Battles With Boredom

June 19, 2010

As Young As I Feel…

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 11:59 am

Today, I define happiness as being close to twice the legal drinking age and being carded. The best part was the fact that the woman didn’t even ask at first – she just looked at me as if what she wanted was totally apparent. After a few seconds she simply said “ID?” I thanked her, paid for my beverages, and moved on.

It’s a good day.

UPDATE: After seeing this license plate, I’m even happier that I feel this way just because of the date on my driver’s license.

June 14, 2010

On Choices

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:32 am

I just read this article on he blog of Tim Ferris, currently my favorite author and inspiration for what I hope to be some serious life-changing events. The article discusses “the choice effect,” which boils down to “the more choices we are given, the less satisfied we tend to be” because we’re always suffering from buyer’s remorse. Put this into the context of a relationship, and it’s an interesting read.

Note that it is a guest article written by Claire Williams, not by Ferris himself. Still, I enjoyed the article, and found it somewhat relevant to my current state.

UPDATE: Along the same lines, check out this talk at the TED conference by Barry Schwartz.

June 13, 2010

Outside My Comfort Zone With Work, Bikes, and Blondie

Filed under: Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:18 am

Comfort breeds complacency. Why is that such a bad thing? We spend a large chunk of our lives trying to get comfortable, and then one day, our comfort suddenly changes from something that we are happy and, forgive the circular reference, comfortable with, to a hinderance which makes us want to kick ourselves later. (more…)

June 2, 2010

Small Delay in Travel Plans

Filed under: Personal,Travel — Peter Nikolaidis @ 12:42 pm

Due to my still getting over this cold thing I’ve had (for two and a half weeks), my vaccinations being somewhat out of date, and my passport being close to expiration, I’ve decided to delay my travel plans until next month. By then the antibiotics will have done their job (or I’ll be dead), my vaccinations should be back in full effect, and my new (RFID-enabled… can you spell “DIFRwear?”) passport will be here. At least now I can make a somewhat more informed decision about where to go. What are my options? Anywhere. What’s in the front running? Ireland, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Costa Rica (‘though it’s rainy now), Brazil (just suggested by a friend), Argentina, and Nepal.

If you have suggestions of a country you’ve been to, I’d really love to hear them.

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