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Archive for September 23rd, 2007

Molly in bed

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Molly in bed

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23 September 2007 at 9:02 pm

Posted in Cats, Molly

Strange outing

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We took a little outing, dropping The Wife’s Prius off for a 4-wheel alignment and to get the cabin filter changed, then to Costco, Long’s, etc. Very little traffic, but we kept running into odd things. For example, when we arrived at the Costco parking lot, we saw this two cars down:

Truck fire

A pick-up truck with two bags of charcoal blazing. Driver not present, people starting to gather. Someone called 911—and thought for a while that they were not going to answer—and two Costco guys showed up, one with a small fire extinguisher.

Then, after our shopping, as we neared our car we saw this. (That’s my beige Nissan on the left.)

Truck water

And when I went up to peek into the truck bed:

Truck bed

Two cops were waiting nearby and asked, “Is that your vehicle, sir?” Nope—I’m just parked nearby and nosy. Then as we drove on the other errands: a guy getting towed, an ambulance making a call at Long’s, and the aftermath of a wreck in front of The Wife’s apartment building.

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23 September 2007 at 2:04 pm

Posted in Daily life

Journals and “private writing”

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I’ve worked through the 12-week process of The Artist’s Way journaling a couple of times, and it’s always been useful. (BTW, if you try it, a word of advice from a friend who attended Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way Workshop in New Mexico: the “artist’s dates” are as important as the daily journaling. As my friend put it, the daily journaling is output, and you should balance that with the input you get from the artist’s dates.)

Now I come across this post on a similar exercise:

I’ve been dipping into this book recently: Accidental Genius: Revolutionize Your Thinking Through Private Writing by Mark Levy. Levy advocates timed private writing, a concept similar to Julia Cameron’s “morning pages” (see The Artist’s Way). What I like about Levy’s book is that he focuses on thinking much more than the process of writing. The book is billed as a business book so the examples tend to be business-oriented, but the process can be applied to any situation. It’s also a nice, short, easy read at around 130 pages.

For example, one chapter talks about “focus-changers” and gives a list of about 35 questions, such as:

  • What was I thinking here?
  • How else can I say that?
  • How can I make this exciting?
  • How can I add value?
  • Why am I stuck at this particular point?
  • What do I think about that?
  • What does this remind me of? (p 42-43)

A limited preview is available at Google Book Search.

The author’s website has a “lost” chapter.

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23 September 2007 at 1:08 pm

And so we start autumn/spring

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Northern hemisphere enters autumn today, southern hemisphere enters spring. And both hemispheres enjoy a day that is 12 hours of sunlight, 12 hours of darkness—something that’s true all year round on the equator. Thank you, Mr. Ptolemy!

I do notice that it’s much darker now when I arise, and earlier this week I really needed the thermocule duvet.

Written by Leisureguy

23 September 2007 at 10:22 am

Posted in Daily life

Making a supply of pesto

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For the dark winter months ahead, be prepared! Here’s a step-by-step guide to making a winter’s supply of pesto. It sounds (and looks) great.

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23 September 2007 at 10:09 am

Posted in Food, Recipes & Cooking

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Exercise plan

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I’ve got to exercise. No doubt about it. So I was particularly taken with this post at Zen Habits on how to (re)build an exercise habit.

So: the exercise will be walking, the trigger lunch. My goal is to work up to 45 minutes, 5 days a week (M-F). I will start by walking one block from here, then back. I’ll add a block a day until I reach 45 minutes. If I find this is going too fast, I can stop adding a block for a while until I’m ready to resume.

In addition to the walking, I should do some strength training. I’ve been impressed by Miriam Nelson’s various books on the topic (and even have some). But I think I’ll hold off on that until 1 October, then work it in on MWF.

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23 September 2007 at 9:39 am

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Food notes

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Roasting the boneless pork roast from TJ’s and then using it for sandwiches for lunch worked out very well, so yesterday I bought a boneless beef roast, roasted it, and put it in the fridge after it cooled. Sandwich fodder for this week. And today I’m going to caramelize a bunch of onions for the sandwiches (I got six large Spanish onions yesterday just for that)—and I have some gorgonzola on hand…

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23 September 2007 at 9:30 am

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The Acol Bidding System

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As I dip my toe in the world of bridge today, I keep running across references to “Acol Bidding.” No explanation of the name, which drives me nuts. Finally, I discover (in reading The Backwash Squeeze) that the Acol Bidding System, in common use in England, is named for the street on which it was developed.

The Acol System was the brain-child of bridge players, among whom were Mr. Maurice Harrison-Gray, Mr. Iain Macleod, Mr. J.C.H. Marx, Mr. Terence Reese and Mr. S.J. Simon. The history of the Acol System is rather unique in that it was first employed in 1934 in a relatively small North London Bridge Club located on Acol Street, from whence the name.

That little note greatly relieved my anxiety about the name (I kept trying to figure it out as an acroynm) and, IMHO, should be included whenever the system is described.

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23 September 2007 at 9:25 am

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Tomorrow’s shave

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A shave stick, of course. It will be an Arko shave. And I’m going to try for Day 7 of the Treet blade. I do miss the morning shave on Sunday—hard to get the day started.

For the touch of fragrance, lacking the aftershave, I used Floris No. 89.

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23 September 2007 at 8:43 am

Posted in Shaving

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