filling up life…

I have added a new quotation to the bottom section of my blog:

Why, life must be filled up, and the man who is not capable of intellectual pleasures must content himself with such as his senses can afford…

As usual, Dr. Samuel Johnson has hit the mark.  This quotation pretty much sums up my motivating philosophy.  Whenever I start to feel depressed about not becoming a professional Classicist, not being able to play the piano competently, not knowing Japanese, this is basically what I tell myself and move on to something I can do that is hopefully titillating enough to keep me occupied.

One phrase I’ve used before is “just biding time.”  What are you doing?  “Just biding time…”  Usually this confuses people, but if you understand, you understand.  “Filling up life” sounds so much better than “Just biding time,” though, as long as you don’t think too much about them.

How am I filling up life tonight?  By fooling around on this blog and enjoying the haze that occurs after a bottle of sparkly.  Tonight was another good night of very quality food at reasonable prices.

  • Pork loin = $2.50
  • Squash = $0.80
  • green salad = $1.00
  • French brut sparkling = $12.00

Of course, imported French wine will be expensive, but the rest was very reasonable.  For some reason, in Mongolia, you could get beef tenderloin (filet mignon) for the same price as any other cut.  Mongolians just chop things into little pieces and put them in soups or rice stir fries, so I guess they don’t prefer the more tender cuts.

I guess in Japan they also don’t value the meats the same way we do in the West.   I bought a piece of pork tenderloin about 6 inches long and 2 inches in diameter.  Granted it was marked down by 30%, but it still seems cheap to me.