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The joy is in the aim.
The joy is in the aim.

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I was at work on Wednesday (it might have been Tuesday or Thursday now that I think about it) when my buddy asks me if I have an HDMI splitter (a lot of the technical details of this scenario I can't really remember too accurately, and a lot of this is not in my field of expertise so I might not say something right, but you'll get the picture). So I say to him "I'm not really sure what an HDMI splitter is," then he says something about multiple HDMI inputs into a thing that has one HDMI output or maybe the other way around. Anyway, he said the reason he was asking was because he was using a PSVR, and the HDMI adapter for the PSVR doesn't have an HDMI-R output (or something along those lines) whereas normally the Playstation does have an HDMI-R output, and he was noticing a decrease in the video quality from his Playstation on his normal TV ever since he hooked up the PSVR. So after he tells me about this, I go back to doing what I was doing, then he says "No, I wasn't finished yet," then I said "Oh, sorry man" (I was actually sorry - I thought he was done the story, but I had forgot about his original question about the HDMI splitter). Then he said something else and I realized that apparently I actually do have an HDMI splitter. The TV I use only has one HDMI input, so a while ago I picked up this little box at Staples or whatever Radio Shack is called now that has 4 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output (which is what an HDMI splitter is). It works most of the time.
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Couple of days ago I woke up early and didn’t have any early morning commitments so I figure I’ll take my time, have some tea or something, clean up some things, etc. (one of the other cool things about aging I find is that I don’t need an alarm clock anymore - haven’t used one in a couple years - I’m waking up like clockwork between 6 and 7, although still in a generalized state of low-grade terror, but that’s beside the point). I turn on my computer and Windows tells me it has some exciting new updates to install. I know these things can take a while and I didn’t have anything urgent to do so I figure ‘what the hell, let’s do it’. Back in 2013 or so, one time I installed a Windows update, and after the update ran, the computer never turned on again - dead meat. For a while after that, I was kinda nervous installing updates - not so much anymore, but still, every time it happens I feel myself formulating back-up plans for what to do when the computer doesn’t turn back on again. I’m not really sure what the exciting updates were this time around - everything seems to be the same.
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So my doctor recommends trying out this shower routine where I take a normal shower with the water at whatever normal temperature, then I switch the water to ice cold for 30 seconds, then switch it back to warm water for 2 minutes, then put it back to ice cold water for another 30 seconds, then switch it back to normal temperature again for 2 minutes, and then switch it back to ice cold water again to finish the shower (I think this technique has a name, but I can’t remember it right now - you could probably look it up). I was down for trying it out and the idea wasn’t entirely foreign to me (for a while I was taking only ice cold showers – it just felt like the right thing to do). Anyway - the most incredible thoughts rush through my head during the cold water parts – I can hardly explain it.
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Went to the basketball game with my cousin the other day. We talked about a lot of things such as: why he showed up to the game wearing a suit, how the beer tasted, places in the world our sisters moved to, experiences and strategies related to fantasy sports (since we were at a sports event, there seemed to be a emphasis on sports discussion throughout the evening), things that happened to his bike, art, people getting on to the big screen at the arena, the baseball World Series, travel plans for the near future, things that happened two Summers ago, a hockey league he is in, music concerts, plans for later in the evening, golfing, the experience of golfing vs the experience of biking, the Internet, what seats in the arena were good, romance-related issues, the upcoming soccer playoffs, things that were done earlier in the day, writing, which players and coaches are good, not good, over-rated, under-rated, various world histories, where the closest restroom is, and a bunch of other things.
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Had some things to take care of the other day, so I was on my way to grab a bike from the Bike Share (it was a nice day and I could have walked, but I figured why not just take a bike and get it done and over with). On the way to the Bike Share, I pass a local coffee shop and I get to thinking that maybe right now would be a good time for a coffee. I run through the math in my head about getting a coffee and riding the bike one-handed. Now, I'm no stranger to being able to bike-ride one-handed (no-hands is a different story - in my early days of riding a bike I smashed my face pretty good (busted lip) when I tried riding no-hands and I think it left a psychological obstacle to no-hands bike riding for me in general - it used to be a sore spot but who cares really) but when I start considering things like traffic, brakes, the actual drinking of the coffee, etc it starts seeming less and less like a good idea.
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One night a few weeks ago I felt what seemed to be a craving for a grilled cheese sandwich (I think I did not have a grilled cheese sandwich in ages) and it just so happened that there was both some bread and cheese around (I would say that those are the two main staples required for the grilled cheese sandwich - I know some people might suggest that butter is an absolute requirement for the grilling part, but I personally have improvised in that area, so take that for what it’s worth). I flip on the stove (level ‘5’) and go to the fridge to get the cheese out. When I open the fridge though, out of the corner of my eye I see a bunch of asparagus that I had bought earlier in the week. Now, I don’t know the exact shelf-life of asparagus (assuming that it depends on how old it was when you bought it, how well it was maintained at the supermarket, and where you stored it when you got it home, etc), but something was telling me that this particular batch of asparagus was nearing the end of its usefulness (health properties and whatnot) so I start thinking to myself that I might need to abandon the initial grilled cheese intent and get something rolling with the asparagus (I don't frequently get into this problem, but when I originally bought the asparagus, I had specifically gone to the supermarket for asparagus and picked up two bundles - I was hungry - but when I got home and washed the first bundle and chopped it up, it turned out to be more than I expected and there was no way that I was gonna be able to eat both of them - I know this is a bit of a tangent, but in case you were wondering how I even got in this situation in the first place). Anyway, for me, most of the time when I’m in an asparagus situation, rice is involved. Do I have rice in the house? Of course. This is an easy solution. Get the rice cooking, steam the asparagus, do a little thing with the frying pan. At this point, my grilled cheese craving is pretty much gone - I’m all-in on the asparagus direction. So everything is going great according to the new plan, but when I go to reach for the turmeric at the frying pan part of the plan, I remember that the turmeric is past the expiry date, and I really have no idea how reliable the expiry dates are on spices.
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Went to one of the local coffee shops the other day and I go to the counter to order. I've been going to this place for a few years now I guess. The guy behind the counter asks if "I'm getting the thing I normally get" (paraphrased). I say "No, I'm gonna have this other thing" (assume everything is paraphrased - the specific things being ordered are not important - don't worry, I'll get to the point). Then he says "Oh, how come you're not getting your regular?" then I say "Well, I don't know if the other thing was really my 'regular'. Plus I just feel like switching it up right now anyway." Then he says "You feeling OK?" then I say "Yeah man - things are cool" then I start wondering how he's feeling at this point.
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