04 5 / 2013
"The world will knock you down plenty. You don’t need to be doing it to yourself."
02 5 / 2013
How did I not know this sooner?
- So I'm visiting family in San Antonio this past week for Fiesta, and we started talking about tv shows we had been watching.
- 1: Do you know of a show called "Supernatural"?
- 2: Uh, yeah!
- 1: Do you know that one actor, Jared Padalecki?
- 2: Uh, double yeah.
- 1: I know his uncle.
- 2: What?! You liar!
- 1: He worked with me when I was an engineer. He first told me his nephew was going to be on a show called "Gilmore Girls" and I laughed because I thought he was making it up. Then he told me his nephew was going to be on another show called "Supernatural" and I thought he was lying then too. Apparently not.
- 2: You know Jared Padalecki's uncle? And you never told me?
- 1: Well it's a weird show and not many people watch it.
- 2: It's not that weird...
- So my uncle knows Jared's uncle. Why didn't I know this sooner?
02 5 / 2013
"I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about, I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking twelve miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people — Americans and Europeans — come back and go, “Ohhhh.” And the lightbulb goes on."
22 4 / 2013
"In Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound”. It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards and forwards, it takes us to a place where we ache to go again."
22 4 / 2013
"That said, deciding to avoid other people does not necessarily equate with having no desire whatsoever for company; it may simply reflect a dissatisfaction with what—or who—is available. Cynics are, in the end, only idealists with awkwardly high standards. In Chamfort’s words, ‘It is sometimes said of a man who lives alone that he does not like society. This is like saying of a man that he does not like going for walks because he is not fond of walking at night in the forêt de Bondy."