Personal Updates for October 31, 2020

This posts has an update on my exercise and one on my plan to see if I can do some teaching.

My Exercise

I have met my exercise goals for 142 consecutive days. That’s every day since Ufi died. His courage and determination really is motivating to me. There have been days where the only reason I exercised was because I thought of the way he fought his cancer.

Currently, I’m averaging 75 minutes of exercise each day. That’s a combination of doing the elliptical and playing basketball. While 75 minutes is much more than the 30-minute goal the Apple Watch requires, I have enjoyed hitting that goal.

But exercising for 75 minutes each day has become harder as the days have grown shorter, colder, and wetter. I know there will be days when going to the garage will be difficult because of the cold. That will test my fortitude on getting the elliptical done. There will be days when it’s too cold and wet for me to shoot baskets. So, I may not be able to maintain the average of 75 minutes a day. I may need a winter goal and a summer goal. Either that, or I will need to find a way to get exercise inside the house.

For now, I’m going to stubbornly stick to that average.

My Possibly Teaching

Last week, I attended a webinar where one of the discussions revolved around certifying people as creators of accessible documents. The weakness in their idea is that they are not providing training. They are simply offering an outline of the material, an exam, and a certification.

Working for the City of Portland and getting to know folks working on disability throughout the country, I have come to realize how important a robust certification in many aspects of accommodating folks could be for employers and employees.

Given the lack of a training and certification program and the obvious need for one, I have begun the process of contacting Portland State University with the idea. It would be an awesome experience to teach people marketable, underutilized, badly needed skills. The possibility of creating a program from scratch is an exciting one.

I have no idea if I can make this happen, but I’m going to give it a shot.

Conclusion

That’s what I have for now. I hope all of you are hanging in there.

I'd love to hear from you.

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