Weekend coffee #41.
One more post from the road. At this point, I’m somewhere near Mt. Fuji about to head back to Tokyo for the last few nights of our trip. The interesting thing about being abroad is witnessing the insane 24-hour news cycle from a country that’s 13 hours ahead of your normal time zone. One woman we traveled with is from the other Jersey, in the U.K., where their top stories included a giant pumpkin and super long carrot. Not so for the U.S. of A. Anyway, here’s some of what I’ve been pondering the last few days:
I'm a Chef With Terminal Cancer. This Is What I'm Doing with the Time I Have Left. Earlier this week we visited a Zen Buddhist temple and met with the head priest’s daughter. She explained some of the philosophies to us including “Ichi-go ichi-e.” This translates to “one time, one meeting” or “for this time only,” meaning all we have is the present.
Lately, the historian side of my brain is gravitating toward smaller events, ones that flew under the radar, impacting people on a local level. So this article will only appeal to folks with a vested interest in New Jersey. An often maligned place to live, I will continue to advocate for New Jersey’s general normalcy vs. TV and movie portrayal.
Though I haven’t actively dated for like almost seven years, I found this article intriguing. Not just for dating either. I feel like life was less neurotic before texting. You called someone, agreed to meet at a set place at a set time and trusted that the other person would show up. Now we confirm and reconfirm and start to sweat if someone is more than a few minutes late.
With low unemployment rates, the HR and recruiting space is up in arms lately about candidates dropping out of the hiring process or ghosting their first day of work. Here’s a take from the other side, with one writer explaining why she’s quit jobs in the first two weeks. Much like clothing, sometimes you don’t know how a job will fit until you try it on, as frustrating as that may be for everyone involved.
And finally, a quick style report from Japan: midi skirts with flat, low profile sneakers like Converse; 1950’s-style jeans, cuffed up and worn with thermals or long sleeves; super wide leg pants, all the way up through the hip.