This is a recurring topic when it comes to the life of James Lindeman. It’s come up before, and it’s reared it’s ugly head again. Maybe it would be better to label this a “third life crisis”. Maybe it’s an excuse to justify my recent upwards spending trend.
Now that I’m done my Master’s, I have way too much free time on my hands after work. There’s too much thinking going on and too much time to ponder life and its many intricacies. Being idle drives me insane.
So what have I been doing?
New Transportation Methods
First off, as a graduation present to myself, I got a motorbike!! I’ve joined the world of motorcyclists, moving on the road sans sheet metal surrounding my body. That being said, I certainly didn’t cheap out of gear, There’s padding and coverage on all parts of my body. I follow the general rhetoric, which is don’t dress for the ride, dress for the crash.
The bike I got was a Kawasaki Ninja 250. It’s not exactly a large bike, the engine size is a 250 cc, but it still has a lot of pep. It’s an older bike, a 2006, but it had only one owner and it was very well taken care of. I only had to do some clutch cable adjustments and reattached a broken wire to fix the horn (that was a pain…next time I’ll take the fairing off).
The only downsides to the small engine size are the multiple shifts needed just to get up to 30-40 miles per hour, plus there’s very little ability to pass vehicles on the freeway (though I have no plans to do heavy freeway riding as I’m learning.)
One of the things I’ve discovered with motorcycle is it’s another form of meditation for me (much like my skateboarding.) This is in part to the fact that I need to focus on my riding while I’m on my bike and I need to be hyper vigilant and aware of all the other cars on the road. There’s so many distracted drivers out there. As a motorcyclist, I need to adopt the mindset that I’m invisible to other vehicles on the road and that my body is like glass. This prevents me from doing a lot of the stupid things some motorcyclists on the road do (like weave through traffic doing 90 mph on the freeway, wearing only a t-shirt and shorts. I really hope you don’t fall…).
What this means is when I ride, I’m focused on riding. Nothing else is entering my head. No crap from work, no crap from my personal life, nothing else is present when I’m on the road. There’s only me on my bike and the road ahead.
I plan to do a separate topic on how much it cost me to get into motorcycle riding, the bike I got, and the gear I went with. There’s a lot of debate out there about these things, and I would hope my experience could shed some light on the things I looked for.
A New Addition to the Family
Second, there’s a new addition to the family! After much contemplation and debate, I adopted a cat now that I have time after work to care for an animal. I’m pretty impartial to both dogs and cats, but after much thought and debate, I decided on a cute little cat.
I had so many things to research before bringing my furry friend home. Where was it going to be allowed in the house? Am I allowed to have a cat in my place? (I got permission from my landlord, a critical step for anyone looking to bring a pet into a rental property.) How old of a cat do I want? What kind of toys and furniture do I need for a cat? How do I prevent the cat from getting fleas? What kind of litter do I get the cat? Do I need pet insurance? How do I prevent the cat from jumping on the kitchen counters and the stove? How do I introduce a cat to a new home? (The list of questions is endless…)
My heart melted when I held this adorable little guy at the shelter, and after some deep pondering as to whether I could handle a kitten, little Roland joined the Lindeman clan. It’s been brutal for me because following his neutering, he needs to be calm and avoid activity for about a week. This little guy is super energetic, trying to scale up me left and right! It breaks my heart having to keep his toys and furniture from him while he heals from his surgery, but I know it’s going to be best for him going forward.
Plan to see many updates in regards to Roland! Hopefully I can share my knowledge of adopting a kitten in another post.
The Rest of My Life
Aside from the bike and the cat, not a whole lot is new. As always, I’m better at talking about things I want to do versus actually doing them. Thought without action is nothingness.
Reflecting on some other aspects of my life, my dating life isn’t exactly thriving, though one thing I’ve discovered is that I haven’t really been fair to myself or others that I’ve gone on dates with (despite how few people that’s actually been.) I’ve tried to jump into the dating world a few times now without really understanding what it is I’m looking for. I’ve met some wonderful women in the process, but it feel like an exercise in futility if I can’t figure out exactly what I want out of dating.
I have a lot of growing to do when it comes to dating and relationships. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a control freak (bordering on OCD) and that at times, my expectations are unrealistic. I have yet to really understand that we’re all unique in our own way and that nobody is perfect, myself being far from it. I still struggle with accepting differences in people and what I really need is to figure out what can I accept and what I can’t.
For the time being, I’m really not putting a ton of effort into dating, I still have a lot of work to do on myself. If the opportunity comes up I’ll give it a try, but my expectations are pretty low.
As with my exercise, I’ve grossly fallen behind. My nutrition habits and exercise habits have gone down the tubes, which wasn’t exactly my plan after my master’s program. This needs to change, I can’t be my best self if I can’t get an exercise plan going.
As for my hobbies and interests, what am I interested in these days?
- Beer Brewing
- Embedded Electronics
- Fermentation Chamber Project
- Computer vision
- Software Engineering and Programming
- Financial modelling and simulation project
- Hands on DIY Projects
- MIG Welding
- Wrenching (mostly on my motorbike)
- 3D Printing (I’ve fallen behind on this…)
As you can see, there is a lot to get caught up on. I have way to many interests and not nearly enough time when work and the priorities come into play. But I suppose that’s life, there’s not enough time to do everything.
So that’s the update on the life of James! Stay tuned for more writing, ramblings, and hopefully entertainment.