Reflection on Time Passing

April 18 will be two years from the last time I had to sit through a Board meeting at work. It is also the last day (4/18/19) I wore a necktie. That tie is still hanging on a coat hook in the last small office I was using on my way out the door. It went straight from neck to hook.

This feels pretty momentous as a marker of time. The Board of our organization meets 10 times a year, not just quarterly, and a majority of meetings required travel to another city. The meetings were two to three days long, sometimes with long days filled with content that really had nothing to do with my job function(s). Those meetings produced a unique sort of exhaustion, with multiple personalities and agendas.

A couple of weeks later, on May 8, we set out for a month in France, Belgium and The Netherlands. It was one of, if not THE, best vacations we’ve ever had. Also, the last one at this point. Thanks, Covid.

“Avoid haphazard writing materials. A pedantic adherence to certain papers, pens, inks is beneficial. No luxury, but an abundance of these utensils is indispensable.”

  • Walter Benjamin (from The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses)

Congratulations, and the below made me think of you @martinfeld

I’ve had this Carl Angel 5 pencil sharpener since ‘68 or ‘69. @jack @pimoore I don’t really like pencils, so it has super low miles. 😋

This stuff is not bad at all.

Sold an old VW Westfalia camper yesterday that had become more worry than fun. I’m feeling quite relieved, and am looking forward to simpler times. Getting a new tent today to revert to earlier times.

‘63 Merc

Near Vancouver, WA. The OG Vancouver.

Sunset on the Columbia River

I am currently struggling with what to do with my LPs and CDs. A couple of years back I put a new belt on the turntable that hadn’t turned in years. I love the sound from an LP. The CD player hasn’t been hooked up since then, and also hadn’t been used in years, and a secondary player died. I moved the turntable and it is not presently working right, and I don’t feel much patience for tweaking it.

The fact is that I don’t use either format. A couple of months ago I did a test of Amazon Music HD versus Apple versus Spotify, and stayed with Spotify for the interface, catalog and algorithmic playlists. An HD stream does sound better, but usability won the day. So, the minimalist in me wants to purge all of the physical media. It is proving harder to let go of than other possessions.

I’m now fully vaccinated, with shot #2. It’s like Christmas and a birthday, all at once. It is time to make some plans.

Photo Challenge - Theme: Pompasetting Showing off white paws.

Photo Challenge - Theme: Favorite A favorite car picture.

Photo Challenge - Theme: Code Submarines and the Enigma Code.

Photo Challenge - Theme: Banana One tired, lonely banana.

Photo Challenge - Theme: Spell. How to spell a made up word.

Photo Challenge - Theme: Colors Ceiling of Rotterdam food hall.

Photo Challenge - Theme: Weather The payoff for lots of rain in Seattle.

Photo Challenge - Theme: Alive Cafe life, this one in Florence.

Photo Challenge - Theme: At Home Home during COVID summer could certainly have been worse.

The February Photo Challenge has really underscored the HOT MESS that are my photo files. It’s high time for remedial forensic actions, and a new workflow (i.e., any workflow).

Photo Challenge - Theme: Still

Photo Challenge - Theme: Erudite

Photo Challenge - Theme: Reflection Beach

Photo Challenge - Theme: Compassion We need to seek compassion and concern for the planet.