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It’s a Wonderful Life meets St. Elsewhere

February 24, 2018: After a long hiatus, during the last week I finally got back into a consistent meditation routine. As usual, this helps me remember my dreams better, and to also have lucid dreams. Last night that combined with something else I had thought about casually recently: Wouldn’t it be nice to be young again, and if I was young again, what would I do differently?

After falling asleep, I wake up in strange apartment. Looking around I can’t figure out what’s going on, but having been in this situation dozens of times before, I find the bathroom, turn on the light, and look in the mirror. I’m pleasantly surprised to see a much younger version of myself. My face is young again, and my hair is longer, soft, and as dark as ever, with no touches of gray. Realizing I’ve been given a second chance, I vow to make the most of it.

After I figure out the apartment situation, I decide to go for a walk and see what the neighborhood looks like. As I walk down the road and enjoy the new scenery, a speeding car comes around a turn. I try to get out of its way, but it hits me hard. My body flies through the air and crashes hard on someone’s lawn as the car speeds away. Lying on the ground, my face pushed into the lawn, I look at the blades of green grass in front of me. I try to hold onto it in my mind because I know that my second chance at living a younger life is coming to an abrupt halt. The green grass fades into darkness.

You should never go to Alaska as a young man

“John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you’ll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there’s a lot of truth to that.”

~ Tom Bodett

(sorry, i don’t remember where i saw this quote)

Don’t be intimidated

When I went to the gym today a very large young man looked at me like, “What are you doing in my gym, old man?” Before he left, he gave me the “You’re welcome to come back” nod of approval.

Don’t let a rare blood disease, multiple types of cancer, or musclebound young men intimidate you. :)

Latest idea for a story

I saw this image on Netflix tonight and immediately thought that a story that might be interesting is about a soul who is both a man and a woman at the same time. It could be implemented in a variety of ways ... they could co-exist on Earth at the same time, and have a shared memory ... or they could be on different planets with the same concept ... something about twins ... they could be a man one day and a woman the next day.

At the moment it seems like an interesting idea for a book, movie, or series, a way to explore all sorts of concepts related to “gender identity.” The shared view is a little like In Your Eyes, and it could be a little like Cloud Atlas, but it would also be very different from those movies.

My wife isn’t the woman I married

A couple that lives near me has been having problems, and yesterday the husband asked if he and I could talk privately. After we found a quiet place he said, “My wife isn’t the woman I married ... I don’t like this new version of her, and I don’t know what to do.”

(Sorry, there’s no moral to this story, only that.)

“If she’s in it, she must be getting something out of it”

“If she’s in it, she must be getting something out of it.”

That’s a quote from a favorite tv series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. It’s about women who stay in marriages when people outside of the marriage can’t understand why the woman stays married to the man.

In my own life I know a fair number of seemingly independent women who either appear to be unhappy, or openly say they’re unhappy, yet they stay married to the same guy ... something I still don’t understand.

svnserve man page

I just got a Subversion (svn) server running on my MacBook Pro, and thought I'd put this svnserve man page out here as reference: