Friday, March 20, 2009

Smile

As I did my run after work today I thought about how I am fortunate and blessed first of all to even be able to run. Secondly, that I live in a neighborhood in which I feel safe running at any time of the day or evening. Things could be much worse! I'm grateful.

My run today brings me to the topic of the subject of today's blog.

A few times I have seen an older Japanese man - well, I just assume he is Japanese because he reminds me of Mr. Tashima who lived across the street from us when I was little - walking his three dogs. They are smaller dogs, all different breeds and they appear to always walk in formation. They never bump into each other or get tangled up, and maintain the same distance between each other. Pretty funny if you ask me.

The other day I was walking while they approached from the opposite direction. As I passed them, they all moved towards me, again in unison and it looked like all three were smiling.

Do dogs smile? Or do they just look like they are smiling? Will a smiling dog bite?

These dogs looked so amusing - all three of them, all different, but they definitely looked like they were smiling and were like outer space visitors who wanted to investigate me.

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The weather is warming up and we're getting into spring nights now. For me, the perfect music for such evenings is David Crosby's first solo album, "If I Could Only Remember My Name." I'd sit in my room back in high school with only the lava light on, drifting off in the music while the night spring air wafted in through the open window.

I notice that the album has an overall 5 star customer rating on the Amazon product page. Back in the day when the album came out, it was panned by the critics. Me, I loved it. It is still one of my all-time favorites. And the ratings on Amazon today bear that out. Just another example of so-called experts not knowing what they are talking about, haha..





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