Wednesday, February 2, 2022

positivity journal 2022:1

month 1 of year 4 of this nonsense 

(the first week are official tom rhodes appreciation posts)

jan 1: mini high school reunion in which a lion slayed the hollywood improv 
jan 2: i walked 10 miles and had 3 tacos. so i get about 3.33 miles per taco
jan 3: cruising sunset strip all the way to the sunset
jan 4: wanderlust. both the concept and the ice cream shop in hollywood 
jan 5: went walking on melrose ave. woman at bus stop angrily yells “FOURSOME.”  i looked around. it’s just me and her. i keep walking, never so happy that i never took up golf

jan 6: an array of lunch dumplings
jan 7: stood in the desert looking at snow-capped mountains hundreds of miles away
jan 9: i like that most fast food places in california have picnic tables outside. it’s like they were intrinsically ready for all this
jan 10: decided it was more important to wear shorts on the cross-country flight than to be wearing long pants when i landed in 30 degree weather. was correct

jan 11: it was 25 degrees. i went to supermarket. there was a guy in gym shorts and a sleeveless ucf shirt. weirdly, it was not me
jan 12: my phone randomly asked if i wanted to see a slideshow of pictures of my cat. i definitely did
jan 14: my phone's screen protector did
jan 15: giant cookies

jan 16: strained nocino which has been steeping for 7 months and my garbage smells amazing
jan 17: 10 years in current job. seems like yesterday
jan 18: subversive backchannel zoom meeting commentary
jan 19: in a callback to the december list, i put a mint sprig in a glass of vernors
jan 20: completed a week of watching a matrix every night by watching the new one the day before hbo takes it off the service. they were all fun, tho i’m not sure any of them were really different

jan 21: socialized three times in, like, 24 hours, like it was 2019 or something
jan 22: while sitting on steps having spiked hot chocolate with wayne, a bird decided my shoe was a good perch. and i think i have a history of trust building with this particular bird (top)
jan 23: after 10 years of complaining about no good hot and sour soup in my neighborhood, i made my own, and it was pretty great 
jan 24: proofing a book for colleagues and my first catch was a nuance involving an reo speedwagon lyric and i knew i was destined for this task
jan 25: “do what’s good for you or you’re not good for anybody
jan 26: woke up wondering if duffy dyer is still alive. he is! so then i looked up ed ott, and he is too! for good measure, i looked up manny sanguillen and he’s ok too! all of the pirates' catchers from the ’70s!
jan 27: i try to low key my skills as a means of managing expectations — my own — but i made a catch today that left me unable to deny that i’m really good at this shit sometimes 
jan 28: sometimes all i do on facebook is troll trolls, which is pointless, but it amuses me
jan 29: was able to manage to avoid all the icy sidewalks during a long walk
jan 30: as soon as it hit 19 degrees, walked outside in shorts and a t-shirt just so i could say here that i did it

jan 31: paid for 5-day shipping and it got there in 2. very happy for not paying triple for the 2-day shipping

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