Al Mulnick’s Personal Blog

August 5, 2012

Olympics 2012 – August 5

Filed under: Life, Personal — amulnick @ 7:05 pm

August 5th, 2012
There always seems to be a lesson somewhere.  Really? Today’s lesson was to ignore the online travel guides from London’s travel site that give

you a journey guide.  The journey guide tells you what route to take to get to your destination.  Right.  Shouldn’t have listened.  We went

WAYYYY out of our way to get to the Royal Arsenal.  Got there about an hour later than the start. 

As it turns out, that worked out perfectly.  The first event we saw was skeet shooting.  Fun, but we got there at the end of the qualifiers.  So

we went over to see the 50m men’s pistol.  Interesting.  They spend two hours, best of 60 shots.  At 150 feet, they have a 12 inch target and

they get scored based on how close (by cm) to the center.  Yikes.  It was actually more interesting to get there at the last half of that.  To

top that off, the IOC didn’t have enough spectators that bought finals tickets, so they let everyone there go in.  Good news for us since we got

to see the finals and medals ceremony.  Very nice.

We found our way back to Picadilly for a pint and a snack, then back to the hotel. 

All in all, a very nice time.  A little quieter today, but very nice. 

Oh, and I found out what Yorkshire pudding is.  Umm.. Ok.  The hotel we are staying at pride themselves on proper English food.  Lucky for us to

be here 🙂

Looking forward to sightseeing and popping over to tea with the Queen.  Hope she knows I’m too young for her 😉 

Al

Olympics 2012 – August 4

Filed under: Life, Personal — amulnick @ 7:04 pm

August 4, 2012
We had a great day today.  Caught up with an old friend, Phani Nagella. Did the sightseeing, touristy stuff today.  Really a great time. London

Eye, Aquarium, Dungeon. 

Lots of walking.  Kind of a London thing I guess.  We’re getting better at navigating the London transport. Not great yet, but getting better. 

We ended the day at the King’s Head. Talked with a local, Simon for quite a bit of it while we watched Olympic Football.  Made for a great time. 

If it’s one thing I really enjoy, it’s the pub atmosphere.  Very different than American bars.  Very much a social thing vs. getting “pissed” and

stumbling home.  Not saying Londoner’s can’t drink.  They do like their drink.  But it’s much more social than American bars and I very much

enjoy it. 

Turns out Ryan really seems to like English tea.  Who knew? 🙂 

More tomorrow. Tired today and need some sleep so we can get up early and get to the first of our Olympic events – Shooting.

Al

December 31, 2008

Life is Hard to Figure Out Sometimes

Filed under: Life, Personal — amulnick @ 8:03 pm

What’s it all about?  Great question. I’m glad you asked. Or that I did at any rate.

I think life is about learning to not hide from the difficult things in our lives.  Hey, it’s not all Polyanna-ish sunny days and puppy dogs tails!  Bad things happen. They happen for reasons we don’t even come close to understanding. We need to learn to thrive in adversity and find the beauty in each day of our short life. 

When I was growing up my father, when asked how he was doing, would reply, “I woke up breathing.”  I used think I understood that.  I do now.  It’s the basics.  If I wake up breathing, everything is possible.  If I’m not breathing, things are going to be much more difficult.

Or as I like to put it, if I wake up breathing, the rest is easy. 🙂

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.”

That says a lot to me.  I don’t want to hide from life.  I want to experience all of it. Every waking second. Every pleasure, every pain, every happiness, every sadness.  All of it.  I can’t get enough some days and secretly I sometimes get mad if I fall asleep.

As  the old year goes out and the new one comes in, I am stopping to reflect back on the past year…  I wouldn’t change a thing.  For that I am grateful.  For my God, for my health, for my family, for my friends I am even more grateful.  For the pain. The sorrow. The happy times and the frivolity of it all.  Not one second would I change.

Certainly there are some things in my life I might wish were different.  But that’s short-sighted and I know it. I think those low times will help me to more deeply appreciate the good times.

To date I have not been wrong about the highs and lows and the relationship they have with each other. I doubt I’ll be proven wrong.

To my God, my family, and my friends – THANK YOU! Thank you for all of it. I’m looking forward to the new year and all that it brings.

My your new year bring you the joys, sadnesses, and fulfillment of life.

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