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I regret having never focused in chemistry class... - The Rancho Commons
Note to self: no whining, no slacking
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I regret having never focused in chemistry class...
Three days back on the anti-depressant after missing a few days due to a near death stomach virus of sorts. I haven't been hit that hard and been that sick in, literally, decades. I'm better now, though the sinuses continue to be overzealous. Slight cough resulting.

However, it's 5 days till Christmas and I am not wanting to die. This is known in my house as progress, or at least in my brain. But then, any queries as to the what/when/where/how/who details of all holiday scheduling draws a blank stare from me. I just left all the "planning" to Allie and told here to frequently remind me when to show up. My job, which is enough, is to be civil and engaged to her expectations. Not one of the bullet points on the marriage brochure as I recall it. Resistance is futile. I was assimilated a long time ago.

Add 5 (+++++) positivity marks to that above paragraph and it will be in the spirit I originally intended.

I imagined (or did I?) someone sent me a message through the LJ feed of the PostSecret website. It isn't the first time. Do you do that? Read those cards and say to yourself, "Man, are they talking to/about me?" I love reading them, though.

Jury duty was a bust. I had car and traffic issues last Wednesday morning when I was due to show up at 0900 as an alternate juror. I was 30 unavoidable minutes late! They excused me. Ha! I'll be late from now on! ;-) I still got credit for going through the process and, although I could be called in the remaining 2 weeks, it isn't likely. Now to wriggle out of District duty January 23.

ADD people shouldn't have to do jury duty. In fact, if I am ADD, and I actually got a diagnosis of ADD, I probably would be excused. Is it worth the label to get the free ticket out from now on? Nah, not unless I got one of those handicapped parking placards to hang on my car mirror. Kidding! I hate seeing seemingly healthy people using those.

I watched American History X this week. I had seen a small portion of it before and finally watched it all. The central character is played by Edward Norton (of Fight Club fame, another movie you should see) and he is a Neo-Nazi Skinhead. I recommend it.



After serving hard time in prison for crimes related to his personal views, he decides on a different course. He's tired of hating and blaming and he sees his younger brother plummeting headlong into the same lifestyle; a lifestyle he now believes to be in error. His most trusted advisor is his former high school principal, a black man.

It is powerfully moving and powerfully acted. In fact, if strong (very strong) language or racial (very racial) epithets are offensive to you, you may not be able to get past those things to absorb the dense truths in this movie. Here's the bottom line I came away with, at no charge to you: You can't blame the ills of society, the social injustices, on any one man/woman, or group of men/women, or league/federation/order/fraternity/society/country/race/political view/whatever of people. We are all to blame. We are all humans and none perfect. The "human condition" as it's known, is none other than the result of human efforts, good or bad. To blame any sub-group is to waste time missing the point: we can only account for ourselves. We can strive to do good, or do ill, it is only our choice.

A small quote to end the review:

Bob Sweeney (the High School principal): There was a moment... when I used to blame everything and everyone...for all the pain and suffering and vile things that happened to me, that I saw happen to my people. Used to blame everybody. Blamed white people, blamed society, blamed God. I didn't get no answers 'cause I was asking the wrong questions. You have to ask the right questions.

Derek Vinyard (Ed Norton): Like what?

Bob Sweeney: Has anything you've done made your life better?


The boys are home now, no homework. The Gameboy Advance games they recently bought (used) with their allowance money have really made the house a quieter place. We don't have any other game consoles so computer games are their only other option. They are mesmerized whenever those things are in their hands. It's a good way to teach moderation, that is, if I knew anything about that myself.

I know there wasn't much of a point to this rambling post. But it IS a post.
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mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: December 20th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved American History X! Awesome movie...
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: December 21st, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I liked it, too. I'm going to seek out more Ed Norton roles, see if he's this good in everything.
psychfringe From: psychfringe Date: December 21st, 2006 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
hiya bruce:)
Im glad you survived your flu...im terrified of getting the flu.
seriously.
*knocks wood*

youre a good man, charlie brown;)

Merry christmas, eh
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: December 21st, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey Cin! Well, not really flu, more of a 24 hour type bug. BAD, but not flu bad.

youre a good man, charlie brown;)

I know, after thinking about it, that you wrote this because of my icon. But, I got the biggest smile on my face when I read it because Allie says this to me all. the. time. Made my day.

Merry Christmas to you as well.
acey From: acey Date: December 21st, 2006 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been reading Post Secret for aeons and didn't realize they had an lj link. Thanks for that. :) Hope you feel better soon! Hi to Allie and I hope you all enjoy your Christmas festivities as much as possible. :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: December 21st, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah, no prob on the link. Listen, the way I find most of my RSS feeds (syndicated journals or web pages outside of LJ) is by checking out my friends list userinfo pages. I look at what they are subscribed to and see if there's anything I want.

Also, if you are a paying member of LJ, you can syndicate your own feeds to bring in something you like to read so you don't have to remember to go there every day. You can just read it in your LJ friends list. It's pretty easy to do, actually.
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