2015 — Week Twenty-One
Dropped Zoe off at the airport for an early morning flight, and then headed up to work, listening to another great podcast by Tim Ferriss, where he was interviewing Rick Rubin, one of this era’s greatest music producers. Best quote of the show was this one:
The best art divides the audience. If you put out a record and half the people who hear it absolutely love it, and half the people who hear it absolutely hate it, you’ve done well. If everyone thinks, “aww, that’s pretty good,” why bother making it?
Pretty “meh” week, but for no good reason, as I suppose I was ordinarily productive at work, mostly taking care of writing awards, fitness reports, etc. I got permission to send all my Marines on a white-water rafting trip to raise their morale, and discovered that I’d won the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement, which is given out each year by the Navy League. It’s Churchill’s Black Dog hanging about, that’s what it is…
Headed up to Charleston on the weekend, scooped up brother Joe and nephews Adi and Kieran, and headed to Atlanta to visit my sister Beth, who was in the city filming the next movie in the Divergent series, where she’s the stunt double for the female lead, Shailene Woodley.
Got a room at the Hyatt, drove all night on Friday, and let Joe sleep in Saturday morning while I took the boys to the park, where we fed ducks and geese, played on the slides, bought fruit from a street vendor, and generally had a good time. Great, late lunch with Beth and her fiance Scotty, then watched a rather unique bedtime movie with the boys:
Let’s just say Irish animated children’s movies are a little darker than their American counterparts, and that when I have a little girl of my own, I now might just name her Saoirse (Ser-sha)…
Went to breakfast with Beth and Scotty on Sunday, then took the boys to the Atlanta Zoo, where we had a great afternoon before making the long drive back to Charleston.
Got the boys to bed, watched Game of Thrones, then headed back down to Beaufort to get ready for a short week prior to the big Las Vegas trip — all in all, a good week from a perspective of spending time with family and friends.