Friday, February 17, 2017


Vacation is not anything like we expected. I’m sure this is obvious, since we have extended our travel plans a few times. Thanks for the letter asking “how we are doing”, and if we “need help.” We don’t. We’re fine; sending tons of pictures and a web address where you can see what we are up to here. We came up for the snow and the cold, and we found it. Feels so wonderful, so clean. We stayed for different reasons. Your dad and I are closer than ever. We almost feel young. We love it here.

I don’t know how to tell you about this place. I’m not sure where to begin, or how to introduce you to what we found. It started out like a normal tourist vacation, nice hotel, a few days of walking around taking pictures. It started out that way, but it quickly started to become a different sort of trip.

I have to start somewhere, so the beginning will do. I’ll walk you along as we did, or something close to it. I want you to be happy for us, so please keep in mind how practical your father is, and how skeptical I am. Keep judgments from forming, while I introduce you to the subject matter. Hold your judgments, and listen for a while. I’m asking this of you, for my sake (k).

Monday, February 06, 2017

Vintage Media

Let your media age a little, before consumption.  After a year or so good movies, TV, and music will still be good, but the bad media will be more obviously bad and therefore much easier to identify and avoid.  Likewise good media becomes easier to discover after time has passed, since many professionals and enthused amateurs provide reviews, critiques, and favorite lists in a dizzying variety.  These are resources aiding our selection of a past vintage, helping us to have a higher quality media experience.

A simple habit of avoiding green-media, aged less than a year, coupled with the thoughtful selection of proven and aged media content will increase your pleasure from these experiences, and decrease your pain.

Considering a movie?  Look at its release date.  If its got at least a year under its belt it will be reviewed sufficiently to inform your selection.

If you have the feeling that there is nothing good to watch, parse this feeling and notice if you really mean, there is nothing new to watch.  There is a deep pool of high quality movies to watch once you are free of the tyranny of the new.  And given the decades of production behind us, you likely have barely scratched the surface of the obviously good stuff, let alone begun to dig down into your own unique tastes and appreciations.

Free yourself from the tyranny of the new, avoid green media, and improve your experience.