Things I Like

April 15, 2020 — 5 Things I Like Today

58-degrees (farenheit) with no wind is the best of all the temperatures. It’s crisp but doesn’t require a jacket. That’s what we woke up to this morning, and it will be hard for the day to screw it up.

Here are the five things I like best about today. 



I’ve been looking for something new to listen to while I run and I stumbled upon some woman named Phoebe. She’s spending her quarantine reading Agatha Christie novels to the internet. I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel, but have often wished I had. Turns out Phoebe is going to read it to me. 

She (and I) are almost to the end of Chapter 4 of The Mysterious Affair at Styles. It’s a traditional, early-20th century whodunnit mystery set in England. It’s a little cheesy, a lot of fun, and I have no idea whodunnit. 

Listen to Phoebe read a chapter a day here.



I now feel justified about how sweaty my palms got every time I approached a roundabout in the United Kingdom this summer. Though, I definitely did better than this guy.

Ironically, he landed in a cemetery. Amazingly, he wasn’t hurt. Twitter users estimated he traveled 210 feet through the air — nearly twice as far as the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

Consider me impressed!



La Boulangerie opened back up for takeout for the first time in several weeks and I ate it for lunch today. Everything was delicious, but the sausage breakfast croissant sandwich was incredible. At one point I got a little bit lotta bit of cheese and sauce on the side of my face (close to the corner of my mouth, but closer to my cheek). I discovered this a few minutes after I thought I had finished the sandwich, and it’s been the happiest moment of my day so far.

I like you so much.


I’ve been a Bobby Kennedy fanboy since I first started reading about him in grad school. During the pandemic, it’s been discouraging listening to people talk so coldly about prioritizing the health of our economy over the health of certain segments of our population.

Bobby’s priorities seemed ahead of his time in that regard. Here’s a 2-minute excerpt from a short speech he gave at the University of Kansas in 1968 about what the Gross Domestic Product fails to measure.

“It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials…”

Is GDP really the primary metric we want to use to measure the well-being of our country?



I love a good Escape Room. I know some people think they’re lame, but I can’t help it. I love them.

Some amazing, selfless COVID-era hero created this virtual Escape Room for us all to play via Google Docs. The scenario is you’re trying to escape from a dream that never seems to end. Can you do it?

It’s hard, it has the same vibe as an in-person Escape Room, and it was a lot of fun to figure out with friends on Zoom.

Is there anything you like today? Let me know in the comment section. If you’d like to follow more of what I write, sign up for my monthly newsletter, and follow me on my Facebook writer page, as well as on Twitter and Instagram. Maybe even tell a friend, and thanks for reading!

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