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So I came home tonight after a good day at work (nothing really - busy enough to keep me occupied, no drama and no urgent fires to be put out), put on a jazz record, cracked open a cold IPA, made a little dinner and did a little housework. Nothing special there, really, but tonight was just nice. It could have only been better with the presence of rosepurr.

I attribute a lot of my positive attitude to today's gorgeous weather. It got into the high seventies, bright sunshine. I took a nice short walk at lunch, basking in the light, worshiping spring. They say rain and cold are moving in. I hope they're wrong.

Often I come home, flop on the couch and turn on the news. And I just can't do it now. The news is nothing more than how the economy sucks. I know that. My wife works with banks. I look at my bank account and see the damage. Tell me something I don't know. And, please, make it good news just this once.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, our friend Christina was kind enough to let me use her extra ticket to a great jazz concert (details here). The show has reawakened my interest in jazz. When I was in college, I took a course in Duke Ellington (just Duke Ellington) and a course on jazz prior to Duke Ellington from a great professor/musician/stoner with long dreadlocks. Surprisingly, I learned a lot. So I love jazz but haven't been listening to much lately. I'm glad to report that's changing.

In fact, I have been in music frenzy of late. In the last 60 days, I have bought something like 40 CD's. (Yes, I'm still the one guy who buys CD's.) Many used so it's not as expensive as it sounds. (For instance, I went to Great Escape yesterday. They are currently having a 25% off sale on CD's. I raided the $1 bin and found a lot of stuff I felt was worth 75 cents.) A bit of everything.

So these days I work and I come home. If rosepurr is here, we do something. If not, I listen to music or read. I feel like the world is in great distress and I can't fix it so I leave it alone. At work, I'm sometimes forced to deal with the news and current events. At home, I'm happier not giving them a moment's thought.

I remember this fabulous quote from the movie "Tune in Tomorrow" (well worth a rental if you haven't seen it). It's currently resonating with me.

"Life is a shitstorm. And when it's raining shit, the best umbrella you can have is art." - Pedro Carmichael (played by Peter Falk)

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