Bear Droppings
Friday, November 29, 2002
 
Last day in Austin, tonight my brother arrives and we continue the roadwarrior adventures West tomorrow, turkey dinner went well, I am proud to say. I thought I could have done just a bit better but I am my own worst critic on cooking matters. Turkey was moist and properly done, but I didn't get enough chorizo in the stuffing and so it didn't baste the turkey in the grease like last year, oh well.


Thursday, November 28, 2002
 
Happy Turkey Day!
Wednesday, November 27, 2002
 
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.47
1. Have you ever made a wish that came true?
Fairly often, moved to DC and moving back home, both qualify.

2. How about any wishes that you are happy never came true? Don't really stop to thinking about it, not really, time moves on *shrug*

3. Do you like who you are? Are you the person you hoped you would become? Getting there, I have acoomplished alot of what I wanted to workwise, but new challenges are on the doorstep, I can't wait to meet them.

4. I recently found some job applications that I never turned in. Back in 1986 I intended to apply at "County Seat" and "Chess King" but got an offer from Penny's (where I worked all through college). It was a good thing, since only one of the three is still around. Have you ever applied for positions, or had any interviews, where you later are glad you never got the job? A number of them, I messed up a think tank interview one time, but considering where they stood on certain tech issues after the fact it was probably for the best, I also applied for speakers management position with a non-profit, while I had a great conversation with the directer of the non-profit, he was kind enough to see it wasn't the right path for me and said so...

5. While on the topic of career opportunities, what was your very first "real" job? What job was the most embarrassing? I'll take it to mean my first job in my profession, interning and later being a Staff Assistant on Capital Hill. It was a great experience and I learned alot, but I think the most I got out of it was some good friends. Most embarrassing, in high school I worked for a dog kennel, cleaning cages, that didn't last too long.

6. Speaking of news, have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet? Such as being in the newspaper, on television, linked on a high-profile site or otherwise caught in the spotlight of the media? According to my mother I have been on CNN once or twice, mostly long camera shots at events, but because of the nature of the event, I really wish I had not had to be there in the first place, I'd rather have the people alive than the 15 minutes of fan.

7. In the USA, many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving this week. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving (or something like it)? Do you enjoy getting together will your extended family for these types of celebrations? Thanksgiving I spend with a group of friends like family, family is for Christmas both are rewarding.

BONUS: Where is the tenderness? Try the turkey breast, when I am done with it should be perfectly tender.
 
Poetry Wednesday
The biggest thing I regularly missed living in the West was good Mexican food in Arizona it was always around, so it was a stark contrast to DC where it was always a hunt to even find decent stuff. That is why it was such fun to go to the grocery store here in Texas yesterday buying Thanksgiving preparations. Tortillas, Chorizo, Tamales, not just one kind, but varieties, and the tortillas were good not like the cardboard tasting stuff at the store in the East. I can eat these all by themselves they are so good. So in honor of those found memories a related poem, now off to make some breakfast tacos.

COMIDA
uno se come
la luna en la tortilla
comes frijol
y comes tierra
comes chile
y comes sol y fuego
bebes agua
y bebes cielo.

One eats the moon in a tortilla
eat frijoles and you eat earth
eat chile and you eat sun and fire
drink water and you drink sky
FOOD
- Victor Valle

 
Fun times, the likes you can only have with old friends you don't see often enough. They usually gather once a year at Thanksgiving and then for a camping trip in the summer, I haven't been able to make the camping trip, but being back in the West it isn't all that far away, so I may have to change that habit. A highly computer literate crowd here with half the people checking email just for work purposes while here and the rest of us geeky enough to check ours on regular basis as well. Beef comas are on tap for tonight, that's right we are in Texas so it's all you can eat BBQ. Pretty decent ribs, brisket, sausage as I recall from years past.

Everyone else is asleep but I through my first cup o' coffee so I am nearly able to decern shapes and even type, Poetry Wednesday shortly and that will likely be it for posting today.
Monday, November 25, 2002
 
Reports from the Road
I made it safely to Austin. Long days spent driving but I learned a few things on the way...

* Don't play Count the Roadkill as a time passing game in the South, I was well over 30 before I left Virginia.

* Sign you are a Desert kid at heart #32 - I still was pleasantly surprised every time I crossed a river to see it actually contained water.

