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|Thursday, August 28th, 2003|
I'm feeling great today!!!
I slept well. I have worked out and dieted like a fiend this week and its paying off. I completed a couple outstanding work items (I have a few left but should have no problem getting them done by end of day Friday).
Its a beatiful day out, sun is shining, low humidity. And deep inside I feel good.
Current Mood: Fantastic!
Current Music: Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here"
|Tuesday, August 26th, 2003|
This is great!
I friend of mine posted this on her blurty and it was so good I just had to put it here as well:
A Daily Show Clip to Brighten Your Day:
(cut & paste the link into your browser)
|Monday, August 25th, 2003|
My gym has moved to a new fall schedule. Pilates is now a full hour on Mondays and Thursdays. I did it tonight and damn... a hole hour after a week off is TOUGH! Tomorrow's kickboxing class is now also a full hour - I think it might kill me.
I'm gonna be so buff!!!
Current Mood: Sore (muscle-wise)
Current Music: Aram Khatchaturian
Monday's Top Ten Quotes
1) "The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental." (Robert Anton Wilson)
2) "There are many intelligent species in the universe. They ALL own cats." (Anonymous)
3) "Information is not knowledge,
knowledge is not wisdom,
wisdom is not truth,
truth is not beauty,
beauty is not love,
love is not music.
Music is the best."
4) "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." (Thomas Jefferson)
5) "I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church." (Thomas Paine)
6) "We all live in a yellow submarine." (The Beatles)
7) "Excuse me while I kiss the sky." (Jimi Hendrix)
8) "Said the straight man to the late man
Where have you been?
Well, I've been here and I've been there and
I've been in between."
(Robert Fripp, King Crimson's "I Talk To The Wind")
9) "The future belongs to those who create it." (Nelson Otto)
10) "Green Acres is the place to be!"
|Sunday, August 24th, 2003|
I had a fun and sometimes relaxing week - got to see Epcot, MGM Studios and Sea World. I've been to Epcot and MGM before (and yes, I survived Tower of Terror) but had never been to Sea World before. It was great! I especially loved the Dolphin show.
Now its Sunday afternoon and it seems the week has gone too quickly, as always, and I'm not looking forward to returning to work. It never seems like vacation is long enough.
Current Music: Pink Floyd - Pulse
|Friday, August 15th, 2003|
Monday's Top Ten Quotes
OK - I know its Friday but I leave for vacation tomorrow and won't have internet access for a week so I thought I'd post my Monday quotes in advance. Let's make it an all Tom Robbins week:
1) Pious dogma, if allowed to flourish, will always drive magic away.
2) The sky was boiling like a pot of film noir potatoes.
3) The trick is this: keep your eye on the ball. Even when you can't see the ball.
4) Her mind whirled endlessly upon a dance floor of ideas.
5) The loony legacy of money is that the arithmetic by which things are measured has become more valuable than the things themselves.
6) Human beings were invented by water as a device for transporting itself from one place to another.
7) The mission of the artist in an overtechnologized, overmasculinized society was to call the old magic back to life.
8) Mediocrity’s a hairball coughed up on the Persian carpet of creation.
9) Progress is the victory of laughter over dogma.
10) Minds were made for blowing
And - since he's so quotable - a bonus 5:
11) The flute was invented before the wheel.
12) Any impulse to ascribe gender to the Divine is a foolish display of chauvinism that vainly attempts to place limits on that which is limitless.
13) We all start out as seafood.
14) The job of a spiritual teacher is not to hold us on the path, but to knock us off it.
15) It is futile to work for political solutions to humanity's problems because humanity's problems are not political. Political problems do exist, all right, but they are entirely secondary. The primary problems are philosophical, and untilthe philosophical problems are solved, the political problems will have to be solved over and over and over again.
Current Mood: Stressed but smiling
Current Music: Pink Floyd - "Us and Them"
Along with 50 million other people my power went out at 4:10pm yesterday and didn't come back on till sometime after midnight. Unlike probably most of those people I leave for vacation tomorrow and I was working on some major deadlines when the power went out. Now my day is a mess as I try and get everything I need to finish done in time for me to leave.
The Friday Five
1. How much time do you spend online each day?
Most of my time? *lol* I work at home and I'm involved in Information Technology. So I'm online all the time for work and I'm online, obviously, for fun and friends as well.
2. What is your browser homepage set to?
3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)?
I have Yahoo, MSN and AOL. But for the past year I've only used Yahoo. I've also got a proprietary one we use at work.
