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2 weeks to go

I came to the sudden realizaion on Saturday that two things have happened, without me realizing it.

Firstly, sitting at the computer and on the phone working on Academy stuff the last 2 years has taken its toll. As I climbed from the top of the waterfall down the escarpment into the Gorge to photograph Webster's falls I reallized how out of shape I was. 

The second realization was...I'm not getting any younger! Normally I would be immersed in nature intent on capturing images, and yet this time I found myself spending an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how I was going to climb back up!

I am feeling better today, the muscles have stopped screaming and now just give me a mild whimper on every step. My heart stopped racing by Sunday afternoon and the bruising on my shoulder from carrying the tripod and lens case up the wall of the escarpment (there were rock stairs)  well, it will probably just be there forever!

I am so excited with 2 weeks to go. I have come to the realization that setting the agenda for the Board meeting is a lot more difficult than it appears, as it really sets the tone for not only what we accomplish as far as decisions on housekeeping items. but truly determines the direction tha academy will take for many months to come. These decisions have been not taken lightly and in fact one tends to spend the entire Presdient Elect year thinking about it.

It is hard to believe it is almost here. The ducks are in a row, just need some fine tuning. I have a few speeches to give and I would like to try to memorize them and not need to speak from notes, but sadly, with a lecture coming up on the 26th of the month, travelling for my daughter's engagment party to Calgary this weekend and all the other things I have to accomplish, that may not be possible.

I was just reminded, that my other full time job awaits and the patient is in the chair...John Sullivan was a master this past year of keeping his practice time a priority.  I keep trying to apply the lesson....but alas...I'm just having too much fun with the AACD and I am thinking how nice it would be to take a year off of practice and be a full time AACD President.....I also regularly dream of winning the lottery! More next week!

thanks

Ron.

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