great songs … sometimes even better

I’m lucky to be able to stream music from the internet here at work – not only from shared iTunes libraries, but the random radio stations too.
Just listened to a lovely (?) rendition of Sorrow by Bad Religion, done acoustically.

I think the song means we could have a better world, if only we… changed everything.

So as I watch (and time lapse) a lovely sunset filled with flat clouds drifting off to be over Chapel Hill, and cool acoustic music plays (cause I’m reaffirming that music is important to me), I hope I can add just a little to a better future for all. Not sure how I’ll do that today, but the music fills me with hope, makes me think that yeah, it’s in the realm of possibility.

Didn’t I add to a better future by being at Metro Tango for three years? Lis asks about a picture up on my office wall – ‘what’s it mean?’ – well, the knight on the chess table means intelligence and tactics; the no smoking sign means you can’t smoke there (changes from last I saw that door); the Pegasus over a globe refers to our ability to be everywhere quickly; the lightning bolt refers to the speed that we posses – “near-real time processing” I recall us saying. Nice symbology, wish I had the official story – perhaps a letter to the Air Force, what do you think?

A better future may have been had through my efforts there. Can not confirm nor deny at this point.

Subtle changes at best, right? Like how everyday I can learn to see things just a bit differently – like the comparisons of banks stiffing investors by dropping properties that are ‘underwater’ – just walking away from office buildings in San Fransisco. What bankers want of ‘good’ Americans is to keep paying the mortgage on their homes, even if they also find themselves underwater. On one hand, isn’t what we’re taught to do is the ‘right’ thing – if you sign a contract to pay a loan, that’s what you’re supposed to do, right? But if the ‘right’ thing to do in a business sense would be to walk away, why can’t that be the ‘right’ thing for each of our own ‘personal businesses’? A different perspective – neither more or less correct, just different.

Ok. rambles – shouldn’t I stay away from those this year/decade? ha ha ha

Our trip, recollected, part 1

the time shift is causing concern for boo & I – how late is it? Really? wow … we’ll have to see how long this lasts.

We had a GREAT time visiting Blood & Bob in Seattle (& Jon & Sally in Portland, and Kimya & Panda in Olympia too). Trying to recall the tall tales to tell, and thought I’d post a bit to make sure we’re hitting all the highlights.

Friday we headed out early from RDU (thanks Michelle and Zach!), got into Chicago and then off to Seattle. Probably the least happy time was when we got handed the keys to the Chevy Cobalt rental – after I specifically asked for anything except a Cobalt – doh!

Saturday was a lovely morning – sunshine! Off we were to get some nibbles, followed by a stroll in the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Garden. Truly a fabulous visit – cool pics galore … afterward we headed over to Shorty’s to get our drinkies, then met up with Bob and headed to Mama’s Mexican for nibblies. Home for SNL and nappies!

Sunday we wandered the streets of downtown Ballard – the farmer’s market, the shoreline park, then back to Ballard for some nibbles and drinks at Kings, then a quick into Sonic Boom records (maybe) where John D./ Mountain Goats were being played – it’s like I never left Durham! Finally our wearly bodies were treated to coffee at Blood’s ‘morning spot’, where she and Bob pick up pick-me-ups on their way to work.

Monday was just gorgeous – shall I tell you in the next post? Yes!
Oh – pics of the trip here:
note – not my typical Flickr pics page.

Lucky …

it’s how I feel sometimes, when I’m able to pause my chaotic inner chatter and realize the good things I’ve got going for me. Getting to spend time with my sister, and have Boo with me, and have a great time, and make it back to my home where friends reinforce the goodness … yeah, lucky.

That and seeing Mt. Rainier from ~10K feet!

Oh how lucky we are!

Ok, we’ll see how this works … I’m in the midst of a g-con (google consolidation), gonna end up being over at … but still here for now.