I woke up this morning at 4:46am. I went to sleep at 11:30pm, so that's approaching reasonable. As soon as I woke up I began thinking of how great some things are, so I got my laptop and now I'm in the dark writing about them. That's inspirado.
1. Blankets. How cool is it that blankets don't use any electricity? If I was a supreme deity of the earth and one of my minions said, "Look at those humans. They're making big cotton pancakes and sleeping underneath them because they think that will keep them warm," I would seriously question why I built humans in the first place.
It's just so cool that we generate enough body heat to keep ourselves warm like that. I would expect that it would help maybe, but that we'd still need external heat.
2. Soup. I'm not talking about thin miso soups (although I do like those as well), but rather nice thick hearty soups. Soup is awesome because you can eat it with a spoon or fork (if it's really thick), but if you're in a rush you can also drink it. I like that about smoothies too - a nice healthy meal you can drink.
3. Waterproof gear. Last night Todd and I walked a mile and a half to go to our dinner restaurant and back. It wasn't pouring, but it wasn't drizzling either. Just a solid light rain. I had my waterproof shoes, pants, and jacket on and I got to walk around in a little bubble of dry and warm comfort. When we got back to the house I was totally dry. Amazing. If I was a jungle animal I would be very jealous about this, probably even more than soup.
4. Couches. Think back on cave man days. There was pretty much nothing that was very comfortable to sit on except possibly the pelt of a woolly mammoth. Yesterday we sat around in the park to look at the Cherry Blossoms. This was totally awesome in every way, but I have to admit that my butt was not super comfortable after a while. Couches are amazing because not only are they very comfortable, but you can also sit on them in a lot of different ways. Chairs are good too, but aren't nearly as flexible.
5. Dreams. If some tech company invented dreams we would all be so excited about them. Especially white people. But since they're built in, we don't really care that much.
"Did you buy a dream last night? I love that I can go to the movies while I sleep!"
Think about it - it's like a brand new movie, custom tailored to you, that's SUPER engaging and feels real. Best of all, you get to watch it while you're SLEEPING, which is something you have to do anyway. I had a weird dream last night about going to my friend Terry's house to help him find a receipt because he bought my old car in the dream and needed to get it fixed.
6. Soap. Who would have ever thought that we could make a nice smelling goo that, when rubbed on something filthy, will magically make it clean. I have only a very loose grasp of how soap works, so it's pretty amazing too me. I hate cleaning so much that I can't imagine how bad it would be without soap.
I love that dreams comment. So true. Sometimes I wake up in the night and hear weird noises (I live on a boat so there's loads of weird noises all the time) and then that influences my dreams. Dreams remixed!
I like to start my day with soap, then perhaps some soup while sitting on the couch. At the end of my day I like to suggle in the blankets with one of my girlfriends.
1. blankets. take some chemistry and or biology. it won't be surprising any more that we generate heat from chemical reactions inside the body.
2. waterproof gear. chemistry again.
6. soap. chemistry again. ever see "fight club"?
sorry if i am missing the point... i am a ut chem eng student. the other stuff i agree with you on.
I loved your post.
I do the same thing as an exercise to enhance my story-telling and imagery when in conversation.
I keep it simple and bring out the best in the blandest thing.
I think this is seriously my favorite post you've ever written.
It's great that someone can be fascinated with simple objects for simple reasons and not take them for granted. I wish everyone could think in such a way- joyful and uninhibited. I like that.
Now it's time for the one post that everyone's been waiting for. The 2010 Gear Post.
For a quick background: my method is to have very few items, all of which are as small as possible and as awesome as possible. The goal is to have a tiny bag but be prepared for absolutely everything. This year I've gotten closer to that ideal than ever before. You can see my 2009 packing list here to compare.
The Bag: Ortlieb Flight 22
Today was one of the first tennis tournaments of the season, and it. was. cold. Keep in mind, I live in south, so I am not comfortable with extreme cold temperatures. The high today was 41 Fahrenheit (5 Celsius), which was actually pretty nice, but the morning was too cold. 30 Fahrenheit. -1.111111 Celsius. TOO. COLD.
If anyone from the North are reading this, you're probably LOL'ing, slapping your knees, and looking outside your window at the pile of snow blocking your view of the road. Listen here, Yankees and Canadians (Adrian Zekusic). Here in the South, we are adapted to heat. And lots of it.
Anyway, my day started off early. I woke up at the *wonderful* 5:45 AM and got all ready to freeze my patootie off. Wore layers, packed blankets, packed food, packed money...etc. Arrived at school at the *wonderful* 6:40 AM, expecting to board a bright yellow bus fairly soon, but our lovely bus arrived not one, not two, but two and a half hours LATE. To be honest, I wasn't too disappointed to spend time playing UNO with fellow tennis players in a heated school.