First two weeks of California Life . . .

I’ve been too busy to post anything since the move two weeks ago, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to write something while I’m riding the train to work.  (My phone lets me connect the laptop to the Internet via Bluetooth, which has a certain geek cool factor.) 

The Coaster is turning out to be the perfect way to get to work. It takes me about 15 minutes to walk to the station from my apartment, which makes it the perfect morning exercise. I know that there is no way that I would have gotten to the gym this week, but with the walk to the train I’ve probably been more consistent with my aerobic exercise this week than I’ve been in months. I’ll be interested in seeing what I see the next time I step on to a scale (which, looking at all of the boxes that I still need to unpack, could be a while!)

I’m still unpacking the apartment, but I’m making good progress. I’m hoping to devote the weekend to unpacking so that I can be done with it and get on with living. I also might have to do some business travel soon and it would be nice to have the unpacking finished before the travel begins in earnest.

On that note, I’m determined to really unpack this time. I have boxes that haven’t been unpacked in years. This time, everything gets either put in its proper place, sold on Craigslist or eBay, given to Goodwill, or thrown away. I’m also finally at the point where I can finally throw away some things that I wasn’t ready to even look at two or three years ago.

More to follow . . .

Every day heroism . . .

Sometimes the news can still make you smile. I would like to think we would all step up to the plate the way that the Glovers did.  They deserve credit not just for the good deed itself, but with the attitude with which they approached the experience.  This kind of thing happened a lot during the Katrina disaster (and, to a lesser extent, during the Rita evacuation from Houston), but the good stories tended to be drowned out by the larger disaster.  Nice to be reminded that people have tremendous potential for good.

N.M. family hosts 44 strandees who leave as pals

p.s. thanks to my friend Nora for passing this story along.