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Thursday, 10 April 2003

My favorite things

Here are just a few things that cheer me up, in no particular order. I plan to continue adding more to this list in future blogs and then compile them into a more complete document as time goes by.

  1. Sitting outside and looking at the night sky and its faraway inhabitants
  2. Playing guitar
  3. Jamming with other musicians
  4. A hug from a loved one
  5. The Pacific Ocean breeze sweeping o’er us
  6. A postcard from a friend
  7. Someone laughing at my jokes
  8. Weekend Becomes Eclectic on KCRW
  9. A really good episode of Gilmore Girls
  10. A really fun episode of Says You
  11. Trader Joe’s Vanilla Bean Cream Soda
  12. Finding a long-lost friend
  13. Kindness
  14. Feeling safe

Quote for the time being:

We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.

E. M. Forster, "The Tercentenary of the ‘Areopagitica’," Two Cheers for Democracy (1951)

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  1. i’ve been thinking for the past few days what are a few of *my* favorite things but couldn’t come up with anything good until i realized that today Miramax/Disney is releasing 3 Hayao Miyazaki movies on DVD: Spirited Away, Laputa Castle in the Sky, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. and though i’m breaking my credit card getting them, there is truly not much that makes me so happy and comforted as Miyazaki’s movies, especially these three….

    otherwise, i’ll go with a really fun episode of Says You, too. oh and a really good episode of This American Life.


  2. I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t seen any of the three. Of all the anime you’ve mentioned on your blog, I think I’ve only seen ‘Castle of Cagliostro.’ I know (thanks to you) that ‘Spirited Away’ is back in theaters, but I obviously haven’t gone yet. Yeah, I know I’ll probably regret not going and shelling out the seven-fifty if/when I ever see the movie on a puny TV screen and love it. But I just haven’t gone to the cinema in a while…


  3. give yourself a treat! cinema is one of the few treats left for workaholics like us. no phone calls–no email–no dirty dishes–just you, the dark, the shimmering screen.

    (chyeah, right, compared to most post-docs i’m a lazy dog lying in the sun….)

    anyway, have a happy {easter | passover | spring equinox | Girls Gone Wild free-for-all}!!!