* Tennesse was very pretty, I drove past Dollyworld, I dunno I just thought it would have been bigger.

* Arkansas was everything I dreamed, sadly

* Sign you might be a geek #12 - You keep passing gas stations and wondering why they are offering DSL for so cheap. Hint: It was diesel fuel

* Jen and any one else who enjoys beef, if your path should take you down I-30 between Dallas and Texarkana stop in Mt Pleasant for BBQ at Blalock Bar-B-Q, damn tasty sausage and beef.

* Vasectomy reversal is a very popular procedure in the South at least according to the number of signs for it, luckily it was satisfaction guaranteed.
Friday, November 22, 2002
 
One last update before I hit the road, next stop Arizona, but most likely reports from the road. Take care.
 
Trailer arrived this morning so load it up, head 'em up, move 'em out, RAWHIDE!

I rented a section of a trailer load it with the help of a few friends, anyone free around 10am tomorrow? The moving company will pick it up and take it West, renting out the unused portion to other folks. Then during the week after Thanksgiving they will drop it by my folk's house. I unload it on that end, simple and pretty affordable in comparison to most other moving options. Otherwise I am packing up my office, settling computer access and a few other issues and away we go...
Thursday, November 21, 2002
 
Autumn in DC
Cool damn fogginess
Embraces a DC Autumn day
Washington Monument peeks over the stoic Treasury building
A whisper in my mind
remember this
don't let it fade away
Leaves crunch under my feet
as I wander past the White House once more
Before the journey home begins
Children skipping rope, protesters demostrate
A church bell rings the noon hour
I sit, pause
Ponder the moment
Before it's gone
Before my life moves on

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
 
Poetry Wednesday
Generally for Poetry Wednesday I try to pick something with imagination and creativity, not the same old poem people constantly cite, all that being said, it's my blog and I can break that rule if I want to. This poem is overused, overcited, but it is also rather good. Since I am heading towards my own Walden Pond o' sorts it just fits.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost


Take your own less traveled path...
 
Things continue to look good for telecommuting five hours here, ten hours there they are adding up between working for different divisions at my current job I may pull enough work together that may keep me close to gainfully employed. Cautious Optimism...


Tuesday, November 19, 2002
 
Packing and Farewells
That is what my life outside of work has been filled with the last few days. If I am not knee deep in boxes sorting, tossing out, or packing various items, I am saying goodbye to friends telling each other we will see each other again and demanding they visit out West. Many of these folks I know I'll see again, but many others we will exchange the occasional email, maybe share a drink in 6 months, a year, maybe two and that will be it. Not that I want to part company, but I know that's the way of the world, so I am trying really hard to enjoy these last definate moments with people because tomorrow is just a dream and may never arrive. So we raise our glasses toast to the future, but in that moment we are together alive and we share alittle understanding which I suppose is all we can ask for in this life.

To anyone I may miss before departing, best wishes and I hope to see you again.
Monday, November 18, 2002
 
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.46
1. When I was a teenager, I used to ride all the "spin-y" rides at the fair and fun parks. I'd never get dizzy or sick, and I could ride them all day. My favorite was the Tilt-A-Whirl. Now I should call it the "Tilt-A-Hurl" because it seems I can't even get on a Merry-Go-Round without feeling queasy. Is there anything you used to be able to do physically that you no longer can? What changed? My ankle has been bothering me the last few months, because of my own stupidty, but nothing else really.

2. If you could go to lunch with someone famous, anyone living or dead, who would you choose? What questions would you ask them? I would say most likely Einstein and ask him questions about the future of humanity I think, but if I could open up the term to fame among my friends, I'd honestly like to have lunch with Reemul one more time.

3. On that same thought, there are probably several Bloggers you enjoy reading but have never met in real life. Which one Blogger would you most like to meet for dinner? Why did you pick that person? What would you talk about? What do you have in common? What would you do after dinner? Any of the Cluetrain authors would be great to have dinner with, but having dinner with RageBoy might be the most funny I suspect.

4. Money (or the lack thereof) is the number one cause of arguments amongst couples. Do you find this to be true? If there really was a "Money Tree" you could go an pick, would this really solve a couple's problems? I don't know.

