The Little Guy

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

July 16, 2019 had been a vigorous day. We greeted our two grandsons for a day of good times and good food. They were six and almost nine.

“Almost” is relevant since my spouse, an artist, spent several hours offering poster designs for his 9th, Star Wars themed birthday party.

Star Wars dates back to 1977, the year we met, dated and married. I was “semi-conscious” during the film on one of our early dates. She loved it.

It was getting late for the grandsons that day. After dinner, before bed, it was my job in front of my spouse and his older brother to guide the younger as he read. To that point I had never seen him read and he was unable to do so.

He chose a book about an elephant’s concern over his inability to dance. Then he began to read. It was a cute book…

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix Special, 23 Hours to Kill, a Review

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

The year I first dated my wife, 1977, we saw Annie Hall for the first time. I broke into almost continuous laughter and she was concerned that I might stop breathing. She couldn’t believe the degree to which I found laughter in that film.

That almost happened again when we watched 23 Hours to Kill, a one-hour special with Jerry Seinfeld on Netflix. He has added another dimension to his ability to take the routine events in our lives and turn them into the comedic. That dimension is the addition of physical comedy. Believe it or not, it makes Jerry Seinfeld even funnier.

It’s also important to appreciate that he did not have to go out and make a living at 65, when he made this. He did this because he loves to be on stage, stand up and create an auditorium filled with laughter.

From my perspective, all humanity…

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No Room for Mushrooms

“Fungi for a long time were a kind of scientific bewilderment, classified as just slightly strange plants. In fact, at a cellular level, they aren’t very like plants at all. They don’t photosynthesize, so they have no chlorophyll and thus are not green. They are actually more closely related to animals than to plants.”  This comes from Bill Bryson’s delightful book , The Body.

So, I have wondered. When I have a vegan dinner why are the mushrooms so unique? What is it that makes them so non-plantlike?

I finally get it. They certainly are not green and leafy. The do have a richness in their flavor I don’t find in veggies.

So did the rest of you put that all together? Did I have to read a book at 75 by that engaging writer to let that finally sink in? Maybe, for me, life is even more like a box of chocolates than for Gump, just full of surprises.