Saturday, April 25, 2015

Some Virtue.


One of the difficult things about being single and basically a monk - which I basically am - is that there is no one to talk to about the small things like what I should read over the summer, or whether or not I should test out the shaved-head-and-beard look, or is this Bukowski poem good or have I just had too much wine?

I’ve long been saying that the little things in life are the most important and the most odd and also the most interesting. I do - if I’m being honest - miss being able to share the little things with someone. I lived with a girl once who let me read to her in bed at night until she fell asleep and I miss that sort of thing. I remember the books I read to her and all of those books are special to me and I can’t imagine that it is simply because for two years I was on a hot streak of good-book-picking.

There is - I’ve realized - some virtue in going through this whole being-alive-thing alone. My life is busy and I crowbar freedom into it as I can and that would be impossible if I had to account for the minutia of someone else’s life. Also, I’m not certain that I would be a very good partner right now and so I’m not anyone’s partner. This is just me being honest because this is a blog that no one reads.

Two things, I guess, are certain though: this is a good Bukowski poem and I have had too much wine.
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Taking a break from schoolwork to hang out with my cat. In a giant box. You know, like grown men do sometimes.


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

The world is a weird and beautiful place.



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I've burned through 2 ink cartridges in the last 24 hours, but it feels nice to be getting stuff done!

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April 19, 2015 at 11:32AM

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Friday.



This is a lightly edited version of an actual email I actually sent this morning.

Hello and good morning and happy Friday!
I am not one of those people who usually says things to people like “happy Friday”, but today I think I am in a “happy Friday” kind of mood.

Normally I don’t like to say it because it feels to me like saying, “Our lives are so dreary and unfulfilling during the week that we have to pretend that each Friday is something to be celebrated because it allows us two whole days of not-soul-crushing-tedium and that is the best we are willing to hope for out of life anymore” and that just is not how I feel about life and I have had those kind of jobs (and lives) and I am simply not going to do that ever again, thank you very much.

But today I am in kind of a happy “happy Friday” kind of mood. The kind of mood that is all like, “Hey, isn’t it great that we get a couple of days to chill out and just focus on the things in our lives that bring us the most joy? And how great is that?”

This week started out pretty tough for me, but now I am feeling a bit better about life. I still have a ton of work to do and my weekend is going to be packed to the gills, but I think that if I hunker down, I should be able to do what I need to do. There is something nice about having alot of work to do and also the ability to do it.

Also, I’m at the point in the semester when I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I enjoy school, I really do, but I am looking forward to the summer. I think I will enjoy the routine of working full-time again and then having virtually nothing else I am required to do past 5 o’clock. I am looking forward to being able to make a little bit of money, but also being limited in how much time I have to spend that money; I won’t be able to, say, go to Spain for two weeks. That makes me sad, but it also means I will just have to find smaller adventures and I tend to enjoy those a lot anyway.

Also, I have a longer story I think I would like to work on over the summer and I also will have the time to run more (I haven’t had time to run in weeks) and maybe even go on a some hikes! I haven’t hiked in ages.

Anyway, I am in a “happy Friday” kind of mood. I hope that the world is too.


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RGMGERDVFDL.


In the opera I Pagliacci the character Tonio describes the writing process of the opera’s own composer, Ruggero Leoncavallo, by describing how the author wrote from memories embedded in his soul using his sobs for the beats of time.
Even on my worst days, I have never forced a character to tell you how I use my own tears to make the words he is saying.
Want to know something else worth knowing about Ruggero Leoncavallo?
His full name was: Ruggero Giacomo Maria Giuseppe Emmanuele Raffaele Domenico Vincenzo Francesco Donato Leoncavallo.
So his initials alone were: RGMGERDVFDL

He was lucky that he was a fairly successful composer because just the cost of embroidering his handkerchiefs must have been out-of-control expensive.

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Just heard a BBC reporter suggest to an Arctic hydroclimatologist that perhaps studying ice caps is a dying field of study. #climatechange

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April 17, 2015 at 01:54PM

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Just a totally normal morning here at work.



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Saudis says no to Swedish monkeys after diplomatic spat http://t.co/s9OH7Qj8r8 via @Reuters

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April 15, 2015 at 11:45PM

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My idiot cat has taken to chewing the post-its out of my books. No big deal, not like I'm an English major or anything. #gradschoolproblems

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April 15, 2015 at 06:45PM

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If you google "anti-trust" right now the first result you get is about Google.

If you google "anti-trust" right now the first result you get is about Google. Source:

April 15, 2015 at 03:03PM

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sometimes I'm convinced Wes Anderson directs my life. This drawer contains: backpacking knife, harmonica, checkbook, extra glasses. #packing



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Look at all these potatoes I found!



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A CBS News reporter discussing the nuclear talks with Iran just seriously cited a tweet. WHY ARE PEOPLE SO BAD AT THEIR JOBS?! #dobetter

A CBS News reporter discussing the nuclear talks with Iran just seriously cited a tweet. WHY ARE PEOPLE SO BAD AT THEIR JOBS?! #dobetter Source:

April 02, 2015 at 10:09AM

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I've eaten a larger number of microwaveable burritos today than is probably appropriate for a man of my age.

I've eaten a larger number of microwaveable burritos today than is probably appropriate for a man of my age. Source:

April 01, 2015 at 11:54PM

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