When I dropped off The Boy tonight, I was blessed to be able to hold both Jacoby and Candy for a while. Love these puppies! . . . Had a weird thought: leading up to the divorce, I was told there was nothing wrong with a wife vacationing alone. Has she vacationed alone since . . . A week ago was Teacher Appreciation Day. At 4:31 that day (after the staff left work), we were e-mailed that we were not forgotten despite the lack of recognition. We were told we would be celebrated on the 9th with a treat in our mailboxes. There were no treats in the mailboxes today . . . On a positive note, a former student of mine e-mailed me thanking me for teaching him and helping him “reach new heights” . . . Reddit seems replete with young folks. The Grateful Dead subreddit seems to be mostly folks who never saw the band. Time to leave that platform . . . Looking forward to a weekend of nothing . . . Something is wrong. I seriously could not make a decision about what to eat tonight. Do I go out or eat here? What will I eat? If I do that, I could do this other thing. It was paralysis through analysis over a meal! . . .
Once retired, don’t talk about education or my career. I’ll only sound like a bitter, cranky old man past his prime . . . Presently, my life is on hold because of others. I am waiting on return calls from the state of NJ, my school district, my union, a doctor, and a friend. I cannot proceed with much right now because of these other folks . . . Next home: living room not set up with the television as the focal point . . . Do not attend events that require Ticketmaster . . . Reminding myself not to be out there. Nothing is served (other than my ego) to comment on YouTube videos . . . What is old is new again. Headline from the Sporting Life, 29 July 1893: The Pampered Pitchers: Why Cannot Men of To-Date Do As Much As Those of the Past? . . . Ordered a book from Amazon. Looking at the tracking just now, I am astounded. The book left the Swedesboro facility (not far from me) this morning. It has now traveled to Kentucky. Whoa! It’s going to need to return to New Jersey to get it to me . . . I am Frank Anselmo . . . Stephen King wrote:
I want to put a group of characters (perhaps a pair; perhaps even just one) in some sort of predicament and then watch them try to work themselves free. My job isn’t to help them work their way free, or manipulate them to safety — those are jobs which require the noisy jackhammer of plot — but to watch what happens and then write it down.”Stephen King, 2010. On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft. Scribner. p. 164
Taking baths is an unusual practice. One sits in a stagnant body of water. Presumably, one washes the dirt off his body during a bath. Where does that dirt go? Into the water that one is immersed in. Yuck! . . . Just looked for D&D games near me. None listed on the official site within 50 miles of me. That’s why I won’t be playing D&D anytime soon . . . I sought a birthday card that indicated I liked someone, but no pressure, and don’t think I am a creepy old guy hitting on a woman who is young enough to be my daughter. I didn’t find one . . . Decided not to send Christmas cards this year. Went to purchase them. Didn’t like the price I saw. Realized this is merely a chore, an obligation. Eradicated it from the list . . . Several of my students have shared that they play Grand Theft Auto. I do not even like it when my son plays this as the language is quite explicit . . . My daughter passed her driving test (finally) . . . Sang It Must Have Been the Roses in the car acapella on the way home from work YouTube is now recommending the song as I browse . . .
Despite not geocaching these days, I have come up with what I believe is a unique cache hide. I wasn’t trying to, it just popped into my head. A 1/5. Simplicity at its best. Cachers will need to learn a new skill to obtain the log . . . Blood sugar is down! Shaky. Wonder if I am diabetic. I am really feeling it this afternoon . . . Began the academic year today. Built my student spreadsheet . . . More and more, social media comes across to me as virtue signaling. I suppose this blog is as well, but it is pretty much just me here. Posting something to FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. is all about drawing attention to oneself. And while that’s neither good nor bad, it is just not me . . . There are folks who say that food should be approached as fuel, not entertainment. I am beginning to think that my vehicle is the same. It’s a tool to transport me, not something used for entertainment (Lighthouse Challenges, geocaching, and other driving for the sake of driving pursuits) . . . I cleaned yesterday. When I was done, I sprayed Febreze. Just walked into the second bedroom that has had the door closed since I sprayed. Not a trace whatsoever of the spray. Lesson: air fresheners are a rip-off . . . My Myers-Briggs score is INTJ-T according to 16 Personalities . . . I like the idea of jigsaw puzzles, but generally do not care for the art on them . . . I’ve gotten myself in some groups lately where people are showing off their living spaces. It is eye-opening to see how others live. Wow! The amount of stuff some people have is uncomfortable to look at . . .
Watching some lady on YouTube. Her virtue signaling is omnipresent. Even that wedding ring signals, doesn’t it? . . . July 2022 (the current month) is a no-buy month for me. I will only permit myself to purchase consumables for myself. There may be some physical things purchased as gifts for my children (my daughter is preparing for college) . . .
I am not a good enough writer to complete the wedding card I purchased for my ex-wife. Nothing I have tried comes off as totally joyous for her without it being read into on some level. I will take the advice others have provided and not send a card. I e-mailed her a congratulations when she first wrote me about it. That will have to suffice . . . Social media is insidious! I follow a guy on YouTube. Nice guy. No issues. But even he has a video called 5 Ryes You Have to Have. No, I do not need five ryes. I like rye, but I don’t need five bottles of it at once . . . Haven’t been a fan of Dad’s Hat Rye as a sipper. Decided to try it in a Manhattan. Much, much better! . . . Completing the The Unforgettables challenge is not healthy; it encourages me to drink. That isn’t a good thing . . . My inner voice is too negative. I need to either train it to be positive or turn the voice off altogether . . . Sent my ex-wife AND her fiancé a wedding card today. I believe they are being married Friday, Believe because I wasn’t invited. 🙂 It was most freeing . . . I noted recently that Dead & Company were not selling out the stadia they play in this summer. I saw this again the other night in Foxborough. Just saw a quick clip of Poison at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL. Looked like the upper deck for that show was sold out. Just saying . . . Canceled my credit card today. I used it twice. I don’t see a need going further . . .