This summer I deliberately avoided being tied to the computer and thus the internet for the first part of my vacation this year. I learned I could do it. I read books instead, including ones by Iain Banks and Patrick O’Brian. I already knew that they were good.
I learned that if I went to the gym every second day, worked hard and yet did not beat the living crap out of myself. I could lose weight and feel a lot better. I was going off my second religion and I am glad I learned how to get back the faith.
I learned, much to my disbelief, that the Liberals in Ontario, despite their obvious shortcomings in the honesty and competence departments, may actually get re-elected. Wow. I don’t think so, but they are closer in the polls than I thought they’d get. The money for new immigrant hires seems to me to be a mistake. But we’ll see.
I learned that I should buy gold because it will keep appreciating to the $2300 an ounce range. And that I shouldn’t because its technical data doesn’t support the price. And that RIM is doomed. And that it isn’t. I learned that I should lock in my mortgage as soon as possible. And that I shouldn’t. I learned that quantitative easing will produce runaway inflation. And that it hasn’t so far. I re-learned that consistently successful stock picking is mathematically rare, unlikely and perhaps impossible. And that billions of dollars are spent trying to do just that. (I am up 2.4% this week. So there.)
I learned the true meaning of the term ‘golden hand cuffs’.
I learned that even the long downtrodden want liberty. I really think they do. See Libya and Syria. I wish I could do something to help those people without being useless, self serving or patronizing.
I learned I am what a friend has termed a ‘super nerd’. That definition includes love of science fiction and comics, (books and films), sports, working out and nice clothes. My friend is one too.
I learned I truly love southwestern Ontario. I will always call this part of the country my home. (Even if we win the lottery and get a Fantasy Home by the Sea. I got addicted to that show. )
Not too bad of a list, for a vacation anyway.