In sad news, the Motherlode Lodge burned down in Hatcher Pass, Alaska. I used to drive past it 5-10 times each summer, and I always thought that if I had enough money I would have liked to re-open it. A little story and video is here on adn.com.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon: “I think the fans, the folks who watch the game closely, they understand the importance of accepting your walks. You don’t look for your walk; you accept your walk.” (I like to think I was 25 years ahead of my time in this regard.)
A few days ago the plan was to euthanize the black bears roaming around the Government Hill neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska, but Governor Bill Walker called the Fish & Game Department to see if something else could be done, and now the bears are going to be relocated to an area about 60 miles southeast to an area known as Portage Valley. The full story is here at adn.com.
As I’ve come to learn over the last ten days, the hard part about diverticulitis isn’t necessarily the first “attack” (for lack of a better term), but trying to figure out what you can and can’t eat after this happens. This image from the Mayo Clinic website shows what you should eat initially. In theory you’re supposed to transition back to a high-fiber diet after a few days, and that’s the part I’m struggling with as I write this on April 16, 2015.
I don’t listen to a lot of counry music, but I like this song, “Use What I Got,” by Jason Aldean, because of its message: Don’t worry about what you don’t have, use what you do have.
I learned about this song because they played it when Jon Lester of the Cubs warmed up a few nights ago. (This is the Jon Lester who is now infamous for never throwing to first base to try to pick off a runner.)
In my case I always wish I had a memory. I describe my brain as having a reasonably fast CPU, but what feels like almost zero RAM. In school, for example, if we had open book tests I could always get an “A,” but if we had to memorize a bunch of things I was hosed.
When I was young I came across a book that I think was called The Inner Game of Tennis. In it, the author said the same thing that Nikola Mirotic’s teammates told him: When playing sports, don’t think, just play. (Note: The author of the tennis book has a more-recent book out titled, The Inner Game of Work.)
A few days ago I found this black paint that “turns any surface into a chalkboard.” I’ve been painting the backs of some cheap cabinets, whose backs are now exposed after I moved some furniture around. If you know me, you know I like to have surfaces I can write on. :)
“Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special, it’s not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe. The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it.” ~ Emptiness Dancing, by Adyashanti
This page on the Android developer’s blog shows what is just about the simplest possible AsyncTask you can create, which is exactly what I needed just now. I started testing my Android app with StrictMode enabled this morning, and it was kind enough to remind me that I was doing some file I/O on the main thread, which is a no-no; hence the AsyncTask.