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September 18, 2002 Wednesday

Workout

I spent the last 2 hours of my day yesterday doing yoga and weight training (lats) before retiring to bed. Now that I wake up, the first thing I do is bike to work and then do 20 minutes of cardio (stair climber, stationary bike) in the gym. Sure, I feel great but I'm left thinking if I'm missing out on something by spending too much time working out.

Trifina

I'm enjoying my French class. A lot of students are advanced and it pushes me to do more to keep at their pace. This can only be good.

While the class was re-introducing themselves, they were having a particular difficulty with someone's name: Trifina. She's a petite and charming Oriental with a curious gaze. I mentioned aloud, "like truffles?" and (unintentionally) generated a laugh. I didn't think Trifina was amused. At the break, I apologized for making her feel uncomfortable. She assured me it didn't. I was relieved. This got us started on a tête-à-tête that we cut short since the class was starting. We agreed to resume our chat over coffee after class.

We proceeded to Second Cup and had an interesting conversation about photography, travel and opportunity costs of the choices we make. It's amazing to see dimension develop as we carried on. From a 2-dimensional face-with-a-name sitting across the classroom, I knew more about her now than I would otherwise have known within classroom limits...this intangible human-connection looming over again.

Moments and Human Connection

After the OM experience and after my travel to the Philippines, I'd been keenly aware of this "human connection" as a building block for making moments happen. Like the Marvel comic character the Silver Surfer spanning the cosmos in search of a connection, I feel like I'm on a parallel journey as TheLoneRider in search of a connection - any form of human connection to make the moments happen all over again, just like a junkie in search of a fix. Moments to glean insights from, moments to commit to memory and moments to fuel you on the journey ahead. It's always the journey...not the destination.

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