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A 6” Subway sandwich was eaten with gusto

Letters were mailed (though they wouldn’t be picked up until Tuesday)

Air was put in under-inflated bike tires

An LED headlight with a broken clamp was permanently (one hopes) glued to the handle bars of a bike

A back gate was “fixed”—not that it was broken, it was just awkward to open from one side

A brown lawn was pointlessly watered

Dishes were done, done again, and done once more

Out was thrown trash, and some recycling

More than a few blogs were read.  A few entries were written, by more than one person

A funny book, Fluke, was finished.  And a brilliant book, Between the Bridge and the River, was finally finished, leaving nothing in a bathroom to read

The Japanese and the Aztecs got shafted in Civilization 4

Fresh chicken cordon blue was purchased at Safeway, taken home, grilled on a BBQ and proclaimed “bland, like something extruded in a protein factory”

A desk was cleaned; the surface of a desk is now visible

Initial steps were taken to sell a house in Pasadena

A close friend was urged to come to Vancouver to go camping for a weekend

A little bit of “get paid for it” work was done, just so no one gets rusty

Flickr comments were checked, an embarrassing number of times, but everyone else seemed to be away from the computer

Sunday breakfast went on as usual

A preliminary shopping expedition was made to determine baseline pricing for a new lens and flash for a D70 Nikon camera.  The flimsy rational was that a new screen protector was needed because the old one was lost.  A new screen protector will probably end up costing the owner about $1,100

A BBQ was attended (i.e. meat was cooked and eaten, beer was drunk, anecdotes were told, too much sun was absorbed by pale skin, people were given rides home)

A grocery trip was made, during which one person went looney and bought bags of tortilla chips and a huge quantity of peanut butter cups and basically disavowed all previous notions of moderation, at least until they run out

A fridge, in order to receive new groceries, was cleaned out most thoroughly. Pickles were grouped with pickles, sauces with sauces, cheeses were clustered, and the like

Magic was played

All in all, it was a pretty passive Labour Day weekend.


“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?




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