Friday, July 16, 2010

Volunteerism and Philosophy

Can you say Baseball? I can. The Angels were playing the Mariners last night and I watched half the game. Not too bad. But, the exciting part comes on Saturday. I will join the ranks of people in the stands actually watching the game for themselves. There is a first time for everything. And the Seattle Mariners are from WA, ha.

I’m now working as a volunteer at the local art center and had my first day yesterday afternoon. I’m also volunteering elsewhere in Finance. I told a girl who works at the art center and she was like “so why are you doing all this volunteering?” I thought for minute and I have no idea why. The finance makes sense but the art center is a little out there. I think I’m going to like that girl. I watched an acrylic painting sessions and I’m impressed. My art skills generally extend to stick figures. 

I met a Dr. of Philosophy last night. He was a charming guy and an excellent cook. He talked about an interesting concept “levels of happiness” and how each individual is born with a specific level. And in that level they can be up at the top, in the middle, at the bottom, etc…. and sometimes you can bounce way beyond in either direction, but you will usually end up settling in your range. So two people could experience the exact same circumstances and depending on their level of happiness, they could feel two completely different ways. I still have to mull that over but it is interesting.

I was going to talk about Euthanasia but I’ll save that for another post. I started to write about it and felt it was too depressing for this gorgeous day. Waking up to sunshine and blue skies is so wonderful. I love rain and clouds but sunny and blue comes to a close second.

Argentina has legalized gay marriages, complete with all the rights. It sounds like it was a close call though. I wonder what is next? Russia has been experiencing a heat wave currently and many people are dying. Why? Usually they are falling in swimming areas after drinking alcohol. Not  a good combination, I guess. Weather is an interesting thing. In the DC area, MD and NY included, there was a 3.6 magnitude earthquake felt. I know a couple people who live in that area but I believe myself to be excommunicated from there lives. So I can’t really make any phone calls.

Starbucks here I come. 

And that’s Emily reporting to you live from HB, California.


  1. Oh...all interesting subjects! I've heard that happiness-threshold hing before. Idk what I think about it, though. *shrugs* :)

    Hey!! We felt the earthquake! (lower PA) and my aunt & uncle (in D.C.) had things rattle on their walls--it woke them up. (Me too; I was having a nightmare about our house being bombed, weirdly... ) O_o Crazy life!

    Hey, enjoy the art classes! I always wanted to be a volunteer in a class like that. :)

    *gotta find a Starbucks*.......!

  2. I know! I'm not 100% convinced... but I think it has some merit.

    Don't you love it when there's a bit o reality in what you dream about?! That's a terrible dream btw. :) You really don't hear much about earthquakes over on your side. :P

    I go to Starbucks a lot less than I did when I was home. And it's a freaky lot closer! I have no idea why that is.

  3. Hey Emily!

    Love the blog!

    Ahh baseball! It is way more fun when you are at the "actual" game and not just watching it on tv! So, I am sure you will have a fabulous time!

    Wow, you are super busy volunteering! That is just awesome that you are doing stuff like that, even if you don't know the reason why! ;)

    Ughhh, I am very disappointed in the people of Argentina. What a shame! :P


  4. I think Mr. Philosophy is right on with his levels of happiness! But that really could go for anything, not just happiness.

    Glad to hear you are still doing awesomelly!