My wife gave me a ticket for a tandem jump at a near skydive station to my birthday. Last weekend the big event happened.
You get a short training how to behave in the plane and on the jump and then you sit into the small plane and go up 3000 meters over sea level.
I was so scared. From time to time I thought what would happen if the plane has a problem. You couldn’t do anything, would just crash down.
Up there the door is opened an you have to climb out the guid knotted onto your back. I had just no time to think about anything at that time. There is nothing under your feet, just this small part of the plane. Then you lean yourself to the right and fall.
40 seconds of free fall down to “Züricher Oberland”! Then the guid pulls the line and you are up there hanging in a piece of fabric. I was scared again, thinking about the nothing below my feet and the thin lines holding me up.
At the end it was great great great. Coming down I had the urgent wish just to go up and do it again. Maybe next year.
A friend gave me a box of acrylic chalks and showed me how to rapidly paint a face. A couple of months ago I was wondering if I could do it like him and made a first try. Luckily the first try was not too bad so that I had the courage to continue with probing. The second painting was already impressive for my personal judgement.
Immediately I had an idea for a new project. Painting portraits is very fascinating if you see a painter doing it very fast and in a profession that you immediately can identify the person which has been portrayed.
My idea is to paint the faces of all 44 American presidents, starting with the first and coming back to the current one, Obama. There is a list on Wikipedia with all US presidents and on Google you can find pictures of about everyone of them. Here are the first and the second one, Washington and Adams.
Since 6 months I am working on a new painting project. A friend had the good idea to participate at a local market where you can sell your pictures.
Only condition is that you have at least 40 pictures. So we started to paint like devil. My plan was to stay with one theme and make all 40 pictures about the same topic. After some thinking I decided to paint men.
I saw similar paintings on a web page about hobby painters and thought staying with one topic is much easier than getting creative again and again.
First I made the drawing for all 40 frames. This was the hard work but I was able to finish it within about 2 weeks. After that I continued with adding color to the first pictures. This is much more time consuming.
Here is the result of the first 20 paintings: all men with green suit. Click here to see all of them. The next 10 pictures will be in red and are currently under work.
From time to time you have to learn something new. If you go to bed and think about what you have learned today and there comes nothing into your mind. Stand up and read something in a lexicon just to be able to say that you have learned something that day.
Currently I am back on learning something for my job. jQuery is a development language for internet development, a library which makes it easy to develop web pages able to be running in different browsers.
I bought a book and started reading chapter after chapter until I came to this nice chapter about programming a monster page where you can swap images to define the face of numerous different monsters. Click here to see the page I have developed with help of that book. Many thanks to the writers of the book for the images and the idea!
This is a really really good book. I can not remember how I got the book or who introduced it to me. But it was so easy to read and so interesting that I read it within a couple of hours beginning of my Christmas holidays this year.
The author is Michael Schmidt-Salomon, a philosopher and writer. I already read years ago for example a history about philosophy. But my impression so far was that this is a very humourless topic and very hard to understand and the sheer mass of information about all the different times and philosophers was exhausting.
I never thought that it could be interesting to study a subject like this. But this book is great, easy to read, understandable and very very interesting. I am sure, this will not be the last book I have read from Mr. Schmidt-Salomon.
Since 2 months I have a ticket for the fitness studio again. I had one more than ten years and had been in the studio nearly twice a week. But suddenly, approximately 2 years ago I had enough. Now, I am back together with two friends. This time in a local studio just 10 minutes away by car: in the near hotel Ramada.
There is a wellness park in this new hotel. It contains a sauna, fitness studio, a hamam area and a small pool outside with salt water. It’s great. I really enjoy the pool with the salt water.
Normally I go to the studio twice a week early in the morning, on my way to the office and most of the time my friend is also there. And then I do a lesson on the weekend, either in the late morning or in the late afternoon, mostly again together with a friend. In the morning I have no time to enjoy the pool, but at the weekend or when being there in the night, we always take a short bath in the pool.
I always feel like being on holiday. The studio it very new, the fitness area has more than 1000 qm and there are not too many people. Really really relaxing.
Years ago I had a stiletto. Don’t remember why I bought it, and don’t know where I had bought it. Maybe I even bought it in Italy. I remember that I had spent a couple of weeks in the northern part of Italy that summer as teacher for a couple of young boys. The knife is also called butterfly as far as I remember.
Obviously there is a company in Italy near Venice which is producing knifes of superior quality. They manufacture handmade switchblades, stilettos or so called spring knifes, beautiful products as you can see on their homepage. One of their products is the classical Italian Stiletto, but my favourites are the modern models like the B-Naked or the B-Stealth.
Anyway, this small family company with name Frank Beltrame is producing these beautiful knifes and is obviously very success in selling them worldwide.
A friend an me, we decided this summer to join the local sailing club and to start sailing.
The lake with the sailing club area is just 1.5 kilometers from our flat, and I always wished to have my own boat. So, was just a question of time to start with this hobby.
And here is my boat. I bought it from a couple from the club who doesn’t need it anymore. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a Helbling 485!
Next spring, as soon as there is enough water in the lake, I will do my first turn.
Normally I am not the guy who is buying a sports device before he is sure to practise the sport. But this time, it will be different. But I’m sure, this will become a lovely hobby.