Gratitude day 81


I am grateful for a lazy day by the beach. We’re in San Diego. There’s lots to do, and also, there’s nothing to do. Both are great options; but we opted for the nothing to do option, save for a bit of shopping and several trips to swim in the waves.

I am grateful for Cooper, who, when he was figuring out body surfing asked me, “Papa, will you put my a$$ here?”

I asked him, “What? What are you talking about?”

“Put my a$$ here.”

“How do you know that word?” (knowing full well he’s heard me say it a gazillion times)

“After I’m dead. Put my ash here, okay?”

Halloween brought up the topic of tombstones, and then cremation. I guess he figured this was as good a place as any. And he’s right.

I am grateful again for bicycles. Simple, beautiful machines that they are. Cheap, too. There’s lots of renting options, but I found a second hand one for $60, and the guy said he’d buy it back for $20 when I go. I am now the proud owner of the bike we’ve named “Rustbucket”

Gratefulness Day 15

I am grateful for good friends over eating good food with us. A casual dinner hosted at home, particularly with some kids over, is just great for us these days.

I am grateful for WordPress. It really is a delight to work with, and that’s what I do nearly all the time I am at work these days. It’s even better because it’s open source, which give me hope for the world.

I am grateful for small victories. I bought a new chain and cassette (that’s the collection of gears on the back wheel) for my bike. I installed them, and I adjusted the whole drivetrain through a fair amount of trial and error. It’s humming along smoothly now. It wouldn’t feel as good while I ride if someone else had done that. Know why? Victory. That’s why.