I’m watching Lenny lay on the cat bed that’s smaller than he is. So cute.
Archives for September 2017
I’ve really gotten into NASCAR this year. And they made a fun change. Stage racing where the first ten places in a stage get points from 10 to 1 with a playoff point (which carry over after points are reset for the playoffs )
For instance in tonight’s Monster Energy Series Cup Race in New Hampshire there were 300 laps. 75 in the first stage, 75 in the second stage and 150 in the final stage at a just over mile track.
I think a lot of teams, drivers and especially commentators have undervalued stage racing. If you win both stages but finish 16th that’s 40 points and 2 playoff points. If you finish 2nd overall but don’t place in the stages that’s only 35 points and no playoff points.
It’s a bit confusing but I believe the finish is 40 points plus 5 playoff points for the winner and then 35 for second, and then one less point per place. So 4th 33, and 7th 30.
It also allows teams that did well early but have a mechanical failure, a speeding penalty in the pits or a crash to still get points.
I just think it makes everything more fun and is a huge advance for NASCAR.
I just finished Ray Bradbury’s book of essays “Zen in the Art of Writing”. ***1/2
There a lot of good stuff in it.
From keeping images that can make a story later to writing with zest and gusto. Or the fortunate events that turned “The Martian Chronicles” from a bunch of short stories to a classic novel.
I was most struck though that it took him ten years of writing a thousand words a day and a short story a week until he had something really good.
Luckily for him and us he started at 12. There is something to be said for doing the thing until you get good at it.
Things don’t often come easily.
I personally find writing stories difficult, but blogging and especially Three Good Things very easy.
But, I definitely recommend working on things and getting better.
I blog every day. If I didn’t, I would probably only blog a few dozen times a year.
Not all of it will be good. And that is perfectly okay with me, but it’s crucial that I do it each and every day.
Good practices matter, even if the results aren’t always obvious.
Treatment can save lives.
Drug court can get people out of the system.
But, just heartbreaking.
So many overdoses, so many lives lost so young. So many people in pain, so hard to find comfort and relief.
We need to do so much better with pain and medical care in our country.
We need to do so much better with access to care and advocates for those who need help.
I think we also need to get beyond AA/NA and the twelve steps. It works fine for some but fails many people.
I know so many people in recovery especially in the poetry community.
People who use and abuse deserve respect and care. They deserve access to quality healthcare. They deserve a safe place to live. They deserve a chance for a second life.
Excellent and powerful 39 minute documentary on Netflix.
I’m really happy there are more chances for excellent documentaries to be made and seen in the era of streaming media. It matters.
We have a friend over this week all the way from West Virginia and we were going to take them to my favorite restaurant in Connecticut, the amazing Taiwanese restaurant Iron Chef. Unfortunately, they were closed it looks like permanently this summer.
There was a new sign up and it said they were renovating with a new name so I may have to try the new place.
But, even though my phone ran out of battery, I definitely need a new phone, I plugged it in the car and got my Yelp to work. 400 feet away was another five star Chinese place, Yao’s Diner.
And it was also really good. The spring rolls were okay. The pork fried dumplings good, oddly our favorites for that are still China Villa in Westbrook, Maine. The scallion pancakes were yummy. The dan dan noodles very good and the cold sesame noodles excellent.
The braised pork ribs with bok choi were outstanding. The szechaun hot pot was very good, and insanely big. I will have a lot of leftovers.
The bill was also nice at $65. I will definitely miss Iron Chef but glad this is only twenty minutes away.
I guess now I would change my favorite Connecticut restaurant to Roseland Apizza. And I wish the family who owned Iron Chef and retired all the best.