5. Speaking of arguments, have you ever been drawn into any nasty, hateful arguments? The kind where hurtful things were said that had nothing to do with the fight at hand? What was that all about? How did it turn out? Nope, my personality doesn't draw me to such situations normally.

6. When was the last time you had to admit you were wrong about something? How did that go? What do you mean I was wrong? You must have been mistaken.

7. Now for a slight change of theme....what song should never have been written? Any song for a company created band. Damn, that might mean the end of Journey as well, oh well.

BONUS: Are you ready for a new sensation? I just thought it was my finger in the electric socket.
Friday, November 15, 2002
 




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Thursday, November 14, 2002
 
Not much new for the day, alot of time spent getting things ready for the move, luckily among them I had approval from a key person about telecommuting at least in the short term, not that it's finally or anything, but it was nice to know I had cleared that hurdle. Only one more to go...
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
 
Eisner Gives ABC 'Four To Five Years'

That's funny at the rate they are going I figured Eisner would run them out of business in closer two to three years at his current rate. It is nice to know he is so optimistic about their future. I am glad that the Captain is noting his ship is sinking, I just wonder if he will do anything about it? It's not like they intentional ran Who Wants to Be a Millionaire into the ground by over showing it or running Drew Carey's show every other hour. Although I won't predict the end of Eisner's career, he always seems to survive no matter what he goes through and I am sure such will be the case with ABC.
 
Poetry Wednesday
While I do beleive I may have posted this one before it has been in my mind again in the last week so I'll post it, from The Hobbit

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.

Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have knows.
(found here)

 
Sometime in the next week or so is my blogiversary. First one, I can't be sure of the exact date due to the wonderful archive system with blogger but it was a week or two before Thanksgiving I finally started one, it's been a fun year. I don't know that my writing has improved over the course of the year but it has become a constant fixture of my life, which was the point for it to be established. Traffic is what it is which is actually pretty consistant for the last 8 months with the occasional spike and I'll reach the big 10K hits mark either by the end of the month or just into December. Once I am settled in Arizona Bear Droppings will be moving on to a new host and will likely move to another blog engine. Not that I have major complaints with blogger, it has been great for what it is, a free service, meaning I try not to complain too much when it doesn't work or I have problems. From others who use Blogger Pro, I don't know the cost model is worth it for me as often as I post. Blogger is great to use and find out if blogging is something you want to try, no barrier to entry, no cost, and you don't even really need to be a code monkey to make it run. But after a year, I'd like something alittle more robust as I know I'll continue at this and I am willing to pay.

And thanks for dropping by and reading...
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
 
About a week and half before the move all the details coming into focus, tasks needed to be completed, boxes needed to be packed. I knew I really wanted to hit the road already, but I didn't realize how much until I was picking up someone from the airport last night and they turned to me in the middle of conversation and said "You really want to get out of here don't you?" Answer is of course yes I have set my path know the compass lines, even the roads between here in Phoenix I'll need to drive. Abit of my father in me I suppose, that once I decide a course of action I want it under way already.

The recent grey weather in the DC area of late has kind of been nice, because I see what awaits me and it makes me for confident of the choice. Likewise the environment in my office seems to indicate this is right, because yesterday we received the word on the budget next year and no staff raises for two years in a row. Budget is tight, but cost of living would have been nice, not really my worry now. :-)

The road awaits and I can't wait to see where it takes me, it sits out there just around the bend...
Monday, November 11, 2002
 
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.45
1. Although I was told before hand by my mother, my Grandfather finally told me he has cancer and it was speculated he has about 12 months to live. Has someone you know ever told you they had a terminal illness? What was it like for you when you found out. How did that change your relationship with them? One of my best friends had a terminal illness the entire time I knew him, it was never a question of if, but when, the when was two months ago. All it made me do especially after his lung transplant was try to value the time I had and could share with him since it wasn't alot and I knew it wouldn't last. I still think about him nearly everyday.

2. The concept of having 12 months comes as somewhat of a shock. Often those estimates are wrong and a person lives much longer. But still, it makes me think. If you found out you had 12 months to live, what would you do with that time? How would it change the way you live? Or would it? Live every day, no regrets live where you want to live, like Sedona shortly for me. Be closer to family and friends.

