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Apple Podcast Archives: Part 3

In part two, I basically had a tantrum about how I lost some episodes of a podcast while I was listening to it.

I’m happy to report that somehow, I was able to get those episodes back, and more episodes I was missing from other shows. It’s weird, but I’m not complaining.

Also, the Podcasts app on the phone now looks the same as it does on my Mac. I was thinking that maybe that had something to do with retrieving the lost episodes, but now that I think about it, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

I think I’ve learned my lesson – it’s okay to binge an entire show at once. I won’t go back to playing them in a specific order again until I’m caught up with all my podcasts.

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Appreciation for Bran Stark

I liked Bran Stark as soon as I started reading A Game of Thrones, but the personal significance of his character didn’t really hit me until I saw the first episode of Game of Thrones.

The episode ends with Bran’s fall from the tower window. It isn’t clear if Bran understood what he saw, but the Lannisters weren’t about to take any chances. If word got out that Jamie and Cersei Lannister were having incestuous relations, it would change everything.

Bran’s fall leaves him without the use of his legs, which sort of puts us in the same boat. The only difference between Bran and myself is that I have the use of my legs – with the help of equipment, of course.

At first, Bran is mad at the world, as anyone would be. Sometimes, I find myself thinking “Why me?” too. But he eventually accepts his condition, and House Stark makes it work for him. And it actually starts with Tyrion Lannister, of all people. On his journey back to King’s Landing from the Wall, Tyrion stops with the Night’s Watch at Winterfell. He sketches a modified saddle for Bran and tells him to give the design to his saddler.

And that really makes me want to get back on a horse again. I stopped riding horses when I started college, and honestly, I miss it. If Bran can ride, then I’ve got no excuses. Someday I’ll ride again.

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A Song of Politics

I may not have read all of A Song of Ice and Fire yet, but it’s quite clear that Joffrey Baratheon and Cersei Lannister are pure evil. Full stop.

Reality, however, isn’t so simple. It’s impossible to identify someone as a Stark or a Lannister – to divide the world into groups of “good guys” and “bad guys”.

After watching the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention last month, something became clear to me. While the current presidential administration may have had some successes, they have been overshadowed by things including but not limited to Twitter, the Russia investigation, and impeachment.

These last four years have up-ended everything I’ve come to expect from politics in my 26 years of life. Kind of like how life changes for House Stark in A Clash of Kings. Robb declares himself King in the North and heads off to war, leaving Bran in charge of Winterfell. Arya is taken from King’s Landing by the Night’s Watch. And Sansa is trapped at King’s Landing by the Lannisters.

That is to say, everything in American politics is different now, but we don’t have the luxury of turning the page or moving on to the next book to see what happens. All we can do is vote and see how things play out in November.