It is very unfortunate we can't travel anywhere right now (because that whole pandemic thing is still going on, etc), because Paris looks absolutely stunning this time of the year. They always say if you are to visit the City of Love, go around this time of the year so you can get the blue skies, 80 degree days, and the finest white wines they have to offer while taking in views of the Eiffel Tower.
Have you ever been to Paris? It's actually great. I went in...2008 I want to say. You hear all the stereotypes- the people are rude, the people are smelly, the women have armpit hair down to their knees, etc. If I didn't know of those pre-existing stereotypes, I would have never assumed any of that. We weren't treated like shit- in fact they were a bit *too nice* to us, which in retrospect could mean they were inflating our restaurant bills because we were dumb young Americans drinking as much as possible, but whatever. Charge me a few more Euros as long as that fresh bread and butter keeps on coming out, ya know?
I've written before how much I want to travel. I feel that's the thing I've done the least of that I'll regret the most at the end of my life. Which is sad to type, to be honest. Like, I just haven't been many places. I wrote this blog in 2018
And I've been to...Colorado since. Aspen was awesome. I also did a mini West Coast swing with OAR going to Oregon, wine country in CA, and then SoCal (saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time at 30 years old), but was only at each place for 12-ish hours. I feel like I just need to see more places. Experience more cultures. See the world before I die. 2021, is it the year? 2022? I don't know. I try not to get too down about it, it's all part of the plan.
And if you want to feel really small and reconsider everything, take a look at this:
WBW - As many stars as there are in our galaxy (100 – 400 billion), there are roughly an equal number of galaxies in the observable universe—so for every star in the colossal Milky Way, there’s a whole galaxy out there. All together, that comes out to the typically quoted range of between 1022 and 1024 total stars, which means that for every grain of sand on every beach on Earth, there are 10,000 stars out there.
The science world isn’t in total agreement about what percentage of those stars are “sun-like” (similar in size, temperature, and luminosity)—opinions typically range from 5% to 20%. Going with the most conservative side of that (5%), and the lower end for the number of total stars (1022), gives us 500 quintillion, or 500 billion billion sun-like stars.
There’s also a debate over what percentage of those sun-like stars might be orbited by an Earth-like planet (one with similar temperature conditions that could have liquid water and potentially support life similar to that on Earth). Some say it’s as high as 50%, but let’s go with the more conservative 22% that came out of a recent PNAS study. That suggests that there’s a potentially-habitable Earth-like planet orbiting at least 1% of the total stars in the universe—a total of 100 billion billion Earth-like planets.
So there are 100 Earth-like planets for every grain of sand in the world. Think about that next time you’re on the beach.
One second you think you're about to see a smut blog, next thing you know you're thinking about your life's plan and the world. Namaste.