Thursday, August 16, 2007

Two Lists

JD has a great little discusson of life's little pleasures, to which he poses the question: What 7 things could you not live without?

The givens are shelter and clothing, to which I add family, good fortune, and good health. And I've avoided the easy answer: Books 1 through 7 of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Being the "why color only inside the lines?" kind of guy that I apparently am, I found it necessary to create two lists. The first we might call my broader, "general good" list, and the second my personal list.

General Good:
  1. Environmentalism (and in this day and age, radical environmentalism has its place, too)
  2. A viable democratic system of checks and balances
  3. Music
  4. Literature
  5. Craft-brewed beer
  6. Mixed-use neighborhoods
  7. Photography

Of course, there are others necessary in this list, including:

  1. Electricity
  2. The imagination of children
  3. Good teachers and mentors and sound institutions in which to learn
  4. Compassion and tolerance
  5. College football
  6. The Sonoran desert


  1. Canon EOS digital Rebel XTi, various lenses and supporting equipment, including batteries and memory cards
  2. Laptop computer with DVD, video, music (and earplugs/headphones), and viable Internet connection
  3. Notebook paper and mechanical pencil with eraser and refills
  4. Craft-brewed beer (you see my priorities on both lists, eh?)
  5. The poetry of Mary Oliver and A.R. Ammons
  6. Tagless cotton t-shirts
  7. Some form of transportation---if I continue to live in Tucson, then it would have to be a car; if I lived where there was decent mass transit, then a mountain bike

What are the 7 things you could not live without?

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