Geek at the cool table, cool at the geek table. (aspiring2live) wrote,
Geek at the cool table, cool at the geek table.

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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