Will You Pee For Me?

 
After more than a decade of knowing we’d need a transplant, and after nearly six months of looking, we are so excited to announce that we found a donor!

That was me.

Less than a week after finding our donor was a match, we went into surgery. That surgery was three years ago today.

Six hours after surgery I was in recovery. Six hours later, I was out of bed and walking around the floor.

How did I find out my kidneys were failing? I went in for an annual checkup and had my urine sent to the lab. Due to a large amount of protein in the results, I went back for a biopsy leading to the discovery of FSGS.

During your next check up, ask if they can run a urinalysis. It really is that simple.

 

📕 Bring The Noise

I just finished the Jürgen Klopp-focused book, Bring The Noise by Raphael Honigstein.

Very inspiring and quite reflective of how his time at Mainz and Dortmund are being replicated at Liverpool. Given his comment of only wanting to manage three teams (Mainz, BVB, LFC), I figured Liverpool fans will have another good five years before he moves on to his next project (German National Team).

Well-written and easy book to finish.

Here are a few quoted passages from the book.

A mythical force grabbed hold of the contest and pulled it into the realm of fantasy, or nightmares, depending on your viewpoint. ‘We started shitting ourselves,’ Mats Hummels said later. Dortmund were so shaken that ‘different parts of the teams where playing different systems.

It's not hard to remember this game. It was incredible. For me, I had watched the first leg the week prior at home in New York. The second leg was tricky - I was traveling and about to join a new professional challenge.

While I read about the results before actually seeing the game, it was the night before a big meeting where I decided to stay up to watch the replay. I ended up in bed around 3am full of emotion and probably slept a good 90 minutes.

It was totally worth it. 


We would, shall we say, exchange frank views.

I just really liked this line. In context, and even on its own.


We had to be one big unit. That was the programme and there was no other way. You have to explain what it is you want, and you have to make sure they take part in the success. You can only do that with someone like Klopp leading the way.

This just screams of leadership.

Watching Klopp on the sidelines or in interviews, you don't necessarily get the idea he's a great leader.


It’s one of the biggest strengths in a game that teems with egomaniacs and people high on their own self-importance: to know what you can and can’t do...

I'm confident you can apply any profession here.


We don’t sting everything in sight like a swarm of hornets. We lure the opponent and then sting him.

If you've ever watched a Klopp-coached team, this won't surprise you.

It's a great word picture.


Football is theatre.

A no duh comment.


And: “Do you like running?” If somebody said: “I prefer doing it with my technique,” or “I don’t need that”, we didn’t take them. I always said to them: “If you think you’ll score three goals at the weekend without training hard please tell me now. Because you’ll never play here. Regardless of your name.

It was Klopp's way from the very start.

Thinking back to the first days after he joined Liverpool and all the folks that left. Besides Lucas Leiva, this has to be the reason for outed players like Joe Allen, Christian Benteke and certainly Mamadou Sakho.

It sheds like on why Daniel Sturridge is still with Liverpool (even out on loan). He must believe in Klopp's way, he's just not fit to be plugged into the team.


Can you get people behind you, behind your idea? Politics is no different to coaching. He’s a born politician. But you mustn’t drive people into the fire.

Thought so.


In the Champions League, every little mistake gets punished.

I can't wait for the semi-final games.


... they were in charge for most of the game, flowing forward in yellow-and-black waves like New York taxicabs rushing to collect wealthy fares on Wall Street ...

Another great word picture.

Too bad New York Taxicabs can't don't / can't rush on Wall Street.


After a while, nobody was thinking about the defeat any more. We’ve always been pretty good at partying.

There is a lot of talk and examples of Klopp and Klopp-led teams being able to compartmentalize.


In life, you cannot ignore the negative things that have happened. If you can change them, change them: if you can’t change them, ignore them. That’s how it is. It’s all about the reaction. In football, and in life. If you get up in the morning and the first hour is bad, does that mean you go back to bed? No, it means let’s try another one.

What a terrific passage.


He’s a born entertainer and can get people to rally around him. After Donald trump, I’m more convinced than ever: if he wanted to run for German president, he would get elected. He would bring people together, lead the way, make people happy. He’s not a statesman, not yet, anyway. But young people would take him, 100 per cent. Schalke fans excepted, perhaps.’ (In Germany, the president is elected by members of parliament and representatives of the federal states. The role is largely ceremonial.)

Just can't get away from The Donald.


In a Stern interview a year later, he suggested life was ‘about leaving better places behind. About not taking yourself too seriously. About giving your all. About loving and being loved.

Standing ovations and cheers greeted a self-aware line about his BVB legacy: ‘It’s not important what people think of you when you arrive, it’s important what they think of you when you leave.

These are from different sections of the book.

I thought they played nice together.


 

720 v. 1080 (DJI Spark Drone)

I picked up the DJI Spark drone to replace the Cheerwing drone I purchased during the holidays.

A few notes:

→ The Cheerwing drone (link below) is an excellent starter drone
→ Lots of YouTube videos share that the DJI Spark is a good starter drone (I think it's a GREAT second drone)
→ The main reason I picked up the Spark (v. Air) was the size
→ The second reason was the camera
→ The third reason was the price
→ The battery, at ~16 minutes, is a long time!


Drones in this video:

→ DJI Spark Drone: https://amzn.to/2I1wHaN
→ Cheerwing CW4 RC Drone: https://amzn.to/2G6cfoq