Further: Emulating Frank Gore. Doing what I think is right, not what I can get away with. Though if you tell me I'm wrong, I'll listen and get it sorted out. Genuine. Honest. Humorous. Polite. Cultured. Ambitious. Hard working. Slightly impatient, things such as overly extended red-lights and people walking slowly across crosswalks irritate me. But I do realize this stuff isn't a big deal.
I began working out again recently, and I got kind of addicted. And I work out 6 days each week for at least 1.5 hours per day. So I got pretty fit, and lost like 30 lbs. I also started to eat mostly vegetarian - not by design, it sort of just happened - I just have not felt like eating red-meat. I think being healthy is really important as I want to live a long life, so finding someone who is at least fairly health conscious is important to me.
I work as an attorney in my own small firm. But love horses. So, in addition to practicing law, I train thoroughbreds for racing. Prior to training, I competed as an amatuer jockey and was selected to represent the United States in World Cup races. That was an invaluable experience because not only did I work very hard to reach the pinnacle of a sport, but I was also able to see and meet people in many different countries. The experiences I had being a jockey, especially overseas, were invaluable. I also worked in England riding horses and rode in some races there. I hope everyone has similar opportunities as I think hard work, sports, and travel are great educators.
Unfortunately amateur jockeys don't get paid. Hence, the law thing. Fortunately law is an incredible education: I'm good at getting out of traffic citations and other similar prickly situations, and I get to tell people "This is what I would do if it were me." See? Fortunately, as a trainer, I ride horses for exercise purposes. It is really nice riding in the mornings before or during sunrise. I tried to make training my sole career, but, while paying somewhat more than the nill paid to amateur jockeys, training doesn't pay enough. So, I recently rededicated myself to my law practice. With a lot of exhausting work, that has gone fairly well. But I am essentially coming to realizing that it's best for me to relax a bit, and experience new things. I think constant learning is important, and making changes is critical. Perhaps one could call it self evolution. I'm certain someone has already coined that phrase, but if not, do I get credit? To that end I recently purchased an old cottage in a wonderful community on the Severn River near Annapolis. It's so nice and friendly there and it's quite the nature conservatory. Think: stable area at Saratoga Race Course meets Dirty Dancing. I also am trying to avoid office and equine work one day each week as the seven day thing is overdoing it a bit.
I like playing with my dog (Moxey - a beagle). I recently got him a compression blanket because he gets separation anxiety when I leave him home...because he loves me. Previously I had tried a cat as a remedy. That didn't work so well, but now I have Mrs. Kitty - a calico that was born at the racetrack. She purrs a lot...because she loves me too. I'll do anything for the most part; except I'm definitely not jumping out of an airplane, or at least a plane that is airborne. Lately my favorite thing is sitting on the porch at my cottage and reading the NYTimes Sunday edition...actual papyrus print version, of course.
- Conveying facts as opposed to unsubstantiated claims. Lawyer thing.
- Quickly concluding whether the way people eat is gross or not.
- Figuring stuff out. I read the directions. Or, for life issues or other things I don't understand, I ask people questions.
- Reading maps and/or giving driving directions.
I like healthy foods, and I like to cook (everything in olive oil) - it's relaxing to me. I stopped drinking recently...self evolution thing. I recommend it. I feel great, and drinking seems largely a waste of time.
I don't watch too many shows, but recently I binge watched several entire seasons of Girls and Boardwalk Empire in like 2 days on HBO. I enjoy documentaries and crime stories on Bio or A&E. I watch college hoops (go Friars!) and, of course, I watch NFL Red Zone as a means of monitoring my fantasy team. Music-wise, I like classic rock, rhythm and blues, motown, and jazz. I think disco is awesome because it's so upbeat. I recently bought a Fifty year old juke box that plays vinyl Forty Fives. ITunes, whatever. I also listen to NPR for news, it's probably the best of a bad lot.
I like older movies - not the real old ones without color...or sound...but rather those made from the late 60's through the early 80s - ones that starred DeNiro, Nicholson, Steve McQueen, and guys like that in the earlier parts of their careers.
Where I left my cell phone.