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Up In This Brain! - Issue #3

Wow. This is the introduction section for Issue 3 of Up In This Brain! in newsletter form. I am amazed that I have had the staying power to get to issue three. I am also amazed that four people will receive this in their inbox this week BY CHOICE! Whoa! I am grateful that you have a desire to read my random thoughts which have piled up over another week of my life.

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou
Goals
I mean to go to Discord much more than I do. It’s something I think about almost daily but I only look at it once or twice a week. Part of it is that I feel overwhelmed. There are so many channels to click on! I would prefer it be one gigantic feed that everyone contributes to. One big virtual room with all of us standing around holding our drink of choice.
Also, I am just shy of being an online hermit. I would be perfectly content hiding in my online cave listening to podcasts and only coming out to record and submit my podcast every week. Podcasts in and podcasts out. No need for other apps or websites. No urge to share anything other than this newsletter and audio snippets of the life of an online hermit.
Turn Up Your Speakes!
Turn Up Your Speakes was a feature on the blog, then it’s own blog and then almost a podcast on Anchor and Spotify before I figured out that listeners had to have Spotify premium to hear songs. So now it will be a part of the newsletter where I will share one to two songs I am enjoying as I write this.
First up, Dayglow with “Close to You”
Dayglow - Close to You (Official Video)
Dayglow - Close to You (Official Video)
Second this week, Briston Maroney with “It’s Still Cool If You Don’t”
Briston Maroney - It's Still Cool If You Don't (Official Video)
Briston Maroney - It's Still Cool If You Don't (Official Video)
Keep the crap you have
Since late January, my attitude about material things has drastically changed. I purged all sorts of stuff in February and have settled in nicely with just the items I have and no need for anything more.
My biggest purchases over the last couple of weeks have been a mouse pad and a little bean bag wrist cushion for using a mouse. Mouse accessories. Also, I bought a USB external 10 key keypad for what I used to call the writing laptop so I can enter photo information even quicker as I scan photos and then eventually try to figure out what to do with all of the photos I scan.
Aside from these items, I have stayed away from most purchases by staying out of stores and staying away from online outlets where I used to waste hours of time browsing virtual aisles.
That wasted time is now spent reading or listening to the shortwave most evenings or getting out and doing something although the choices of something to do are limited by our nemesis COVID-19. I’ve also given in and reverted on previous declarations to not watch Tik Tok’s. I watch them because they bring joy and positivity. Any time spent laughing is better than time spent watching online cable news.
Jason's Bag Corner
Another EXCITING new feature of the newsletter will be Jason’s Bag Corner. Every once in a while, I will put on my comfortable cardigan sweater and guide you down the hall to my vault of bags so I can pull one out and share it with you.
Today’s bag is my fairly recently acquired Solo Draft Slim Backpack.
This one backpack replaced a tote of backpacks. That’s right - I donated an entire tote of backpacks to the help center. It’s not the first time I gave them multiple bags but it will be the last because I did my research and bought this bag which has all of the features I wanted and I got rid of all of the bags that each had some of the features I wanted but not all.
I really like the color and the simplicity. There are three main pockets and the two water bottle holders on the sides. The front pockets are big and empty with no additional organization which is perfect.
I really like the color and the simplicity. There are three main pockets and the two water bottle holders on the sides. The front pockets are big and empty with no additional organization which is perfect.
The main compartment features organization for pens, notebooks, a well padded laptop pocket and a well padded tablet pocket.
The main compartment features organization for pens, notebooks, a well padded laptop pocket and a well padded tablet pocket.
The profile of the bag is slim as the name says but there is plenty of room to stuff things in as needed. Several loaves of bread would fit if you need to transport several loaves of bread.
The profile of the bag is slim as the name says but there is plenty of room to stuff things in as needed. Several loaves of bread would fit if you need to transport several loaves of bread.
If my what I used to call my writing laptop leaves the house, this is the backpack it goes into. All of the other backpacks you may have seen in the past are gone.
Over and out
That’s it for this week, friends. Is it too much? Not enough? Were you looking for nudity or brain scans or recipes? This is none of that unless one day I have to get a brain scan and I will certainly share that here if it happens.
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Jason

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