The Little Things


Pleasant surprises are always so… pleasant.

It never ceases to amaze me how sometimes the smallest things can make my day. Like when your favorite song comes on the radio (sounds good, don’t it?). Or when the entire sky is filled with stunning colors or huge billowy clouds. Like no traffic on your way back from work, or when you find out that you’re actually doing something well, even when you were convinced you weren’t. Or like opening the freezer door and finding the best flavor of ice cream in there (Green Monster Mint, anyone?). Maybe it’s seeing the price for gas go up the morning after you filled up your tank, or seeing the first signs of spring in the green grass and the budding trees, after months and months and months of snow. Or it could be randomly finding money in your pockets… but that rarely ever happens to me, so I probably shouldn’t use it as an example.

But you get my point, and you probably got it a while ago.

In case you didn’t, what I guess I’m trying to say is this: I know how much I love these kind of surprises, so what can I do to give somebody else a pleasant surprise? I mean, it’s not like I’m going to become a radio DJ, solely for the purpose of playing your favorite song. And I can’t exactly make the traffic go away (although I have always thought it was so cool in The Italian Job how they managed to hack into the traffic control center and change the lights). And it might be a bit sketchy if I put a penny (or even a nickel) in your pocket. But maybe I can make somebody laugh, or send a smile in somebody’s direction, or compliment somebody’s outfit, or pay for the next car’s toll. And maybe, just maybe, I can help make some person’s day a little bit more pleasant.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, I have no idea how frequently I’ll be posting here. It will probably greatly depend on my level of inspiration… or procrastination.


Are earthworms vital for the world’s existence?

Are earthworms vital for the world’s existence? This was a thought that popped into my head while walking to class one morning. It was raining, and the sidewalks were covered with puddles and rain-soaked earthworms. Some of these worms were still trudging their way to their earthy underground dwelling places, while others were far less fortunate, squished and severed by the feet of college students attempting to get out of the rain.

So there I was, attempting to avoid stepping on the seemingly endless number of worms on the sidewalk, and I wondered about the important question stated above. I began thinking about how I should totally write down my thought process about these worms, but that didn’t seem exactly like a paper-worthy story. Or really an anything-worthy story, I guess. But, a blog? Hey, that could work. A blog solely for the purpose of babbling on about random things… Sounds great. So here we are. Well, hopefully it’s “we” and not just me. But if it is just me, I’m sure I’ll still have a grand time.

Anyhoo, let’s learn about earthworms. Did you know that there’s an Earthworm Society of Britain? If not, don’t worry. I didn’t either. But now we both know. And it’s pretty awesome.

According to their site, “Earthworms play an important role in breaking down dead organic matter in a process known as decomposition… Decomposition releases nutrients locked up in dead plants and animals and makes them available for use by living plants. Earthworms do this by eating organic matter and breaking it down into smaller pieces allowing bacteria and fungi to feed on it and release the nutrients.”

The University of Illinois also had some pretty cool things to say about worms on one of their pages, comparing them to “free farm help.” They also mentioned how worms are great fishing bait, but that seems kind of anti-save-the-earthworms-by-not-stepping-on-them, so I’ll just gloss over that part.

Basically, earthworms are awesome, because they help plants grow. And while I’m certainly not going to start a rally for saving the earthworms, just remember that while you trek to class or work or wherever it is you’re going, some other trekkers (perhaps a bit more segmented and slimy) are trying to get to their destination as well.

And so, what better way could I begin my trek on my official blog than by talking about worms?