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Progressive is much cheaper than Geico

Wow, I saved $600/year on car insurance by switching to Progressive. Geico — who I had been with for five years — wanted to increase my rate to a whopping $680 every six months, while Progressive is only $380 for the same coverage.

“I’m trying to save my marriage”

A few days ago I ran into a woman who seemed very stressed out. I had a conversation with her that went like this:

Me: You seem to be feeling a lot of stress, may I ask why?

Her: Yada yada yada ... I’m trying to save my marriage! (Said loudly, with a lot of emotion.) (She starts crying.)

Me: Why?

Her: What?

Me: For as long as I’ve known you, you’ve said that you’re not happy, and now you seem very stressed out. So I’m wondering why you’re trying to save your marriage?

Her: ...

I thought it was a simple question — I thought she might say that she still loved the guy — but it turns out she had no answer for it.

She was crying, and tired of crying, so we talked about something else for a while. Then out of the blue she said, “I think I’m trying to save it because I always thought it was the right thing to do. Or maybe I never wanted to be divorced. But those aren’t very good reasons, are they? He really is a mean, selfish jerk, and he’s making my life miserable.”

You have to put in the work

This morning I was thinking about something that I want to accomplish, and as I thought about it a voice in my brain said, “You can’t just wish for it, you have to put in the work.” That seems like good advice in general.

How to fix a three-wire Christmas light string alvin December 2, 2017 - 10:38am

Yesterday we had a three-wire Christmas light string where the first half of the string was working, but the second half of the light string wasn’t working. We couldn’t fix it by replacing the bulb right where the light string stopped working, so I looked into it and found this helpful (but a little too technical) article.

The Hero’s Journey

If you’ve never heard of The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia states that it’s a “common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.” The concept was originally introduced by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in 1949. This image comes from thewritersjourney.com.

Waking up in a hospital

I wake up at 3:40am, hearing something dripping. I follow the sound around the new apartment until I find that it’s coming from the refrigerator. Looking around, I don’t see any water on the floor, inside the refrigerator compartment, or in the freezer. My guess is that this is what it sounds like when it defrosts. I have a sip of water and go back to bed.

I wake up some time later. It’s bright, so I don’t want to open my eyes. I’m enjoying a comfortable rest, and the pillow and sheets smell fresh and clean.

Wait.

Why is it so bright? I haven’t been here long, but I know that the Sun rises on the other side of the building, and my bedroom only get indirect light in the morning.

Without moving my body, I open my eyes and look around. I see enough to know that I’m in a hospital.