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July 3rd, 2014

07:30 pm: That's it.

Entertained the idea of bailing on FB earlier this week and the minute I opened it this morning, more moralizing. I'm officially logging out and breaking from it for a good while. Probably won't mean writing here more often (in that commitment, I have utterly and completely failed), but I'm picking back up some books delivered months ago via Amazon. Time to lose myself in something other than today's online mewling.

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February 13th, 2014

06:54 pm: Feb 13th
Making our once/twice per year visit to Pappas Steakhouse tonight. It never lasts as long as I'd like, but it's just the best thing ever. Will probably have one drink before.

Decided I really need to ramp up a job search. Been there 12 years and for some reason, all at once, it just seems like a dead end. But it also seems so late to start over. Ugh.

January 9th, 2014

04:28 pm: Not quite from the phone

So I’ve figured the best way to post stuff to LJ while I’m at work is to type it out in an email, send it to myself, then copy and paste it into the app on my phone. I’m not going to type this much using a phone keyboard. It’s too exasperating.

Had three beers Tuesday at Flying Saucer trivia (took first!) and then 3 more last night at the Pearl Bar gig. That’s already too many for the week. Luckily, the rest of the weekend should be fairly dry.

Facebook really is getting annoying. And it’s all the usual clichés that bother me. The observation from some comedian (usually George Carlin) passed off like it’s indisputable ancient wisdom… the affirmation pasted onto some pretty nature scene that’s usually just another way of assuring the user that everything he/she thinks about everything is the right way to think about it. Ugh. And don’t even get me started on the politics. I dropped out of the nonsense that passes for debate on FB over a year ago. Links here and there are one thing, but the godawful sanctimony just drives me nuts. It’s why I had to block one, and only one so far, feed entirely. I know I used to dump all that stuff here just to get it out of my system, but I assumed it was safe because nobody's on here anymore. Still, too much, “This is just THE way to think and if you deviate slightly, you’re a moron.” I realize I’m much happier if I just don’t engage. Which is why I totally bailed on my own Duck Dynasty post. People losing their minds. And they never even got that my point, as it has been all along with my Kony 2012 joke, has nothing to do with politics per se, but the “slacktivism” that so many people engage in. “Hey, I reposted a link from the Huffington Post that says we should all do something. Let’s everybody post that link about doing something! Then maybe somebody somewhere will somehow do something about it and I can take the credit for it. I’ve contributed to society!”

Still, there’s no better way to stalk the folks you went to high school with…

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January 4th, 2014

07:30 pm: Stupid diversion...
Every now and then, I just sit and search map areas on HAR and look at all the homes for sale in that area, which would be fine but I tend to look in the 500-800k areas at a minimum. Some people with lots of money have no taste, and the decor reflects that, but every now and then...

Had only a sip of that prosecco the other day and threw the rest out. I'd count that as a triumph, but here I am having my usual (Dark & Stormy) and will probably have another. It's only because I found a can of Gosling's I must have forgotten about, and with Gosling's dark seal rum and a lime, it's a damn fine drink. And half a can makes one drink. So I'm listening to Fred Astaire on Pandora, having a cocktail, and looking at houses I couldn't possibly afford right now. I'm happy with where we live, but wouldn't mind being closer in still. That said, if you dropped $2M in my lap right now, what would I do with it? Can't say for sure.

That's why I'm browsing!

January 3rd, 2014

06:22 pm: And for the first time in years...
... here I am back at LJ. Maybe it's a new year thing, who knows, but I've thought more about coming back here. I remember when this was THE thing and it seemed more interesting to read others' longer posts. I never check Twitter because it just seems like an endless series of name drops and retweets and nonsense, but hasn't FB become that anyway (not excluding my own failures in that regard)?

At the very least, I want to try and keep track here - for my own health - of my drinking habits. There's something to the idea that writing down how much and how often might actually curb that behavior somewhat. Just want to spend less time with alcohol in my system.

Also want to get back to my reading habits, which have been positively abysmal the last few years. When I can't even be bothered to read a book by Steven Pinker, whose stuff I used to tear through, then it's time to change things up.

Not to mention, my ability to write my own thoughts coherently has also degenerated. I've got a lot of work to do to tighten that up.

But the best part is, almost nobody hangs out here anymore, so I don't really have to answer to anyone regarding what I write here. The two folks I see who still post here are probably the most centered when it comes to understanding and adult perspective and I can't really see either of them giving me crap about what I write. :-)

So.... forward, to the past!

(And for the new year, I've only had two sips of Prosecco since 2013 ended... might go get a small glass right now.)

January 23rd, 2013

10:40 am: Because too many on FB would get themselves in a tizzy...

"We don't want to ban them; we just want common sense restrictions." Do they expect us to believe that? They'd love to ban them, but they know it's not politically feasible, so they hide behind smokescreens like laws for "waiting periods," etc. It's a transparent attempt to chip away piece by piece at this constitutional right until damn near nobody can legally get one. And they're obviously ignorant of the fact that even if you did ban them outright, people would just flout the law, thereby driving the whole business underground, making things less safe. Anyone who wants one will do anything necessary to get one, even break the law.

That's what the abortion rights lobby tells me, anyway.

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