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The Pleasure of Walking

In 2006, I quit the vast majority of intoxicants. I don't drink, I don't use recreational drugs, I don't smoke tobacco, I don't drink soda, and I am working on quitting all sweets entirely, and largely succeeding. I am not one for fine dining, and not frequently one for other forms of hedonism.

I usually do not advertise this - I might write about it for people who wish to know what I do, but I do not bring it up in conversation unless it comes up. But occasionally it does come up, and a common reaction is someone saying, half-joking, "Then why bother living?"

I think I understand. Many people do jobs they dislike for causes they feel nothing about. This must wreak havoc on a man's spirit. Most people spend more of their waking time on their work than any other thing - I can only imagine what spending the bulk of my time on something I disliked would feel like. Or worse, not even something I disliked - but something I felt very neutral about.

If a man's occupation becomes a slow crushing of his spirit, then of course he would need high energy, and high impact to free him from it. He needs to fit all of his leisure into his remaining waking time - from 6PM at night to 10PM when he is home from work, on the two days of his weekend, and his vacation time each year. Of course, not even that time is all his own - he still has to commute, run errands, do admin, do necessary little things. The reality of the situation is far worse - most people don't live bad lives, they just move slowly and quietly through things they don't particularly care for.

Of course, if a man only had 5% of his waking time to himself, he would want to maximize this time in the easiest, most surefire way of producing pleasure and relaxation. Who could blame this man? I don't. If I was suffering through a soul-killing occupation and had very little time, I would want to make sure that the time I did have was very enjoyable.

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Using the iPhone's Podcast app, I'm able to listen to thousands of podcasts in the car.  It's priceless (and free), and a way to soak up knowledge I otherwise wouldn't have time for.

Some of my favorite podcasts are (links open iTunes):

- This American Life

- WNYC's Radio Lab

- American Public Media's "Marketplace"

Using the iPhone's Podcast app, I'm able to listen to thousands of podcasts in the car.  It's priceless (and free), and a way to soak up knowledge I otherwise wouldn't have time for. Some of my favorite podcasts are (links open iTunes): - This American Life - WNYC's Radio Lab - American Public Media's "Marketplace" - CBS' 60 Minutes And the best part is that because the iPhone can play podcasts at 2x speed, and since "60 Minutes" is really just 42 minutes without the ads, that means at 2x I can listen to a full 60 Minutes show in just 30 minutes (interestingly, "2x" is actually 1.5x... I guess 2x sounded better to Apple).  Amazing.

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