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The Perfect Morning

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The gentle breeze of the ocean air fused with the gentle calm of the waves signals it's time to wake up. There is no alarm clock—it just feels natural to wake up to chase the light of day. Excitement starts to brew to another day of adventure—another day of living. 

And as I go deeper into a meditative state of the mind, I'm just so appreciative of this "perfect day" that is to come. A conflated mind layered with traffic jams of ideas begins to converge into a narrow road...leading to pure silence. It's time to wake up, smell the coffee, and go out for my morning run. 

Daylight is creeping up with the ocean to my left and the mountains to my right. No music is necessary as the orchestra is playing in the background surrounding me—children laughing and peddling their bicycles towards school, the ocean waves beating against the battered rocks in unison, and the angelic sound of nature.

ZzzzzZzz! A cold shower! It's been a tradition, and it's my perfect way to start the day off. And even after years of cold showers, you can never get old of that instant rush of chilling frost over your warm body. Goosebumps. That feeling when you know you're alive and human. Goosebumps turn into smiles, and you realize your day has started. It's time to live. 

By 2050, 80% of marriages will come from online dating

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Did I scare you?

Well, I just made up a catchy title, but it could very well be the truth in 30 years. Today, 1/3rd of all marriages come from online dating...who's to say it won't be 80% by 2050?

If you haven't read Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance, I suggest you don't. It may very well scare you find that we are all turning into robots programmed to swipe left and right. But it does provide some interesting insights into modern day dating told by a comedian and backed up with research from a real sociologist. 

Why do millennials never answer their phones?

"Phones calls suck and they give me anxiety."

And sadly, that has become truer and truer over the years. Weakass millennials.

And the biggest problem of all may be analysis paralysis. Back in the day, you most likely married your neighbor even she wasn't a perfect 10. You simply had no choice. But now? Too many goddamn millennials think they're God and have the hope to conjure up the next goddess with a swipe of their thumb. And then you end up texting with ten people and sadly end up with 0. 

Modern day dating =)

Trying to stay awake...

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I can't hang anymore. Nor do I want to.

I could barely hang to ring in the New Year. And I've become a two-drink wonder. What's happening?

"Age, my friend."

Perhaps it's the habits I should be changing or the diet that should've happened 5 years ago.

Sometimes you just have to surrender to Father Time and play the adjustment game. And let it go. Just let it go.

 

 

Cuba and the Cameraman

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4.5 out of 5 stars

What better way to kick off the new year than watching a Netflix original documentary, Cuba and the Cameraman?

In short, it's amazing. This guy, Jon Alpert, decided to follow the narratives of 3 human stories for nearly 5 decades. Writer. Director. Actor. And while it's no Hollywood cinematography but a guy with a 50-pound camera in hand who may very well have used Windows Media Player to stitch up the film, it just works. It's raw, authentic, and old-school simple. Throw in 50 years of footage with Fidel Castro revealing his bare chest on camera, and it's almost Oscar-worthy material.

There's just so much amazing in this movie. You literally see a 20 something guy turn into a 60 something guy by the end of the movie. Young Fidel to Old Fidel. The rise and fall of socialist Cuba. 

Moreover, it's a story about the human condition. People striving for better lives. Happiness. There's a woman that Alpert tracks down after first photographing her as a little girl. And then there's Luis, a slum resident who ends up in prison, but later finds success with hard work and determination. And possibly the fan favorites? The Borrego brothers—Cristobal, Gregorio, and Angel—old-time farmers with gregarious laughs that make anyone smile upon seeing them on screen. It's happy and sad and then happy again story with these brothers. But it's heartwarming to see the happiness embodied in these 3-old farmers. It's how I'd like to go down. 

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The film ends in late 2016 right after Fidel's death, which is around the time I visited as well. I also witnessed much of Cuba's angst, joy, and uncertain future during my time there and perhaps that's why the film resonated with me. But the film depicts the essence of the human condition, which relates to all from the West to the far East.