Retro Liberal Hip

There was a time that a t-shirt bearing the cyrillic letters of the old Soviet Union, CCCP, was hip and cool, and even made a liberal statement. Maybe you were for the workers and your little hat with the red star was your endorsement of the ideal of communism, but not the reality of socialism. Today these relics might imply collusion – a word that is in the news a lot lately. My Russian watch is still pretty cool though. And so is the soldier’s jacket with the medals that my mom traded for on trip to Gorbachev-era Russia.

The Names Were Changed to Protect the Innocent

I drove by a local church and noticed that the name was changed. This was not a denomination name, but just a descriptive noun. I saw this church get built, as it was on my old running route. There was a vinyl sign with new name covering the more permanent, built sign. I wondered what would cause a church to change its name, although I did suspect that there were money/attendance reasons in the background. When I looked up both churches online, there was an interesting difference. The old church said they were merging with the new church. Makes sense. But new church only said they were moving to a new location. There was no mention of absorbing the old church. Maybe there’s more going on here than it seems.

Curved Sidewalk

There is a sidewalk that I run on that curves around the corner. Every time I follow that curve I notice that there is slight nick in the concrete. It seems like they tried to create a smooth curve with the wooden forms, but it just didn’t quite make it. I’m sure that most residents of the neighborhood have never noticed it. I notice it every time I run by.

Still at a Middle School Dance

I was at a concert by a band from the 1980s so there were a lot of older people there. One guy was dressed in jeans and a sweater, so he didn’t look too out of place. But when the band started playing he danced as if he were still at a middle school dance. His feet were planted to the floor. His hips did not move but there was slight swaying of his body. His arms moved the most, but compared to the rest of him it was not a lot of movement. Somehow he had lived his whole life and this one aspect of him had not progressed beyond seventh grade. I wonder what else didn’t progress.

Retail Battle by Voice

My Amazon Echo sits on my desk, and apparently listens to all of my phone calls, sending the audio to an Amazon cloud server somewhere. I don’t usually mute it, because I don’t usually trigger it by saying Alexa. But sometimes a word sounds enough like Alexa that it tries to process what comes next. After it was triggered, I said Walmart. Alexa’s response was I’m sorry. I don’t know that word.

Precious Directions

I’m always bothered by directions on packaged foods, but even more so by microwaveable meals. I admit that I eat too many of them, but it is easier than leftovers. Today’s entry in the “Directionally Challenged Hall of Fame”: For best vegetable quality, please remove lid entirely and cover with a paper towel while microwaving. Aren’t they required to include a paper towel if they suggest it?

Connection Between Life and Death

I saw four deer grazing on the front lawn of a local elementary just after dusk. Their silhouettes stood out against the darkening sky. The next day on the way to work I saw three dead deer on the side of the road. These were separate incidents along the highway across my hour long commute. I’m sure they were not the same deer, but I can’t help but think these sightings were related.

Be a Mermaid in Your Own Home

This new innovation from the makers of the Snuggie defies understanding. The original Snuggie was a blanket with sleeves – not to be confused with the Slanket – but their new product is called Snuggie Tails. They are available for adults and kids and they let you sit on the couch wearing a blanket as a tail. It is designed with a “sleek satin mermaid tail” with aqua glitter. And it fits most adults. The best part is the description on the box. “Perfect for reading a book, watching a movie, texting and more!” Oh wait, before I can respond to your text I need to put on my mermaid tail.

The Air Crackles with Light

Well before sunrise it is completely dark. The stars are out and there is no light in the east. It is night. Morning seems to come with both a gradualness and a suddenness. Light appears in the sky as the sun is moving towards the start of its day. The light spreads out from that point as it gets closer and closer to the time of sunrise. But there is a change in the air. It is as if every molecule of air is crackling as each lights up gradually. And suddenly, they all get to full brightness at the same time and it is light. And now the sun peaks above the horizon.