"You have to put good out there"
Lesson #524: you can’t always expect your hero to make the obvious decision to be happy
Every night and some mornings I’m paid a visit from a cat who claims this part of the neighborhood as her own.
We met just a few months ago. She was hungry, and naturally I invited her in. And so, a friendly exchange of food and company began.
Initially, it was simple. On the first night, I only had some old jerky I had bought on the road that no one wanted to eat. She ate it just the same. Afterward, we would bask in the glow of television for a bit until finally she would meow telling me that it was time for her to go home or wherever it was that she came from. It was nice for awhile. I started buying her better food and she learned to quit scratching my furniture.
But it was only a matter of time til things started changing more. She stopped sitting on my lap when I smoked, so I quit smoking. Then she felt she could visit any time she liked, late in the night, sometimes multiple times a day, calling at me ceaselessly from outside. She wasn’t very friendly with my friends. And she became very preferential with her premium food and would throw up on the floor when it wasn’t to her liking.
And now every night is like this. She meets me when I come home, I let her in, I serve her food, she eats, then she immediately leaves. We rarely hang out anymore, even after her meal, and only when she hasn’t eaten does she play kitten. If at the beginning I don’t allow her into my home, she looks back at me with her big dilated eyes until I give in and the night remains as it always is. There’s no sense of ownership, no sense of belonging, but all the same she’s getting what she came for. Is it a nightmare? No. It’s just life.
Lesson #523: don’t play bitch for the pussy.
Lesson #521: Be legit. Get some rep.
Mountain Tea’s tagline is “So good! You don’t need to add anything to it.” They aren’t joking. It is that good. The blueberry and black currant tea I tried yesterday was really tasty but this oolong exceeds all expectations. This is one seriously great oolong.
They describe this tea as:
Lesson #520: they’ll always make you wait just a little longer
Lesson #519: if you’re going to write a song, write one that will one day save the world.
Lesson #517: “what was so simple in the moonlight by the morning never is”
Lesson #516: never tell a girl you like her, it only makes you look like an idiot.