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The Good Life - 03/19/2023 - Japan mountain market trucks

I drove over a hundred miles yesterday and only barely fell asleep once, at a traffic light, less than a mile from home. I didn’t actually doze and only caught myself going down. Yesterday’s outing was practice for a drive which I must do for work this coming Wednesday. And I think I can do it. But the experience reinforced my determination that Yumiko and I must retire to a home close to a bus stop or a train station so we can keep being mobile if one day we’re no longer able to drive.

In Japan, I remember the mobile grocery stores which sometimes visited the small mountain villages I explored. These were small trucks, capable of negotiating twisty one-lane mountain roads, with clever panels on the side—some refrigerated—which opened into display shelves when the trucks were parked for business. The trucks came once or twice a week, stopping at the center of the village and sounding special music to let the community know they’d arrived. I remember sometimes hearing that music echoing faintly through the canyons from some hidden village I didn’t know was there. Old people—never, ever anyone young—would then filter out from their ancient farmhouses like residents at an old age home emerging for their midday meal. The oldsters would gather around the truck to buy everything they needed save vegetables, which were grown in small kitchen gardens. I was much younger then and viewed such trucks as a strange and limited inconvenience, offering so little selection compared to the markets down in the city. Now, I see those trucks as genius and such a wonderful convenience, and I hope such services will continue after Yumiko and I are too old to drive, and we’ll listen eagerly for the music to tell us it is time to come out and shop.


The Good Life Meditation is my daily recitation and reminder of personal objectives and principles used in pursuit of a purposeful life in spite of a universe of seeming indifference. Learn more about The Good Life at my website or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at:

OBJECTIVES: 1. Be Always Ready to Die 2. Make Good Use of Time and Resources 3. Develop Good and Sound Life Principles 4. Cultivate Good Emotional Reactions 5. Perform Good Actions 6. Recognize True Limits and Opportunity 7. One Thing Slowly

PRINCIPLES: 1. Principle of War 2. Principle of Reason 3. Homunculus 4. Anchorhold 5. Home of Good and Evil 6. Principle of Purpose 7. Atomic Principle 8. Principle of Nature 9. The Pirate Ride 10. Principle of Maturity 11. Social Principle

12. Principle of Family 13. Public Speaking 14. Temperance 15. Life Will Not Go Well 16. The Horror Show 17. That Which Must Be Borne 18. The Feast of Offal 19. Distraction 20. Agency and The Great Indifference 21. The Best Seat in the House 22. The Restless Man 23. The Path of Wildness 24. The Great Life Adventure 25. The Risk of Avoiding Risk 26. Sin and Damnation 27. Complete Oblivion 28. The Season of Philosophy

29. Scriptwriting 30. Bullseye Aim 31. The Uphill Climb 32. Arena and Utility 33. Nothing IS enough 34. The Principle of Fun


My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.

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