The Things That Jim Does
Interests that keep me off the streets - so to speak!
Jim's Motto - Do What Interests You..!
My diversity is probably what has kept me sane (I hope!) all these years. Examining my CV a while ago, I discovered that the secret for my staying in any job for more than a couple of years, was to have a real challenge and nothing routine or mundane to address. This propelled me into identifying who I am today - or at least what I do today that I enjoy and foster. So, if you would also like to know, then read on...
I can't say it is complete, but it does cover quite a lot. You could even say that, given the chance, I would probably do anything - if I was interested... and you are probably correct... So here in alphabetical order are some of those things I do today. Mind you in the past my scope of activities was substantially larger, but, hey, I'm getting older! So, here goes:
A-Thai-5 Restaurant and Takeaway AND Khot Thai Restaurant - those who know me well enough, know that I have always had an affinity for food, so it should come as no surprise to find that my wife and I own not one but two popular THai restaurants, the first in MItcehelton and the second in Paddington, both which have quickly become popular and well patronised venues, delivering truly authentic and delicious Thai cuisine. Whet you apetite...hmmm..? Click here for more.
Archery - inheriting a compound bow and other gear recently, I have rekindled an old sport of mine, from when I was around 15 years old. The hardware has changed somewhat since those days, but as a sport, the skill and exercise is a refreshingly new activity...all I have to do now is master it all again..! An excellent demonstration of how practice leads to success, after about 2 years of practice, I have now regained my former skills and comfortably enjoy participating in competition shoots as a member of Grange Bowmen. Archery is also an excellent form of meditation and breathing in keeping with Japanese Zen - practicing "mu shin" or "no mind" (Kyudo) - you should check it out.
Buddhism - predominantly Zen - Trust in Mind : emptiness and impermanence : wisdom and compassion : relative and absolute truth - previouslyly President of the Buddhist Council of Queensland, but now just a member of their management committee. Still quite active in supporting various dharma centres, in particular Wat Lao at Bellbeird Park
Business support - consulting; business, strategic and marketing planning; feasability studies and trend analyses, providing support for those considering a future in the restaurant community
Haiku - the traditonal Japanese Zen poetry - which promotes thought before speaking with a simple concise structure. Please see a sample of my efforts to share as you will.
Justice of the Peace (Qualified) - Qld. - another community activity for those in need.
Middle-eastern Drumming - a grounded connection with primal rythms and energies. I need to do more though..! Belly-dancers make good friends! Just check out AMED here
Philosophy - contemplation of the meaning of life and friendly debating such issues.
Photography - capturing those "NOW!" moments, telling a story or making a statement - accredited photographer to various public events and festivals, including the Woodford Folk Festival. It also comes in handy when photographing our restaurant's meals for menus and promotions.
Travel - 4WD - maintaining touch with the perfections that Nature provides us with to live; enjoying the bush, rivers, streams, mountains and forests - sharing not destroying these gifts.
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