Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bruce Lee

Where some people have a self, most people have a void, because they are too busy in wasting their vital creative energy to project themselves as this or that, dedicating their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like rather than actualizing their potentiality as a human being.... We are what we are.”  -  Bruce Lee

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bike Ride

This morning I rode my bicycle from home to the other side of Balboa Park and back. Even though I had to walk up part of each side of Florida Canyon, I did really well, especially considering I haven't done that ride in a very long time.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Review

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Clutter has only two possible causes: too much effort is required to put things away or it is unclear where things belong.”

A quick and easy and fun read; I really enjoyed this as much for her infectious enthusiasm as for the content. She makes a light, airy, tidy house seem possible even for those of us descended from packrats and borderline hoarders. I love that when it comes to mementos and gifts from important people she points out that their purpose was in the giving and now it's ok to let them go. If her advice to thank your clothes for the good job they did today as you take them off and put them away seems too out there, just think of it as an exercise in mindfulness. Highly recommended.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dinner with Steve

Steve texted over this selfie he took of the two of us a couple of weeks ago when we were having dinner at The Mediterranean Cafe in Hillcrest. Delicious dinner. The picture also looks good in black and white; kind of like Rick's Cafe in Casablance.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The San Diego Symphony Plays Harry Potter

Tonight's show was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with the John Williams score played by our own San Diego Symphony. Usher Captains tonight were Linda, Sue, Yours Truly, and Beverly with our fearless leader, House Manager Robert in the back. This was a lot of fun.

There's something magical about watching this movie with 2300 people excited to be there. At the end while the credits rolled, except for a few who ran to the bathroom, the whole audience stayed glued to their seats while the orchestra [played the finale. When finished, they didn't get just a rousing ovation, the audience gave them a roaring standing ovation. Thank you John Williams for introducing people to the wonders of the symphony orchestra.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Cambridge Building

A friend posted a meme on Facebook pointing out that while Google Earth allows us to see any place in the world, the place we all look up is our house. In my case the place I like to look up is where I used to live in Champaign, IL. It's looking really good. I'm the one, with the help of my friend Steve Otto, who planted the four dogwood trees across the front. And Brian and I planted some of the hosta that it looks like are still there.