10 Must Haves: Glen
Blogger Glen McDaniel shares his 10 must haves:
Coffee. I suspect this might be on many must have lists, but I really like my coffee. I must have a cup first thing in the morning and I take it black to get all the “coffee goodness.” I am not one for all the additives -- flavors, creams and other adulterants. My addiction is psychological because I think about that first cup until I have it even if it’s mid morning; yet I have never had withdrawal symptoms on the occasions (sometimes as long as 24 hours) when I could not have a cup.
- Quiet time. I am very social but I relish nothing more than down
time for and by myself. If I have a few hours with no obligations I feel
I am in heaven. I love my own company and couldn’t survive if I could
not recharge my batteries that way.
- My BlackBerry. I have had many phones and several PDAs, but I love my BlackBerry. I have morphed into one of those annoying people who fiddle with their phone in meetings, grocery store lines or walking to the car.
- Meditation. I don’t practice any particular or formal type of meditation, but I do have to breathe, relax and get in tune. It is both relaxing and refreshing.
- Writing. This is a shocker, but sometimes I feel I have to write; it’s not something I like to do, it’s something I must do and I sometimes have ideas that swirl around yelling to get out. I do get writer’s block and I get stressed with deadlines, sometimes, but I could not give up writing even if I tried. If I won the lottery and didn’t have to have a day job, I’d write, speak and act for free. I feel most alive doing those things. Does this trifecta of likes count as three things? To me they are so similar.
- I love to eat. I (frequently) enjoy a good meal-anything from pizza to fine French cuisine and lots in between. I am very “culinarily-adventurous” and am one of those people who always eats the local food when I travel.
- I am a political junkie. I like the idea of politics being used to make a difference in society. Having being involved in politics since I was a teenager, I always vote, I follow politics relentlessly and have collected the most useless set of facts about politics, government and politicians.
- Talking to my mom when she was alive. She is the smartest, funniest person I know in a low-key almost sneaky sort of way. She would whisper something to me or make an expression that would make me crack up while she kept a straight face. She also had the most intuitive uncommon wisdom about life. Even though she is no longer with us, I still catch myself thinking of sharing a joke or experience with her. And, yes, I do sometimes still talk to her; not in a creepy way, but just to check in.
- Quantum physics. This science makes the most sense to me and connects all the dots in a very visceral way. Scientist talk about TOE (the theory of everything). For me, quantum physics comes closest to making sense and explaining the connectedness of everything.
- Music. I use music to relax, to get pumped up, to fall asleep to, to make me laugh, and to sing along with (when no one else is around). I do like most types of music, except ... never mind.