Pog has been talking about playing water polo next year for about 6 months. Backstory: He quit soccer to play rugby. He lasted a few weeks playing rugby, then quit. So, for a few weeks, he has said, I am going to swim, twice a week. And the weeks go by. Pog, do you want to swim? Not now, maybe later...was the typical response. I am too tired. I just want to chill. Finally, he said, I promise. I am going to swim twice this week. Every day, Pog, how about today? So, Finally, the week goes by, and no swimming. So, then it's next week I will.
On Monday, he "swam". It's a struggle. He can't breathe and stroke. The other shocker, is he asked me for coaching. I thought, okay, get in, 1-2 tips, work on it, I will go do something else. But he wanted me to stay. And he kept working at it. He had so much to learn. At once, it was hard to see how far he had to go, and at the same time, admiring his determination. I decided to sneak in a target. 500 meters. And he made it. It took an hour. Whew. Tuesday, he swam again. Again, it was a struggle, and we set the same goal. 500 meters. He made it this time in about 40 minutes. We swam again on Wednesday and Thursday too. Thursday it was about 30 minutes, and he swam the whole thing with me in the clubhouse. Then no Friday, or Saturday. And then, we went again on Sunday. He was really swimming. The whole length, breathing, albeit with extraordinary effort, but he had a rhythm going. Dang!! I am impressed. Admiring him. We went into the gym too, just for a short bit. He benches about as much as me, he is really getting strong. On top of it all, he has been talking with me. Without arguing! Anyways, I just wanted to jot that down. It's really nice to think about.
Finally, I have a new job. I am product manager for a telco blade server line. I am also newly an Oracle employee. So, a couple of really brief thoughts on that. 1) I am excited about this product. Customers love it. The value proposition is strong. I have some background in the industry, so I don't feel completely like a fish out of water. I am working with a team I used to work with. They asked for me back, which is affirming. My VP has been given new direction, and has asked us product managers to spend more time with our sales team and customers. My sweet spot. It's what I love. [Jib Jabbing!]
Okay, sneak peak on another topic. We need a new family car. I got a little windfall cash from the end of my Sun stock. Sarah took the family car to LA for school. With my new job, carpooling the kids is really getting cumbersome [although I love that little time with the kids in the afternoon]. So, just thinking about what to get. Then thought, they can have my 10 year old car, and I get something. So, I am just starting the process. What to get. So, I thought. Hmmm. How about a Porsche? So, anyways, not sure it's what I want, but fun to think about. I was looking at a 2003-2004 Boxster. Total two seater, very fun looking. Convertible. Anyways, just thinking. Actually, I am afraid I would like it about once a month, and the rest of the time, prefer something more like a Subaru or something...so, more to come on that. I have been avoiding the BMW thing, but may have to revisit that.