Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.

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.

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