The Events that are: My Life

Things that go on in my life that cannot be catagorized somewhere else, sort of a catch-all

Being Mature

Editor’s Note: Not sure where this came from. It’s been sitting as a draft post for three years1. I think it may have come from How to be an Adult, by David Richo, which is a fantastic book.

  1. Face the facts
  2. Determine what’s not working
  3. Take responsibility for your actions and choices
  4. Make choices for yourself
  5. Acknowledge your emotions
  6. Say what needs to be said
  7. Acknowledge the authority you are beholden to
  8. Embracing what’s difficult
  9. Taking in/navigating the other perspectives in the room
  10. Opposite of being a victim of circumstance
  11. Knowing the difference between: didn’t, don’t want to, and can’t
  1. circa 2011/09/18  

Back to Alaska Airlines Plebs Status


I missed reaching Alaska Airlines MVP this year by 652 miles — not to be confused with the time I missed MVP Gold by 2000 miles. I thought about making a year-end milage-run, a process where you “[buy] a low-price airline ticket … and fly not because you want to go anywhere, but to earn redeemable miles and progress toward elite status on your preferred airline.”

Alaska_Airlines_Boeing_737-800_CThe benefit of MVP is free checked bags for myself and Rachel (when she flies with me), which can easily save us $50-$100 per a trip. I also would get first crack at awesome seats such as 6A/F and 17A/F.

If I had been on top of my game, I probably could have accrued the required miles for about $200, which is equivalent to 2-4 trips worth of baggage fees. Realistically, I think there will only be a couple of flights we take this year (Colorado in August, and maybe someplace warm in the spring). This kind of makes it a push in terms of value. Unfortunately, I left it to the last few weeks of the year and it was going to cost upwards of $400 to get a flight that worked with my schedule. C’est la vie.

I suppose the good news is that I’m not traveling as often…though I sometimes miss it.


What’s your Critical Level to Get Things Done

For me, it’s two.

I’ll often make decisions when some level reaches two.

If I need to email someone about something, I won’t email them if it’s just one thing. But I have to ask them about two or point things, I’ll do it.

If a request is made to add a feature, I may not add it if only one person requests it, but if I get two requests, then I usually do.