrow to Oslo?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: You can love a person very much and still not fully understand the pressures that person is under.  You’ll try though.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

How do you sleep with a busy brain looping you endlessly in a spiral of what can go wrong? You try out WW&C’s Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Forget about all the small things that can and do go wrong.  Step back for a bigger picture.” Taurus

Here’s what my scheme consisted of — creating indelible habits before the trip towards my goals.  Hoping they will be easily picked up like riding a bike when you haven’t since you were a kid

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “Put the goals of your personal life front and center.  This is what it takes to realize a dream.” Gemini

I put together foundational plans for each passion project, so that jumping back on the bike wouldn’t be so difficult.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “You need to see your plan on actual paper today.  The physical copy brings forth a reality you won’t argue with.” Cancer

With a little twist, can I say CC&S’s Holiday Tau means you can only do what’s in your control? Quickly acknowledge what you can’t and anticipate how things will play out? Still this potential strike looms large on the horizon.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “While full responsibility is the way of winners, sometimes it’s not you; it’s them.  Avoid those who bring out a lesser side of you.” Leo

What if you start four or five new things? How doe GG&K’s Holiday Tau assist?

“3  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “The excitement of starting a new thing can cause you to see only a small part of it. Your attention is carefully guided.” Virgo

How am I doing so far? Can you tell what’s important to me and Emma the Baroness?

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54; Steve Miller, 77: “The way to tell a story shows what you care about.  It’s not so much the facts of what happened, but how you prioritize them that lets everyone know what’s important to you.” Libra

If I can may I defer Aoki’s Holiday Tau?  Yes, I’m sure it’s true for me, but my plate’s too full to pause and consider.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You’ve tried to make something happen for so long that you don’t even notice how it’s come to fruition.  Treat this like the big deal that it is.” Sagittarius

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S1 E70 — Lingering Fear My Cover Was Blown

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Summer  August 2019

Steve Harvey, 62: “Following through on an impulse takes courage.  Not following through takes self-control.  Knowing which choice to make in this regard takes wisdom.” Capricorn

What’s been going on?  Truth be known, many years ago when Emma the Baroness and I were twenty-somethings and rented an apartment in Corona del Mar, California I recorded this in one of my journals I just transcribed: 

“Scorpio (October 24 – November 22) You are capable of getting whatever you want most, so go after it now.  Be charming with those you love and admire.

And, then I went on to illustrate how well my day played out.

Hi and welcome to this second day of August and Episode 70 in the first season of My 1-Year Experiment.

“ … P.S. Thanx for reminding me — I have to go to the bank.”

At 11:30 — back from my scenic down Pacific Coast Highway.Noticed MacDonald’s across from the Balboa Bay Club has a help wanted banner. A medium-sized nondescript imitation Cadillac pulls out in front of me as I approach the Bay Club.

Down Bayside past the Reuben E. Lee paddle-wheel floating restaurant going the back way into Corona del Mar again. Stopping off at Bayside — where we had done our laundry on Saturday.

Remembering Friday — running late at work (Roger and I were learning how to operate the Auto Clinic Commercial biofeedback machine until 5 pm) anxious to get to the bank to deposit my sum total wages into Emma the Baroness’ account to pay the bills. And then that, “Ah-it’s-Friday” drive down the coast to Laguna Beach and to my P.O. Box.”

“… Hi, how are you today?” the drive up teller stated matter of factly. I deposited $5 into Emma the Baroness’ account and $5 into my checking account.

Waiting for the receipts I recalled a funny question asked of me by an inside teller a couple of days ago.

As he was processing my transaction — he asked, “Have you been getting your mail?” out of the clear blue sky (actually grey overcast sky).

“Yeah, I think so why?”

“I don’t know — your name sounds familiar — like maybe I saw it in the backroom on the table of things to mail.”

“Well, I just got my last statement and checks,” I replied as I had turned to walk away.

“Must have been it,” he said. And added, “Have a nice day!”

I slid out into the south bound traffic. As I approached the left turn into Ocean Avenue on my way to Box 580 — I suffered a mild anxiety attack.

“I’ve got to go through with it,” I thought as I pulled into a space marked for compact cars.

“I’ve got to sign. So what if they know I’m here? All my debts are discharged, over a year ago. Maybe I’d better mail that VA change in before i sign, just in case that phone call asking for D Marie was a check-up on my current status. Oh hell. Here I go.”

… “Well, I (my heart rate picked up and my face changed temperatures with my feet) found this waiting for me in my PO box over the weekend.”

He left.

He returned.

“Sign here and here”

I was handed a green cart attached to the fateful letter (“Oh my God, I’ve signed and it’s too late”).

“Where?”

“Here.”

I signed the original pink slip and turned the envelope over as I was walking away on my way out side. Not wanting to know who had sealed my doom and yet wanting to, I couldn’t bring my eyes to focus on the return address in the corner.

For a second, I was distracted by another smile and hello from a blonde going in the opposite direction.

“Hmm. I know her — what are all these friendly smiles today?”

