100 Billion Stars: July 29, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018  10:03am

“Steps Ahead” is playing.  Older fusion jazz group from the 90’s featuring Mike Manieri on the vibes.  Similar to Spyrogyra, Yellowjackets.  Don’t know how much longer I can

keep them on: the music can be too “jazzy” and unpredictable for me and, when I’m writing, I need something consistent.

Timer is at 12 minutes left.  Can I make some tea?  No.  I’ll have to wait for this session to run out first.

Went to dinner with my friend Jan last night: there are some great food places around here.  Just amazing stuff.  We went to Santa Rosa Seafood.  Got some oysters on the half shell but they can’t get any from Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall, California.  Apparently, they only supply their own restaurants.  The server says they’ve got four restaurants now.  I didn’t know that.  We liked the shrimp ceviche and the cod tacos.

Dinner was great and so was conversation.  Both Jan and I, up to date on politics, have no idea what’s going to happen with Mueller’s investigation, Michael Cohen, etc.  In some ways, it’s better when I don’t pay much attention even though there is some drama every day with this administration.

What’s nagging at me today?  Late last night, I was searching for a documentary series since I have exhausted, several times over, all of the episodes on PBS’ Nova and Nature series.  I ended up finding “How the Universe Works.”  I need these kinds of shows to make me feel better about all the “empty” TV I watch: “Monk,” “The Closer,” “Nikita,” “Psych,” “Goliath,” etc.  I even started watching the first episode of the second season of “Fortitude.” the other night.  Dark stuff.  I can watch one episode per night of the dark stuff like Fortitude or Goliath.

So, “How the Universe Works:” it makes me feel way too small: there are more stars in the universe than there are specks of sand on land.  Is that really true?  100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy and 100 billion galaxies in the Universe?  (Why did I capitalize it there?)

How to form a star?  Hydrogen, gravity and time.  I have none of those so I guess I’m not making a star anytime soon.  

So, watching that series, it’s clear that the Earth (capitalized on purpose because it’s my planet) is small in comparison to our sun.  And, our sun is small compared to many other suns / stars.

I end up feeling like I’m insignificant.  And, I don’t like feeling that way.

The timer has gone off: I’ll go make my tea.