3. My Grandfather has decided to undergo chemotherapy. He was told it would not cure him, but it could prolong his life, however his quality of life could diminish. Having watched my father go through all that to no avail, I am not so sure I would choose that option. If you were (or are) in a situation where chemotherapy might cure you, or might not, would endure the usual side effects and discomfort? This is a very tough question, because I know someone going through it right now. I don't know that I could choose that. Even worse is as I express my doubts they read here and I don't want to impact what they are going through, a very difficult choice and I don't nearly know enough.

4. How is your health? How are you doing? I am running alittle stressed because of the move and trying to get everything settled. Not sure how everything will work out, but looking forward to it.

5. Speaking of health, I was in a Health Food Store Saturday and learned about something called "Ear Candling." It
involves having a helper insert a cone-shaped candle in your ear, lighting it and having the reverse pressure suck the wax out of your ear. Apparently it is very popular. Do you use, or have you ever tried, any alternative heath remedies or procedures? How did that work out? Anything out there we should try (or avoid)? I do believe there is alot of nature that can be done without resorting to vast complex drug making and that we don't pay enough attention to it. But putting a candle to your ear, I think it's a good way to set your hair on fire.

6. Which reminds me, this week at work they are giving flu shots for $15. I hate getting shots, so getting one by choice, and paying for it, is tough for me. How do you feel about Flu shots. Do they give them where you live? Are you going to get one or take your chances? Everyone I know who takes one gets the flu, so I aviod them, I don't work with kids, health care, nor elderly, so I don't have a need for it.

7. I'd like to see either "Spirited Away" or "Bowling for Columbine" before they vanish from the multiplex at the mall. But I will probably have to go see it alone (which I hate). Do you like to go to see flicks at the movie theater alone? Or would you rather have company? Seen any good (or bad) movies lately? I enjoy going to movies with other people to have someone to discuss it with afterwards. I confess I saw Jackass and I enjoyed it once, but I doubt I would ever watch it again.

BONUS: Don't you want somebody to love? Sure.
Friday, November 08, 2002
 
As I rode the metro to lunch with a friend today I had butterflies in my stomach the whole ride, I couldn't figure out why I had been one the metro hundreds, thousands of times, it was a just a buddy I don't see as often these days, but as the train pulled into Capitol South it struck me, there was a good chance that would be the last time I went into the Congressional offices before I left town. Business doesn't take me there as often, so the chances were good I wouldn't need to return. A recent conversation with a friend suggested we we're both at the beginning of new adventures in our lives and matched the feeling to the one you got as a kid the night before Christmas, as I got up to leave the train I knew she was right.

Twas the night before Xmas, can't wait to see what awaits me...
 
Election
I have wanted to do a post election post but everytime I get started it starts off ugly and mean spirited and goes down hill from there, generally they start all the lines of "Okay, you Dems didn't have a good election, but let's cut the Chick Little the sky is falling crap." Republicans don't have a 60 vote majority in the Senate and there are alot of Moderate Republicans in Congress so your nightmares of Republicans burst into your house late at night, beating you senseless and handing your freedom to companies is just a bad dream. Or maybe Tuesday night not sure.

Lex has made a number of good points about the election, things I have been thinking but holding back saying because this is a family show and my mother would have frowned on the amount of vulgarities I'd have to use to make the same points.

The funny thing is this could be a very good election results in regards of free speech and the internet, if the Democrats had taken over Congress we would have seen passage of Hollis' CBDTPA and Berman's P2P bills. In this case it would be the Democrats taking away freedom to innovate in the future. The Professor discussed it earlier this week and I think he is completely right, Republicans taking a strong stand for people's fair use rights is a great position because it's the right thing, but also because it would be a very populist position.

The Democrats lost Tuesday because they didn't get out to vote, but deeper the party leaders where not offering a vision, they just said we are against Bush. As Lex noted in the post September 11th environment it wasn't enough to sell voters. America's Future Foundation had a panel a few days before the election on the outcome, no one got it exactly right, but one of the panelists said in winning an election you have to do two things convince the voters to fire the incumbant then offer a vision for how you will do better. Regardless of how well they were succeeding in the first, they lost on the second and that is why the results are what they were.

I'll defer to Lex
But back to the point. The razor thin majority in the Senate will at least break deadlocks, but the lack of enough votes to kill a filibuster will keep the republicans reasonably reined in, so they won't be able to sell us all off as slave labor for their Evil Corporate Cronies.

