I recommend zoning out before you get to work

This morning’s train ride in (to work) was just over 30 minutes. Normal for a weekday morning, right before the morning rush. The train was almost empty the entire way. Best of all, I zoned out for all 30-plus minutes.

Sure, the headphones were in and there was music playing but, my mind was clear. There was no dwelling on today’s tasks and meetings, no worrying about the coding assignment (my final project) for school… no fretting over all of the things around the house that need to get done.

Just a blank mind, listening to music and staring off into space. It was wonderful.

//We all need more of this in our lives. If you haven’t already, I recommend listening to Note To Self‘s Bored and Brilliant series. It has helped me a lot.

pleasant (musical) surprises

Shuffle is my favorite way to play my music library. It’s almost the only way I play music (except for those instances when I need to hear a specific song). Shuffle is the way that I keep myself reminded of what I have in my library. And, every once in a while, a song plays that I have absolutely no idea when, how, or if I even bought it. It just… plays. This is one of those. It’s just a fun, playful song that made this morning’s commute better.

Just finished, and now recommended


I 100% enjoyed readingĀ Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. Such a great story, spanning a few generations and set in a time that I have always been curious about (the Japanese occupation of Korea). It also gives a good glimpse into what it is like for a family of immigrants to try to make a home in a place where they are not necessarily welcome.

this morning’s reflection

Think back to your first time at a baseball (or any pro sport) game. The sights, the smells, the people… the hot dog. The nachos, and vendors walking through the stands. The announcer, music, and players playing. Crack of the bat as the player makes contact with the ball. Outfielders making great running plays. Watching the players in the dugout, and realizing/seeing all of the things they don't show in a televised game.

What are the good experiences, what are the bad? What will you remember for the rest of your life?

Now think about this: on any given night, in stadiums across America, that is happening for hundreds (if not thousands of kids), regularly.

That's so awesome.