S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  But it’s Shaggy’s birthday.  Emma the Baroness and I dutifully await the appropriate time to text fantastic birthday wishes on an early sleep-in morning-after Sunday. 

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

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 15 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 21st day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E14How!; S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

And, I still have a lot of publishing to do. I’d be dishonest if I told you I mastered my new intention of publishing daily, especially after breaking up what I considered my source document.  

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  

In Know Laboratories:

      • “Research and Development”
      • “Artificial Intelligence”
      • “Innovation”
      • “Disruptions”
      • “Remote Work”
      • “Trends”
      • “Hacking”
      • “Brain” again
      • “Planet” again

In Best West Road Trips:

      • “South Coast Region” 
      • “Central Coast Region”
      • “Peninsula Region”
      • “San Francisco Region”
      • “North Bay Region”
      • “North Coast Region”

But, the number one question on my mind is if the ex will be able to serve out his time in Moscow del Lago or not, as Putin wants to debate Biden and Fox News bets on Putin.

Wait, did I say that out loud?

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thank you Steve.  Your Holiday Tau describes a core approach I’ve taken over the years.  Share what works as you create new knowledge and innovation so you can anticipate what’s next and make better choices.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While there’s nothing you can do to ensure tomorrow goes to plan, keeping track of what did and didn’t work in the past gives you greater control over the impactful elements.” Pisces

Wildcards.  Thanks Smith and Nicks for your TauBit of Wisdom.  If wildcards continually surprise you and stop you in your tracks, then try Jobs’ prescription for anticipation.

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Normally, I’d agree with McQueen’s Holiday Tau — diversity of opinions keeps Paradoxy-Moron organizations inventing and building their capacity for cutting edge innovations.  But, at the macro-political level, not so much.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Just because nobody objects to an idea doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Controversy gives things heat, which makes things happen. You’ll thrive on the energy of diverse opinions and opposing points of view.”  Aries

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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S3 E14 — How!

The excitement of March Madness kicks off today.  Or should have. I wonder if Emma the Baroness’ “little” brother will miss attending the pandemic-restricted event with his longtime friends — not that he really likes basketball all that much, certainly not as much as teaching kids how to ski at Copper Mountain.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 14 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 20th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

I bang away on my black keyboard keys while sitting on my black diamond-shaped patterned futon with green and brown and reddish streaks under the black diamonds.  

My black office chair blocks a certain view of the mess across from me — including yellow towels, folders and tax receipts.  But, here’s really what you might miss in the desk disarray. 

An old, small, brown slim book with barely held together in its original binding.  Ironically it sits just to the left of “Killers of the Flower Moon” second from the end of a book end held in place with a gray pewter college mug.  

Could it have been what launched a lifelong obsession and fascination with Native Americans?  

One with a through line that includes a book about Crazy Horse, maybe by Shannon Garst,  read during my bout with childhood chickenpox or measles in Warren Township, New Jersey, fed onward with “White Eagle, Indian Chief” comic books about the plains Indians, and my 9 and 10 years-olds adventures with Billy into the woods bordered by Dock Watch Hollow Road.

Like mixed metaphors we pretended to be Crazy Horse of the plains roaming Sioux, yet searched for the any signs of the Leni Lenape (Delaware People of the Northeastern Woodlands) along forest trails.

Later as an adult, at midlife, I rekindled my spirit by reading “Bury Me at Wounded Knee” allowing me later to emphasize how Native Americans were tricked and treated as the white- justified “Manifest Destiny” historic theme unfolded in the first ever blog I wrote,  The Journal of 2020 Foresight”.

Could it?  

I mean this fragile, mysterious little book, “Wanamaker Primer on the North American Indian: Hiawatha Produced in Life — Wanamaker — Originator  brought it all back.

If you turn to the inside cover you find only a symbol of Wanamaker – Originator with a 1909 Copyright.  

And you’ve got a 112 year old mystery on your hands. Hiawatha and Wanamaker?  How did it make its way to my messy desk top?

And, yet even more remarkable, President Biden, appointed Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. 

“Haaland was born in Winslow, Arizona. She is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo.The Pueblo people have lived on the land that is now the state of New Mexico since the 1200s and Haaland identifies herself as a 35th-generation New Mexican.” 

Take that, Manifest Destiny!

Evidence

Haha, so convenient.  Zahn’s back and his (our) Holiday Tau couldn’t be any more apropos, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, if you were still alive, Steve you might have felt the longing that we pandemic-bound whiners cry about.  Will we remember to stop and smell the roses shown on the other side of a zoom screen?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Even as you long for things to be different, recognize the preciousness of this time. Long stretches of sameness are a necessary backdrop to change. The movement and the stillness are equally lovely.” Aries

Thanks WW&C.  Your Holiday Tau reminds me of a scene I witnessed in high school.  My best friend had his back to the hallway while he switched out text books between classes when from behind he got shoved near his neck — which had been broken not quite a year earlier.  He felt the rage and pivoted around in a whirl, but encountered one of our friends instead of the school bully.  

In microseconds his rage vanished into laughter.  Funny how one detail changes everything in the moment. Today, however I am woefully behind by at least 26 article drafts waiting for final editing before being published.  

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’re focused on what you get to do instead of what you have to do. Of course, they are the same action items, but that one-word change makes all the difference.” Taurus

I like this sentiment, Ms Nicks since I figure you’ve written so many songs and performed so may times loosely documenting your love interests and relationships that the TauBit of Wisdom means a little more to me and Emma the Baroness.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “In relationships, what succeeds or fails isn’t in the actual real-world exchanges but in the participant’s heads. You’ll increase the impact of your actions by focusing beyond them and into the mind of your counterpart.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S3 E13 — Why?

Have you ever pushed the wrong button on your remote or tapped on a link by accident and found something very interesting?  No, me neither.   

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 13 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 19th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects;  S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt … 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

But, I’m so far behind in my publishing pipeline that my conscious mind detached from my finger and clicked on the bio of the source of the Holiday Tau — Holiday Mathis.

So?  I’m pretty sure this portion of her bio is what attracted me enough to engage in my 1-Year Experiment that wrapped up just as the pandemic forced a lot of us into remote work. 

And, here it is where the beginning to the end of life as we’ve known it may be a few more vaccine shots — Fauci Ouchies — away.

Here’s the portion I enjoyed.  

Life can seem at times to be chaotic and random. Humans are notoriously uncomfortable with randomness. Our brains have evolved to filter out most of it, so what gets through are the threats, the changes, and a small amount of “other” from which we are compelled to try make order, to look for a pattern, to come up with a theory, to construct a narrative, to dig into a belief about… is trying, like we all are, to find the pattern.

Evidence

So why is there no Holiday Tau for us — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Especially since Emma the Baroness returned yesterday afternoon from four days at Mammoth Mountain for the family ski trip.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks the Stevie — maybe from her years of singing love songs — here’s the missing Holiday Tau I expected.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The work of love isn’t a doing/acting/fixing job today. The work of love is a listening gig, an ‘entering in the spirit of another’ practice, a task that encompasses receiving and relaxing.” Gemini

And, maybe more profound, but on the same wavelength marries our hearts with our spirit, eh?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “The silence between two people is as unique as the sound of their shared language. As you listen to a quiet punctuated by words, you’ll hear clearly the heart’s intention.” Sagittarius

The older we get, and as I advised Executive MBA students and cautioned executive new hires to reframe from was blurting out how we handled that at (my former company) you have to guard against, because it gets old quickly.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:What you’re hearing will mentally trigger a story about the time it happened to you, but you won’t tell that story. Instead, you’ll give your support generously without flipping focus your way.” Cancer

Maybe because I’m addicted to Michael Connelly’s Bosch series and more than I expected to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Microft Holmes series, I want to dig deeper.  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S4 E4 — Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?

Usually it began with, if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 4th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 6th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season 4 continues now within domestic uncertainty and global chaos reshaping our futures.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All; S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection SeasonS4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

This morning another reminder that time flies more rapidly than you notice. Jazzy stopped by to pick up a check for settling wedding budget accounts that he and Delta Girl would hand deliver to Surf Doc and Jasmine.  

I toasted Jazzy and Delta Girl during the rehearsal lunch at The Privateer in Oceanside 30 days ago.  I don’t have to remind you about the wear and tear we suffered over the Pandemic Year and just when we felt certain COVID was past us another variant spread like the California wildfires in the Los Padre National Forest.  

Their destination wedding gave pause to and cancellations from grandparents who baby sat their little darlings and couldn’t risk infecting them with the Omicron strain. 

However comma the window of opportunity opened on that magical weekend — 70s temperature, no Santa Ana high velocity winds or rain nor any shutdown CDC recommendations.

Standing in the far corner from the door and opposite the long bar I told a more recent story about Jazzy who 365 days ago, on February 5th, 2021, schemed just how things would play out according to his plan:

Jazzy had been rehearsing in his head how he was going to trick Delta Girl into trudging through deep snow at Hot Springs the next day on their way up to Mammoth for a long weekend. 

If you’ve ever driven to Mammoth and gotten stuck behind semis and long lines of cars, then you might have not have noticed the dirt road exit from Highway 395

It’s usually when you’re speeding past it at 70 or 80 mph under normal conditions on the last leg of a 5 hour drive

So there was that, he’d have to come up with a reason …

As they both packed for their trip, he had to be asking himself, 

Does she already know?  

What am I going to tell her? 

 I better not forget the ring.  

She’ll say Yes won’t she?  

What if she doesn’t?

Or if I drop the ring in the snow?

It worked, she fell for it, she said yes and then “I do” a year later — according to her plan.

Oh, and Delta Girl is a great planner.  

Who would have known that their wedding day would take place 365 days from the day of their engagement and more importantly —between the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl — so no conflicts there.   

But now we find ourselves here, only 30 days later.  The pandemic fear window had closed as their magical wedding opened our feelings of joy and then … Putin’s invasion tosses our feelings of normalcy back up into the air for probable landing on hard ground.

Evidence

Any TauBits of Wisdom we can count on Steves?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Well, there’s Jazzy and Delta Girl’s magical moments in the late afternoon on a lush green lawn exchanging their vows before their honeymoon along California’s Central Coast in Big Sur and Santa Barbara.  And there’s this new beginning of Season Four while at the same time looking back at the past three years through so many disruptions that who can tell what’s normal anymore?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Charming and spontaneous, you’ll prove your mastery of the art of living in the moment. Your improvisations will make memories and sometimes money. Summer sees you serious about a goal and dropping the distractions that compete for your focus. You’ll step up as your own boss, call shots and claim rewards.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Solving new problems often takes a while as you fumble around to figure out what’s going to work. It’s not so today; you’ll get lucky early on with a good and graceful option.” Libra

Yours is a perfect description for what it was like over the first 4 episodes in Season 1 for getting the natural experiment off the ground headed for some sort of a destination.  I always like getting lucky …

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Ever since you went looking for your happiness and didn’t find it, you’ve been wondering if someone moved it, stole it, scared it off… or what? It’s waiting inside a job you can take on to help someone.” Sagittarius

Your Holiday Tau as far as TauBits of Wisdom go just isn’t relevant for me today.  I discovered happiness can’t be pursued as being out there, so I didn’t wonder if someone swiped it — like what is happening to your astrology signs today.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’re sly as a spy. You’re paying attention to more than you appear to be. Sights in your periphery will inform. You’ll learn something crucial as you pretend not to notice it at all.” Aquarius 

I’m well into my Will Robey novel character who as it turns out is a white hat assassin working for one of those three-letter secret agencies.  And this is exactly what he’s doing right now in the chapter I’m now going to finish after I finish this.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “If you knew it was impossible for you to lose anything that was essentially yours, how would you play it? Would you relax? Would you gain tremendous confidence? Would you take a risk?” Pisces

Over the length of one of my careers, I almost always asked a version of your Holiday Tau, Steve.  Usually it began with if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

Is it?  

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

The need to feel powerful is universal  … (Two) different paths to power. One involves taking on more, while the other involves cutting down. Whether you decide to grow and reach or simplify and shrink your environment to a more manageable size is a matter of individual choice.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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S3 E11 — Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?

It’s time for a celebration — “Pi Day” and daylight savings day, the one that steals an hour from your night time rest.  

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 11 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 14th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland; S3 E9Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best; S3 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …; S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work? 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When opportunity knocked confidently at your door, you answered. Opportunity’s current signal won’t be so easily detected; it’s the flicker of feeling across someone’s face, a clip of passing dialogue. It’s as subtle as a pulse.  Taurus

Evidence

I gotta be honest, I love the Holiday Tau Theme for the day:

Can you feel the intentions of last week…? 

Tomorrow brings … change that will have you witnessing your progress in a different way. 

If you were to, very scientifically, log recent happenings by writing them down, taking pictures, etc., you will have an accurate (and repeatable) record of your success climb.

So what kinds of happenings should I be on the lookout filming and recording? Check out the Holiday Forecast for the week ahead: 

“… ‘I am.’ In that spirit, individuality and identity are a cosmic focus. 

In every line of work and play, from corporate work to romantic relationships to hobbies, cultivating an original perspective is the difference between doing a good job and being an undeniable master. 

Each person has a set of experiences and inherent qualities that is unduplicated anywhere in the world. 

To bring all of that to noticing the world is to set oneself up for excellence at the task at hand. 

However, being a first-class observer takes a great deal more intention and self-discipline than it ever has before. 

We live in an age where our every digital move is tracked, but people in our vicinity are so distracted by their own digital worlds that much happening in the real world goes undetected. 

