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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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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 E85 — What happens when the fear subsides?

Jazzy’s looking for some advice about a side hustle — he’d been approached by the top advertising guy at his former action sports business.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When fear subsides, the brain is quiet.  It’s out of this quiet mind that deep insight and intelligence emerges.” Leo

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

This wasn’t for the advertising creative director, but for his popular side gig and he needs a proposal for social media consulting.  

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 85 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 30th day of August in the summer of 2019.

It took me about a half an hour to locate what I had used and emailed it to him after a little phone consultation.

It’s uncanny how what I advised Jazzy was freakishly similar to the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Emma the Baroness and me.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The safety net can have an effect whether or not it’s actually there.  The confidence one gets in thinking that it’s there will contribute to sure-footed action.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Have you been noticing it too?  Why have I been including so many Steves over the past few days? Has it been some sort of FOMO going on?  Shouldn’t I pay more attention to what’s relevant, you know emphasizing quality over quantity?

If not for me, for Jazzy.  This describes the responsibility he brings all the time.  I can learn from him and from Smith’s Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “You know how to complete your work, show up on time and bring a willingness to work with others, even the difficult ones.” Gemini

And, I see I saved Howey’s as a companion piece.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “You have talent, but it doesn’t matter half as much as persistence and applying oneself to the most important task at hand.” Cancer

OK, now that my brain is quiet, I’ll relish deep insight and intelligence.  Count me in.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “When fear subsides, the brain is quiet.  It’s out of this quiet mind that deep insight and intelligence emerges.” Leo

You mean besides deep insight and intelligence?  How about intuition and lateral thinking together with a talent for picturing the essence of what is at play in a situation.  I mean like visualizing a scene that crystalizes the action and next steps.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “What’s the thing you like about yourself today?  You’re allowed to think it.  You’re even allowed to say it, to yourself or anyone who will listen.” Virgo

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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 E83 —The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The perspective you get from alone time is invaluable and will help you appreciate the richness that relationships bring to your life.” Aries

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Episode 83 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 25th day of August in the summer of 2019.

Sunday started a new week, but I chose to ask, “What would Leo da V do?” to step back and free up my creative process.  

Leo moved me to resume sketching out  “Volume Three a Memoir” trying to figure out a way of chunking time out from each day and how to deploy characters who represented teachable moments for me.

Well, this certainly can’t hurt my time chunking problem.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Treat technology as a servant and not a master.  To answer every call and text would be a mistake.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

And, this summarizes what Sunday was all about.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The perspective you get from alone time is invaluable and will help you appreciate the richness that relationships bring to your life.” Aries

Add your home’s warmth to McQueen’s Holiday Tau, too.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Home is home for a reason.  Embrace it and let it help you decide on your next move.” Taurus

Wait, are you saying if I ask “What would Leo da V do?” the universe is on my side? I’d love to believe it, but I’m not convinced.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: “Ask your important question because it’s like the whole universe is conspiring to answer you.” Gemini

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S1 E82 — Why Writers Aren’t the Only Endangered Species. Sigh.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re getting established into new communities and circles.  Just make sure before you agree that this is the group of which you want to be a part.” Capricorn

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Episode 82 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this 24th day of August in the summer of 2019.

What’s going on?  Over this past week Emma the Baroness and I faced the kinds of technical hell most of us do as consumers that drag on for three days.  

Another one impacted just me when my limit to how much of Fantasyland’s Kindle highlights I could save.  My only workaround was to turn in the book and wait for it to be available again. 

I’m not sure how to value our Holiday Tau this Saturday.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Saying no can be an act of self-love.  And saying yes can be an act of self-denial. The key is to listen carefully and process thoroughly.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Smith’s Holiday Tau is so true, but not for me today.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: “Only smart people doubt themselves.  Only ethical people question their own ethics.  And only the most evolved face these sorts of conundrums head-on.” Gemini

Yeah, sure we all skim and scroll to the bottom of terms of use.  And on a much larger scale half of us or maybe more can’t trust what our president says.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Before the technology and law inserted so much complication into life, a person’s word was his or her honor.  Now we don’t even read what we agree to anymore.  Not you; not today.” Sagittarius

Harvey’s Holiday Tau could mean if the folks I meet at the WordPress Meetups are people I want to include in my network. 

I’ve even thought that if for nothing else, being able to be the administrator for all six of my websites could qualify me for a newer career direction.  And, interestingly enough I briefly met a retired LA Times photographer who struggled like I did with setting up his site to showcase his gallery.  He told me with a sigh that the newspaper business he spent his entire in had changed so much. 

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re getting established into new communities and circles.  Just make sure before you agree that this is the group of which you want to be a part.” Capricorn

I’m going to combine Nash’s and Jobs’ Holiday Tau for a Saturday, eh?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “Go have fun by yourself.  It will develop the part of you that makes the most difference to your experience.” Aquarius

This is how I felt about reading and taking notes on Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Choose a challenge that is interesting and not too hard.  Lose yourself in total engagement with the task.” Pisces

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S1 E81— Is This My Wake Up Call, Steve?

In a New York minute, if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time your ticket gets punched, right?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Solitary endeavors bring out one side of you; challenges that involve others bring out another.  Sometimes you’re amazed at what you learn about yourself — like today.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 81 in the first season of “My 1-Year Experiment” on this twenty-third day of August in the summer of 2019.