4. Where was your first webpage located?
My first web page was the one I created for my company about 10 years ago. My first personal Web page was at "State of Insanity"
5. How long have you had your current website?
I don't currently maintain a web site.
|Thursday, August 14th, 2003|
My week didn't look too bad on Monday and yet every day at work new things, more things, unexpected old things kept coming up. And its gotten crazier every day. I leave for vacation on Saturday morning and I had the week nicely planned and I felt comfortable that I'd get everything done that I needed to. Now I'm overwhelmed with last minute crises that have inevitably come up. I should have expected it - Murphy is well in effect, my constant companion. With the goal nearly in site it seems that I've had a ton of obstacles now put in the way.
OK - that's my whine for the day. I'll make it.
For the record - even with all this going on - another part of me is very happy and I find myself smiling an awful lot these days.
Current Mood: Over worked & over stressed
Current Music: Beatles
|Monday, August 11th, 2003|
Kickboxing AND Pilates
After a few weeks of alternating Kickboxing and Pilates classes today I fel ready to take both classes back to back. 45 minutes of each. That was a workout! I think I'm going to be very sore tomorrow but I'm glad I was able to do it.
Monday's Top Ten Quotes
In the great tradition of the Friday Five I thought I'd try and start a new tradition of posting s10 quotes every Monday to start the week with. Maybe some of you would enjoy doing the same in your blurts - I know I'd enjoy reading them. So here we go:
1) "All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it." -- Samuel Butler
2) "Man consists fo two parts, his mind and his body, only his body has more fun." -- Woody Allen
3) "Life is too short to take it seriously." -- George Bernard Shaw
4) "God is watching, give Him a good show." -- Patricia Fripp
5) "Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends
Come Inside, Come Inside, the Show's About to Start
Guaranteed to Blow Your Head Apart
Ya Gotta See the Show
It's a Dynamo
It's Rock n' Roll"
-- Emerson, Lake & Palmer
6) "Common sense tells us the world is flat." -- Albert Einstein
7) "All that we are is the result of all that we have thought. It is
founded on thought. It is based on thought."
- Buddha, The Dhammapada
8) "Pious dogma, if allowed to flourish, will always drive magic away." -- Tom Robbins
9) "A room without books is a body without soul." -- Cicero
10) "Ahead warp factor one, Mr. Sulu." -- Captain James T. Kirk
Current Mood: Smiling
Current Music: "Karn Evil 9" - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
|Sunday, August 10th, 2003|
*smile* Current Mood: happyCurrent Music: Lou Reed - "Crazy Feeling"
|Friday, August 8th, 2003|
From "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" by Tom Robbins:
Kissing is man's greatest invention. All animals copulate, but only humans kiss. Kissing is the supreme achievement of the Western world.
Orientals, including those who tended the North American continent before the ravagement, rubbed noses, and thousands still do. Yet despite the golden fruit of their millennia -- they gave us yoga and gun powder, Buddha and corn on the cob -- they, their multitudes, their saints and sages, never produced a kiss.
The greatest discovery of civilized man is kissing.
Tradition says that kissing, as we know it, was invented by medieval knights for the purpose of telling if their wives had been into the mead barrel while the knights were away on duty. If history is correct, for once, then the kiss began as a sort of alcoholic chastity belt. Eventually however, kissing for kissing's sake became popular in the courts spreading to the tradesmen, peasants and serfs.
And why not? Kissing is sweet.
I crave a kiss. I crave many kisses. I want to kiss all night. I want to kiss forever. I want a kiss that will be unlike any other kiss that has come before. I want a kiss that defines the universe. I want that one true kiss that causes all of creation to stop and watch in awe and silence and then explode joyous celebration. That one kiss that gives meaning to everything.
The Friday Five
1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?
San Francisco, California.
2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling?
Considering all the travelling I do its amazing that I find myself hard pressed to answer this. There's nothing that I would call bizarre or unusual that I can remember happening to me - and I probably take 25 or 30 trips a year. I have, more than once, run into I know from work at various different airports which amazes me a bit - with all the people there are and places to travel. I've had our company's CTO spot me in an airport where I was catching a connecting flight and nonchalantly come sit down next to me and ask me how I was doing.
I guess perhaps some of the get-together's I've been to with online friends might qualify as unusual compared to say - the normal mundane course of things. One NYC get-together comes to mind - the whole night, rather than any one incident, probably falls into that category. Not bizarre - but not run of the mill either. I remember being at a BDSM club in NYC late that night with several of the people who came to the get-together and I was standing next to a Perky on a balcony and we were looking down at a woman with ropes intricately threaded and knotted around her body as she was suspended in the air and she said "WOW!" and I responded "amateurs" - *grin*
And I guess I'd have to say that Glam giving me a tour of some of his favorite gay bars in lower NYC was slightly out of the ordinary but in no way bizarre or unusual... the goodnight kiss he went for at the end of the evening, I will admit, caught me a bit off guard... but I was truly flattered.