The old-school notion of the “nosy neighbors” is practically anachronistic, as few can be bothered to look up and note the comings and goings of those in close vicinity. 

We do, on the other hand, religiously creep one another’s social media pages, seeking the true and inside story, as if that could actually be found in such a forum. 

In the weeks to come, we will answer ‘I am…’ blending an awareness of who ‘I am not’ and a leaning toward who ‘I want to be.’”

For a comical aside, three strips come to us today, the first from Doonesberry by Garry Trudeau.

Hello you’ve reached MyFacts, the leader in alternative realities! How may I direct your cry for help?”

“Yeah, I’m looking for a new predictive belief system.”

“I can assist you with that sir.  What have you embraced in the past?”

“Well, I fell for 1987’s Harmonic Convergence, the 1994 Rapture, both of the 2011 Raptures, and the 2012 Mayan Long Count … Then I bought into the Qanon Storm of January 6 and the reset on March 4.  I’ve been burned a Lot!

“I can understand your frustration, Sir.  Let me check our end times inventory … Okay, I’m seeing an Apocalypse in July.  Does July work?”

“No, the kids are home then.  Anything in the Fall?”

The next in Candorville by Darrin Bell takes place in Dr. Noodle’s psychiatry office as the patient speaks.

“How do we know the past ever existed?  I mean … we can’t go there to make sure it’s real.  I know we have photos and other stuff that supposedly document the past.  But do you know how I know we have that stuff?  It’s because I ‘remember’ seeing it! How do I know those ‘memories’ are real?  We all just agree that the past happened, but how do we know that’s not some massive, collective delusion?!”

“… As I said … we’ll have to leave it there.  Our hour is up.”

“Don’t you see? You have now way of proving that!”

And, this describing the significance today’s celebration in Frazz by Jef Mallett.  Frazz, the school janitor explains to Caufield the precocious student.

“The ratio of any circle’s circumference to it’s diameter … is commonly rounded off to 3.14 … and iconically represented by (the pi symbol) … which linguistically sounds like ‘pie.’ Hence 3-14 is Pi Day.

“Everybody knows that Frazz. What’s your point?”

“Is Pi Day a language gag or a math gag?”

Oh, I see wait for it …”

“Good lord was that you?”

“I fed cheese pizza to the dog.  Now it’s a biology gag.”

Being those as they may, let’s return to the task at hand — practicing as a first class observer, recording my success record, on this PI Day, preserving today as a past from something in the future and staying clear Biden’s Neanderthals.  

Hi Steve, where’s your Holiday Tau been recently.  You know Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I eagerly wait for your TauBits of Wisdom. Wait, what kind of group?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “A group is going to help you with what you wish to accomplish. It will be up to you to seek these connections, to participate in different gatherings, to find the right fit or to cherry-pick your team from different places.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wow, not so fast McQueen.  Did you check out today’s “Doonesberry?” Throw in some critical thinking and then I’m looking forward.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Power depends on alignment. Misaligned values provide a friction-filled experience. But when belief, word and deed coincide beautifully, all rolls smoothly forward.  Aries

Hi Winwood, Wonder and Colbert, thanks for offering me your Holiday Tau.  You probably can tell by now that opportunity signals is what I’m all about. Monitoring what’s just around the bend so you can activate “If This, Then That” decisions in enough time to capitalize on the opportunity. 

A little foresight couldn’t hurt, right? There’s the trend research and there’s the good old fashioned gumshoe business intelligence interviews.  You wash, rinse and repeat until you reach that synchronicity moment when what you seek is within the grasp of your reach. At least that’s what hundreds of my executive MBA students found following my advice.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When opportunity knocked confidently at your door, you answered. Opportunity’s current signal won’t be so easily detected; it’s the flicker of feeling across someone’s face, a clip of passing dialogue. It’s as subtle as a pulse.”  Taurus

Here’s what I’ve always like about Aoki’s Holiday Tau, they combine with our TauBits of Wisdom to make the commonalities greater than the sum of the parts.  I whole-heartedly agree with iterating new habits which can be efficiently deployed in service of a goal, even one strategically more difficult — personal redefinition.  And, is what a career transformation requires.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You have the opportunity to redefine yourself. One small habit opens the gate. Amazing things will be accomplished with mundane but decisive acts that have been systemized to the point of being automatic.” Sagittarius

Hmm.  Uh-huh.  I see your value.  But, other than acknowledging there’s a rhythm of life and a pace to loving relations, I’ll pass today.  Except Emma the Baroness is on the road with Jazzy and Delta Girl without me for 5 hours until they can say triumphantly, we are here, yet.  Does that count for being slightly less available?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Relationships get better when you slow them down a bit. Some strategies to consider: talking less, listening more, being slightly less available, making fewer, but more interesting, plans.” Leo

I fear I’ll have to downgrade your Holiday Tar for today guys compared to yesterday’s.  I’m feeling a worsening fear.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:The fear you avoid worsens. Confront it, and it will be scary at first, and then gradually get a little better each time until you genuinely can’t relate to the “you” who was afraid of the thing.” Virgo

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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S2 E17 — Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out

It feels like a day is a week. And a week is a month and a month is a year.  If this lasts a year will it feel like what, a decade?  