My hand felt the envelop’s unbalance. Something hard, the size of one half of a business envelop was inside.

It was blue, “Oh My God —my savings pass book — I didn’t know it was missing.

Oh right.  The address read, “California 1st Bank, Post Office Box 345, Newport Beach, California 92662.”

“But who was that last blonde?”

Hmm!?

But, that was then and this is today.  I’m guessing this has more to do with getting all of us heading shortly to Norway for a vacation to get it together.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51:There will be many people and personalities to contend with, each with their own agenda.  Settle on an itinerary you can all agree to.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Now, let’s turn to the list of Steves from which I can steal their Holiday Tau, if I need it.  Hmm.  Maybe the better play here is similar to past attempt as rolling them together to tell a story better than the individual TauBits.  Shall we?

Does the answer lie somewhere between impulse and self-control?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Following through on an impulse takes courage.  Not following through takes self-control.  Knowing which choice to make in this regard takes wisdom.” Capricorn

Wait, what did my mother say about curiosity?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Following your curiosity will get you close to understanding a person’s feelings, passions and drives.” Aries

I’m not a cat, but …

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Doubts set in.  Does what you’re doing matter? Is it adding up the way you wanted it to? Avoid.  March right past it.” Taurus

Will my imagination wipe out my focus or …

“3” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “With your incredibly opulent powers of imagination surging today, you can apply yourself in any number of directions.” Libra

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S1 E69 — Anniversary Trip of a Lifetime Deep in the Heart of Tuscany

Steve Zahn, 51Efficiency matters to you, and you’ll point out the wastes of time and energy in order to make a better plan.” Scorpio

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Day 69 of My 1-Year Experiment

Summer August 2019

What’s been going on?  Emma the Baroness and I sat down, updated our expenses from our anniversary trip to Italy ten months ago and projected estimates for our Norway vacation. 

Hi and welcome to this first day of August and Episode 69 in the first season of My 1-Year Experiment.

We landed in Venice, trained to Florence and then to Cinque Terre and driving  to the Heart of Tuscany staying in Siena and busing finally to Rome.  We had receipts for transportation, lodging, meals and entertainment expenses.  Of course we had to calculate the exchange rate of euros into dollars.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51Efficiency matters to you, and you’ll point out the wastes of time and energy in order to make a better plan.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

If you travel with anyone else, you soon realize that each person has a mental picture of what it will be like.  Some less clear than others, some not fully formed until the last minute.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Maybe it’s not your job to get everyone on the same wavelength, but if you miss that part, your job won’t go very smoothly.” Taurus

How do you get everybody on board in time? We projected a map of Italy on our big screen and walked through out itinerary together. 

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Assume nothing, and lightly test boundaries the way you might check an electric fence to see if it’s on.” Libra

Emma the Baroness, even more than me, shared the best of Zahn’s Holiday Tau to schedule as much up front and lock down where and when we’d go.  Elle and Jay, especially Jay held out for a more spontaneous, meandering approach.  

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Rigid perspectives jut out, defining the edges of what’s acceptable.  Over time, they crumble.” Aquarius

We tasked Jay with the rending the car for driving us on the portion of our tour through the heart of Tuscany.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Resentment takes up energetic space.  New opportunity opens up to you just as soon as you lose your resentment over that old thing that just didn’t happen.” Leo

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E68 — Overcompensating for Disappointing Results?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

About the only thing disappointing us, and Zahn and Winkler, is the absence of our Holiday Tau. So, with listing all the other Steves do I have to ask myself if I’m overcompensating — emphasizing quantity over quality?

What’s been going on?  Emma the Baroness and I have been roughing out an itinerary for our vacation to Norway, her family roots.  We’re running through 31 tasks on our timeline — the same ones that made Italy amazingly enjoyable for us. 

Hi and welcome to Episode 68 in Season 1 of this 1-Year Experiment on July 28th.

About the only thing disappointing us, and Zahn and Winkle, is the absence of our Holiday Tau. So, with listing all the other Steves do I have to ask myself if I’m overcompensating — emphasizing quantity over quality?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Here’s my assessment.  Can we build a story that gestalts us into the whole being better than the parts?

Let’s try. Begin here, but fill it in yourself

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Few things will be more persuasive than a good story, especially if you leave room for the audience to fill in blanks.” Aries

Why? Because something is brewing …

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “There’s something special brewing, something worth getting in on now while it’s fresh and new.” Taurus

But, reward yourself …

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “Today, holding out for what you really want will bring reward.” Gemini

However, don’t fall for the curse …

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “To get everything you want is a curse that stunts growth, spoils personality and ruins potential.” Libra

Or waste time on empty questions …

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You sense the difference between this real force of life and the empty questions that are imposters not even worth answering.” Leo

Remain confident, but …

“2”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You can be confident about anything; you just need to learn the thing.” Capricorn

Turn off your internal chatter …

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “To stay present and in the moment, the moment must interest you more than your internal dialogue does.” Pisces

To enjoy your guided leap of knowledge.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Today will bring a guided leap of knowledge.” Sagittarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate