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I went to Triathlon Lab in Redondo today to checkout some gear for the triathlon training I’m going through. We rented a wetsuit to checkout an open water swim. I was trying on all kinds of training outfits. Some of them were a little too Sven for me, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, we grabs our wetsuits and drove down to the Redondo Pier. When we got there, we packed it all up and then jogged down to the far side of the jetty. We slipped on our suits and goggles and dipped into the ocean. Its amazing how much warmer the Pacific Ocean is when you are wearing a swimming wetsuit.

I must say that swimming in the ocean is completely different than anything else I’ve done for training. I mean, I must have passed at least 20 gallons of salt water through my nose in the 1/4 mile swim we did. It was a great experience. Afterwards, we went back to Triathlon Lab. I picked up a sweet deal on a ton of training gear. The guy Robert was a great help with everything and hooked me up because of our mutual friend.

I’m really excited about the training that’s going to be taking place over the next couple of months for the LA Triathlon!

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Yes, its been a while since I’ve posted a blog, but that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s been a while since I’ve eaten some food. My friend, Bart, is writing a book about the Master Cleanse. He’s done the thing a half dozen times and has coached scores of people through it. He can chalk me up as another success story under his coaching belt. Lost 10 lbs and 2.5 points of body fat!

If you haven’t heard about the Master Cleanse, read short bit about it on Wikipedia. I must say that I didn’t experience any of the problems some have cited with the cleanse. In fact, I had more energy and greater mental awareness in the last 11 days than I’ve ever had before. I haven’t eaten a single thing for 11 days now. It has all been the liquids from the Cleanse.

Tomorrow is the big day. I’m going to start weening myself back onto food. I was considering eating baby food. However, I think I’ll stick to slowing working my way back to steak. MMMM… I’ll have to grab a nice steak at the Pacific Dining Car. I was originally going to go for 14 days. However, when my friend, Bart, walked me through the process of coming off the cleanse, I realized that I needed to start coming off right now. I’m going to start training for a triathlon this weekend. That training is not going to happen if I’m on the cleanse or even when I’m coming off.

More to come on the triathlon as I get into it. One of my favorite things about taking on the training is that I’ll get a whole other place for me to blog! At beginnertriathlete.com you can create a training log and yap about the crap you’ve got going on. Yep… Can’t get enough blogging.

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I’m sitting in my chair at my Team Management and Leadership Program Weekend on Sunday, and I hear the most profound thing I’ve ever heard:

If you really love your mother, buy HER flowers on YOUR birthday

I got to thinking… How many years have I been sitting here expecting my mom to get me this or do that for me? blah blah blah. My expectation from my mom is that she gives me something for recognition of her giving birth to me. WTF!

Now, I admit that I’ve had my ins and my outs with my mom. I’ve had plenty of complaints my whole life. Yet, if it wasn’t for my mom, I wouldn’t even be around to complain about her in the first place! I love my mom, and you can bet that she’s getting flowers on my birthday for the rest of my life.

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I was leaving my Team Management & Leadership classroom on Friday night when my friend Cecil asked me if I could give him a ride. I know what public transportation is like in Los Angeles. I used to travel via train and bus from my house to the OC 3-4 times a week several years ago. For those of you outside the Los Angeles area… Public transportation in Los Angeles is severely lacking.

Back to Cecil. I asked him where he needed to go. He says, I’m about 10 minutes down La Cienega in Inglewood. Now, if you are not familiar with Los Angeles, Inglewood ain’t exactly Beverly Hills. But hey, if The Dog Whisperer can make it in The Wood, why can’t I? Plus, the LA Center for Landmark is one block west of Inglewood, so I’m eating lunch there regularly.

We started driving down La Cienega and got to talking a little bit. He’s from Houston, and he came out here for music. He’s a singer and musician. He’s a really good guy, and he’s giving a lot of himself to make a difference for others.

I remembered back to the first time I met him. He had just started his Introduction Leaders Program at Landmark, and I was finishing mine up. We were assisting with setting up some of the rooms for the introductions. We made a good team with getting things together. Now, here I am driving him to his apartment and talking with him about his career ambitions and what difference he wants to make in the world.