And the republicans will have two years to Show Us Something. Failing that, they'll pay at the polls, possibly with the White House.

And the democratic leadership may figure out that They Need To Get Their Act Together, and start representing something, perhaps Taking A Stance on Something, or something.

Start representing something or as Doc said
It's good to see folks getting pissed off, but the problem isn't just leadership. It's lack of sex appeal for the Democrats' old issues, and a nearly complete absence of new ones.

But while Docs words were directed to Democrats I think they apply to both major parties. There has been alot of outright hatred between the parties of late, something I have never fully understood, because while politics is fun but at the end of the day we are Americans, so let's grab a drink.

The anger first raised it's heads when Republicans took control in '94 and were angry about not being in the majority in Congress forever, then impeachment and 2000 election. At first I thought it was that Republicans and Democrats didn't socialize together enough like they did in the 1950s, like Goldwater and Kennedy playing cards together. But recently I am starting to wonder if it's not something else as the primary cause. I wonder if the media culture has not promoted the difference between the voices and Washington and the man on the street. Steadily as modern broadcasters have distanced the politician from the man who came knocking on the door every few years to say hello and find out about the problems in your life to that guy on tv who is slamming their opponent as fiscally irresponsible for writing three bad checks in 1984.

The internet is changing that giving people their voice back against this wave of broadcast media, maybe more balancing of the scales. Problem is the political and media institutions have grown to this broadcast model that they accept is reality, which in turn requires the large campaign donations, because as it has been said five minutes before the local late news there are only so many television spots. It doesn't have to be that way as Jeese Ventura's governor campaign proved. But because the political system is locked into this broadcast model that isn't connecting with people, as voter turnout rates demostrate, they get angry over their failures and blame the easy enemy, the one they are used to blaming anytime someone asked "Well, whose fault is it?" Democrat, Republican, doesn't matter in a sound bite age an answer more complicated would never make the nightly news.

According to a study by RightClick Strategies very few candidates who did have a website bothered to mention on election day, please get out to vote, nor provide resource to finding your local polling station, or resources to get there.

I could be wrong, but maybe a matter of candidates spending more time with the man on street or behind the terminal, getting back to the issues they face in life. The sky may well be falling, but maybe not in the way conventional wisdom or paranoia thinks.
Thursday, November 07, 2002
 
You would think finding a club for a car wouldn't be that tough, but it was tonight. I went to the Target at Potomac Row and while they had plenty of holiday car gifts, flashlights, repair kits, etc. not one club, I could not even find where they would have been in the section. Kinda surprising considering less than 5 miles away as the crow flies is one of the areas with the highest car theft rates in the country, just a few blocks from the Capitol to boot. I drove around for another 30-45 minutes looking for a place that would carry them and be open, finally I found Sears, unfortunately they closed 10 minutes early tonight as I walked in people were pulling their registers....oh well, maybe tomorrow.
 
I had a pleasant surprise this morning, I remembered the fact a friend from college was running for a state representative seat in Arizona. I looked up his results this morning and he won. So congratulations Ken and good luck! I went to college with someone in a state house seat, scary, must be getting old or sumptin'
Wednesday, November 06, 2002
 
Ryder Found Guilty
In honor of Wynona's conviction today a few quotes from her movies that just seem to fit.

"You guys better not be inhaling."

"I have to work around here, and unfortunately Mr. District Attorney, you are a master at the art of time suckage."

"Will we never all be together again?" Oh wait that is what she told me as the cops drug her off...

"I rather crave violence."

"It's one thing to want someone out of your life, but it's another thing to serve them a wake-up cup full of Liquid Drano."

"If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being. You'd be a game-show host."

"I'm not going to work at The Gap for chrissake!"
Oh wait that last one has nothing to do with her conviction, just me and the move to Arizona, never mind.

(Quotes thanks to IMDB)

POSTSCRIPT: In a related story, Ryder Vows to Find the Real Shoplifters, thanks Aaron.
 
Since it's Poetry Wednesday anyways, a new site on Poetry, Poetry International Web. (Mefi)
 
Poetry Wednesday

Dolor of Autumn
The Acrid scents of autumn,
Reminiscent of slinking beasts, make me fear
Everything, tear-trembling stars of autumn
And the snore of the night in my ear.

