Five Things That Make Me Happy (part 7)

“Why Not Smile” by R.E.M.
I’ve always loved this song from R.E.M.’s much-maligned album Up; the first sans drummer Bill Berry, there’s a much quieter, almost etherial nature to the album in general. There’s such a sense of hope about this song that it gets me every time—for a song that starts with the quiet lyric “the concrete broke your fall” it’s surprising how upbeat this song ultimately is. (There’s a not-very-good fan video of the song on YouTube that at least lets you hear the song itself.)

TrioThe Cactus Fairy
Laura came into my office today with both hands full of tiny little pots, each with their own little cactus. She’d been replanting some of the cacti from a large number that she’d raised from little dots, and by the time she left, three cacti were sitting on my bookshelf next to the window. They’re wee little things and adorable. Hopefully I won’t over-water them (as some other co-workers have accidentally done).

Han Ah Reum’s Wasabi Green Peas
I used to think that all wasabi green peas were the same. You know, crunchy, tasting of slight spice and heat. That sort of thing. When I work at Big Planet Comics on a Sunday (about once every six weeks or so), I’ll stop at Han Ah Reum (also known as H Mart) and do a little shopping. It’s a Korean chain of grocery stores that has a location near the store, and it’s always a journey into excitement. I wouldn’t have expected my best purchase from the last trip, though, to have been some wasabi green peas that I threw into the basket as an afterthought. They’ve got an amazing level of spice to them; not just in terms of heat, but rather in flavor. I ate the last handful this evening and it took all the control in the world to not have devoured them all sooner.

The Wire Series Finale
This actually made me both happy and sad. I started watching The Wire on June 2nd, 2002. The show began that night, and a combination of a love for HBO’s shows at the time as well as recognizing cast members from Oz and, well, I decided I should give it a try. To be honest, I wasn’t terribly sure at first if I was going to stick around. The first season began very slowly, but I decided to hang in there and I was definitely rewarded for doing so. Sunday’s episode closed out its fifth and final season, and it makes me so happy that I’ve been able to enjoy 60 fantastic episodes. I’d stood up to get something across the room about ten minutes from the end, and ended up standing in place, staring at the screen through its finale. That felt right, somehow. Standing at attention, some sort of show of respect, to what I came to feel was one of the best shows on television. It never got high viewership numbers, but the amount of critical praise continually heaped on the show probably kept it alive. I’ll miss this a great deal, but I’m so glad I got to enjoy as much of it as I did.

Driving Home In Daylight
Now don’t get me wrong, I hate the fact that when I wake up for work it’s still dark out. But being able to leave work while it’s still light is a huge thing for me. It gives me more incentive to exercise, to do things, to have the chance to do more than just go home and eat dinner and prepare for bed. I went out and ran after work yesterday, and it was lovely. I can’t wait for it to be a month from now, by which time it will be a little warmer and lighter even later. Hurrah!

3 thoughts on “Five Things That Make Me Happy (part 7)

  1. Don Ford says:

    Greg,
    I wanted to comment on the plant piece here. Handsome little devils aren’t they. Anyone who handles cacti is in my opinion a very sharp individual. I put you in the same class with those who handle rattlers. LOL

    If you want to know what to do with the plants for watering purposes, do not let anyone but you tend to the watering job. Cacti are like camels, they can go a long time with out moisture(Pet watering is prohibited)

    Stick your finger in the dirt in a week, and if it is wet, let it go another week. Check it again each week, you’ll do just fine. The secret isn’t in the green thumb as much as in the brown finger.

    My Lawn & Garden newsletter that comes out each month is chuck full of good landscape tips.. This month I have rounded up ideas from all over the U.S.

    This is an online zine that covers lawn care, trees, and general garden care. It is written by a writer, poet, humorist, and storyteller, and intended for my landscape classes. But you can have a look at it, if you want.

    Don’t stop reading. I am just getting to the good stuff. I recently read a piece you wrote on Negative Burn under the Image Logo(Nice piece)

    Issue #40 with the original Caliber Press heading had a “Rib” short story piece in it. This was my son’s character that later went into Caliber Press and ran for 5 issues.

    You may or may not remember the worm character (RIB) If not that is a shame, it was an epic tale that dealt with a number of societal issues.

    Andrew Ford has since moved on to directing an art gallery in New York City. The New York Times on March 9, ran an article on the gallery in Brooklyn.(Ad Hoc).

    Question,
    Is Caliber Press out of business now? Who is running the Negative Burn line for Image Comics?

    Where eagles fly,
    Don Ford
    drewsdad13104@yahoo.com

  2. Susan says:

    I love the “little dots”. Such an image. Good luck.

  3. Don — Caliber Press is indeed out of business these days, but Negative Burn is published by Desperado Publishing. For a while they were publishing in conjunction with Image, but are now on their own.

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