Really cool guy. I told him that he better invite me to his church when he gets back into singing on Sundays. Hopefully, I’ll be making another trip to Inglewood in the near future.

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It was just a few weeks ago that I first encountered the Spam Arrest Service. Today… I got a dose of it again. I was sending an email to a bunch of people on the Los Angeles team for the Team Management Leadership Program I am in at Landmark Education. There is a national classroom this weekend in Chicago, and I wanted to acknowledge all of them for the extraordinary people they have been over the last three months.

Particularly, I was pointing out that there is no coincidence between the recent Oprah show (which tapes in Chicago) covering “The Secret” and the arrive of about 700 people who are up to causing a world of peace that works for everyone. Furthermore, Rev. Beckwith and James Arthur Ray are invited back for another taping of Oprah this coming week.

I received an immediate reply from one of the people on the team. It was from Spam Arrest.

Spam Arrest – How it works – Step 1. Easy to Use

Very cool service. I must admit that I don’t use it myself, but for people who are getting spammed like crazy, it’s a great idea!

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I love the conversations that people have about Internet communication. I’m in a team management leadership program right now. The entire program is based upon being in communication with others and creating a listening of others that empowers them. What I find interesting about the course is that participants have created a listening of Internet communication as ineffective. That is to say that in the realm of communication, most participants view communication via the web and email as ineffective.

I’ve had a number of conversations with people in the course and other people in my life about how they relate to Internet communication. One of my favorite quotes is, “If you really want to communicate with someone, verbal communication is the best way to go”.

There are a couple of errors in this statement. First, verbal communication essentially means communication with words. Modern definitions of verbal have twisted it into meaning oral communication as opposed to written communication. However, the true meaning of verbal is “of or pertaining to words”. Nothing in the original definition implies oral vs written.

The second problem with this statement is that it implies that one must speak with another person in order to be in communication. Now, what I find interesting about this is that written communication was invented specifically to make communication available to more people.

Written word has the ability to become timeless. Written word has the ability to make us and our communication live on forever. Where would we be is Shakespeare was only communicated through oral communication? Where would we be if the US Constitution was never written down but just communicated in oral conversation?

The moral of the story is that the web, being part of written communication, is a very powerful method of communication. You can gain interest from people in whatever you are up to through oral or written communication. The web and community websites (more about this later) are very effective methods of communication.

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Los Angeles, CA – Scientists researching the human brain at UCLA discovered that the human mind is capable of generating an entirely new kind of love previously unknown to mankind. Researchers are calling this new type of love, Love Amplified. “It is where I love you more than you love me and you love me more than I love you,” Dr. Smith mentioned during a press conference on Monday.

This new possibility of love has sparked a debate as to whether there is ever an end to whether one can love another more than the other loves them when the two individuals are in Love Amplified. “It is simply not possible for you to love me more than I love you and for me to love you more than you love me into infinity,” Dr. Heshsloth stated during an address to the World Association of Sloth & Resignation.

Meanwhile, researchers are UCLA continue to address the issue of Love Amplified to Infinity. “Essentially, the universe is continuously expanding. Therefore, you must continue to generate love at a rate equal to the expansion of the universe just to keep your love from becoming smaller, relative to the rest of the universe,” Dr. Smith explained in a detailed research finding released on Wednesday morning. To be in Love Amplified, Dr. Smith explained that we “must expand our love such that it causes love to expand for others” in such a way that our love expands at a faster rate than the universe is expanding.

“This is further complicated by the debate as to whether the expansion of the universe is accelerating or decelerating. If the expansion of the universe is accelerating, then our love must not just expand at the rate of the universe. Our love must expand at a rate greater than that which our universe is expanding,” Smith said in his closing statements on Monday. I love you all were his final words in the memo. So, in the spirit of Love Amplified, I love you all.

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I’m flying to San Francisco this weekend for my Team Management & Leadership weekend, and I’m taking my laptop with me. I brought my laptop into work and Keen setup synergy2 on my laptop. I downloaded the app and set it up on my desktop. This is the coolest sh*t ever! Check out the synergy project page on SourceForge.net

Essentially, I get to share my keyboard & mouse on my desktop at work with my laptop. Just checkout this sweet picture.

