Is this one of those things I’m going to read about on your blog tomorrow?

Well no, because I’m not ready to talk about that just yet.

Hershel posted his list of stuff he can’t live without the other day and it got me to thinking. I’ve learned a lot about myself and materialism over the past two years. I found that I don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy. Not that I’m a monk or anything but I’ve come to understand the “less is more” mentality. There’s few things outside of the obvious food/shelter that are must-haves, but I do have a list of things that I wouldn’t fathom being without.

Some might say it’s cliche, but my list starts with Andrea. Without her, I might still be in the dark place and that wasn’t good for anyone involved.

The tools of my trade

  • My Moleskin notebooks — they go where I go.
  • A fountain pen. Right now it’s the Azure Blue Regatta by Monteverde that my Mom gave me for Christmas. I have a different pen, my first real fountain pen, given to me by the awesome Kyle Cassidy, awaiting repairs.
  • I suppose I should claim my Macbook Pro as a necessity. I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to work from a desktop.
  • Friends. As introverted and socially awkward as I tend to be, my friends bring me more joy than I can express.
  • Twitter/Facebook/Email/LiveJournal – how I communicate with most of my far-flung friends.
  • My iPod – Music is a very important part of my life that I don’t seem to talk about that often.
  • My iPhone – I deliberated leaving it off the list, because I’d rather use it to text or twitter than to talk.

Maybe what this says about me is that I’m an extrovert trapped inside the mind of an introvert. Pretty much everything that I consider important to keep near and dear revolves around communicating with the world.

Adam Israel
Author ꞏ Genealogist ꞏ Software Engineer

My interests include genealogy, cloud computing, and all things open source.

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