In Paraguay, a poor landlocked nation in South America, just north of the capital city of Asuncion, is a town called Villa Hayes (or Hayesville). It is the capital of the Department (state) of Presidente Hayes. Though Paraguay has a long and fascinating history, they have never had a president named Hayes. The town, department, professional soccer team, elementary school, and various statues, are all dedicated to US President Rutherford B. Hayes.
As I’m getting set up for a living room work out, I ask my daughter, “Hey, you want to work out with Daddy?”
Today, for the first day in a while, I woke up feeling like I was actually ready for the day. My wife’s 5:40 alarm went off, originally set for I know not what, and now ritually ignored. When my daughter asked for some milk, instead of grunting and rolling over, searching for some precious extra moments of sleep, I hopped up and got it for her, started some coffee, and sat down and got to work.
It’s the summer of 2014. I’m a year into my funded PhD program at a Research I university. Not to mention, I’m among the foremost experts on that topic no one actually cares about, having just completed a Master’s thesis on it.