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the harry potter books will never be literary classics like the chronicles of narnia & lord of the rings but it sure does make an entertaining theme park!

day 4 | dragon boat camp


by the afternoon of our first day on the water, my paddling had already improved / that is how effective coach albert is to me as an individual & i think for the team as well \ i can certainly abide by “relax during recovery” / and agree that there is tremendous power with the heel-core connection in paddling \ as a rower, i understand the power of the legs-core-back / one thing new to me is the function of the back bench in a dragon boat \ just as my position in the rowing shell is as one of bow pair, on the dragon boat i am one of bench 10 pair < in both sports, small people are the best fit at the back > in dragon boating, the back benches <back 4 or back 6> are used if the coach|steerer wants an extra push or surge such as in a race or here at camp when we had side-by-side drills with another boat <we’re not competitive :-) >

today was another great day <beautiful weather-wise as well> | we covered about 10k with very short breaks between 1 to 4 minute stretches on the dragon boat \ then a few of us went to the channel on the OC2 <2-person outrigger canoe> \ this is how dragon boaters can practice on their own or with a partner / much like 1- or 2-person sculling in rowing \ paddling on an OC is much easier than on a dragon boat / because the paddle blade is wider & angled, i found the effort to make a good stroke so much easier | no need to stretch as much because the blade is already angled to give momentum \ it is also less straining because paddlers change sides by calling “hut-hoe” / after a few missteps, my partner & i learned to turn the OC2 effectively :-)

tomorrow, again we get videotaped, reviewed, and provided with individual help \ the camp ends on saturday with a 2k race | definitely looking forward to that!

more fun @universal studios

imageone of the things we will remember from this trip is the ginormous, yummy smoked turkey leg peddled around the theme parks | for ten bucks, one leg fed four people / can’t beat that in a tourist trap! \ we also enjoyed the horror make-up show by a make-up artist who could be a standup comic

fun @harry potter’s world

imageuniversal did a great job of replicating harry potter’s world / would have been great if there wasn’t a crowd \ but the architecture & artifacts made up for the maddening crowd / we retreated to the other park <universal  studios> for more make-believe


dragon boat camp

imagetoday is the first day of pittsburgh paddlefish’s week-long dragon boat camp in indian harbor beach, florida / we have a very strategic coach who’s also a good motivator \ that’s a great combination & works well with me \ “paddle like a poet, not like a lumberjack” <coach albert>


a book about amazon


brad stone presented the concept of his book “the everything store: jeff bezos and the age of amazon (2013)” to jeff bezos in the style of a press release as the custom is at amazon when new products are introduced in meetings <no powerpoints allowed! instead, 6-page narratives | ideas written down in prose> \ it is an in-depth story of amazon from its beginnings in the 1990s to the present / it deservedly won several awards: the 2013 financial times & goldman sachs business book of the year; best book of 2013 by the washington post, forbes, the new republic, and gizmodo; one of the top 10 investigative journalism books of 2013 by nieman reports \ this book is an excellent, great read

bravo to jeff bezos / he built amazon based on his tenacious belief in playing the long game, building a store that has the widest selection <the “everything store”> & alternative channels within <thus lowest price> and providing the best customer buying experience <including instant gratification> \ bezos’ amazon largely defined what that digital shopping experience should be / it’s probably overdramatic but as a measure of how impressive bezos’ accomplishment is <at least in my opinion>, i think he is another representation of the “great man” in the business|technology world <steve jobs being the other one that comes to mind>

amazon is a great story about innovation, efficiency, tenacity & survival and brutal business practices / the picture above shows some of the innovations that amazon brought to consumers & industries <for better or for worse>

mackenzie bezos gave the book a 1-star review / other principal characters who reviewed the book on  shel kaphan <first employee |94-99>,  rick dalzell <cio|97-07>& jonathan leblang <director, 00-present>

reviews in amazon


ready, up to shoulders!

rowing safety drill part 1

practice tonight consisted of 2x4x1 <2 sets of 4 x 1minute’s | minimum 30 spm> / i like short pieces | the agony is quickly over \ after this, we reviewed the safe handling of rowing shells / taking the shell & oars where they are parked in the boathouse is a choreographed ritual with the cox barking commands \ after five months of not handling a boat, we do need this refresher / next time, we will be practicing taking the shell to the dock & laying it on the water

wordpress just reminded me that this is my 100th post!  cheers!


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