Thoroughly Thursday - the "Stockholm Syndrome" edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Stockholm Syndrome" edition. I'm probably not the first to say that 2017 has been a challenging year. I think we are all suffering from a bit of psychological trauma from the disagreements, the outrages, and the strife that seem so much more prominent, and are now assuming this is the new normal. As we move into the Holidays I wish to emphasize that there are many amazing things that have happened this year, from the Women's March, ICAN winning the Nobel Peace Prize, this summer's Solar Eclipse, the Cajun Navy, and the Afghan Girls Robotics Team winning the Entrepreneurial Challenge at Robotex. Take heart and if you are feeling down, I highly recommend Lin-Manual Miranda's Twitter feed which is the hug you didn't know you needed.
What I'm Reading -
Since we're getting into the gift-giving season, I'm beginning to think about what I own. A couple months ago, I started the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo but never finished it. However, I recently found this awesome manga version which covers all the general ideas but in comic-book form (always a plus). Inspired by Japanese Shintoism, she counsels a method of decluttering that focuses on keeping what you love (ie. spark joy), while also assuaging the guilt of discarding items. Though the book is definitely borderline-lethal on the cutesiness, her methods really do seem to work. And, as all things good and profitable, she's about to have her own TV show.
What I'm Watching -
Months ago, TT-friend Gary suggested that I watch the Japanese film "Tampopo". I didn't really tell me what it was about other than it was "good". It's actually a great film about the love and experiences related to food told through both the story of Tampopo, who wants to be the best ramen chef she can be, but also through the many vignettes that play out during the movie. It also reminded me of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi", a 2011 documentary of (at that time) 85yr old master sushi chef whose relentless pursuit of culinary mastery during of his 75yr career has earned him three Michelin stars, respect from fellow chefs, and a global fanbase.
What I'm Listening to -
I'm not a huge fan of Holiday music especially as they can be such terrible earworms, though I will admit I like this album and this song always makes me laugh (sorry). But, my go-to music this time of year is always Vincent Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas which is greatest Christmas album ever (after this one). Two great stories are that much of the soundtrack was recorded in one 3hr session and that the network reps initially rejected it since they didn't think jazz was a good fit for a Christmas story. :)
What I'm promoting -
Los Angeles and Ventura counties are currently suffering from horrible wildfires which are displacing thousands of people and turning the 405 freeway into a literal hellscape. Unfortunately, experts think the fires will get worse before they can be contained. If you have the means, here is a list of charities and services that you can make a donation.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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