(1) I’m glad the local cafe is open, with limited seating. It feels nice to be spaced apart from people in a wide open building. And this particular building brings with it good vibes and memories. Also they have a really good doppio here, and this is the gentlest way to start the day.
(2) It’s only in the low 70’s (Fahrenheit) after a grueling heat wave. It felt pleasant riding my bicycle over here, and I can probably manage a substantial ride later on this evening.
(3) Grateful for the Lenovo IdeaPad I have. It’s a good, durable Windows machine, and I’ve had very little difficulty with it. Also grateful for the backup ASUS I keep in the bedroom. It’s nice to have a couple functional computers.
(4) Grateful for my bicycle. It’s a Topanga Diamond Back, 21 speed mountain bike. Best bike I’ve had in a while.
(5) I’m happy the Presbyterian church lets me play their Baldwin GP-190 concert grand piano. It’s the first non-Yamaha piano I have truly embraced, among grands. I’m going to go over there shortly and start preparing for tomorrow’s musical rehearsal. Life is pretty good – it really is.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer
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(1) I am thankful that my daughter is in my life today. It makes me feel good to know that, whatever might have gone wrong, I’m not the type of dad that I keep hearing some of these Kids tell me about. I’ve made mistakes — but at least I care. Some of those so-called fathers did not even care — and worse.
(2) Thankful for this desk. For my Lenovo IdeaPad, which safely returned from a warranty fix-up. Thankful for Audacity free audio editing software, because I got into the multi-tracking and the mixing last night or the first time, and it was all I could do to stop mixing Zazen’s song, I was so thrilled. This opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities. I can actually even place musical underscores at key moments in my oral presentations. It’s amazing what technology can do, if properly utilized.
(3) Grateful for the revelation that when I lost my cool recently, I was basically mad at all the other people on the team because I wasn’t doing my job. True, they weren’t doing their jobs either, but it’s my job to make sure they do their jobs, and they’re definitely not going to be about doing it without pay and without pressure of definite deadline if I don’t kinda gently get on them about it, now and again. So, I’m glad I saw the light. I got my work cut out for me now.
(4) Just ran six miles — my longest run since I’ve been in North Idaho, I’m ashamed to say — and it feels great. Looking forward to getting a lot of work done tonight.
(5) Looking forward to meeting my new student on Zoom for the third time tomorrow, and to having coffee thereafter with my buddy Tom, the fellow who helps with the four-hand job of putting the smartphone on the tripod. But other than that once-or-twice-daily step-out, I mostly continue to be grateful to be sheltering in place. It’s teaching me to be grateful for the place I have for shelter. For a long time, there was no such place. Things really could be — and have been — a lot worse than they are today.
“I believe I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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