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 17 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 26th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment;

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll be watching out for yourself, loved ones, colleagues and everyone around you, even total strangers.” Leo

Evidence

Zoomed snapshot updates, first from Colorado, and then a roundup from Southern California. 

From their mountain home in Dillon, Colorado — the Boomer couple report that the Summit County Mountain resorts are shut, tourists were sent home, boutique stores closed and it recently snowed — yay for them.

From a studio apartment off of 2nd street in Belmont Shores (Long Beach, California)  — social marketing manager and flight attendant report he’s working remotely from home, she’s on unpaid furlough with options to return, but had been harboring mixed emotions considering that passengers wore masks and the attendants weren’t allowed to, yay for him hopefully the airlines will change their policy.

Moving south, as if you could.

From their Huntington Beach home in Orange County — stay-at-home mom and firefighter raising year old boy, he’s concerned about being second responder and maybe being a virus carrier without knowing it and bringing it home, one or two cases have popped up in the Los Angeles district at large.  The district set up trailers for potential quarantined facilities away from the stations and from families

This from widowed OK Boomer  in Irvine, California — his fiancé, like Dillon sister-in-law suffered from migraines for the last two or three days so he’s been holed up, except for a trip to his local Costco to fill up his gas tank.  He reports something out of the ordinary when he noticed the tight bundle of vehicles parked right in front of the big box store unusual for the time of day before opening. 

Reporting from their South Orange County two bedroom apartment in San Juan Capistrano — couple newly moved in together with Moe, her dog. He’s been working remotely for a couple of years now as senior product manager for online advertising firm who like his Belmont Shores brother has seen their online consumer business pick up while other walk-in businesses have dropped. She’s been laid off at the non-profit Harbor museum  as staff was cut back to only those who care and feed the sea creatures in the aquarium,  while her school class visitor training suffered from the school closing ripple-effect. She’s waiting to hear if she’s been accepted from UCI for to earn her teaching credential.

And, not quite in San Diego proper, but North County, San Diego — suburban family with second child due in two weeks, husband home earlier than expected because of a Coronavirus-19 case reported in his office building, looking forward to the help from OK Boomer driving the hour (no freeway traffic) trip to baby-sit number one grandchild while mom and dad (if allowed) are at the hospital. Dad’s commercial real estate hotels and office building owners are freaked out about their business and meeting Dad’s loan payments.  

Wow, is our Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me more about the absence of physical connections?  Sign of the times?

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You hear the song and then miss someone who doesn’t even exist.  That’s the power of art, of music and of your own capacity to connect.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hold on there, mister Patron Saint.  What if up until this time they couldn’t do what the wanted to do, but now can?  And if what the want to do is share interesting and challenging experiences?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Those who only do what they want to do are limited indeed.  Most of the good stuff comes from doing what’s right, helpful, challenging, interesting, gutsy.”  Aries

Like what we’re wanting — physical, touching — those kinds of relationships? Do Zoom meeting count for gathering intelligence?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Knowing what someone values is like having the keys to their kingdom.  Good relationships involve good intel.”  Taurus

So far I have to say your Holiday Tau carries the most wisdom so far.  Fake news, fake certainty, fake everything is not fake scary.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Humans crave certainty.  Where none is available, fake certainty will do.” Gemini

Guys, your Holiday Tau feels like the antidote fo Smiths scary uncertainty.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll be watching out for yourself, loved ones, colleagues and everyone around you, even total strangers.” Leo

Hmm.  Hi Coach Kerr.  I want to agree, but right now I’m not sure if I regret doing something today.  This does seem like stellar Tau.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’ll see moments, wonder about how things might have worked if you’d have done it differently, and get golden insight and ideas for going forward.” Libra

Okay, look this is a TauBit of Wisdom I’d expect from Mr. Jobs, right?  If you don’t reverse engineer your success you won’t institutionalize the reinvention process as a core success process — an insight I’m working on for “Volume Two — Work” manuscript.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Sometimes you can reverse-engineer a thing that’s working well to duplicate the success.  Sometimes you can’t.  Try anyway because the alternative is to start from ground zero.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1407 to 1452.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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S3 E8 — Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?

