- The morning temperature in my apartment was 77° Tuesday morning, six degrees warmer than the day before.
- After a weekend when I hiked and biked many miles, my legs ached with fatigue Monday whenever I walked up or down stairs.
- A man who sat near me in the library had two bottles of Powerade on his desk; he finished the blue one and kept a green one in reserve.
- An electric bus I rode had less robust air conditioning than the gas-powered alternative from which I had disembarked earlier.
- Speaking of buses and hurt legs, I saw a man using a cane to get on and off mass transit. His cane was decorated with a collage of flower stickers.
- Paprika, cumin, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, onion, salt, honey, mustard, cider vinegar and sunflower oil made a tasty, tangy dressing to toss with toasted almonds, poached chicken, and spinach.
- Taking groceries out of their bags was a counter-intuitive way to fit more of them into my bicycle panniers.
- I counted fifteen lines of water arcing from a lawn sprinkler.
- There are many places in the world about which I know little, including the Philippines and Moldova.
- The classroom where I'm learning this week is in a college hall that opened in 2007, and it has zero windows.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Ten observations, hold the metaphors
In a New York Times Smarter Living column on Monday, editor Tim Herrera explored ways to counteract people's prevailing sense of over-stimulation and under-focus. One way to resist the world's constant clamor for our attention, he noted, is to look closely without technology's mediation. Herrera shared a strategy used by Rob Walker, author of The Art of Noticing: "Report 10 metaphor-free observations about the world this week." Here are mine, from the past 36 hours:
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