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Michael Clive
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Soo, Mojave living is pretty nice. I have me a house, a garage, a laundry machine, all that modern convenience stuff.
XCOR is a fantastic place where we are quite literally building the future. If you want a glimpse of what it is like to work there, go grab some Heinlein off your shelf. The refit of the Rolling Stone in "The Rolling Stones" is a good example.

The flightline is very cool, always interesting things landing and taking off. There is a pact of secrecy on the line so all I can say is that, dang, we are some clever critters out here.

My neighbor is an expert aerospace machinist and dune buggy pro. His wife owns horses.. they keep horses on their land. I moved from a 1 bedroom in Venice and now my neighbor has horses.

My next steps is to get back into cooking and reading, and working out. the food options in town are pretty grim, and not much better beyond.

I have found that my years in film have paid great dividends. the amazing thing is is that a problem is a problem. An engineering problem is not too different than a VFX problem. Both require data gathering, experimentation, planning, acceptance of failure, teamwork. Problems are problems, and if you become an expert at anything you can sideload that ability into any other venture.

Which brings me to a thought that oft enters my mind. It seems to this honest man that the greatest illness of my age is attitude. I meet people all the time who are unable or unwilling to see their own abilities. They have created compelling cages of doubt and fear in their mind that prevent them from attempting new challenges. I often hear "Oh, I am not that good at X". Recently I have been giving a canned response, "Now is the time to get good".

Because there is no better time than now. The reaper does not take smoke breaks. He won't be late for your ultimate appointment.

What stops people from doing things is a lack of familiarity and a fear of failure. The way to become more adept at life is to accept failure, to even love failure. This goes for work and for love, for play and friendship. Failure is the foundation that you build your successes on.

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