February 5, 2012
The Vase. Three days ago, I consider how to make the hotel room more welcoming next week when traveling with a friend. A bouquet of fresh flowers would be so nice. But what to put it in, once I get the bouquet to the room. Hmmm. Maybe not doable.
This morning, my friend Diana is telling me about some of the niceties she travels with. Includes a collapsible, plastic flower vase; she uses it to bring the pleasure of fresh flowers to her hotel rooms. It folds down to almost nothing, but opens to hold even a large bouquet. Unbelievable! I had never heard of such a thing! She shows it to me, how it works, and hands it over for the trip. Thank you, Diana!
I think it, the universe brings it.
December 6, 2011
I am Scorpio rising. My friend is Scorpio rising, to. One day, I tell him to stop teasing. Too much, too much.
He says, “But that is what Scorpio rising does — teases. You tease, too.”
“No,” I tell him. “I don’t tease. I follow through. If you want me, come get me. If not, stop flirting.”
Five days later, I am watching the only TV drama I still follow, The Good Wife. A woman from the prosecutor’s office meets Kalinda in a bar, once again looking for information and to work on her. A sexual undertone pervades their conversations. This time, she flirtatiously reports that her lover talks of Kalinda whenever they are having sex.
“You flirt with everyone,” says Kalinda.
“Like you. We have the same habit.”
“No,” says Kalinda. It’s not the same. If I flirt, I follow through.”
Bingo, I think.
September 24, 2011
A close relative lost her husband. He was about 60 years old. Left for work one morning, but didn’t come home that afternoon. He had been at a friend’s house when he had a heart attack. It was over in a minute. He died suddenly and unexpectedly. By the time the medics got there, he was gone.
My close relative didn’t see her husband die. She has wondered, ”What does it look like?”
This week she was at her local post office. A man, around 60, fell to the ground. Dead. His eyes were open and vacant as people scrambled to get him some water, to call an ambulance. Surely it was the heat. He had fainted from the heat. People panicked. My relative saw what they didn’t want to. He was dead. Someone grabbed a doctor off the street. The man had a heart attack. It was over in a minute. He died suddenly and unexpectedly. By the time the ambulance got there, he was gone.
She saw what it looked like.
Be careful what you wonder . . .
September 16, 2011
The last week, I reflect how fortunate I am – To live in a century and decade of advanced medical technology: science sufficient to solve my problems of the last week. To live in a country, in a city, where excellent medical help is available. To have a job that provides medical insurance and salary, enough for me to afford the medical help.
As I express my appreciation of these facts to friends, I remember seeing a video a few years ago. The video used “100″ people to illustrate the frequency and rarity of human experience on the planet.
This evening, as I cruise around Facebook, I stumble upon the very same video! Voila! Synchronicity. My good fortune continues! Here it is:
August 20, 2011
Yesterday I thought: I must be able to find a quicker way to search on for a word on a Web page, not only in articles, but my own blog! In older browser versions, I saw handy ”find” icons, but now I can’t find the find buttons! Surely there is an easier way than copying text to Word and searching there?
Synchronicity, thank you! The answer showed up today on my Google+ stream. Thanks to Tim Johnson and Denise Grace for posting and reposting this article from The Atlantic.
This week, I talked with Dan Russell, a search anthropologist at Google, about the time he spends with random people studying how they search for stuff. One statistic blew my mind. 90 percent of people in their studies don’t know how to use CTRL/Command + F to find a word in a document or web page! I probably use that trick 20 times per day and yet the vast majority of people don’t use it at all. Alexis Madrigal
Rest of article: Command to find a word in a document
August 7, 2011
July 4, 2011
Earlier this week, I picked up a magazine at the grocery checkout stand. Sure, I’ll take home the latest promises for instant weight loss for women. I also found an article, by a famous actress I had never heard, about the wonders of being a redhead. Growing up, she watched the I Love Lucy show (broadcast only in black and white), and longed to see Lucy’s red hair in color.
A couple of mornings later as I was waking up, I remembered episodes from I Love Lucy. I had never given Lucy Ricardo’s hair color a thought, but I am fascinated with house and apartment layouts for TV sitcoms and dramas. I reflected on how the Ricardos’ apartment sometimes had a window in the living room, and sometimes it didn’t. Otherwise, the living room and kitchen were structurally the same throughout the New York-based episodes. I could see it in my mind’s eye: sometimes a piano was up against the back living room wall under a window with ruffled curtains. Sometimes the wall was solid. Didn’t anyone else notice the switch, the inconsistency, and feel troubled by its never being explained? And why would the set designers bother to make the change?
Yes, dear reader, these are the questions that occupy my mind.
The next day, I was scanning the Comcast TV cable offerings. Reruns of I Love Lucy, on right now! I checked it out, curious which living room set up I would see. Ah, no living room window. But, wait. Lucy and Ethel visit a neighbor in the building, to see if the neighbor would be willing to switch apartments with Lucy. The desired apartment has a second bedroom, which the Ricardos need for their little boy. “Otherwise, Little Ricky will be in his crib in high school!” The viewer doesn’t get to see the bedrooms, just the living room which is structurally the same as Lucy’s apartment except — I see a window on the back wall! After confusion and turns of events, the Ricardos move into the bigger apartment, with the window in the living room.
Yes, the writers did explain the change. Yes, the change has a purpose — the episode, involving a comedy of error with furniture moves, would have been impossible for the viewer to follow if the sets of the two apartment were identical; a subtle but significance structural difference was needed to make the episode work.
I got my answer within a day of my asking the question! I admit it; this is not unusual for me.
Perhaps I can put my questions to even better use, next time. Must think. Must think hard.
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