#participation

California has a laid back, casual, relaxed reputation when it comes to work or play. Things will get done. Everything will be okay. My patient forgiving attitude is sure to fit in well here. But it may be too laissez faire even for my personality. Stuff will not get done unless we choose to participate and accomplish.

“Wake up, do stuff, go to bed. Repeat ’til dead.” – Craig Robinson (@flipflopflying)

I’ve tried my hardest to minimize time spent in my apartment. Some evenings that has meant sticking it out at the office longer than others and taking the scenic route home. Most nights it has simply been to wander downtown Long Beach in search of a bite to eat instead of fixing something at home. There have been plenty of chances to clean or vacuum or launder, but strolling along the water and admiring the scenery is always a more attractive alternative. I’ll continue to force myself to get out and do things, even if it isn’t something I would otherwise choose to do on my own.

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There are still those long periods of time between Friday afternoon and Monday morning that need to be filled. Soon after moving, I reached out to various local associations in hopes of coaching a youth basketball team. I mentioned my Lakers squad in a previous blog entry. The season is now near completion thanks to a bye week that coincides with Super Sunday. We will finish by hosting a doubleheader at Long Beach State and then advancing to the NJB Championship series in February. I wish I was able to coach rather than simply supervise, as even the most elementary of formations and directions have been completely ignored or misunderstood. Practices are conducted Saturday mornings on a public outdoor court; perk of living in California and suffering through the brutal winter. During the most recent practice we had four (?!!) players attend, but that number was cut in half when one player needed to sit out due to a headache from too much sunshine and fresh air and her brother was conked on the head by an errant rebound.


participation

  1. the act or process of participating
  2. the state of being related to a larger whole
  3. the process during which individuals, groups and organizations are consulted about or have the opportunity to become actively involved in a project or program of activity.
  4. An ownership interest or profit-sharing right.

My golf clubs were packed in the Maxima instead of on the moving truck to avoid any potential further losses or claims. The idea of year-round golf on the West Coast was always appealing. I haven’t taken full advantage of it yet, having only played twice since moving. I’ll double my rounds for the season this weekend in Las Vegas… Unless I lose my clubs or my shorts at one of the tables inside Cosmopolitan. I played well this weekend at Westridge with work colleagues, even if it was nearly a six-hour round. It shouldn’t be a problem racing the sunset on the 18th fairway when teeing off before lunch.

I’m doing my best to not say “no,” to allow myself out of my comfort zone, to accept others’ invitations and offers as they are extended. I’ll be more flexible and spontaneous and willing to drop those daily chores in favor of a drive up the coast or meeting for a whiskey. I’ll try that sushi place or go paddle-boarding or attend a social work function. I’ll drive to Las Vegas to meet my folks or book a hotel for an evening in San Diego or explore the local teams’ calendars for available tickets. I’m getting more comfortable as a Party of One, as long as I am participating and filling my time with all that California has to offer.

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Lego 

Lego (/ˈlɛɡ/) is a popular line of construction toys manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company’s flagship product, Lego, consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, mini figures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects.

Lego began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Since then a global Lego subculture has developed, supporting movies, games, competitions, and six themed amusement parks. As of 2013, around 560 billion Lego parts had been produced.

The Lego Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen (born 7 April 1891), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932.In 1934, his company came to be called “Lego”, from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”. It expanded to producing plastic toys in 1947.In 1949 Lego began producing, among other new products, an early version of the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them “Automatic Binding Bricks”. These bricks were based in part on the Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, which were patented in the United Kingdom in 1939 and then there released in 1947. Lego modified the design of the Kiddicraft brick after examining a sample given to it by the British supplier of an injection-molding machine that the company had purchased.[6] The bricks, originally manufactured from cellulose acetate, were a development of traditional stack-able wooden blocks that locked together by several round studs on top and a hollow rectangular bottom. The blocks snapped together, but not so tightly that they required an extraordinary effort to be separated.

The Lego Group’s motto is det bedste er ikke for godt which means roughly “only the best is the best” (more literally “the best is never too good”).This motto was created by Ole Kirk to encourage his employees never to skimp on quality, a value he believed in strongly.The motto is still used within the company today. By 1951 plastic toys accounted for half of the Lego Company’s output, although Danish trade magazine Legetøjs-Tidende (“Toy-Times”), visiting the Lego factory in Billund in the early 1950s, felt that plastic would never be able to replace traditional wooden toys. Although a common sentiment, Lego toys seem to have become a significant exception to the dislike of plastic in children’s toys, due in part to the high standards set by Ole Kirk.

By 1954, Christiansen’s son, Godtfred, had become the junior managing director of the Lego Group. It was his conversation with an overseas buyer that led to the idea of a toy system. Godtfred saw the immense potential in Lego bricks to become a system for creative play, but the bricks still had some problems from a technical standpoint: their locking ability was limited and they were not versatile. In 1958, the modern brick design was developed, and it took another five years to find the right material for it, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) polymer. The modern Lego brick was patented on 28 January 1958.

(via WIKIPEDIA)

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