alcohol-free ‘life experiment’

I’ve been wanting to write an update on my alcohol-free ‘life experiment’. During the first week of January I decided to change one of my habits. The habit of having a double shot of whiskey or glass of red wine or craft beer at the end of a long day , a difficult day or a great day. I decided the time frame would be this year 2014. I’m not sure if my reasoning is very sound. I couldn’t say that I would only have alcohol on the weekend or at social gatherings, I’ve tried that before and it always…

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Rock climbing – Strubens Valley Crag

So I’ve been indoor rock climbing inconsistently for about a year. Towards the end of 2013, we joined the Rockfit gym in Morningside, where we’ve been receiving coaching once a week, also inconsistently. Today the club organised an outdoor climb at the Strubens Valley Crag, west of JHB. The place is right in the middle of this suburb. You drive through the suburb, find this empty lot on Witwatersrand Ave, pay the car-guard R30 and trek for about 5min up a hill till you get to the crag. There were about 12 of us today of all levels. The advanced…

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12 Years A Slave

Watched ‘12 Years A Slave‘ this evening. This film is… intense, powerful, beautifully filmed, difficult to watch… and just stays with you.  I absolutely love the way the director uses the frame to convey so much more than words can. The tight shots, and then the pulling away to reveal the scene and emotions in more context. And the lingering, the holding of the camera on the slave being lashed or almost hung when it’s most uncomfortable to watch. This film left me feeling even more, as people have been treated this way since 6800BC at least and continue to…

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2014 the year of health and fitness

I didn’t make any new year resolutions this NYE. But on the 3rd, I decided that I will treat my body better… and I will get physically stronger and healthier. For me that includes exercising more regularly, being able to run 5K in one go (which I have not been able to do in the past), improve with the indoor climbing and to not consume alcohol as much. At this point I would like to try not to consume alcohol throughout this year…It’s a a little scary and a difficult thing to abstain from especially since alcohol is so ingrained…

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Disconnect

Sometimes I wonder if technology has enabled us to disconnect further from the people in our personal space. I’m a culprit. I find myself using tech to disengage to hide. I guess in a similar way to people who use TV or music with headphones to disconnect from the present.  

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