Okie….I finally did some much needed housecleaning and tweaking, so…..see that link to the left that says “SQ X”? Please go over and click on it. Enjoy!
Well, here we are at the end of yet another year…and just what was it like?
I can honestly say it didn’t suck all that bad….it could have been much worse. Thankfully, I found a career with a nice degree of stability and it pays pretty freakin’ well – better than probably anyplace else up here. While I haven’t had the chance to make the jump to home-ownership as of yet, I’m still looking for the opportunity. Perhaps 2007 will have this opening I’m looking for.
I miss a lot of the friends I have in Denver and California, and I haven’t been as up to e-mailing as I have been in the past. I’m such a chatterbox, that I really should write more, but I keep allowing life’s little nigglings to get in my way. I just need to carve more time out of each day. I remember days when I used to write 20-25 page letters (partially filled up with doodlings), but I guess E-mail is just too sterile for such things. I guess the only way you can do that sort of thing is write it out, then scan it in and send it. I mean…who really sends things by *mail* anymore? I’m kidding! More and more things are getting faster and faster, and it’s like the world doesn’t want you to slow down to notice all the things you’re whizzing by in life.
The thing I find really weird is that not only things, but people are starting to do that as well. No one is willing to wait for anything – or so it seems. People want everything now now now now NOW, and anything less it “unacceptable” to them. Perish forbid they remember how they lived 10-15 years ago. Oh yeah…this is coming from the NEW generation of humanity (I weep for the future). Whatever happened to the old saying “stop and smell the roses once in a while”? Oh yeah….they can’t wait for them to grow.
So how has my own year gone? Well, I’m still in a good job, and have a decent place to live. I have the normal everyday happenings of a typical family – worrying about bills, dealing with sibling rivalries that would make WWII look small in comparison, and we have the times we go out shopping or doing whatever. It seems typical enough. I’m resolving next year to get my CCNA done one way or another, and possibly complete my A+ as well finally. It’ll just take setting time aside for such things. I am seriously overweight by my own estimations, which means I need to get more active again if I ever hope to drop any of it, not to mention trying to get more healthy stuff into me – life that fruits & veggies thing doctors always tell you about. I have some awesome friends that I have never met face-to-face in my life, and I hope to change that someday.
Life is an adventure, but you have to take it one chapter at a time. Here’s to 2007….may it bring us all what we wish for.
I saw the news tonight as it happened. Saddam stood at the end of his rope and was departed from this world.
It’s a good feeling knowing that he’ll never be able to influence others again, yet the tide of terror continues. You pull one shark out of the water and others continue to swim. It’s such a touchy subject, it’s never clear what is best to say about such things. There was much rejoicing in the streets both here and abroad that the person who claimed the lives of many people in Iraq and who was such a threat to the world is no more. He is now gone.
It’s good to see that the justice system in Iraq is taking shape, and hopefully, they’ll soon be able to stand on their own two feet as a thriving country once again. Countries such as Iraq have a rich history behind them, but unfortunately people such as Saddam tarnish that image pretty viciously. The brothers were first, and then he went. They were caught, and they were dealt with.
But….when will we ever catch Osama? I guess it’s just one step at a time. The price of progress is eternal vigilance and knowing that someday, through determination and never giving up spirit we’ll finally make it.
Well, last weekend was another fun night out, and being the free-spirited person I am, I decided to deck myself out in a bit of red for Christmas:
Got ’em off of eBay for a pittance, and decided “what the heck” and took ’em out for my test-drive. As I expected, not a peep from anyone and got compliments my friend too! It turned out to be a very fun night all the way around, and I felt a bit more relaxed and good about being back in this area again.
I know…….I’m such a shallow person, but you have to take the good things as you can find them – or create your own.
I had some fun last weekend. I decided to go to the only alternative bar here in town and wore out my nice pink-glitter platforms, some long blue jeans, pink shirt, and a lot of attitude. It was nice to be able to get out of the house and go gabbing with friends in a nice setting again, and no one said a word about my choices, except my buddy who asked me if I could house a third-world country in those things. I guess my large apple turnovers can cause many heads to turn – even those who expect it.
The dance floor still isn’t ready yet due to some water damage, so we just sat in the middle bar part and conversed over drinks. I was playing the designated driver, so I didn’t indulge. I had my sodas bought for me, so I was happy as a clam, and had a wonderful time. Gonna do it again this weekend too with more friends. It is SO nice to find some here who I can be open with, and they don’t worry about a thing! It’s GREAT!
Ah, the Christmas holidays….when the air is filled with the scent of pine needles, eggnog, and car exhaust. A time when there are more people flocking to stores than any stream seeing salmon swim upwards to go and spawn. This is the time of year when even seasoned gladiators cringe before the biggest foe they have encountered……….
The Holiday Shopper
It’s amazing that no matter how much we’re prepared for it, no matter how much we’ve seen it all before, it’s always the same sad story……..
Customers want the season’s hottest toy the day before Christmas, no matter how hard it is to get.
They believe that they can get the sales prices no matter how long ago they expired.
“The back” magically expands to have EVERYTHING they ever wanted (if only Aladdin knew….)
and the customers STILL believe that those who are behind the counter are three steps below them on the evolutionary scale!
I’m going to be making a shirt soon that proclaims “STOP rectal-cranial inversion – THANK an employee today!” I bet that one will see a lot of positive reviews 🙂 Granted, not all customers suck – sometimes the stores suck too, so I can’t say it’s all a one-way thing, but the holiday season just brings out the ogre in everyone. I guess too many people have lost the Christmas spirit in the sea of crass-commercialization. The smarter ones are shopping online and staying home with friends and family, and the adventurous ones are travelling by various means to be with loved ones (gotta love their spirit of commitment).
So this year, sit back, look out the window at the world, and relax. Be thankful for all you have, and keep a nice wish for a Merry Christmas for everyone.
I saw some snow just the other day, and now it’s all gone again. I remember when snow used to fall, and then it would stay………and stay………and stay……..for weeks. Snow plows used to leave huge mounds in parking lots that would stand the test of time (until the spring thaw).
Then came the global warming, and now our snow comes…….and goes just as fast.
I keep hoping for some snow with staying power this year. It’s on my Santa’s wish list, so we’ll see if I’ve been good this year or not.
Thankfully, even though my close friends are far far away, thanks to my buddy lists and e-mail, I can still hook up virtually once in a while. Doesn’t help when going to the movies though (kinda hard to take your IM to the movies with you without getting thrown out for having your cell turned on).
I took a couple of Saturday nights off this month, so I’m gonna take a chance and “go out” to the club here in town. There, thankfully, is still one haven for those of us who do not fit into any mold, so this should be fun! Now if it only didn’t have a “sports bar” in the middle of it *sigh*. I guess half a wish granted is better than none.
….and I still can’t get why every single stinking place here in town HAS to have a CASINO in it. Next thing you know, when you flush their toilets, you’ll see the toilet rolls spin and see if you come up with cherries, bars, or lemons. *sigh*
At least there are still a few good things here. You just have to imagine the rest.