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Susie has a number of old cassette tapes in the door pocket of our car; she listens to them to decide if she should re-download the music from iTunes.  It’s good stuff, like Big Pig - Bonk, and Erasure, and Fine Young Cannibals.

So tell me, without cassette tape boxes, what are the kids today using when they need to scrape the snow off their windshields in a pinch?

Sitting in my car, waiting for it to warm up in this latest cold spell and snow storm to hit Vancouver, I found myself reminded of the cold evenings spent in high school.  “Parking” in a car in winter was so much better than in summer: the car wouldn’t get too stuffy, the cold would make the girl more prone to snuggle, and the windows would fog up instantly for some portable privacy.

On the down side, if it got too cold and you had to run the car, the odor of exhaust sometimes put a damper on the evening, and when it was time to drive home you often had to steer looking through a little patch of de-iced windshield through the steering wheel.

Susie went to school in Hawaii, she’ll never understand the joy of the first childhood kiss in the coat hanging area. Not that I got to do that, but I understand that the cool kids did.

Anyway, it’s cold out and that’s all I have to say.


“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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