Great piece, and I agree that trying to map unlikely subjects to design thinking can be fun and useful.
The strongest thing about your post is that it’s in your distinctive voice. I can hear *you* talking to me, so you’ve taken the time to get the phrasing and the rhythms and the story beats down. It shows the not-a-robot designer at work, and that’s the kind of thing that helps people connect to you as a person and as a thinker. It’s a good mix of irreverent and deliberate, which can be hard to pull off. And it’s just the right tone for blogging your way through a subject (design broadly) while bringing the everyday (your everyday) into the mix.