For suddenly, flush-fallen,
All my life, in a rush
Of shedding away, has left me
Naked, exposed on the bush.

I, on the bush of the globe,
Like a newly-naked berry, shrink
Disclosed: but I also am prowling
As well in the scents that slink

Abroad: I in this naked berry
Of flesh that stands dismayed on the bush;
And I in the stealthy, brindled odours
Prowling about the lush

And acrid night of autumn;
My soul, along with the rout,
Rank and treacherous, prowling,
Disseminated out.

For the night, with a great breath intaken,
Has taken my spirit outside
Me, till I reel with disseminated consciousness,
Like a man who has died.

At the same time I stand exposed
Here on the bush of the globe,
A newly-naked berry of flesh
For the stars to probe.
- D H Lawrence



Tuesday, November 05, 2002
 
Lileks has some observations from the Mondale-Coleman debate that show where Mondale stands on technology, if you are interested tech issues and how Mondale may vote if he wins today the debate has some interesting clues.
 
Election Day Predictions
On election day I'd like to make a few predictions

Prediction: James Traficant will win with 37% of the vote in a split district.
Result: Case goes to Supreme Court as some party sues on election fraud.

Prediction: Jeb Bush wins in Florida.
Result: Case goes to Supreme Court as someone sues on election fraud.

Prediction: Mondale wins election, but dies of heart attack in victory speech, Ventura sticks with his appointee for next two years until next general election.
Result: Case goes to Supreme Court as some party sues on election fraud.

Prediction: Arizona 1st district Republican accusations of illegal voters brought in from New Mexico and Democrats accuse Republicans of voter intimidation.
Result: Case goes to Supreme Court as both parties sue on election fraud.

The simple answer is this country is going sue happy, the media doesn't help any. I do like the idea of voters having a voter id card or state issued id in general, Arizona doesn't have it, you go to the Navajo reservation and say your name is John Yazzie what are the chances that name is listed at a polling station. You can't get on a commercial flight without one, but you can choose the people making vital choices for a country without one.

Republicans, Greens, and Libertarians file suit to block Lautenburg from replacing Torricelli on the ballot after the deadline passed and New Jersey gets a pass on election law, then again it's Jersey it's just a suggestion, reminds me I'll ignore the speed limit next time I go through the state since their laws aren't really that important.

As Winston Churchill said "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." and as the last 5-6 years have demostrated that by both major parties. My point is it's a broken system, a work in progress, not unlike the web in that respect. But it's the one we have got so get out and vote, because we can, which is alot better than in some other parts of the world.

POSTSCRIPT: 2 out of 4 not too bad, but heartbreaking I was really hoping for that Traficant prediction pulling through.
 
Interesting ideas on Information Architecture at AIfIA. The 25 Thesis are a good read, but I don't know I agree with #3 that Chaos and entropy are inherently bad. I think they tend to be the natural order rather than the structured format that we recognize if you look at on leave changing colors it looks chaotic, but as I look out my office window and see the beauty of the different trees turning colors I see a natural pattern. But definately some intriquing concepts.
Monday, November 04, 2002
 
Moving on Down the Road
I think most regular readers got a copy of this, but it never hurts to post it as well.

As some of you may know as of the end of the month I will be returning to Northern Arizona to live. Right now the departure date is around November 23rd/24th with a layover in Austin to visit a few friends and then get to Arizona at the first of December.

I have been living in DC for 6 years and it has been a wonderful experience, I have made a lot of good friends and I hope to stay in contact with you. I plan on regular visits to the DC area so you are not completely done with me. When I moved to DC I intended for this to be a stay of 3 to 5 years and then leave when I was ready, I lasted a bit longer. I came to DC to get some work experience and now I have that.

When people ask me why I am moving I generally have been giving a vague answer and may cite this or that, but it is really hard to state a single that is why reason, so to give you a bit of insight here is a list of some of the factors...

