Saturday, December 31, 2022

Waste not, want not

Toward the last bit of yesterday's run I tried to go up-tempo. My thinking is that your body remembers how you finish. That and I have to admit to being a bit vain. If anybody is watching perhaps they will think I ran the entire distance at that pace.

I was surprised when I tried to push the speed up a notch for that last hundred yards and my stride turned into the Scarecrow's from Wizard of Oz.

I was once again reminded that the game changes when you are playing with very little "reserve".

Landing an airplane with barely enough air-speed. Trying to recover from a stupid purchase when you can barely cover your fixed costs. Running on a dirt road when your stability muscles are barely adequate for the task.

Small perturbations can amplify rather than damp-down.

I could yap about the economy. Not the economy of "metrics" that is reported in the news but the real economy: The number of hours people have available, how many hours they work and the percentage of that work that is productive. 

When everything is hale and healthy and tuned-in, waste can be plastered over and you might never even know it is there. When things are grimmer then any waste can really hurt.

Waste not, want not.


  1. ERJ, I have been at more than one start-up that went through the low budget penny-pinching stage (where every expense is questioned) to the fat days of investment (where the sky is the limit and almost nothing is questioned) to the "We are running out of money" days. It is indeed remarkable how dear money becomes after you have spent so much of it and now have investments, facilities, equipment, and personnel that must be maintained. In point of fact, a single mistake which two years previous was no big deal becomes potentially business ending.

  2. Happy New Year to you and yours Joe. I hope this one works out well for you .---ken

  3. I am sorry to ask an OT question, but I am very interested in your take on Benedict's passing. I am not Roman Catholic but have been following a variety of stripes of RC commenters--especially Ann Barnhardt- on the legitimacy of the papacy of Francis. Ann thinks Benedict was the Restrainer and that Francis has never been pope. Eschatologists are looking for the final pope-Peter.

    1. The Ninth Commandment tells us to "...not bear false-witness".

      A false witness is somebody who gossips or lies or talks as if they had authority beyond what they had personally observed or had reason to know.

      Operating within the guardrails imposed by the 9th commandment, I think Benedict was a great Pope. He stood unto the breach and taught what the Bible and Tradition says rather than what "the cool kids" wanted it to say.

      Unlike Protestants and Evangelicals, Catholics recognize "Tradition" as a supplement to the Bible. For example, (I think) Tradition holds that Mary's father was named Joachim and her mother was Anne. Not a big deal but it adds another dimension of humanity to Mary.

      While Catholics recognize that the Holy Spirit communicates with us we tend to be a little bit skeptical unless the new information aligns with Scripture and Tradition. Otherwise, it tends to get dismissed as MSU (Making Stuff Up). I cannot speak to the legitimacy of Francis but I can attest that he sometimes seems to MSU...or at least say things and the stitch-back to Scripture is shaky.

    2. Prots find tradition interesting and informative, but don't base doctrines on it.

    3. ERJ - thanks. That is a clear and concise a description on Catholic understanding of Scripture as I have ever found.

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