Drift and Travel

Summer's just getting going here in Portland and I'm leaving tomorrow for Europe, a continent under siege with a federation coming apart at the seams, of which a female French politician, Ms. Marachal-Le Pen, said this morning, "I wouldn't defend this cold monster that saps European identity," referring to the EU.

Meantime in the US, a prominent businessman running for president, decries the loss of jobs in the steel industry in the Pittsburgh, PA area, noting that over 5000 jobs have been lost in steel for a variety of reasons, while not noting that over 60,000 new jobs have been added in the health-services category during the same time frame. One wonders if the net gain of some 55,000 new jobs in the health care category in Pittsburgh is at the expense of the loss of jobs in the steel category, and could possibly be considered a trend; or, if  not a trend, a reflection of the sickness of the rhetoric; that a gain engendered in one sector of the economy is always at the expense of the other; or that such a gain becomes an exponential sign of health, since the onebwho is losing is ailing; all of factirs cause one to question logic.

I don't know. I do know that it's far more difficult to unsubscribe from emails received on the internet than it is to subscribe. This morning I spent over an hour unsubscribing from– Best Buy, Ecco, Act Blue, TripAdvisor, Competitive Cyclist, Hilton Hotels, Booksmith, The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Golf Now–among others.

In an interview in The New York Times, the songwriter Paul Simon, 74, expressed a desire to retire from songwriting and live a life where he and his wife would, "drift and travel."  I heartily applaud.

At a time in my life where I'm proud of packing light, I'm packing light for Europe. Like Noah, two of everything necessary.. Except books: four books, two for information and two for pleasure. And a little notebook where I can write things down.