Benjamin Rosenbaum

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Mad props for the (I imagine uncontrollable) Audre Lorde moment! Out of nowhere, blam! That was lovely.

Posted by JessieSS at April 24, 2008 08:01 PM

Ben! What a great post. I've actually found I'm a lone wolf on the exercise front. I love teams, and rugby, but don't feel any need to jump back into it. I'm too competitive often, and end up with crazy injuries. Even in yoga classes I push myself too far!

I think I have to make that deep, internal decision that I'm for real going to develop systems for a problem, instead of wandering around it. We'll see...

Posted by Meghan at April 24, 2008 10:10 PM

So, here's a dumb question. I like team sports -- but the last time I played was on my high school soccer thirds team. I have no idea how I find a team sport as an adult. Especially a team sport open to a completely out-of-shape slob like me. I think I'd be good on a team eventually, once I got back into shape, because I used to be quite a fast sprinter, and more importantly, I am fiercely competitive and thus have no hesitation about hurling my little body in front of some hulking giant if it will make them trip and drop the ball. But it's going to take me a while to get up to speed.

Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj at April 25, 2008 01:55 PM

Hell, Mary Anne... fast, fiercely competitive, zero hesitation about flinging yourself in front of hulking giants, compact body shape... you are a natural rugby player! Rugby union, unlike a lot of sports, is a club sport, so it's easy to get into outside of a formal educational enviromnent... even college teams tend to let townies in. And TSOR says Chicago is rife with women's rugby teams. :-)

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at April 25, 2008 03:45 PM

It's nice to see this way of life clearly described. All the tricks and tics we carry with us to try to make it in the mechanism of the civilization we live in.

I've spent a lot of effort trying to be like the--what would you call them, linear thinkers?--but I worry that I might succeed. This thing we've got, what if we need it? What if the world needs it? I've heard plenty throughout my life about how to overcome it, from people who get it and people who don't. But I don't hear much from anybody about how to embrace it.

Posted by Jon Prescott-Roy at April 25, 2008 04:11 PM

Ben, remember the old days where I used to buy you cheap wrist watches so you'd have some idea of the time? :) Now that I'm using a cel phone, I've stopped wearing a watch... which is the case with many people, I think. Our society has moved back to pocket watches, essentially. Kinda funny how advancing technology can bring back old paradigms. I wanted what kind of advance would bring back men's hats?

Anyway, regarding the topic at hand, my problem is usually starting art projects... I have huge momentum so once I get into an artwork I move right along, but it's hard to get the wheels moving (or to know when to stop). My trick for the beginning procrastination period is to set myself up so that my procrastination is actually pretty productive (i.e., I work on back-burner projects, deal with needs-to-be-done-at-some-point day job work, etc.). The hope is that when I eventually get rolling, my procrastinations have actually freed up more time for the focused work.

I don't usually have much guilt over not working on projects (because I'm pretty good at doing so, I guess)... what I feel guilty about is not going to art exhibits or art openings. This has been magnified now that I'm in NYC because I haven't really increased the amount of time I spend looking at art or networking at events, but the amount of art viewing & networking opportunities has increased dramatically.

Posted by Ethan at April 26, 2008 04:40 PM

Ethan: Men's hats were be a natural fashion accessory back when the skull was covered with neural plugs. With the new Hair 'Net for Men, though, they've gone away again.


Posted by Matt at April 28, 2008 12:04 PM

Grammar is be different, here in the future, too, apparently ;)


Posted by Matt at April 28, 2008 12:05 PM

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