What’s been going on?  Emma the Baroness received that life saver poke in the arm through the backseat driver’s side (no comment) window as we drove through Soka University.  It’s a life saver for two reasons.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 8 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 11th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?; S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities; S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data; S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Ever since the Big Bang, this plane of existence has been made up of contrasts, curves and cycles. You wouldn’t want it all one way. Embrace how it is now. It’s about to change.”  Aries

Evidence

One, for real and two the Pfizer’s second dose allows her to vacate with the boarders and skiers at Mammoth Mountain in the eastern sierras. 

Yay! However comma. 

Have you ever lost a document because it became so long that, when you tried to save your world-changing insights after hours of composing,  it crashed?  

Or the Apple circle of death icon spun and spun?  Some days it feels like I’m snake bit, as my old pappy would say.  

There’s always something that forces a resourceful work around — which frequently is temporary and which causes more harm than not — like going all in on start up technology that goes belly up.  

I’m looking at you Hypercard, delic-i-ous, Microsoft Entourage…

Why am I bitching and moaning? 

My latest work around threw all my hard won efficiencies out the window. 

    • One master document weighs in at 1.7 MB (by the way is that larger or smaller than say 254 KB? I can never remember.  
    • It’s like a brain stutter as I try to figure out if bond yields increase that’s somehow a bad thing), and 643.5 pages required a breakdown.  
    • Or else I’d suffer one.  
    • The short and the long of it means it takes me 2.5 x longer to accomplish simple tasks dipping into and out of nine smaller instead of one larger source.

Oh, I forgot.  

Biden’s $1.9 Trillion relief package passed the Senate and the House so he’ll put pen to paper and tip the first domino of recovery so it falls off the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and into your bank account in about 72 hours.

Now turning back to what is really important, me.  

Actually, what is important to Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  

While I am neither a spy or a secret society member, if my mother is correct my grandfather worked for the State Department in the Brooklyn Naval Yards and achieved one of the highest orders in the “Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonery.” 

I must come by it honestly — craving privacy.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Though you’re not a spy or a member of a secret society, and you’re not doing much today that you shouldn’t be doing, you still want privacy and appreciate most those who respect yours the best.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Note:  This is not my birthday, but I’ll sign up for it anyway, especially the June part. Maybe you should too. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Perhaps improving sleep, fitness and nutrition is not included on your list of ambitious and glamourous goals. And yet, self-discipline in this regard will be cosmically the birthday gift you’ll most cherish, as all you desire will be served on the shiny platter of good habits. An excellent rating gets you promoted in June.

Good habits, eh?  Sure, but will they help me when McQueens’ ominous warning comes true?  Near as I can figure after the Big Bang came Young Sheldon, but I’m a student of gaps, cycles, innovation curves and science and art contrasts.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Ever since the Big Bang, this plane of existence has been made up of contrasts, curves and cycles. You wouldn’t want it all one way. Embrace how it is now. It’s about to change.”  Aries

Somehow I’m getting Smith and Nicks are pointing to cult-like bias fed by certain social media platforms and geezer cable news channels.  Wait, you’re saying I should read it again?  Okay.  But I stand by my set up.  I’m inferring science asks questions, closes gaps in understanding in such a way that the answers can be repeated yielding the same results.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It really doesn’t matter how good a person is at formulating answers if all of the questions are pointless. This is why you examine your questions with the aim of up-leveling before you ask them.” Gemini

Here I felt the Holiday Tau kept me on a roll.  While I did achieve a period of lucid dreaming and value imagination more than you know, I’m not rating G&G’s as high as the other Steve.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You will travel through the magic of media and dreams. Your own fantasies provide the sweetest escapes but much more is possible. Learning to guide your imagination is a skill that will bring good fortune to hand.” Virgo

Oops, maybe I should combine Kerr’s with Greene and Guttenberg to reach a higher score.  And I use imagination after I stuff my mind with facts and figures in my meditations.

“5“  Steve Kerr, 54: You’ll be working your mind like it’s your job — because it is. While feeding your brain the facts and figures that will be necessary, also throw in the unnecessary stuff that makes it all go down a little sweeter.” Libra

I see how it is.  Ending today while reminding myself about my bitching and moaning about losing all your careful articulation and long hours and effort only to loose your precious document.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Communicating well will require careful articulation, patience and a level of attention emotional attunement that is, quite frankly, work. Nonetheless, everything good comes through good communication.”  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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S1 E102 — Why Is It Always Hidden in the Fine Print?

