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12 October 2020

Some time ago we were at the Presidio Visitor Center marveling at the merchandise when we looked up and saw this fanciful kite. At $45 the only way we could possess this beautiful thing was to photograph it. So we did.

That saved us the pain of finding out if it actually flies or not. We can easily imagine how we'd feel seeing our $45 investment plummet to the ground, snap a few dowels and end up in a flaming heap.

It's a little harder to imagine how we'd feel if it soared above the other kites (but not too high to be recognized). Even if the wind up there is the same wind down on the sea that pushed Columbus and his three ships eastward.

Failure has always been more easily imagined than success.

Failure has always been more easily imagined than success.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, we like to advise those who persist in believing success is not entirely elusive.

But insanity is doing nothing and expecting something to happen. Insanity is expecting failure to follow every effort. Insanity is facing the wind with a full bladder.

However you celebrate this national holiday (and you'll find more than a few suggestion in the links along the left side of this story), we urge you to fly a kite.

Get out there in the wind. Tie a slender little string to some ballooning sail strapped to twigs that bend but do not break. And let it rise above you.

Let your spirit soar with it. Run, if you can. Pull hard on the string.

And let them call you crazy. Let them tell you all about insanity. Let them warn you about failure. It's what they know, after all.

The Columbus in you will sail away from them and discover what only can be found by those who believe one success is worth a world of failures.

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