Saturday, April 28, 2018

Star Gazing Dog

This deservedly popular manga book is both about a dog and about the human condition. The dog "Happie" does not really understand what is going on, but loves his human ("Daddy") and they each take care of each other to the best of their abilities. So often, that's all we can do, is it not?
The "Star Gazing Dog" concept refers to a longing for the unattainable, as a dog may gaze at the stars. There are philosophies that teach desire is the root of suffering and so it is better to free oneself from desire. However, a star gazing dog is not unhappy; it is better to love something even if it is unattainable. We all die in the end, as does the dog and his "Daddy", but in the meantime why not enjoy desire even if it remains unfulfilled?
NOTE: Medical science suggests that star gazing in a dog - an extended neck and raised head with subsequent staring at the ceiling or sky - may be the result of an esophegeal pain curable by medication. (see ) If your dog does this, see a vet. However, don't stop loving the unattainable; it is not bad to be a star gazing dog.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

On the way to work

I walk by this work site every day. It's interesting to see it go up and that they try to preserve the tree.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Found It, Fixed It

GOOD NEWS: When this telephone pole near the Y got tagged. I reported it using Seattle's convenient "Find it, Fix it" app.
You submit a photo of graffiti, pothole or other problem, the location and your email address. The City emails you when they take care of it (as you can see, they took care of this one just fine.) It's nice to have a simple tool like this that works!