Oh my god. I came this close to disaster.  I almost lost all of the work that’s taken me well over a decade to test and write for my “Volume Two Manuscript” about “Work”. 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Give yourself an advantage; take the time to organize and think it through.“ Aries

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 102 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 13th day of October in the fall of 2019.

Apple is updating their operating system.   According to the fine print, which my eyes normally glass over,  my favorite creative software, Inspiration, no longer worked after the update.

At stake were 16 talent profiles cross-linked interactively to Myers-Briggs (MBTI ) temperaments, aligned to organization types and growth stages – applied original research for identifying employers and customers which would be the best fit or worst fit for you.

If I hadn’t aborted the download, I’d never be able to access all that hard work. 

It freaked me out so much I returned to the Famous Steves website I saved back in September in my Pinboard Knowledge Bank while I left it to my unconscious brain to come up with an Apple work around.  

To my surprise I discovered a feature that allowed me to list 120 Steves by their sign — or the top 10 by each horoscope’s range of birthdays.  

For instance here’s what I found for Aquarius (January 21 – February 19):

Top Ten: Steve Nash, 45; Steve Perry, 70; Steve Yeager, 38; Steve McNair (1973 – 2009); Steve Prefontaine (1951 – 1975); Steve Terada, 35; Steve Roberts, 37; Steve Reeves (1926 – 2000); Steve Wynn, 77 and Steve Hackett, 69

With a little extra research on Wikipedia I produced the following table choosing the most famous I recognize:

      • Capricorns (December 22 – January 20) Steve Harvey, 62
      • Aquarius (January 21 — February 19) Steve Nash, 45
      • Pisces (February 20 — March 20) Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011)
      • Aries (March 21 – April 20) Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980)
      • Taurus (April 21 – May 21) Steve Winwood, 71
      • Geminis (May 22 – June 21) Steve Smith, 30
      • Cancers (June 22 – July 22) Steve Howey, 42
      • Leos(July 23 – August 22) Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69
      • Virgos (August 23 – September 23) Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61
      • Libras (September 24 – October 23) Steve Kerr, 54
      • Scorpios (October 24 – November 22) Steve Zahn, 51
      • Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21) Steve Aoki, 41

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes it’s difficult to anticipate disruptions when you are so used to following recommended updates — it’s such a habit followed unconsciously.  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):“Give yourself an advantage; take the time to organize and think it through.“ Aries

Yeah, I hope this secret art of thinking isn’t pathological, haha.  It’s certainly original research — 64 lifestyle profiles defining neighborhoods you can find by age, stage, status and population density and then 16 talent profiles you can use to identify the best and worst fit for working for an employer.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “You’ll get a stretch of beautiful mental clarity.  It’s like you’re developing your own secret art of thinking.” Gemini

Like so many things in life, you hate to learn a lesson out of episodes of extreme change and disruption, figure out how to accommodate the impacts in your life, and swear an oath that you’ve learned your lesson … only to fall back into your old ways. 

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “In the process of reorganizing, everything will be taken out and examined.  You’ll see a vast improvement.” Cancer

I frequently say Steve Jobs killed me.  As a knowledge worker in the broadest sense, I’ve become sedentary which is not that healthy, right?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Intellectual study seems passive because it requires little movement.” Capricorn

I’m sure Mr. Jobs’ Holiday Tau is important, but not necessarily for me today.  Feel free to apply it to your life.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “An endeavor will not only bring you money but will also bring you other kinds of riches that matter to you.” Pisces

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S1 E98 — Why Can’t I Leave 26 Orphans for a Well Deserved Vacation?

It’s tough, right.  Maybe events don’t make us, but when something is taken away, that hollowness of missed experiences — speeding down Mammoth Mountain, leaning into the turns you carve, chatting in the 4-person quad chair on the way back up — those hurt.

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “Make a plan that will allow you to take as routine an approach as possible to the upcoming week.” Cancer

Evidence

Hi.  Welcome to Sunday’s Episode 98 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 6th day of October in the fall of 2019.

Isn’t there some way to avoid “working on the business?” I needed a vacation after listing 26 orphaned tasks on my to do list.

The next family reunion ski and snowboard trip, always taken over the extended President’s Day holiday each February, required planning which began as a meandering discussion in a group email.

Emma the Baroness spread the rumor about me:

Stevie is probably not coming. 😞  He is concerned about balance, and does not want to have the same difficulties as last year. Sorry I haven’t been much help looking for places at Mammoth.  Will look in next couple of days and report back. Does anyone like the idea of 2 big condos near each other at Aspen Creek?  Only because it would probably be cheaper for everyone.  Just throwing it out there.

