Finally, a good bagel

My Friday is awesome so far

I have become increasingly picky with (of all things) bagels as I get older. I think it happened because I’m discovering what a good bagel* truly is. Well, at least I’m becoming more aware of what I think is a good bagel.

For the past couple of months, I have been craving a good bagel. Supermarket and cafe bagels around me have been… well… yeah. Not cutting it. Admittedly, I haven’t really given a full effort in my search.

Here’s the thing: I want a good everything bagel that doesn’t just serve as a vehicle for schemer, lox, tomato, onion, and capers. Rather, I need a good everything bagel that works in tandem with those other players.

This morning’s came really close to perfect. Solomon’s Delicatessen, in Davis (CA) has been long recommended and on my list. It didn’t disappoint. I can’t wait until they open their downtown location (closer to me). Until then, I may make a weekly trek out there for breakfast, coffee, and a little work.

*Here’s a video that sums up what a “good bagel” should be. My ultimate test is whether the bagel needs to be toasted or not. If it needs to be toasted, it’s just bread, not a bagel.

10 Things that Scare Me

Inspired by the 10 Things That Scare Me podcast, which I love.

  1. Discovering that I have a terminal health issue, inherited from my biological parents. I hate always having to explain to doctors that I don’t have medical history (even though they really don’t react negatively to it). I have some ongoing health issues and am just waiting to find out there’s more.
  2. Snakes. F’ing snakes.
  3. Cooking something for someone that makes them sick (or worse). Also, me getting sick from someone else’s food. I really like to cook, and think I’m pretty good at it but, I’m always afraid to serve my food to others for fear of them trying it and getting sick. I have no idea where this fear stems from; it’s never happened (yet).
  4. Getting bit by a tick or mosquito (or any other insect, really) and contracting an incurable disease, like Lyme disease or being allergic to meat, as a result.
  5. How self-destructive humans are. More specifically, how self-destructive I can be.
  6. Large crowds and/or long lines.
  7. Being somewhere for a long time (3-5 hours at least) without knowing where, and having access to, a bathroom.
  8. Any hearing loss in my left ear (I’m already 80% deaf in my right ear).
  9. Reaching my fullest potential.
  10. Slipping and severely hurting myself in the shower.

Five things for the week

Abu Dhabi views
  1. I like this tweet.
  2. I do take work travel for granted, sometimes. I don’t always appreciate the opportunities that I have to do what I do, and the places that brings me to. I need to practice more gratitude and appreciation for that.
  3. There were a few places, in Abu Dhabi, that I found myself wishing that I had brought my camera. I didn’t bring one on this trip, even though I had my backpack with me everywhere I went. I really need to get back into the habit of carrying one wherever I go.
  4. I forgot how much fun it is to drive around with the windows down, and blast the Beastie Boys. I feel like I’m in my twenties again.
  5. I’ll need to dig down and grind, this week. There’s a lot to get through.

Recently read, watched, and listened


I have three books checked out from the library, all sitting in Libby (on my iPad). My intent was to get through them while traveling but, I didn’t even open the app once. I think I just needed to zone out during my downtime, this week. Because they’re on deadline (need to be returned) I plan to get through them this week.


Watership Down – I caved and watched the rest of the BBC/Netflix version. Meh. If you haven’t already, please read the book (I plan to reread it soon). This was far too washed out in both the storytelling and the imagery. Maybe it’s just me but, this needs to be DARK. Like, seriously not for children dark. And any remake (from the 1978 version) should be far darker than this was.

//I had a lot of time on a plane this week and was able to get in a lot of movies.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Say what you will about this franchise, I liked this. Yeah, there were a ton of things that we could point out as wrong, lame, etc. but, it’s a freakin’ movie about dinosaurs being created to serve mankind. My lord.

Equalizer 2 – Ugh, sequels. It was okay but, they should have left the first one as a standalone. I do like seeing Denzel in this Man On Fire/Equalizer type role. I also need a movie where Denzel and Liam Neeson fight it out, either against or with each other.

Searching – It took me a little while to get into the storytelling method. There were times when I even found it annoying but, I get it. Digital communication runs our lives. I just don’t see anyone using FaceTime as often as they do, here. It was a good watch, though. Also, yay! John Cho!

Tag – It was trying too hard to be funny and touching at the same time. Admittedly, there were a few scenes that hit those marks. Isla Fischer is hilarious. Every time I saw Jeremy Renner I would think to myself, “Why is Hawkeye doing this instead of helping out the rest of the Avengers?!?”

Ready Player One – The book, for what it was, was better. This was just a bunch of eye candy and nostalgia. It did make me want to watch The Iron Giant again.

Deadpool 2 – This is about the only comic book movie that I enjoy watching, mainly because they don’t take themselves so seriously. I laughed during the whole movie.

Fyre Fraud – I spent this entire documentary angry at everyone involved in this sh*tshow. I don’t care about the one’s who were “innocent” in it. Y’all need to disappear.

Sex Education – I binged and enjoyed the whole series. It was a fun watch; screw the “controversy” about not being a true “UK school “experience”. I need a backstory/origin episode on how Eric and Otis became friends. Maeve reminds me of a girl I crushed on in middle school. She also reminds me of Britta in Community.


//I had plenty of time for podcasts as well. Those long flights are, well… long.

NPR Life Kit – I downloaded and listened to all of the episodes in the four series. Not bad advice. It was enough to get me rethinking about each of the aspects (diet, exercise, saving, and investing).

The Big One – Being back in California (yay!) has rekindled my fascination with earthquakes. This is a very good podcast, and features Dr. Lucy Jones!

Five things for the week

the Benedict Arnold (eggs benedict on a waffle)
  1. I’m making a point to load up at least one day of the weekend to get out and do errands. Part of this means saving some things until the end of the week (which is okay, because it will help me plan better). It also means ordering less online and going to more stores/places. It’s all part of an effort to be more mindful about what I am doing day to day.
  2. New rule: eat outdoors whenever possible (when weather permits). Breakfast on Saturday morning (picture above) was perfect on the patio compared to inside. Inside was crowded and noisy. Outside was quiet, with fresh air and sunshine.
  3. It’s amazing how much better I feel when I wear clothes that actually fit me.
  4. DirectTV is pissing me off. Too much to go into here but, I’m 90% sure I’ll be cutting the service soon. Which means we’ll be a streaming household only (because there’s no way I’m going to Comcast).
  5. My February project will be getting some plants and trees setup inside and outside of this home. Our home needs some plant life!

Recently read, watched, and listened


 Unfortunately, another week with not much new for this section. I barely read internet articles too! I found myself swamped in technical docs and a textbook (for school) on database design. So, yeah.


Watership Down (2018) – This is watered down (pun?). It’s as if they tried their best to make this as kid-friendly as they could. There is no darkness in this. The CGI is distracting but, (for me) not as distracting as how much they’re glossing over everything. Makes me just want to read the book again.

This Is It! – I loved this for the ability to glimpse some of the process behind him making his concerts. And this guy had so many hits! He really was a musical genius.

Voltron: Legendary Defender – I finally got around to watching the final season, and was disappointed. They wrapped up the whole series in a neat little (too easy) bow. I hate when movies and shows do this.


Unfortunately, nothing new to note here. I usually have “shuffle” on my music library when working, providing a nice background soundtrack that blocks out other noise and distractions (as many distractions as I let it).