Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm up in San Francisco with my wife and her family and there's lots to talk about (national security, green fuel, dentistry, child-rearing practices, etc.), but I can't get to it right now because I have to get ready for a long day of sightseeing, familial navigation, and serious, champion-level protein consumption. So for right now, I'm going to follow in the steps of my hero Yasmin and name five things I'm grateful for today:

1. My loving wife
2. Sunrise
3. Parents
4. Hot coffee on a cold day
5. The Golden Gate Bridge

I leave you with some Rumi sent to me today by Peace Quotes...

Those who don't feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don't want to change,
let them sleep.
This Love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way,
sleep on.
I've given up on my brain.
I've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.
If you're not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,
and sleep.
- Rumi

(p.s. - I love that, "I given up on my brain"!!)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bah Humbug: A Pre-emptive Christmas Strike

I had to leave the laundromat this morning before the towels were even dry because some rat-bastard left the radio tuned to the all Christmas music station and I just couldn't take it any more. The worst part is that living in this country you can't help but know all the Christmas songs and when they come on part of your brain sings along and you hate yourself for it. It's like the Bible verses you know even though you're not a Christian and never go to church. Some of the verses aren't bad and are even worth knowing but all those Christmas songs are a plague upon mankind.