serendipitous reflections

Monday, September 19, 2016

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I try to be kind to everyone I encounter, and respect others. Sometimes this leads to a feeling of being taken advantage of. While driving to work I thought to myself, "Do not mistake my kindness for weakness." Unwittingly, I was quoting to some degree both the Dalai Lama and Al Capone. 

The Dalai Lama said, "Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength." Al Capone said it with a little more force, "Don't mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me." 

Most days I'm more in line with the Dalai Lama, but every once in a while I want to be a little more Al Capone.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Jeni and I got a gift certificate for The Grommet at Christmas. We ordered three items, but I think my favorite is the Packbasket from ADK Packworks (http://www.adkpackworks.com). We use it every time we go to the farmer's market. It is so versatile and sturdy. I think we may need to get a few more. I like using a reusable bag, but I often forget to get them back in the car. This one is the exception -- it always goes right back into the car so it is ready to go. 

Our other purchases from The Grommet were a backpack that rolls up to a tiny size and a cool beach blanket from parachute material with pockets to catch the sand and anchor it down. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dungeon adventures

I don't post on the blog that often anymore, but it does serve as a place for me to drop an occasional link of something remarkable that I don't want to lose in the shuffle and flow of Facebook or Twitter. This site featuring dungeon diagrams for gaming is one of those gems. His artwork is fantastic and inspiring, resembling Charles Vess. It really makes me want to grab a sketchbook and see what I can do. Check it out here: http://blog.trilemma.com/search/label/adventure.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

How video games help with depression and anxiety

This is a brief, interesting article about video games and how they help you deal with depression and anxiety...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Star Wars the Pooh

I can't believe I haven't posted anything since July!

I wanted to save this link here so I could find it again. These are Star Wars characters as characters from Winnie the Pooh. These images are fantastic. I love Chewbacca Pooh, and the AT-AT as Eeyore.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ruby Tuesday feedback

I ran out of characters so here's my full feedback. I hope I caught all the auto correct issues.

"So many issues. For starters, we had to get our own silverware because I couldn't find our waitress to request some (after she took our food order and brought our drinks while we were at the Garden Bar. She should have recognized that there was no silverware.). My wife got a refill of tea that tasted like dirty dish water. When she got the attention of a different waitress (our waitress was MIA) the manager checked on us and made sure her tea was satisfactory. After nearly 30 minutes after placing our order our waitress stopped by our table to tell my wife that they were out of baked potatoes and took an alternate order. She brought our food (my wife's veggie trio and my mini burger sliders) and said she'd bring the third part of my wife's order when it was ready. The problem is the rest of our food must have been waiting under a heat lamp waiting for our waitress to let us know about the potato so my wife's asparagus was overcooked, dried out and inedible, and my burger buns were rock hard. We again couldn't find our waitress so we flagged down another waitress to get her. When she came over we sent the food back to be fixed. She apologized and took it back. We asked for some biscuits while we waited but they never came. Once our food arrived I had to ask for ketchup twice (shouldn't it be a given that you bring ketchup with fries?) and ended up requesting pickles since my sliders didn't come with the fried pickles mentioned on the menu. After we ate our meal we had to get a waiter who was cleaning to bring us our bill (we asked for him to get our waitress but he brought it). They brought us the bill for the neighboring table which we sent back. Eventually our waitress came back by after my wife went to the hostess to get the manager (we had waited another 10 minutes at this point), along with the other couple at the table next to us who had the right bill but no one ever came to take their payment. Our waitress brought us the other table's bill again, then eventually our right bill. At this point the manager checked on us and did offer to cover or meal, but we don't complain to get free meals, we point out issues so they can be resolved if we return again. Other issues: the Garden Bar was not being replenished. It was missing mushrooms, shredded cheese, sunflowers, croutons, and the broccoli was down to small florets. The temperature was too cold, about 65, not helped by us being directly under a vent."

A few run on sentences fueled by aggravation and trying to write on a tablet in a small text field, but you get the point. This might be the first time we have not left any tip at all in a sit down restaurant. I appreciate the manager offering to cover or meal, but that wasn't our point. There were issues that needed to be addressed systemically and won't be fixed if he didn't know. But it will be a long time before we return to this restaurant.