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Up In This Brain! - The Ocho

I was listening to Ken talk about free will on the latest, as I write this, episode of Dicks ‘n Janes podcast (840) and he got me thinking about what it takes to modify our habits. Maybe that is a bit of a stretch but if I find myself regularly falling into a rabbit hole of reading news stories daily for years spending maybe thirty to sixty minutes of my daily time and then one day I realize that all of this reading of news stories has not impacted me positively over the years, will I still go on as I always have or will I choose to do something positive during that time instead? Maybe tend to a garden or read a book?
I can easily identify ways I waste my time just about every day, time surrendered to old habits just for the sake of having something familiar to do. But breaking away from those old habits is quite the struggle. Just trying to figure out more meaningful ways to spend our finite allotment of time can be so overwhelming that it becomes far easier to just give up and fall back into the laziness and comfort of old habits.

The Cold War is the only war for me
I have wondered for many years why the United States blockade of Cuba is still in place. We do business freely with much harsher countries like China and Russia but we continue to pretend that Cuba does not exist.
The difference, of course, is that Cuba does not make the things we want. The United States loves to say “human rights” but doesn’t apply it’s policy as the protector of all if doing so gets in the way of capitalism. If Apple moved all production of the iPhone to Cuba, we’d see the policy be reversed real quick. But as long as Cuba has nothing to offer us, we’ll use them as our democracy card while we play the capitalism card with everyone else.
It's all about the stonks, baby!
It's all about the stonks, baby!
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There is no such thing as multitasking
When you are reading this, you are reading this. You’re not doing two or three or nine things at once. You should not be reading this while you drive or fly a plane. You can eat though. You can eat a great donut right now as you read this. That’s still not multitasking, though. That’s just good life choices.
Turn Up Your Speakes!
Your reminder that selections featured in Turn Up Your Speakes! along with other bonus songs can be found in playlists on Spotify and YouTube. Exciting!(?)
Turn Up Your Speakes!
Turn Up Your Speakes! - playlist by Jason Reese | Spotify
Illiterate Light & Devon Gilfillian - Freedom
Illiterate Light & Devon Gilfillian - Freedom
Yuno - No Going Back
Yuno - No Going Back
Neon Indian - Polish Girl
Neon Indian - Polish Girl
Dinah Washington - Fine Fat Daddy
Dinah Washington - Fine Fat Daddy
High anxiety
I had one of those rare high anxiety days on Monday. It started early and went right up through community band. I ended up checking my pillminder to make sure I had taken my happy pill. I had. Maybe I’m internally stressed over playing Jupiter by Holst? I don’t know. If it happens again next Monday, then I will have my answer.
Yep, in the original 1961 strip, Linus and Sally have this conversation instead of Charlie Brown and Sally having it as we are all familiar with in A Charlie Brown Christmas four years later.
Yep, in the original 1961 strip, Linus and Sally have this conversation instead of Charlie Brown and Sally having it as we are all familiar with in A Charlie Brown Christmas four years later.
Jason's Bag Corner: Honey, I Shrunk the Backpack!
As promised in last week’s newsletter, my Raven Mini backpack arrived. It is the shrunk version of my Raven 20 backpack.
Bag bros.
Bag bros.
Apparently, it is geared toward kindergarteners but I can’t see how this can hold anything near what a kindergartener in the US would take back and forth each day. It’s really about the size of a lunch bag, a insanely well made lunch bag.
Placed by a water bottle for perspective, this bag by Fjallraven won't hold your bowling ball but will hold your tennis ball.
Placed by a water bottle for perspective, this bag by Fjallraven won't hold your bowling ball but will hold your tennis ball.
It has become my throw in the car bag with adequate room for masks, one bottle of water, my Kindle, a notebook, a pen and my sunglasses and there is space for a few more small odds and ends like a little radio, the recorder, etc.
Zippers! Pockets! Fabric!
Zippers! Pockets! Fabric!
This was a terribly unnecessary purchase aside from how it is the mini-me to my bigger bag and that alone is weird enough of a reason to have one.
My Kindle easel wanted to say Hi.
My Kindle easel wanted to say Hi.
And no, I can’t wear it like a backpack. My bichon probably could. But you can throw a strap over a shoulder and that’s all I would care to do anyway.
I now have a small backpack I can throw in my small car as I go out and live my small life.
How will we be remembered?
I was out working in the yard earlier this week and suddenly I started thinking about how my parents never seemed particularly young or accessible to me when I was growing up and that made me wonder if my children are getting to know the younger version of me and how much of an impression today me will continue to be on them as I turn into older me.
That sounds very complex now that I wrote it all out.
My father will be 87 in June. That means he was 56 when I graduated from high school. My youngest will graduate high school in May and I am still a spritely 47. I’ve also tried to be the real me, not some serious parent cardboard cutout of myself over the years.
It’s a shame. I am getting to know my father better now these last few years but look at what we missed out on. You don’t get time back.
Over and out
There’s a lot here this week and I have this finished up on Wednesday ahead of tossing it out to your virtual porch at 4AM CDT Friday. I hope you don’t hear me sneak up. I hope I don’t wake up your virtual dog.
I hope this finds you well and that there might have been something of interest here for you this week. See you next Friday!
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