Today’s rf is more reflective and philosophically romanticised than the preceding ones, but don’t let that detract from it’s content. It’s real and I like it.
Tonight I spent time with people I value. There was no need for pretenses, no facades, no secret agendas. There is a simple goodness in the ability to take time to just be. Of course, there was good coffee involved, but we’ve covered that here already. Just being real, that’s all it takes.
Smile. I am!
For the first time in a very long time, I made good coffee today. You must realise that when I say “good coffee“, especially when I say it in bold like that, I really mean that the coffee I made was outstandingly brilliant for home espresso. Like, forget Buongies or any other cafÃ©, it was simply stunning. Me, my Carezza, my tamp and my Illy are now a fantastic quartet of the production of caffeinated liquid enjoyment.
The tamp is a new addition to my coffee fixation. Got it yesterday (Greg, you’re a legend!), and the two shots of Illy last night were wonderful. This morning I made four cups with the single basket, of which two were great and one was just a comparison (Vittoria preground Oro). Gotta cram the coffee into the portafilter (and nearly choke the poor Gaggia) but the result is crema-topped golden goodness.
I learned piano for many years. Some say I became skilled. I love to play. Yet I don’t make myself smile at what I play much any more. Tonight I’ve been smiling at Jamie Cullum‘s work – first time I’ve even heard of him in Adelaide was this week, not 24 hours ago.
I should get me some more finger skill. And some jazz technique. And some impro ability. Money in currently < money out, so something has to go!
No, that’s not just a placeholder title demonstrating a complete lack of editorial thought. I’m speaking of a fixation which occurred to me today. Heaps of people are totally fixated on stuff.
What stuff am I fixated on [do I have/am I spending money on] currently? I’d say pianos, my car (it’s actually a wagon) and my computer. But I don’t really know if these things are a product of the things that the world says I should buy, or my own personal desire. And are they the best use of my hard earned part-time income? I should be a poor Uni student yet I’m accumulating stuff faster than my laptop screen accumulates fingerprints.
Something to ponder. What’s more important: stuff or skill? I’ll be pondering it…