I hardly gripe, but this one takes the cake.

Cashier at Aloha gas station in Kapahulu with pretty nails (and only pretty nails): That will be $8.93.
Me: You have this 6-pack advertised for $6.99.
cashier: (notice how I de-capitalized "cashier") Oh, price went up. Now $7.99.
Me: Oh yah, and you charging 8% tax too?
cashier: huh?
Me: Here's $9. Do something useful with the change.

I have used Vertra sunscreen on my face for a while now and because I surf almost everyday, I lean towards a higher spf. When I'm not using a wetsuit top or rash guard, I use a high spf, waterproof, and child-formulated sunscreen. I've heard a lot of contradicting things about sunscreen, higher spf ratings, adult vs. child formulas, waterproof vs. not waterproof, and the list goes on and on. What I do know is that the human skin is the largest organ one has and it is imperative that we take care of it. Here is an interesting blog about sunscreen that a classmate wrote.

Dean's SPF blog.























Once in a great while, I am invited out to the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center for work and often, I see this from their wonderful cafeteria. For you surfers out there, would you be able to concentrate with this a few hundred yards away? I was able to get out to Maile Point for a 3 hour session. Unfortunately, waves were overhead and my board was undersized. Luckily, I did have some solid rides, the crowd was null, water was clear, and the sunset was impeccable!



















During our recent Toastmasters meeting, I was given an impromptu question, "Describe one thing about yourself that you would like to change." Although I answered differently, one thing that has been on my mind recently is fear of failure. Due to fear of failure I have hesitated, second guessed, disbelieved, denied, and stopped myself from doing many things.

First of all, what is failure? Is expressing a sentiment only to have someone strike it down, a failure? Is buying an expensive pair of shoes only to discover that they are horrible, a failure? Is signaling to get into a lane just to have the adjacent car speed up, failure? Is throwing caution to the wind and taking a chance, only to have people tell you, "I told you so," failure? Is failure being last in your hiking group?

I recently completed an inspirational (IMHO) book, "Fear of Failure" by Ralph Read and in it, Read quotes Mary Pickford, "If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." In part, I believe this is failure. I also believe that complacency and the unwillingness to reach YOUR OWN potential because of fear of failure, is failure. Everything else, is just an unwanted outcome and a lesson.

Now if I could only remember this in the face of said unwanted outcome and lesson...

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