Thoroughly Thursday - the "Independence Day" Edition


Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Independence Day edition. After several days of traveling, I was completely willing to sleep through most of the early activities of the 4th (community pancake breakfast, patriotic outfit walk-off, the parade). Sadly, my family had other ideas. However, the fireworks were beautiful. I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day!

What I'm Reading - It's Not Just About Making Your Bed
In 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven gave a commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin. The video went viral as the "Make Your Bed" speech. The Admiral, a lifelong Navy Seal, created a short book called (duh) Make Your Bed, which I had a chance to read this week. It covers the 10 principles that McRaven learned from his Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training that helped him in his career. Aside from "make your bed", there are principles like "don't back down from sharks", "get over being a sugar cookie" (it's worse than it sounds), and of course, "never ring the bell". Easy to understand and entertaining, though I did find myself thinking, "Am I too old to be a Navy Seal?" (short answer: YES).  

What I'm Watching - It's All Connected
In the very first Thoroughly Thursday, I mentioned how much I had enjoyed Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Well, I had the opportunity to watch Season 2 this last few weeks. I think part of what I really liked about it the series, which sadly won't be renewed for Season 3, is just how unconventional the entire series is: the plots are ridiculously over-complicated, the hero is an effete weirdo, and the tone ranges from comedy to surrealist David Lynch film back to violent black comedy. I will miss it terribly

What I'm Doing - Rallying for Families
On Saturday, my oldest daughter and I were able to attend the "Families Belong Together" rally in Downtown Los Angeles. The event had a huge turnout, and I realized this is the 5th rally/march I've been to in 18 months. Prior to 2017, I had been to none. I mentioned to my daughter that we were living in an important time of political activism in our country. Most activism was on the fringes when I was younger, usually hippies wanting to legalize pot on my college campus. She mentioned that she was now considering pursuing political science as a minor in college. You can see my video of the rally here

What I'm Thinking About - Being Our Best Selves
"May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right."Peter Marshall

All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)

Scott Moe

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