What’s cool is that I can still use either keyboard on my laptop. Not that I’d want to use my dinky laptop keyboard. Apparently, they have a version for UNIX! I’m going to marry my imac at home to my laptop. Yes, my laptop is now a mouse and keyboard polygamist.

Geek out with with your mouse out! I can set the laptop to either side of my desktop and just change the settings. For instance, you can now see that my laptop is above my pc at work!

Sure! It’s not the most stable setup, and I’m not sure my neck would be able to handle this for very long, but it’s still geeky cool.

The best feature is that each machine maintains its own work space. I can bust in my DVD of the 2004 US Open of Swing Dance DVD in my laptop whilst pretending like I’m actually getting work done on my desktop. The whole while, I don’t have to take my hands off my desktop’s keyboard or mouse. Friggin sweet dude!

Oh, and I almost forgot! I can also copy and paste between my two machines. For instance, remember the comment I made about my polygamist laptop? Well, I found that link to dictionary.com on my desktop and then just moved my mouse to the top of my screen and it popped up in my laptop screen. Then I pasted it into the URL box in my blog editor from flock. This is one of those days when I just love technology 😀

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So, I get this frantic IM from one of the people on my team (see transcript below, names have been changed to protect the innocent):

BK: jared i need to talk to you
Jared Tracy: what are you doing?
BK: dude
BK: A* is giving me a hard time and treathing me
Jared Tracy: I need some sheet metal
Jared Tracy: threatening you?
Jared Tracy: how?
BK: she is telling me im going to lose my job if the phone system is not installed by monday
BK: when she doesn’t understand that htere was a delay
Jared Tracy: WTF
BK: becuase she fucken didn’t sign for 2 weeks
BK: and she changed the fucking agreement like 3 times
Jared Tracy: I’m going to talk with that b*

Please set aside your judgment of the grammar and spelling on the part of BK. Clearly, he was frustrated and upset with the circumstances in which he found himself. I ended up going into a conference room with A* and conversing with her about the situation. It was clear that this wasn’t going to solve the problem. Both BK and A* had different stories about the series of events that lead to BK’s IMing me.

Long story short… Communication was cleared up between BK and A*. They almost gave each other a hug at the end of the meeting. The workplace is a beautiful thing!

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I honestly believe that there are moments that shape our lives, defining moments you can say. In these moments, we feel a profound shift in our own reality and because of our connection with the world around us, the world (Life) itself begins to transform. For some this shift may be something we are so disconnected from that it occurs to us that life has just happened around us. For others, we are so connected with our universe that we get that we are a cause in the matter of events that take place in this world.

To stand in front of person after person tonight, each facing their own insurmountable circumstances, and generate with them a life that is undeniably real and unrecognizable to them is surreal. To experience the shift in their being when they get that anything they want for their life is possible is unlike any experience in life. It is almost like witnessing birth. And to have love and affinity for a complete stranger simply because they are a human being is the greatest sense of being alive.

I got to experience one of the most extraordinary women in the world this evening. Her past had her as a very successful businesswoman who was recently stricken with fibromyalgia. She lost her job, wealth, and her body has deteriorated rapidly. But her spirit is brighter than the most radiant star. The genesis of her life was this evening. It was the most profound experience to be present while she generated a life filled with possibility as opposed to pain and despair.

It was particularly meaningful for me because I dated a woman for 3 1/2 years who suffered from some sort of unknown ailment with similar symptoms to fibromyalgia. In that relationship, I was an unloving, uncaring, and insensitive prick. Up until this evening, I could only imagine what life must have been like for my ex-girlfriend given my despicably behavior. Tonight I got clear on what it is to be a support for someone who is deeply suffering physically. And in that moment, I also got present to when the exact opposite is present, which is what I provided for my ex-girlfriend. It is amazing what the woman tonight is generating for herself and her life.

And so life has transformed. Not just for this woman tonight, and not just for me. Rather, life has transformed for everyone that each of us touches and inspires. Life has transformed because we are all cause in the matter. I love the assisting I do at Landmark Education, and I love the work the organization is a stand for. We truly can have anything we want for ourselves or our lives.