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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


If you are reading this blog please cue up the song “Public Service Announcement” by S.Carter. This is a public service announcement Sponsored by Myself and the good folks at...I did a little thinking today. I serve the public. I provide a great service. In fact, I am proactive to keep the quality of my work high and try to solve problems quickly, fast, with no pain and complaints.  The general public is something else. These days, I hear all types of complaints about the water temperature, dirty locker rooms,  filthy swimming pools, stolen or lost items, unclear and unfair rules and regulations, and the list goes on.  It is possible to bring issues to the attention of those who have a responsibility to improve the situation without malice, tasting bile, being surely, and griping. After all, WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM, or have we as neighbors, communities, and a nation all become psychologically damaged goods? Are we no longer Americans, but Shadenfreud nation?  Dependent on and whining to political masters. I believe in Independents, taking the initiative, toughing it out, and making a difference. I know what it is to be an American and have seen great examples of it in my lifetime. After all, It was my big brother “The great Roland White Jr.” who once stated “city government is nothing but a glorified welfare check”. How many people working for city government or any other bureaucracy live in fear of losing their positions. If they lost their job could they survive and succeed in the private sector? Let’s skip the discussion about just what government should or should not do. I do not have time for it. My focus right here and now is on the heart, mind, and fulfillment in life that comes from achieving, creating, building, and improving. I am sure that there are others who do that in city government, and they would do well in the private sector.  However, they might be out numbered by trolls and group think. This is why my brother got out of city government. On his own, he started businesses, and then enlisted cooperation from his girlfriend as they developed. The private sector has just as much cooperation as it has competition. He lead South Florida in Paddle Board rental sales, and expanded rentals to multiple cities. He worked hard and smart with his team to efficiently fill a need. Efficiency can make or break people in the private sector. Is the Government that way? Is complaining about anything part of the solution that way? Individuals and teams that act smartly in the market are that way. Their minds can handle solving most problems.

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