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Something new

Leaving work tonight, I walked out with a coworker whom I barely know. Because it has been raining hard here for two days, we complained about the rain. He told me it was particularly annoying for him since he’s building a new house and the rain makes the job site really muddy. Then he went on to tell me about the geothermal heating and cooling system he is putting in.

For some reason I thought this type of system only worked when you are located over hot springs, like the ones in Iceland. Not true, it turns out. My colleague explained to me some of the basic principles of this system for using the earth’s natural temperature of 55 degrees to warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I was fascinated.

On the way home, I called Michael to observe that, when I am in a great mood and really in tune with whom and what I really like, I notice that fascinating information comes my way in every unexpected conversation. Learning new things from casual social contact is one of the great pleasures of my life. It gives me a sense of the wide range of wonder this life is able to give us.

The whole ride home I wondered about better ways to heat our house. Great fun.