Totally unrelated photo. Morning coffee in the porch reading Andre Branca’s Nashville Seminar. I could get used to this.

Yesterday I found myself scaling down on the “intake” of the new environment because I found myself trying to force data collection rater than simply “sit and observe.”

We do not live in an individualized/compartmentalized world but one that is a blend and dance of people interacting with each other. Rather than observing the whole image (I know very Gestalt and stuff) I was trying to analyze every part which is not only unnecessary but dumb as a falling rock.

I just started to focus on the difference I could see comparing to past experiences. While back in Miami, a loud group at the Cracker Barrel would be something normal giving the Latino’s propension to simply be loud and expansive, here in Tennessee is not as common with most people being rather concentrated on communicating just loud enough for the person across the table.  So when I saw table with about 8 people being loud, I watched to see their attitude: It was celebratory and jovial which rendered low in the threat scale according to experience and gut. And that was it! No need for a person to person analysis and assessment because truly it is not necessary, it only wastes time and mental stamina and does nothing to promote your safety.

Although certainly there are different behaviors between where I was and where I am, people will have a lot of commonalities everywhere you go. If you know those already, you do not need to “relearn” them. You just concentrate in the differences, analyze what could be consider a danger indicator and archive it for future reference. The rest is just ornamental stuff.

Work smart, not hard.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

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  1. In my limited travels I have found people and life is the same everywhere, just the accents change. More rural areas still have the feel of America. Our largest city is portland(maine) and much of the attitude is new yorkish. People look away from you or avert thier whole body.. i hate goin there but i get paid to so it takes the sting out…. Enjoy your new digs Sir. Keep an eye out for Squatchy..

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