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Oh, to be out here someplace in a Goliath-class scout ship, a new system to explore, wondering which of the gas giants or Earth-like worlds we would explore first.

I may be excessively channeling my inner Calvin and Hobbes. Although my Hobbes is a stuffed dolphin, not a tiger, but all the better for exploring those water worlds!

This is not necessarily a bad thing, by any means, by the way.

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Abandonment Eve

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“A poem is never finished, only abandoned.” – Paul Valery

“A work of art is never finished. It is merely abandoned.” – E.M. Forster

“Books are never finished – they are merely abandoned.” – Oscar Wilde

It seems that Valery said it first, in French, but you get the idea.

I would note that the same applies to many, MANY things in life. In my particular case tonight, I note that large, complex business projects often fall into the same category.

Would this have anything to do with the meeting tomorrow, annual budget, December financials, and various other miscellaneous documents?

Mmmm…maybe. Is the Pope Polish?

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No Context For You – January 04th

First Tuesday – better than First Monday? No? That sucks – hang in there, we’re all rooting and hoping for tomorrow to be better.

Stay warm. Be comfy. Find something colorful to cheer you up.

If you’re busier than God and feeling crushed, post something brief, upbeat, easy, and colorful to your blog. Fake it ’til you make it!

Listen to some Pink Floyd. “The Great Gig in the Sky,” perhaps. Yeah – that’s it!

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First Monday

First Monday of the new year.

First Monday back (for most folks, not me) after a bunch of days off of work.

First Monday of a “regular” five-day work week after what was, for most folks, the previous two weeks of three or four-day work weeks, and maybe three of the past six weeks being short.

Still breathing?

Still calm?

Already looking forward desperately to Friday night?

Already holding on for dear life?

It’s okay. You can do this.

You may or may not like it. But you can do this.

And then there’s that, “Oh, shit! I still haven’t {insert panic item here}!!” moment.

GOTO “Still breathing?”

Repeat as necessary.

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December 29th

Wait – it’s December 29th?

Oh, shit.

That means I have only 50 hours to:

  • Lose twenty-five pounds
  • Get into shape to run a 5:00 marathon
  • Learn fluent French, Spanish, and Russian
  • Read the 50+ books in my TBR stack
  • Visit Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Sydney
  • Get current again in an airplane and get my IFR rating

If anyone needs me, I’ll be over her in this dark corner, sobbing and having a nervous breakdown.

2022 has got to be better than this? Doesn’t it? 😲🤣🤯

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My Calendar Today

“[TENATIVE] Fly to Washington DC”

On the one hand, good thing that trip got cancelled! I am so up to my ass in alligators between work and the hangar and year-end and budgets and tax returns and tying up loose ends and DEATH WILL NOT RELEASE ME!

On the other hand, it’s yet another thing that I would truly, truly love to do (we were going for Worldcon in DC, but because of COVID the con has turned into a bit of a “challenge” with hotels closing and facilities in short supply and moving from August to December) that I can’t because of COVID in part, but also because there’s that whole “adult” thing to deal with.

I’ll carry on. I’ll live. But there might be moments in the next week when I’m seeing reports from the convention and friends who DID make it there when I’ll be cranky.

On the gripping hand, when one door closes, another opens. One event that got written off when we were planning on being in DC this week suddenly became a possibility. And with the kids coming down…

Okay, I’ll be a tiny little bit less cranky.

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My “Unimpressed” Face

“Siri, show me my ‘unimpressed’ face.”

Wait, the phone can create GIFs? How did I do that?

More importantly, how do I turn it off?

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Random Old Photos – December 07th

The directory said “2004/Dirty Paul.” I knew exactly what photos they were, even 17+ years later.

The old house wasn’t on a slab, there was a crawlspace under the house. Not much of one, maybe 18 to 24 inches, sometimes less, sometimes a little more. Fortunately, there were not a lot of spider webs or other critter-spoor down there. But it was dusty as hell.

I would end up down there once every couple of years for some plumbing or other problem and it was a pain. Getting in was only accessible by a teeny, tiny portal, maybe 18 by 24 inches, and that was at the bottom of a knee-high wall surrounding the portal and the screen door covering it. Getting in was a real contortionist trick, as was getting out. Immediately inside were some of the larger drain pipes from the two big bathrooms, so it was a really tight squeeze.

Moving around in there was also a royal pain, crawling on my belly, not even able to get up on my knees to crawl. As you can see, I was not in the finest of physical shape at the time (not that I’m any freakin’ Adonis now, but at least now I’m about 40 pounds lighter) so by the time I had been under there a few hours I was sore, sore, sore.

This particular day I believe that I was running coax cable for internet and cable TV. I had drilled holes in the floor in all five of the bedrooms, as well as the kitchen and living room. Then I dragged a drill underneath the house, drilled out a hole though the foundation into the family room/den at the end of the house (where the internet & cable hookup was), and started dragging cables. LOTS of trips from, each room to the portal to the family room. Hours and hours under there.

I got done what I wanted to and we did like having internet and cable in each room on a nice, high-speed, secure, wired connection. This was before wi-fi was real fast or reliable, and in a 3,300 square foot, one-story, ranch-style house, wi-fi always pretty much sucked over about half the house once you got away from that end. (That, of course, got fixed and upgraded a few years later, but at the time it was a big deal.)

Nevertheless, when I finally crawled out, exhausted, one of my kids was there with the camera. (None of those apples fell very far from that tree!)

At least my hair was still dark!


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No Context For You – December 06th

A simple photo, a couple of slapdash visual effects (isn’t “slapdash” a wonderful word?), and 23:30 desperation searching for inspiration turns into…whatever.

NASA introduced the 2021 astronaut class, otherwise known as “Astronaut Candidates” or ASCANs. Ten fine, wonderful, and über overqualified individuals, some or all of whom will in the next five to ten to twenty years walk on the Moon or even Mars. I watched them with bittersweet joy as they were introduced, excited to see them and truly looking forward to following their progress as they pioneer the road forward off-planet, along with all of the other current astronaut corps which I’ve followed for decades.

Bittersweet because that was the course I had dreamed of since I was about five years old. I’m starting to think that maybe I won’t get my shot at it. I’m not giving up hope, but there comes a point when you realize that you’re down by 10,000 points and there’s only a couple minutes on the clock and it’s 4th and about four miles. The odds are thin and getting thinner. But, as Commander Peter Quincy Taggart was known to say:

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Cheap Thrills, Orange Tags

tl;dr – too many cross-country road trips as a kid crammed into the back seat of a station wagon with nine (or more) other people, “license plate” games to keep sane, now have a “January baby” vehicle, so every year I have a little head game going on to see if I can be the very, very first one on the block (or in the city, county, or state) to get the new DMV registration tag for the license plate with the new color for the next year. See? It’s a sure fired sign that I’m “easily amused.”

So here’s this year’s demonstration that I still have a pissed off and bored ten-year-old trapped inside my head.

Welcome to the 2023 Pregame Show!


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