Egotism Is The Biggest Challenge Here

I read an article in The Atlantic (The Organization Kid), originally directed from another article I read from The New York Times (The Real White Fragility.) Both articles lead to one rabbit hole after another, and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed good writing, and not-so-left-or-right spectrum’d opinions.

What really stood out for me was the author of the The Organization Kid meets with several groups of Princeton student, and is introduced to a particular student by professor Robert George. And I quote, “This young man took me to lunch in his college dining room, and when I asked him about character-building, he spoke more comfortably and thoughtfully than anybody else I had met. He wasn’t easy on himself, the way supercharged achievers have a tendency to be. “Egotism is the biggest challenge here,” he said. “It can make you proud if you do well. It can make you self-assured and self-sufficient. You don’t need help from other people. You won’t need help from your wife. You won’t give yourself over to her when you are married.”

This struck me as I reflected back on my childhood and upbringing; One where I did not have access to the best resources, or the help to get me the A+, or private music lessons, or the best teachers throughout my elementary and secondary school careers. But what I did learn from the hard lessons of my teachers, friends, family, and neighbours in what is (and probably still is) an “inner city” neighbourhood, these tough life lessons taught me that egotism really is the biggest challenge. I learned that throughout my professional career, and being in a people leader/management role, certainly speaks to this. I often wonder how life would have turned out had wee been white and privileged. The answer still comes back to being one who has a purpose and virtues, defying the sins bestowed upon us. (Disclaimer: I am not religious.)

Endurance

Without a doubt, Porsche is one of my most favourite vehicle manufacturers. They are masters at their craft. But much like life, they aren’t perfect; They have their ups and downs, victories, losses, disappointments, and successes.

This documentary follows the 2019 endurance racing series of several Porsche teams (factory and customer teams) throughout their trials and tribulations of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Nurburgring. What an amazing documentary.

Ready For Spring

And ready to terrorize the neighbourhood!

Just kidding.

Track season cancelled just a day after I got the Porsche ready for the spring, and benchmark alignment dialed in. And COVID-19 – so many cops on the road. So sad.

Tick Tock

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and certainly well over due.

So I didn’t come back to Vancouver to spend Christmas with my friends and family in 2019, but instead, went to Asia and spent a few weeks in Vancouver in November before heading back to Toronto.

I must say that I quite enjoyed that. And here I am typing this post from Vancouver after spending the Lunar new year with my friends and family. I think I’ll come back once a quarter this year and work out of Vancouver every now and then. It’s quite nice. And being able to have a nice simple dinner or coffee with friends in the city I love? It’s precious.

One goal this year I’d like to achieve is to have dinner with friends in a completely different city while on vacation. That would mean the world to me.

Oh, and I brought home a new Italian girl. A 2009 Ducati Monster 696+. My inner road rat is still strong. Keep you all posted.

The Lion City – Singapore

The Lion City was more than just a travel destination for me.

It was a city of discovery, and reminisce of my childhood.

This trip reminded me of all the sights, smells, sounds, and forgotten tastes that I grew up with my parents, siblings, and cousins. Singapore was also a reminder of my family’s journey throughout South East Asia, and across the Pacific. It almost seems as if our past was forgotten, but Singapore was a reminder that these memories are still fresh in my mind. See you again soon.