And, I can’t say Zahn’s Holiday Tau helped that much.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “As long as you defer to your own code of honor, you’ll feel good about what happens. Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

It’s tough, right.  Maybe events don’t make us, but when something is taken away, that hollowness of missed experiences — speeding down Mammoth Mountain, leaning into the turns you carve, chatting in the 4-person quad chair on the way back up — those hurt.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Events don’t ‘make’ us anything.  Much depends on our interpretation of them and the next action we take.” Libra

Here’s a Holiday Tau I want to rip off.  If I can’t escape, then what’s next?  Laying sod.  Thanks Steve, I’ll borrow your’s today.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Get physical.  There are things that can be expressed, experienced, or released in movement that cannot get worked out any other way.” Aquarius

I’m down for some “hat” opportunities — especially given the amount of UV’s the sun over southern California pumps out. And, I’ll be laying sod today. But, maybe that’s a typo, you think?  Say yes anyway. 

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You won’t be ready for the opportunity hat arises today, but say yes anyway.” Aries

I’m banking on Howey’s Holiday Tau to guide my actions this week.  There’s just so much to do.  And, I’m torn between devoting a day exclusively to one task over 7 days and repeating the routine. 

Or should I break up the day with actions taken from each of my major tasks.  One involves deep concentration within a creative flow, but the other keeps a little momentum firing enthusiasm for each.  Hmm …

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “Make a plan that will allow you to take as routine an approach as possible to the upcoming week.” Cancer

I want to believe WW&C’s Holiday Tau as much as any of these today.  I know what I don’t love — working on the business — and that’s what lies ahead of me.  

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “What you genuinely love will become part of you while somehow still remaining fully autonomous.” Taurus

Firm believer, I am.  Throughout my career in technology working on innovative projects, this was our mantra.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’ll operate somewhere the rules have yet to be established.  The only thing worse than waiting for permission will be asking for it.” Leo

Thankfully, I’m not in a position where I have to worry about short-term or even long-term cashflow.  So in a way by following WW&C’s TauBit of Wisdom and absorbing what I love in my passion project, is like working on spec.  Thanks, Steve I graciously accept your offer.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Any work you do on spec will pay off, though perhaps indirectly.” Sagittarius

Honestly?  Recharging my batteries revolves around periods of concentration in solitude while tricking me into completing daily working-on-the-business tasks drains me.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Tune into what charges your batteries and what simply makes you busy in a non-work-related way.” Capricorn

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S1 E67 — Don’t Misunderstand Me

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

Summer July 2019

Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When you’re not interested in what you were, travel.  You needn’t too far or be gone long to gain new appreciation of your status quo.” Taurus

We’d have to travel back in time — Day 64 — to catch a Holiday Tau break for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  So, let’s consider swiping from the rest of the Steves, shall we?

Hi and welcome to Episode 67 in our First Season on this fine July 27th.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Emma the Baroness and I are between trips.  Our last one to Italy ending in Rome shifted my perspective after absorbing history, civilizations, art, religion and made me consider legacies. Maybe, I’m not appreciating my status quo, but I’m diving into my life.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “When you’re not interested in what you were, travel.  You needn’t too far or be gone long to gain new appreciation of your status quo.” Taurus

As I’ve done before — so I’ve set a precedent — I’m going twist Harvey’s Holiday Taubits to suit what I’ve been authoring.  Not only are words important, but a community and a neighborhood contribute to happiness.  And, here’s my twist, you can identify your next home by following 11 simple steps and by selecting from 66 kinds of neighborhoods personalized by age, stage, status and affluence and population density.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Words signal to culture, status, age and more.  You’ll note with interest the evolution of your own vocabulary.” Capricorn

Diffusion.  I like that from Nash’s Holiday Tau.  Often the membrane between my inner and outer worlds feel more like confusion until a pattern emerges.  Then I can visualize a path forward.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “The emotions live inside of you, the circumstances live outside, and diffusion has to happen for you to move comfortably in the outside realm.” Aquarius

So diffuse my emotions and environment with sufficient time to see clear to the right decision.  Maybe I can combine the Holiday Tau for Nash and Smith.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: “Once you’ve made up your mind, you’ll be unstoppable.  Take your time: Deciding on the right goal is more important than what follows.” Gemini

Don’t misunderstand me.  Integrity and respect should be the top of the line.  But, for me today I have to pass on Aoki’s Holiday Tau.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “As far as improvement tools go, integrity and respect are top of the line.” Sagittarius

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