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The accent means back off! [Jan. 24th, 2012|12:27 pm]
[mood |cheerfulvictorious!]

Attempted scam thwarted.

Dude comes up to me in the post office with two 10s. Asks me if I have 20. I do, so I take the tens, hand him my crisp, folded "emergency" 20 and start to walk off... he waves a crumpled single in my face, saying he asked for 20. I said "I GAVE you a 20." and continue walking away with his 10s (which were real) in my wallet.

He then produces my 20, claiming he was really asking for $20 in singles in exchange for the 10s.

Bullshit.

But I got back my 20 (same one, the folds were in it) and handed back the 10s.

I may look like a soft touch, but you DO NOT fuck with me. Especially when money is involved. You couldn't tell by my New Yawk accent? It only appears when I'm pissed off!

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Oh my! Humanity... [Jan. 23rd, 2012|10:47 am]
[mood |optimisticoptimistic]

I expect it's not unusual, strange or unexpected for me to have people I admire.

Not all of them are "famous" in the celebrity sense, but I know who they are, and most of my friends do as well.

Hell, the majority of the people on my list of people I admire are the people I call my friends, though I'm not totally sure if I should thank or curse FaceBook and the other social networking sites for cheapening the word enough for that to be as technically accurate as it is... 

I assure you the actual sentiments running through my brain are far more saccarine than you can believe, but seriously, I love you all because you are awesome.  Do you folks know that?  (Am I being sappy enough?)

Would you like to read more about what my brain-meats have been working on lately?Collapse )

I'm going to let you in on one of the New Year's Resolutions that I was keeping "sekrit":  I'm going to both laugh at my mistakes and forgive myself for them.  Because I'm human, and I know I'd do it for literally anyone else.  I think I've been doing okay with that so far, and I'm happier now than I have been in literally years.  And it's more consistant, too.

...and good stuff seems to be happening to me a lot more often.

Perhaps there's something to be said for taking the advice of my blood-type:  B+

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Again with the shouting? [Jan. 7th, 2012|09:13 am]
[mood |tiredtired]

Just a quick note of how I got yelled at by a foursome of early 20-somethings tonight...

Which, so far, has been the only blemish on a really really fun and awesome convention.Collapse )

Be the change you want to see in the world. :-)


Other than this once incident, I am having a marvelous time. I missed conventions in the "off season".

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Final Disconnection [Jul. 14th, 2011|06:07 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

And with that last entry, this 6-month experiment comes to a close... And I'm not cutting this entry like I did for all the others, because I want you to read it.

Here are the things I learned from doing this:

The first is that I can write decent essays - or at least coherent blocks of text that can pass for essays by the admittedly loose standards I use - consistently under self-imposed deadlines. (I've never missed a Thursday in six months.)

The second is that there is a life outside of the internet and it's more enjoyable to me than being chained to a desk, with my eyes glued to a screen all day long without it being a job requirement. It's still a bit rarer than I'd like to have another person with me when I do these things, but I am going to at least pretend I'm optimistic that this will eventually change... Maybe once all the "Ooooh SHINY!!!!" wears off of Google+ I'll find someone who's not afraid of some fresh air.

Third, I learned I can put the computer "down" and go outside for a while. And the people I "know" will still be online when I get back. I know it's a stereotypical chastisement of computer geeks and other internet addicts that they never set foot outside even on nice days, and I am almost ashamed of how long I've actually adhered to that.

Fourth, I learned coming up with so many different things to do (and then write about) is hard! Especially when you're naturally a creature of habit who likes discretion and prefers to keep things mostly private. I also know it's rude to chew people's ears off about things that are only marginally interesting to them at best. (Doesn't stop me from doing it, but it does make me think twice.)

Fifth, posting everything publicly (as I've done) does give a sense of accountability to keep me on task, but it's also a level of (theoretical) exposure that's a bit unsettling. I certainly want to make sure I come across as the type of person I feel I am, and I think I've managed to do it.

Sixth, I learned that I don't have to completely hide "me" from everyone, because most people aren't out to spread hate in the world, despite the unfortunately extreme loudness of the few that do. I've just as much right to exist and be seen and heard as anyone else, and dammit, I'm actually a pretty neat (if not exactly flashy) person and I do have interesting things to say that are about me.

And that's the final thing. I'm not going to go all cliché and say I started doing this to "find myself". I didn't. I was already here. But I wanted to prove to myself that I have things going on in my life, which were various degrees of interesting - at the very least to me - and open myself up to the possibility that other people might be interested, too. Some of these things happened randomly. Some of them I made happen. Some things took a lot of planning, while others were impulse decisions dictated by unforseen circumstance or sudden inspiration. And not everything went well or according to plan. And not everything that happened got written about here. But my goodness, there was something real that I did every week and posted to share with anyone who cared to read it.

And that's life. Stuff happens. Bad stuff and good stuff and in-between stuff and boring stuff and exciting stuff and... well, you get the idea.

And now I have a record (OMG written proof!) of my the ability to go and have a life. Even if it's not all champagne and caviar and fancy parties. Even when I'm AFK. Even when I'm broke (though I have to imagine this NOT being true would give me more options) ...and there's nothing to keep me from doing more things if I just get up and do something.

...for today, or tomorrow or next week...

...or for Thursday. Though I never did quite get the hang of Thursdays... ;-)

So what's next for this 'blog? I haven't decided yet, but I'll let you know when I do. I'm thinking September, but who knows?

Just watch this space.

-J

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Last Call for Kittys! [Jul. 14th, 2011|06:22 am]
[mood |complacentcomplacent]

This week, I was a 'nip-picker.Collapse )

tl;dr: I bet you all thought I'd talk about joining G+ like everyone else in creation this week... nope! I went outside and picked flowers for cats.

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Questionable Judgement [Jul. 7th, 2011|10:48 am]
[mood |impressedimpressed]

This week, I saw a judge...Collapse )

tl;dr: It was a schduled interview/presentation that I got to go to because of my job.

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Warm Welcomes [Jun. 30th, 2011|09:57 am]
[mood |busybusy]

This week, I went to a house-filk and also to a welcoming ceremonyCollapse )

tl;dr: I did what I said up there in the cut-tag. If you want definitions (or at least my attempts at them) you'll have to click. ;-) Names are NOT named to protect people's privacy (and because I'm writing this last-minute and as such didn't get permission)

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Just a Little Tire-d this week... [Jun. 23rd, 2011|07:07 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

This week, I got my car inspected and I made some zucchini bread.Collapse )

tl;dr: The inspection took longer than inspected, and I can correctly spell oddly-named vegetables.

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I would have preferred ants... [Jun. 16th, 2011|06:44 am]
[mood |okayokay]

This week, I went on a picnic.Collapse )

tl;dr: I had a decent time, despite the best efforts of people who acted as if picnicking in a park was "weird".

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Touched in the head... [Jun. 9th, 2011|05:39 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

This week I paid some people to mess with my head.Collapse )

tl;dr: I mean that literally. I went to the dentist, and I also got a haircut.

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