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What a terrible night it was. There was a strong wind outside (and still is) and its gusts didn't let me sleep. When I was about to fall into dreaming there was then next gust against my window that woke we up. Closer to the dawn I finally got into sleeping then nightmares started to haunt me. In my dream I saw a world brought on the brink of a chaos then some murky terrorists or whoever they were have kidnapped Mr Trump, his wife and president Putin and publicly executed them by drowning. The process of execution was filmed and broadcasted on CNN so we all were watching it on repeat with our mouths open. Over and over again, like it was on September 11 in 2001 when we watched the planes crashing in WTC.
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It seems like the recent visit to the swimming pool sucked all remaining energy outta myself. My body told me enough is enough and kept sleeping till noon. Then it took enormous effort to get out of bed to have a lunch. Once again I had sore throat when I woke up but thanks to sea salt it got back to normal quite quickly.
I found it interesting in the meanwhile to check for posts over here made on the same day one or more years ago. There is one obvious thing that the more recent the post is the less amount of optimism it contains. Perhaps next year I'll be writing something absolutely dry of optimism.
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All those who are moaning about the Republicans winning the elections in the US in general and Mr Trump's inauguration in particular. Don't you remember that Jefferson Davis was Democrat while Abraham Lincoln was Republican? Just saying...
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The island where I go skiing about a century ago
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Trying to read the snowboarding guide book between handling hot customer issues. Well, it's akin to reading the Kamasutra of a sort. The occupation requires abnormal level of imagination and decent amount of practice in the process otherwise it's completely pointless. Just to read how "put extra weight on back edge to change the trajectory" while recollecting how long it took you to do this properly on the slope adds an extra flavour to it. On the other hand there are some tiny details and passed unnoticed or taken for granted during the self-study process that appear to be of a great importance. All in all it seems like I'm bringing the education process on a new level.
Now off to my place for it's too late to stay in the office.
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That was a rough day indeed. I felt sluggish in the morning probably due to long and tedious shopping on Wednesday evening. In the pool the coach noticed it and made me do extra exercises before pushing me for my favourite torture - one kilometre non-stop swim by crawl with flippers against time. At first I thought it would be beyond my ability to do for today but then after the first three hundred metres I found it feasible by keeping the constant speed and breathing out all excess air from my lungs. The result was really impressive. Last time I did it the overall time was 17:50 but the current result smashed a new low - 17:08. The coach was seemingly impressed as well as I did, she even said, 'You started so fast I thought you won't make it through'. I hope one day reach a similar result with no flippers.
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I've got in touch with a snowboarding instructor who provided me with a scan of a comprehensive manual book they use to prepare for qualification exams. Despite of the fact it's just theory I find it useful. The main motivation to read it is the deep desire to improve my snowboarding skill that is getting difficult for it appears I miss some basic knowledge. After all I'm a self-taught person in this field. The curious thing is the part of the book related to skiing is is twice is big as the one where snowboarding is described. To me it was comparatively easy to get into skiing but riding a snowboard is something of a challenge even after a year of trying.
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Today I was able to swim 3km in slightly longer than an hour time. For half the distance I was wearing flippers but taking into account my shaky legs after yesterday's visit to the gym it didn't make the job much easier. After swimming I felt like a sack of potatoes, being unable to lift a finger although my boss challenged me with an urgent task in the office. It took me half a day although my head was as clear as never before. Perhaps there is a thing or two that makes swimming attractive to office workers.
For the swimming cap at first it made me feel quite uncomfortable for it blocked my ears and warmed my head but after the first kilometre I ceased to notice it and maybe a permanent temperature around my head caused blood pressure to reduce its grip so my brain cleared at the end.
Also I tried antifog spray on my swimming glasses but since I did it a couple of hours ahead of submerging into water it had no effect. Next time I'll do it right before starting to swim.
The water was significantly cleaner today so perhaps it was a wise decision to force everyone to wear a cap. There was a huge guy swimming today who wore a shower cap instead and to curious looks from everyone around his loud and cheerful reply was 'Hey matey I'm a chef!'. Indeed he looked like one.
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