Goals for the Week 2009-5-25

This will be a very TKD-oriented week:

1) Pass the Master’s exam

I will find out this week if I got it. Send your good vibrations this way!

2) Do not get knocked out, injured, or embarrassed in competition

Embarrassing myself would be losing 6-(-1) or 7-0. That basically says you didn’t even deserve to be in the same ring as the other person. Losing 8-1 and saying I was outmatched or outclassed, I can live with that. Most importantly would be staying uninjured. If I can play tennis next week with Aki and start running in earnest, that would be tremendous.

3) Win in poomse

On the other hand, this is eminently possible. It won’t necessarily be easy because the divisions will probably be smushed to make the competition more fierce, but I want to win badly.

4) Cram for the CFA

This requires a hard daily effort. No matter how hard this week gets, the real waves are in two weeks with the CFA exam and then finals. If I can get past that, the storm will pass, at least for a couple weeks. I will most likely reward myself with a trip to Chicago over the summer.

Quote of the Day 2009-5-21

The real cost of government is measured by what government spends, not by the receipts labeled taxes. The goods and services it buys are not available for other useā€¦Suppose government spends $400 billion and raises $350 billion in funds labeled taxes. Who do you suppose pays for the $50 billion difference? The tooth fairy? Hardly. You do.

-Milton Friedman

Quote of the Day 2009-5-17

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

-T.E. Lawrence

Bonus trivia: Lawrence of Arabia was killed in a motorcycle accident where he swerved to avoid two boys on bicycles and crashed head-first into a tree. His neurosurgeon Hugh Cairns was so affected by his death six days later that he began research into blunt force head trauma caused by motorcycle accidents, which he believed was causing unnecessary and preventable deaths. Cairns’ research led directly to the invention of the motorcycle helmet.

Quote of the Day 2009-5-12

The day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life, but for me, it was Tuesday.

-Raul Julia as M.Bison, Street Fighter, in response to Chun Li wanting revenge for her murdered father