Lessons from the Week
This week brought with it some new lessons and provided reminders of some old ones:
- There is a tradeoff between getting what you want and being tactful.
- To find a point on that tradeoff, it is important to be specific about one’s desires but also demonstrate flexibility.
- There’s a cool sock shop just blocks from my place!
- If you start to find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, it is better to find a way out sooner rather than later.
- If your dance partner is good, you can figure out your mistakes quickly.
- You might not be able to correct them as quickly.
- The feeling that one belongs is more important than any perk.
- It is NOT worth the effort to try biking up San Francisco’s steepest hills.
- Biking down on the other hand…
- The real cure for loneliness is to genuinely care about someone and be able to demonstrate it comfortably, not vice versa.
- Life is better with Calvin and Hobbes.
- I prefer Vampire Weekend’s eponymous album to Contra.
- It is possible to “wow” the uninitiated with a sufficient knowledge of Fourier transforms.