Sometimes you have to go halfway around the world to come full circle in Captured thoughts

  • Sept. 18, 2019, 3:54 p.m.
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The John Sandford early books are darker. Lucus was pretty much a vigilante, a womanizer and a poetry reader. (We like that dualism). The last book Neon Prey was more comical and had touches of Elmore Leonard.
It must be difficult as a novelist to write your 12th or 20th book with a protagonist which already has a rich history. How do you bring new readers into the middle of a lifetime story. (There are always a few explainer lines or paragraphs buried in the text). Some writers do it better than others.
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I’m a light weight when it comes to reading. I like interesting writers like Haruki Murakami, and Douglas Coupland, Jim Crace, but once I’m through these literary fringes and flings, I’m back to John Connelly, Grisham, and Lee Child.
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In Canada we legalized weed and illegalized weapons. Maybe the greatest country on Earth should mellow out a little, eh?
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It’s easy as a Canadian to see how self delusional Americans are. It is easy as an outsider looking in. Americans should all be forced to go live in Singapore, Malmo, and Aukland for a few years. Empires rise and fall and whether you like it or not, you’re falling.
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Watching what is happening to the once great United States is like watching an old friend slowly kill himself with heroin.
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It is funny how desire leads to acquiring. Desire. Aquire. You acquire what you desire. Hmm.
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When I was younger I would let my hobbies and interests consume me. I would get into 50s jazz and have to learn everything about it, listen to it all the time, spend one year, two years, three years reading books and collecting cds, complete sets of Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans, and Dexter Gordon and Keith Jarret and, and, and…
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I’ve become so structured in my daily life that if I change one thing in the morning, I end up in some sort of weird parallel universe until the next morning when life on earth resets for one more trip around the sun. Or is it the other way around. Is the sun going around the earth. Already I’m confused.
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I’m really good at geography but only at places I’ve been to.
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The problem with hanging out on my front porch is most of my neighbours whether I know them or not like to stop by for a chat. Typically I try to hide and not make eye contact and that’s fine. I don’t mind being antisocial. Though it is a little embarrassing when I see that someone has stopped and talked to another neighbour or two and then I give them the silent treatment.
I have a neighbour Jan. He’s of Norwegian heritage, or maybe it’s Swedish. Or one of the other ones. Anywho, I was reading somewhere that in those Nordic countries it is typical to say good morning to your co-workers if you happen to be passing them on the way back from the can or the lunch room and that’s it. No small talk. No “how you doing?” None of that fake office friendly bullshit.
And get this. It gets even better. If you happen to see that co-worker later in the day, you don’t have to acknowledge his or her presence again. No second “good morning”, no “hi”, not even a head nod. Fabulous. Those nordics really know how to live!
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The Chinese have a saying, “May you live your life in uninteresting times”. I couldn’t agree more. Let’s all just relax and calm down.
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There was this fear a few short years ago, maybe two decades ago, that automation and computerization would force us all out of work. Jobs would disappear and we would all be working a ten hour week. The fear was that we would have too much leisure time and we wouldn’t know what to do with it.
Seems like a lot of that came true. Pumpkin head says that China took our jobs but the truth is is that robots took our jobs and so they should. They were crappy jobs.
The problem is with so much free time, instead of just chilling out or actually doing good things, we turn instead to drugs and anger. It’s a sad sad world.
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Peggy, who teaches me Mandarin, got a new microphone. It was a gift from a patron. She’s always begging for money, just like everyone else on Youtube is reminding us to subscribe which is really the eyeballs equals income thing that they are all chasing. Which reminds me, if you aren’t paying for a product, you are the product.
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If you meet an asshole in the morning, he’s an asshole.
If you meet assholes all day, maybe you’re the asshole.
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Progress comes through struggle. If you are not working at it, then it is working at you.
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I need to get out of myself once in a while and figure out what’s important now and what’s simply easy and routine and comfortable.
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Last time I travelled, I took too many pairs of socks. Every trip has its own style.
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I’m often Bob Harris, and especially at times like these, when I’m back to going afar with no real immediate goals and commitments. I’m lost, drifting free of the realm in my own not-so-perfect world without focus, with too much scope of possibility.


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