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How quickly the time has gone! We've been here for a month now, and it will already be hard to go.
We went to Mireya's for lunch today and Mireya said (in Spanish), "Oh good! I was thinking you left the country already!"
She seemed happy that we were here for another month and we talked about our trip to Las Tablas. I don't want to talk much about the Great Panamanian Road Trip of 2008, since Todd is writing a post about it and I'm making a video about it (check back this weekend), but I will say this - it was great!
I wasn't wearing a watch for a while. This seemed like a pretty big lost opportunity. I checked out the prime real estate on my right wrist (I'm a lefty) and decided I needed the best watch ever.
What I wanted was something reasonably good looking that packed the most function in it as possible. My friend Todd had a Casio Pathfinder which packed a lot of features. I ordered one of those and kept looking.
Then I spotted the Suunto X9i watch. It has a GPS, Stopwatch, Altimeter, Barometer, Thermometer, Compass, three alarms, dual time, and will even calculate the sunrise and sunset based on your location. WOW!
I've been interested in self improvement for a long time. I'd get into stuff like "Mega Memory", language tapes, or "7 Habits of Highly Effective People". For a while I didn't really like to talk about being interested in this stuff because it was slightly embarrassing.
Bettering oneself isn't embarrassing, of course, it's the association with "those types of people". You know... the people who read all the books, go to all the seminars, and then don't do a thing about it. Maybe the most embarrassing part is that I was one of those people to a degree. There were a LOT of things I'd start and either not finish or not get results from it.
Is this the fault of the program or the book? Not at all. It's up to ME to follow through and implement the things I learn.
To my right I hear a hissing noise. It's some sort of spray can.
I turn to see what it is, and all of a sudden I can't see out of my right eye. The spraying continues and my face is getting covered in some sort of foam.
Am I getting maced?
I was more F than A or C, but any way you look at it, I was an AFC. An Average Frustrated Chump. I had a crush on a girl named Renee, who lived on my floor in the dorm.
For weeks I lived in agony, wondering if she liked me. I'd make subtle hints and get back subtle responses which weren't nearly conclusive enough for me to do anything about it.
Things came to a head on Friday night. I had to ask her. Not in person, of course. On AIM.
There are about a billion and one opinions on which workout program is the best. Should you run? Should you lift weights? Should you swing your legs gaily on a Richard Simmons' Gazelle?
There's one answer that will work for pretty much everyone: Crossfit.
Crossfit is designed to be a total workout system. It addresses the 10 areas of fitness (strength, endurance, agility, flexibility, cardiovascular health, balance, and four more that I've forgotten). The end result? You get in such good shape that you can tackle any sport or activity, from basketball to mountain climbing.
I've delayed writing this article for a while now because I'm not an authority on the subject. I don't make millions of dollars, and neither does Todd (that I know of).
However, something I realized is that it doesn't TAKE millions of dollars to make enough money to leave. Panama could easily be lived in for $1000 a month, and that's a sum that ANYONE could make.
So, instead of focusing on making huge sums of money, I'll focus on the first step : how to get out of the rat race and become location-independent.
Figuring out the best flashlight to buy was no easy feat. I jumped in head first to the flashlight forums (oh yes, there are forums dedicated to flashlights), and was immediately confused.
It seems that the thing to do is to buy PARTS and build your own flashlight. This made super high quality flashlights, but they looked terrible and were fairly big. Not to mention they all ran on hard to find lithium batteries.
Finally I came across this gem - a relatively cheap, prebuilt, amazing flashlight.
Some people have it, but most don't. For those who have it, it permeates every area of their life. They look for it in everyone else. Those who don't have it are naturally drawn to it, but they don't know why. It attracts the opposite sex.
What am I talking about?
Elai asked yesterday about how we stay paperless.
As much as we're promised the paperless office, the fact is that lots of people still send mail. Some insist on receiving things as faxes. That doesn't mean that WE need to use paper, but it does mean that we need to figure out a way to get it virtualized.
The first step is to get a mail account at Earth Class Mail. These guys are one of a kind, and are totally amazing. I used them when I was living in my RV as well.