Living

The You We Were

October 12, 2018

I was in the upstairs mezzanine of the Anchorage Airport for another over night, when I saw somebody’s thought dry-erase marker-ed on a TSA office window. Which is weird cuz I haven’t gotten a big humor-vibe from TSA organizationally lately- but thats another essay topic.

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The Night I Looked in the Janitor's Eyes

October 12, 2018

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Last night, I slept under a bench in the upper mezzanine of the Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. I planned this. I brought an air mattress and a sleeping bag. Ear plugs. Eye shades. I took my shoes off. And socks. I carabiner-clipped my bags together around the park bench leg- no ne’re-do-well would be able to walk off with my rolling bag or pack.

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Pursuit of Happiness

August 2, 2018

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I remember the first time I saw the movie, “Pursuit of Happiness”, feeling dissatisfied. I felt like they hadn’t actually captured the spirit of the phrase. The phrase that was intrinsically linked to life and liberty and property. The phrase that was the culmination of man’s understanding of mankind- its badness, its goodness, its possibilities and how to ensure certain rights through government.

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I Got My Pride

August 2, 2018

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I was talking with the gym attendant the other morning, and we ended up talking about anti-theft devices businesses use so people don’t steal pens. I mentioned how the gym used to have a jump rope, and he mentioned that the good ones don’t stick around long.

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Why Shouldn't I Be?

August 2, 2018

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There is an incredible account of a flight attendant named Vesna Vulovic, who’s plane exploded mid-flight, killing all but her as the fuselage plunged 33,000 feet* until trees and a snowy hillside caught what was left. But a story that’s seldom told is about why she was on the plane in the first place.

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Rethinking vacations

August 2, 2018

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Vacate- verb- to exit the premises Not sure if that’s really the definition, but who is Webster anyway? Why should he have the monopoly on meaning of english characters arranged in the form of “V-A-C-A-T-E”. He shouldn’t. Webster’s long gone. I’m taking the dictionary back. So, how did “exiting the premises” become synonymous with relaxation and rejuvenation?

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Can We Separate People From Their Choices?

August 2, 2018

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There is a principle in human interactions of separating a person from their behavior as a tool for understanding. We all have to make this distinction in many of our relationships, or the relationship with our job/spouse/friends, would be intolerable at times. Without a clear distinction between the present discomfort and the bigger picture of meaning of the relationship, we would be nothing more than a bunch of three-year olds in the sandbox, bonking each other on the heads every time there was a property dispute over the red plastic shovel.

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Thirst

August 2, 2018

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I’ve never felt complete, or whole, or as if I was exactly where I needed to be. I’ve always felt a wanderlust, and little of it has had to do with geography. I want to see the world as well, but it's my mind that wanders, and my heart that has never been satisfied. It's led to a quarter-life crisis that has become a mid-life crisis- a status quo of questions. I was explaining this to a friend, and she said, “We’re supposed to thirst.”

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The Darkness, and the Light

August 2, 2018

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Have you ever experienced utter darkness?

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