I guess at heart, I am pretty simplistic with life anymore. I had a long list of things to experience in life, and that list was finished many years ago. So I made another one, and finished that one. Today, the list is not so much about self and experiences, but rather, ideas and things that might be able to help each of us grow, learn and gain knowledge beyond reading a page in a book, but real time simulation and training.
I don’t know if the world is aware of how dramatically it can change in the next 30-40 years?
After I ground up some fresh coffee beans and made myself a cup of coffee with my hario v60 pour over. I smiled that an $8 dollar filter system is what I use to make coffee. I find the netspresso machines and the various coffee machines I have owned or used to be nice, but there is something about the simplicity of grinding up beans from single source farms (at least when I am in the states) and like a chemist, measuring out the beans, grinding them with the right grinder (only with the really expensive beans do I hand grind anymore) and then you do this process of letting the grinds bloom, a little stir, and then some time before you do the pour over process. It appears the past few years I have been in coffee mode. When will I switch back to green tea mode is only a question of time. Perhaps it is that you have to use the coffee up rather quickly and people like selling lbs. There is a great place when I work on the lab site in Colorado that is one of the better roasters in the country. They are really quite cool in they can sell me 1/4lb bags at a time of various beans. I go up to the mountain a few days, when I run out, it usually is time for more, but there is something about making a cup of coffee in the higher altitude and having the beauty of nature around that really is special. Warm sun, warm coffee, and the smell of decomposed granite, ponderosa pine and wood chips from the chain saw aftermath...make for a perfect moment in time.
That was quite the digression about a passion.
I still contemplate trying to grow my own coffee beans on the mountain, but realize, tea would be much more viable and produce a better yield.
I guess the image of the real spider in the web versus the spark plug spider is quite interesting. You have natural beauty and then a version of man made interest. I can’t say I find the spark plug spider beautiful, but it is unique.
The image basically is demonstrating where the future of man is heading with technology and nature.
I think tomorrow I will write about what is being lost with nature…it is something I have witnesses many times when flying out of Las Vegas.
Then again, people got to Las Vegas to gamble, party, cheat on their husband/wife, and hook up with the “club life” and anything else ones mind can imagine. I don’t’ gamble and with years of entertainment illusion experience (or it having seen the real places that are simulated there) Las Vegas looks like a woman who is wearing far too much makeup and has far too many cosmetic surgeries for my liking.
But, I find the city great for trade shows, and use it as a staging area to go explore some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the southwest USA. So tomorrow idea will be about the reality of man’s vision on this planet.
Fun for me used to be going to the wedding chapels and watching Elvis marry compete strangers, today; it is finding the great buffets and coffee shops in town. The irony. Right now, I would really enjoy sitting down at one and eating a little of this, a bit of that, and some of the other.