Early Voting Day

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“I Voted Early” Cedar Park, 2020

Today I took care of my early voting as usual. There was no line at the voting location (just primaries today) so I was in and out in no time. The new voting machines were way better, and now they spit out a paper ballot so you can double-check your choices before putting them into the big ballot box machine that looks like a Xerox copier. So that’s something…

Digital Declutter

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“Flip Phones” Cedar Park, 2020

I’ve been reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport which has accelerated my digital declutter. Removing apps from my phone/tablet is just one step in a broader process and mindset, but an important one. Like Marie Kondo, he advocates an extreme approach initially, which can be difficult, but is ultimately the most rewarding and sets you up for greatest success. But the book is much more than just deleting apps, and I recommend reading it – there are some amazing insights into solitude, research about anxiety, and more.

For myself, I removed Facebook from my devices last year, and I feel that my life is so much better. I occasionally need to login to list something for sale or to check ads for my job, but I don’t check my feed. In fact, I find an aversion to it now.

More recently, I removed Twitter from my devices. I was spending too much time scrolling and refreshing my timeline, and now the mere thought of checking it is unpleasant. And the funny thing is, most of the people I followed were creatives and humorists who share positive and funny tweets. But wow, I spent too much of my attention there, giving up my “mental solitude” that Newport emphasizes in his book. I have to say, being Twitter-free is great! I’ve found myself more interested in journaling, watching movies, and even signed up for the 2021 marathon, and bought tickets to a couple concerts. I believe this newfound motivation to do these more rewarding activities is to fill the void that social media was taking up.

One other thing that Digital Minimalism talks about is going for walks, which allows you the time to think and reflect. I guess that’s also why I am attracted to solo activities, like running, solo motorcycle rides, and also solo camping, which I am planning to do in a couple months.

I’m still early into my digital declutter, but I am already seeing the positive changes in my life, just like I did with my declutter of my possessions. Yay! 😊

Today’s photo is of a couple of old flip-phones I dug out. My aunt requested a simpler phone, so I was looking at the options. I thought the timing of the request fit in nicely with today’s post.

Percussion Ensemble Concert

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“Percussionists” Cedar Park, 2020

I’m always amazed at people who can perform in front of an audience, and these kids can really bring the house down! It’s always a wonderful show, but also bittersweet because the seniors will be moving on soon. Many of the students, including Koa, have had the same percussion instructor since the 6th grade, so it’s always an emotional final percussion concert for them, and many tears are shed. 😭

Marathon Guests

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“Chinese and Korean” Cedar Park, 2020

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight some friends came over for dinner. Two of them ran the Austin Marathon in the morning, and they were very hungry, so they brought over a lot of food! It was a combination of Chinese dishes and Korean fried chicken, and most of it was really spicy, which I loved! They know I love the spicy fish from Asia Market, so they made sure to order it, and I would have been satisfied with just that and rice, but all the other food was wonderful as well. And the Korean chicken was on fire! Yummy.

Speaking of the Austin Marathon, I’ve always wanted to run it, but the cost always turned me away. Well, I finally bit the bullet and signed up for the 2021 marathon! It turns out that it costs $99 right now, which is less than what I was expecting. Mariko told me that the price goes up later in the year, and those prices were what I looking at before. Anyways, I guess it’s time to start running more. I’m pumped!


Movie Nite

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“Movie Nite” Cedar Park, 2020

Tonight we watched I Lost My Body which was nominated for an Academy Award this year. It was great! I especially loved the uplifting ending.