Yesterday, for lunch I decided to take the less than 10 mile drive to have a hot dog at the Dinky Diner. Both the short drive and the destination is relaxing – usually. Although I live in Sacramento, the short drive down the river and the Sacramento Delta is a world apart.
Laid back is the term I would use.
Just another 15 miles or so is the town of Locke – the only town in America built by the Chinese for the Chinese. And if you are there, you have to try Al the Wops.
I had to mail something to somebody as a thank you gift today.
I try to be selective about when I go to my neighborhood post office. It used to be you could look through the window while you were in the parking lot and see whether there was 50 people in line or nobody.
But then they tinted the windows￼￼.
Now you just have to walk in and take your chances. ￼
So this morning I parked the car and went in.
A few days ago, one of the Lexicans on the F/B page posted the story of a trucking company who suddenly declared bankruptcy, leaving its drivers – and presumably the goods they were carrying for their customers, stranded all over the country.
Their fuel cards suddenly would not work in the pumps, effectively stranding them. Leaving them to figure out how to get home to waiting families.
This morning, I was getting an alignment for my car, and a young father and his daughter sat down across from me.
The daughter was 4 – maybe 5, and deeply engrossed in reading a children’s book to herself. She was smiling and reading to herself, almost singing.
I had wanted to take a picture of this, then felt it to be almost intrusive on something so simple and beautiful.
But if it were a painting, Norman Rockwell would have come to mind.
As I left, I told the father what a cute daughter he had, and he smiled and thanked me. You could tell that he was very proud of her.
And I told the daughter that it was a pleasure to have made her acquaintance.
As I have gotten older, I have become aware of the sudden changes we all have in our lives – all coming unforeseen and unexpected.
Perhaps our lives are more like a raft ride down a strong river – you can usually guide your course but you can’t dictate it…
“The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we’re not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.”
“Everything’s subject to change”
Drill Sgt Claiborne
Ft Ord, CA
I’ve often thought that in the world, some of the most profound truths are really simple. Virtually every major religion in the world has their version of the Golden Rule.
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the
Jesus, Matthew 7:12
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.
Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a
The failures of the world can be summarized by failure to adhere to this simple rule.
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
A bully confronted this young lady and got more than she probably expected.
Bullies generally prey upon those they perceive as weak and vulnerable. I came across this video today and immediately thought of the character Claire Bennet (The Cheerleader) in the old NBC series Heroes.