3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?
4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?
Plane. Unless car sex can be arranged.
5. What's the next place on your list to visit?
Current Mood: smiling
Current Music: Roxy Music - "To Turn You On"
There's something due any day
I will know right away
Soon as it shows
It may come cannonballin' down through the net
Gleam in her eye
Bright as a Rose!
She's only just out of reach
Down the block, on a beach
Under a tree
I got a feeling there's a miracle due
Gonna come true
Coming to me
Could it be?
Yes it could
If I can wait
Something's coming I don't know what it is
But it is
Gonna be great!
With a click
With a shock
Open the latch!
Something's coming, don't know when
But it's soon
Catch the moon
One handed catch
Around the corner
Or whistling down the river
Come on - deliver
Will it be? Yes it will
Maybe just by holding still
She'll be there!
Come on, something, come on in
Don't be shy
Meet a girl
Pull up a chair
The air is hummin'
And something great is coming
She's only just
Out of reach
Down the block, on a beach
Maybe soon... Current Mood: hopefulCurrent Music: West Side Story
|Tuesday, August 5th, 2003|
|Monday, August 4th, 2003|
The Om is about as simple as a human group activity can possibly get. There's nothing to it; that's the beauty of it. Any fool, or rather any group of fools, can do it.
You gather round in a rough circle and join hands. Closing your eyes is optional. You pick a note out of the air - any note at all, as long as everyone present can reach it or an octave of it. You take a deep breath, and start singing that note, droning it from deep in your belly. Start with the syllable "AAAAAAAAA," and at your own chosen pace, gradually warp it into the syllable "OOOOOOOOO," and when you feel your breath starting to go, bring it around to "MMMMMMMMM." Then take a deep breath and start over. Repeat until time stops.
It's okay if your note wanders a little. It's okay if you can't carry a tune and miss altogether, as long as there are enough people who can. Tonal and harmonic imperfections can lend a weird kind of resonance that actually helps things, somehow. So do the random variations that result from everybody running out of breath and starting over at different, overlapping times: the sound takes on a sort of slow unpredictable pulse.
Just about any group of people who do OM will find that when they're done, they are at least more telepathic than they were when they started. It's just about impossible to do it for any lengtho of time, and still remain [i]totally[/i] locked inside your skull, chained to your personality.
Who will OM with me?
|Sunday, August 3rd, 2003|
Major storm last night which caused some outages. My internet connection has been down all day (it only just came back up). So has my phone line (which is still not functioning). Its better than being without power and air conditioning though - especially since its been 95 degrees and about 200% humidity.
I'm feeling pretty good. I went to the gym for a bit but mostly have been reading all day - Spider Robinson's "Callahan's Key." - Spider has to be the most upbeat and positive person in the world. His books ALWAYS make me feel good. His puns make me groan (in the best of all possible ways) - his jokes make me laugh out loud - and his humanism - his hopes for humanity - give me hope as well. What an amazing man. I should just remember anytime I'm feeling down all I have to do is pick up one of his books to brighten my world.
Work - I got a lot done last week - I'm actually hoping this week won't be too stressful.
8pm now - the day does seem to have gone too fast - I think I'm going to go read some more...
One thing - just a thank you - to my friends here. You're all wonderful.
Current Music: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
|Thursday, July 31st, 2003|
Thursday Night Update
I think all the work - and stress from work is getting to me - or maybe I'm just coming down with something... but tonight I'm not feeling very well at all.
With luck I can wrap up work by 4 or 5pm tomorrow and just take the weekend to rest - hopefully that's all I need.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to accept the new postion at work I've been offered - it will mean less travel (which has its pluses and minuses) but I think it will also mean less stress. Rather than working with customers, I'm going to be the customer - so I'll be setting deadlines, rather than the other way around.
|Wednesday, July 30th, 2003|
I just came back from my first ever Kickboxing class. I'm exhausted! I can run easily for an hour - 2 hours with a bit more effort - sometimes I go to the gym and do an hour of running and an hour of weights - but this 45 minute class killed me. Not only was I pouring sweat and breathing heavy, but my legs ached - still do. WOW - what a workout!!!
I'm not sure this is standard kickboxing though - does anyone know? This class was actually called "Kick and Box" and was 45 minutes pretty much non-stop aerobic that incorporated punching and kicking as well as using weights and weight bars - moving the whole time in step to the music.
Tough work out... I'm definitely going to try and go once a week (along with Pilates once a week and running and weights on alternate days).