Sunday, April 23, 2006


Cookie at the Cook Shack - Gab & Grub tagged me to write a post about 10 of life's simple pleasures. So here I go:

10. Sitting on a bench in downtown Asheville on a pleasant day and observing whatever walks by. This is how I heard about the Gold and Silver Robots.

9. Driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway in either the Spring when things are just coming back to life after the winter sleep or in the Fall when the leaves are at their peak.

8. Reading a good book or watching a good TV show that takes you to another world, either a future world like David Weber's Star Kingdom or Ron Moore's version of Battlestar Galactica or an historical world like Barbara Hamby's novels of ante-bellum New Orleans.

7. Going out to the movies. The smell of popcorn, the previews, the reaction of the other members of the audience all add up to an experience an order of magnitude different from television. I'll add going to the theater to this as well. You lose the popcorn, but you can have a gin and tonic so it all evens out.

6. Eating out in a good restaurant, especially an Italian one.

5. Cooking for people that you like. I mean cooking food for friends, not roasting people who look like they might be tasty.

4. Taking a road trip with friends.

3. Visiting a good museum, like the Met in New York or the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago or the Smithsonian in DC.

2. Photography. I love taking pictures of beautiful things and sharing them with others.

1. Anything to do with firearms. Shooting guns, cleaning guns, reading about guns, shopping for guns, talking about guns. . .