10 Thoughts

 

Here are ten random thoughts

 

01. Despite the hype I’m not into the World Cup. But, I am started to jones for the NFL.

02. There is a series on Netflix called, “Boss“, which stars Kelsey Grammer and Sanaa Lathan. I enjoyed it.

03. I’m growing tired of viral videos. I think half of them are staged anyway.

04. I’ve been eating a lot of yogurt and wheat germ lately.

05. I need a vacation. A few days at an uncrowded beach sounds good.

07. I’m going to read a lot this summer. There are a few memoirs I want to read.

08. The media seems to have forgotten about the missing girls in Nigeria.

09. Skylar Diggins is averaging a little over 20 points a game and had a career high 33 points this past weekend. I knew she was going to breakout in her second year. Go, Sky!

10. I just bought a dwarf lemon tree. I’ll let you know how it does.

 

 

What’s on your mind?

 

 

10 Things…

Here are ten things that I like or I don’t like or are just of interest at the moment.

01. There’s a really good film on Netflix called Gimme the Loot. It’s a nice little indie film set in New York City. And, of course, it is a coming of age film.

02. As you know Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is missing. It’s been missing for almost a week. No wreckage has been found as of Thursday night. Everybody seems to be guessing what happened, so here is my guess.

I think the plane suffered a slow loss of pressurization. Which would result in a slow loss of oxygen in the cabin. A very rapid loss of pressure in an airline cabin happens very quickly as the name implies. And since it happens very fast it’s very easy for people on board as well as the aircraft itself to sense that pressure was suddenly lost.

But, with a very slow loss of pressure, many times it is very hard to detect for both passengers and the aircraft. Which can lead to a situation where the passengers and crew are overcome by hypoxia and are unable to react by using oxygen masks.

In a situation like this if the plane was flying via the auto-pilot at cruise altitude it can continue flying itself until it runs out of fuel or collides with terrain such as a mountain.

Do you have any theories?

03.  Here’s a really nice song from a group called The Internet. It’s called “Dontcha”. Let me know if you like it.

04. This winter I was really jealous of all the snow most of the country got. Some people think the weather in Northern California is almost perfect. It never gets too hot or too cold. It doesn’t snow and it rarely rains. We get a bit of fog but most people think it adds to the beauty of the area.

For me, however, the weather here is torturous monotony. There’s no real summer nor a real winter. The weather here is a cross between spring and fall all year long except without the rain.

I crave contrast. How can you really appreciate winter without a summer? Or truly appreciate spring without winter?

I miss the coziness of winter and the brutality of summer. And the in-betweeness of spring and fall.

Does that make sense?

05. The WNBA season is right around the corner. And I can’t wait! This off-season while most WNBA players were in Europe making some extra bucks WNBA rookie Skylar Diggins was home in the States living the life of a movie starlet.

Sky made the rounds during the Awards season in L.A. and appeared in the infamous Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

Some people have been very critical of Skylar’s star status on and off the court. She had a very average rookie season and the naysayers have pounced. They’ve been calling her over-rated and that she is only a star because of her unquestionable beauty.

I think the naysayers are being unfairly harsh with her because of that beauty.  The vast majority of rookie athletes don’t come into the league and take it by storm. Most take 2 to 3 years to develop into the players they are expected to be. So, I look for Sky to be a bit better this season and really come into her own the following season.

Hopefully between now and then she won’t let the naysayers get her down. Go Sky!

07. I’m hooked on Plantain chips now. They are so good and you really can’t eat just one. Have you had them?

08.  If you haven’t checked it out, Dara has a great blog called Truly tafakari. You will find Lots of really relevant posts about all sorts of things there. Enjoy!

09.  If you remember I talked recently about trying tai chi. Well, I’m still at it. My mornings are much better because of it. Now I’m thinking of adding meditation to my day. I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately and how it can enhance your life in all sorts of ways.

Do any of you practice meditation? If so have you noticed any changes because of it such as better moods, etc.?

10. Lastly, I’ve had a crazy wanderlusty thought recently. That’s to buy one of those passes from Greyhound, pack a backpack and hit the road for a month.

You can buy a pass for unlimited travel for a month for about $400. At least that was the price last time I checked. And if I remember correctly you can travel between as many cities as you like for that month.

I’d love to pack a backpack and head to New Mexico and explore a few cities there. Then for some reason I’ve been wanting to go to Montana and maybe the Dakotas. After that I’d love to spend a few days in Chicago and then check out all of the urban farming in Detroit I’ve been hearing about.

What do you think? Sound like a fun idea or pure craziness? Would you ever do something like that?

Welp, those are a few things on my mind at the moment.
What do you think of my little musings?
What’s on your mind?

10 Things: News and Pop Culture Edition

A few things in the news and pop culture have been getting my attention of late. So, I thought I’d share my thoughts.

01.  Was James Gandolfini a former U.S. President? No offense to him, he was a really good actor, but the media coverage of his recent death seems way out of proportion to his stature. Am I wrong?

02.  Some people seem surprised that Paula Deen is apparently a bigot and possibly a racist. I’m not. Are you?

03. North West? Well by now I’m sure that you’ve heard that Kimye had a little girl. And, that they’ve named her “North West”. Personally I think “East West” would have been nicer for a girl. What do you think of the name?

04. In the last couple of weekends about 50 people have been shot and several killed in Chicago’s South and East communities. Even though I’m not surprised I find it amazing that that Obama person hasn’t said a word about it. And, the national media coverage has almost been non-existent. Do you think that the Governor of Illinois ought to declare a State of Emergency and send in the National Guard?

And now please enjoy this intermission which features a musical interlude from Craig Mack which was originally released in 1994.

05. Are you pro-LeBron or anti-Lebron. I’m anti-Lebron.

07. At first I thought Edward Snowden was doing a good thing revealing how the government has been spying on American citizens by keeping track of Verizon customer’s calls. Now though Snowden seems to have gone off the rails. He’s leaking info about the U.S. spying on China. Seems to me the U.S. is supposed to be spying on China. So, at this point, I’m hoping they lock him up. And another thing, how does a high school dropout get a job first with the CIA and then as a analyst for a NSA intelligence contractor? Do you think he ought to face charges?

09. Is our choice for President in 2016 going to boil down to Clinton vs. Christie?

10. If Skylar Diggins was as good at tennis as she is at basketball I think she’d become one of the biggest sports stars in the world. What do you think?

 

Please share your thoughts!