Evidence

Driving north on the 405 freeway I got that wake up call reminder.  It was the second time traffic had been held up with a car flipped up on its side and first responding firemen and EMTs and Highway Patrol vehicles surrounded it.

The first jammed traffic on the Ventura freeway just a few hours north, when Emma the Baroness and I planned a quickie vacation to the American Riviera a year and a half ago.  

Three of us, like Zahn and Henry Winkler shared the same Holiday Tau.

One of my mentors, Linda, reached out to me and scheduled a coffee meeting at University Town Center — where more than a decade ago I accidentally bumped into a former colleague lunching at an outside table.  

One thing led to another.  A multi-year consulting retainer lasted a decade.  

While in route Jaron Lanier — an early inventor of virtual reality, now a fellow at Microsoft and all round Renaissance musician and artist — regaled Sam Harris on his podcast.  

Just before I viewed the second flipped car, I noted how sad Jaron felt about the passing of his great friend. I wrote:

Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow always had to “sing for supper” every night at the end of life having few assets. Jaron felt awful about his Barlow’s situation and views those circumstances as probable scenarios for other artistic types, like those in the Writers Cooperative.

During an uncharacteristic cool and windy late August morning Linda got me caught up.  She invited me to participate in a Leadership Steering Committee which I felt would draw me back in to an advising, teaching and consulting role taking me away from what was on my plate.  

By saying “No” politely and receiving a reply “Well, think about it.  Doesn’t it fit your book?” she said. 

Hmm. My Volume Two “Work” manuscript hadn’t seriously been on my mind as much as my trying to figure out how to convert my LinkedIn followers into supporters.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Solitary endeavors bring out one side of you; challenges that involve others bring out another.  Sometimes you’re amazed at what you learn about yourself — like today.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

WW&C’s Holiday Tau supports how having turned down my participation in the steering committee, which felt uncertain at the time, helped differentiate my newer identity.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’re not trying to be different from the rest, but you are different.  It’s knowing how you’re different that will help you stand out.” Taurus

So, this is exactly what my intent was joining my former mentor for coffee. 

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Potential clients and customers abound but you feel funny talking yourself up.  Come up with a better approach — a soft sell that will have them asking questions.” Leo

And, of course the Holiday Tau of GG&K compliments that of the two comedians and the business founder.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You have what another needs, but don’t offer it too freely.  Easy things get devalued.  Half the fun is in the process.” Virgo

I’m sure Aoki’s Holiday Tau is valuable, maybe for you, but not as valuable to me today.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Self-control is needed to amass any kind of good result.  But in the end, that self-control will be the best thing you’ve amassed.” Sagittarius

So, yes self-control always serves as a check on my passion and creativity and mirrors Aoki’s. Maybe the sum is more valuable than its parts?

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Your fortunes will depend on how well you exercise self-control.  You will understand what you need to do to get ahold of your financial picture.” Capricorn

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S1 E80 — I’ll Give You Adverse Conditions, Steve

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

I went ballistic because they emailed me wanting to close out their “ticket” when they hadn’t heard from me.  Really?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Resilience allows you to not only do the hard work of adapting to adverse conditions but also do the much more difficult work of adapting to conditions that are favorable.” Sagittarius

Evidence

What’s been going on? Spent 5  1/2 hours earlier in the week reworking the internal inconsistencies in how I laid out the Volume Two manuscript, the Work portion of “Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.” My software — Inspiration — allows you to visually move “boxes” around as if they were post-its and then link them together in any way you want.  

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 80 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Experiment” on this twenty-second day of August in the summer of 2019.

Once you’ve locked it down (but, always discover to your horror you missed a bunch of older linked-concepts) you can flip views and viola, you have an outline.  

Guess what?  Emma the Baroness and I wasted just about the same amount of time yesterday and today switching from AT&T to T-Mobile and troubleshooting why it didn’t work. I’ve engaged in a long-standing war with the platform housing my digital magazines.  

This afternoon I went ballistic because they emailed me wanting to close out their “ticket” when they hadn’t heard from me.  Really? Where did the “still not working” email sent yesterday morning end up?

And, finally when Apple upgraded their OS, that software I love so much — Inspiration — doesn’t work on it. WTF? 

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: To remain firmly and faithfully on course requires more than just the best navigation system.  It also requires a system of checks and balances.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, I’m changing my birthday or stealing me some Holiday Tau from the rest of the Steves.  As, in why didn’t you tell me this before?  Howey’s Holiday Tau adds salt to an open wound, but I have to admit you get locked in and boxed in and you don’t discover how difficult and disruptive it is to change.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “As arbitrary as the initial move may be, it becomes an anchor for every move after.” Cancer

Yup, that’s just the kind of guy I am.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’ll work harder for something you believe in than you would for a paycheck or a prize.” Leo

I hardly know you, but I’m lovin’ your Holiday Tau on a more regular basis. If you can’t use it may I steal it from you?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Resilience allows you to not only do the hard work of adapting to adverse conditions but also do the much more difficult work of adapting to conditions that are favorable.” Sagittarius

Like certain people I know and love without naming names?  Wait, given all the our technology troubles and sunk time invested, maybe I should become more like many people.  Naw.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Many people don’t want to learn.  They want you to do it for them.  The best arrangements, and the only ones that last, feature a mutually beneficial exchange.” Pisces

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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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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate