Coffee #4 of the morning. The very early morning. Nope, couldn't go back to sleep, though I wish I would. Of course falling asleep is rarely the issue, but staying asleep when the mattress is so busted up and garbage-y - that's what plagues me.

But I've whined about that enough on this blog, I think. Haha.

coffee contemplation

This coffee, like the last one, is basically espresso. Potent, triple-scoop, dark black instant coffee - it keeps me going. My favorite roast I ever had was Boyd's Red Wagon Roast coffee from a French press, but damn that is a mess to clean up, keep up with. I'll likely never go back to traditionally brewed coffee (unless someone else is making it). I opined some time back that I could get a hot water heater (the tabletop kind - not an actual hot water heater), and just heat X amount of cups of water for the day, and keep it hot, and I could just scoop (coffee) and pour (water) and not even have to waste time/energy heating every individual portion of water on the stove (as that takes five+ minutes, usually). It would likely save energy, too. And, (possibly) prolong the longevity of the Coleman cookpot I am using currently (which is the oldest possession to my name, I think (a twelve year old cookpot)). The Coleman shows no signs of wear or tear, it is almost like-new, but...yea, I love that thing.

making things last

Definitely trying to do that with a few items I own - increase their lifespan. Some things that come to mind are, the Rossi tobacco pipe, my enamel coffee mug, the handmade hiking stick/trekking pole, and...I think that's it (besides the aforementioned Coleman cookpot). They are things I want to own, and still be using, in 10+ years time, if I can. Other things can/do last a fair bit of time, but eventually wear out to the point of uselessness. That especially goes for any/all consumer technology I happen to get - stuff just breaks after a few years.

nothing is timeless - but that doesn't mean an ephemeral existence

I used to subscribe to the idea of being "biodegradeable" (sp?), and just getting simple, diposable, meaningless items for nearly all facets of my life (which is (in the long run) a very wasteful approach to consumerism), but, even though I DO still believe in single-serving items (single coffee mug, single cookpot, single easy chair, etc.), I still need/want things that can be reused, again and again, as a way of convenience more than anything else. So, I may have a stainless steel military mess kit for dining, and it has lasted me a fair deal of time, but that doesn't mean I will always have it, or always need it - but at the same time, I wouldn't forgo those items for disposable plates, cups, bowls, etc.

So what's the point of mentioning all this?

No direct "point" exactly, other than when things are "built to last" and CAN serve a purpose for five years, or ten years, or even longer, I try to put my best foot forward to have them last as long as possible.

just my take

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