Like many of you, I was startled by the news that Tiger Woods had been in a “serious” accident. Fortunately, the accident itself wasn’t very serious and Tiger is supposedly OK physically. Unfortunately, the accident’s aftermath is very serious indeed and Tiger is making it even worse. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: November 2009
I started to write a Thanksgiving post and for inspiration I went back and looked at what I wrote last year. You know what? Like the holiday we celebrate here in the USA today, what’s going on around here hasn’t changed much so I’m reposting the tome below.
To those of you who had a great 2009, give thanks. To those of you who didn’t, give thanks it’s almost over and 2010 looks better. Let’s all of us give thanks that we’re here to enjoy the holiday and the three F’s it represents.
You ever get a chance to think? I don’t mean those 2 minute mental checkouts we all have from time to time. I mean THINK! I didn’t used to very often but now I do and it’s pretty great.
As we get older and our lives become more full, many of us are hardly ever alone when you think about it (no pun intended). At home, our family is usually around. Maybe a pet or two. Generally there’s a distraction available and often intruding. In the office, there are too many people and phones and emails. Even with the door to your office closed (hey remember doors? Or offices!?), you’re not alone and it’s rarely quiet. Commuting? Even plugged in to your headphones there’s a lot of stuff going on around you. Nope. Hard to think.
There are a number of things I don’t like about working outside of the traditional office environment but one which I don’t mind is that I do have really quiet time. The sounds I hear a lot are only occasional traffic and the wind.
The kind of thinking I’m envisioning is something like William Hurt in “Altered States” without the deevolution part. A place opened here in town which has those tanks and for folks who don’t get the chance to tune everything out it could be a great place to check out. It’s almost that little bit of time while you’re lying in bed with the lights out and before you fall asleep. Your mind wanders from thought to thought – ideas pop in and out. It’s far less structured than what we all do much of the day and yet it may be from where a number of the best ideas come.
Can you find the time to think?
Will the stupid things companies do ever cease? Maybe when the companies themselves go out of business for being complete idiots, I guess. But in the interim, they sure provide a good amount of material for this space. I only found three examples over the weekend (I know – slacker) but since they’re all pretty egregious, I thought I’d share them.
I wrote a piece here in August about how hard it is for the home cook to duplicate the quality of the food in restaurants. At the time I ascribed that to the quality of the ingredients available to professionals vs. to what most of us have access. Last night I had another thought on the matter and of course it was while I was attending a show by the Dark Star Orchestra. Makes total sense, right? Continue reading
How many near disasters have you had on the road lately? I’ve had a few although from chatting with friends it sounds as if not as many as some. But I’ve seen a few accidents of late as well as a dozen more near misses and I’m pretty sure I know why these things are occurring. It’s reflective of other things going on away from the road too. Continue reading