* Northern Arizona is for me home, you may go elsewhere in life, but once you know your home it's a place like to live when you can.
* Audrey, my niece is three, old enough to know who her only Uncle is and I'd like see her more often than twice a year
* Friends, my friends that i have known longest are mostly in Arizona and again twice a year isn't enough of seeing them
* Family, most of my family is there and again twice a year isn't enough of seeing them
* Change in perspective is a good thing in life, I'd hate to get stuck in a beltway mentality and it will be interesting to see politics from somewhere other than Washington.
* Writing I have been writing in a live internet journal or weblog format for a year, it's really just practice and fun, but I'd like to write more often and see if it's something I can do. Telling stories has always been an interest, maybe I'll turn it into a profession.
* Hiking trails, withing 15 minutes of where I will be living there will be no less than 20 hiking trails
* A Doggie, in my family I have grown up with always having a dog around part of the family, living in a group house for the last six years has not allowed that as a possibility. It hasn't been fair to a dog, where I will be living it would be, and I intend to rescue a pound puppy. :-)
* My own place, group housing is alright, but after a few years you want a place of your own, I have worked out a cabin, basically a decent studio place next door to a friend. So it will be good to have friends nearby, but at the end of the day it's mine.


Granted some of these things I can do here in the city, some I can't, but in total they provide a more clear vision of my reasons. It all of these things and more.

Once I am settled you will be welcome to drop by for a visit. Sedona is one of the most beautiful places in the country and if you haven't been there now you have a good excuse to go.

I don't have the new phone number, nor mailing address, but to reach me after November 23rd a safe bet is to email me at geist -at- bears.org it's my permanent email account. Well as permanent as anything on the internet is...

Best Wishes, Good Health, and since I may not get the chance Happy Holidays,
 
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.44
1. Have you ever had to appear in court? What was the reason? How did it turn out?
Traffic ticket, I fought it and lost. At least I tried.

2. Ever been accused of something you never did? Were you able to convince anyone? Occasionally, I am just innocent, so they believed me *chuckle*

3. When it comes to crime and punishment, do you agree with the saying "An eye for an eye?" I in justice and humanity, which have nothing to do with the legal system. Sometimes that means an eye for an eye sometimes that means compassion and forgiveness, all based on circumstances and past history.

4. Are you a judgemental person? Do you ever make up your mind about a person before you know them? When was the last time that happened? Or if not, how do you keep from being judgemental? I try not to judge rather just watch and listen, but in listen folks occasionally get the opinion I am judging them, which is not my intent. But I try to listen and learn.

5. When I was in 6th grade I lit a match in class accidentally and was given the choice of having my folks called or getting 10 "swats." I took swats and damn, that wooden paddle with the holes drilled in it hurt like hell (not to mention the horible whistling sound it made before impact). I don't think they allow "swats" anymore. Ever get "swats" at school? How do you feel about children being spanked in school. Is it best that they don't do that anymore? How about parents spanking kids? Good or bad? No the only time we ever got swats was at home from my parents. And not all that often, as long as it's not excessive and seriously abusive I don't have a problem with them.

6. What is your favorite "Chick Flick?" Before Sunrise

7. Describe the last situation you were in that can best be summed up by the phrase "seemed like a good idea at the time?" I think the phrase "Ummmmm Jeff is this car slowing down or is the speedometer broken" was involved.

BONUS: Who will bury us when we die? No one I'll be cremated.
 
BIG MOVE(TM)
Canel Gym Membership - Check
Buy Vehicle - Check
Tell Landlord I am moving out - Check
Tell Boss I am moving - Check

That last one was the tough one, but especially in cases like this that I like my boss as a person so I tried to give him as much warning as we could. We will see if we can work out a telecommuting option or not he was not deadset against the concept. As I suspected it would be part-time likely, because there are somethings I can't do from telecommuting. But it would be nice to have a steady income source over the course of the move. Yup it's really going to happen by the beginning of December I'll be in Arizona, the wheels are set in motion.
Sunday, November 03, 2002
 
New Addition
There is a new addition to the Bear Dropping's family, that's right I am now the proud owner of a 1999 Honda CR-V. While this is not my exact car it matches the color and the general features. I bought it Saturday and first thing this morning I got up and looked out the door to make sure it was real and not a dream.
Friday, November 01, 2002
 
As Jill noted today is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. An exercise not in quality but quanitity to force you to sit and write daily all throughout the month. With all that is going on this month it seems a waste and unlikely that I could completely the offcial 50K word goal. So I'll do it unofficially on my own and if I don't get it completed, no big loss, it will force me to write through out the month.

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