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Need to move a little faster...

July 20, 2007 10:51 AM

Still not getting as much done as I want to. I’m also still not quite back up to snuff yet either.

Stupid me I rode to lunch with my jacket open too.

At least I’m back on the bike. I can’t stand driving the truck any more. I’ll drive it if the weather is an issue or I need to haul something but I think it’s going to be basically a winter vehicle from this point on. Which of course means that I have to get it fixed up before winter hits. That means the brakes, anti-freeze, oil change, filters, plugs, wiring, etc. Not cheap either...

Getting rid of the old wheeled office chairs at home. Those have been around my family for a long time now and I’ll be a little sad to see them go because they are sturdy chairs but I don’t need four of them and my daughter needs a different chair than I do so I’m just going to put all four on the street with a free sign. They should go pretty quickly.

Still behind outside but I’m concentrating on inside for the moment. Once we move all the stuff upstairs this weekend it’ll all sort out and then I can work on keeping less areas clean and have more time for outside stuff.

Cleaned out my fountain pen and now the thing writes like it’s new. I like that because I like writing on paper. I didn’t use to when I was a kid but now it’s become a private passion of mine.

I’d love one of those HUGE old leather and brass desk journals - the kind that require their own stand and are the size of the Oxford English Dictionary - but I don’t have any room for one. I have all the things I need to make one too except for paper in a large size. I wonder if they sell acid-free parchment in 11“x17”?

There’s a lot of things I wish I had the space for. Maybe that’s something I should look at now. If I manage to get rid of the truck I could store some of the stuff we have that requires a house of our own then I’d have space to work on things again. Have to think about it.

I’d like to put the overhead on my daughter’s desk but I’m not sure if it will block too much of the window or not. Have to do some measuring and mock it up. If it’s acceptable then I can get the one overhead out of the garage and put it on top of her desk and that will give me more space to work in there.

Really need to work on my dad’s bike. The summer is wasting away and I haven’t gotten anything done on it yet. I feel guilty...

My daughter is showing serious improvements but is still so compartmentalized that she only shows them someplace other than home. With the organization around the house we should be able to work with her better and she will be caught up to the same place at home as she is at school.

Was thinking about other kits I could build to build my electronics skills back up and have been considering the Enigma kit which emulates the old WWII Enigma encoding machines. Unfortunately it’s damn expensive and only available a couple of places. :-(

I really want to get so many things done in my life but there’s never enough time and I’m often so tired that I don’t want to do much of anything. Part of that is my health and my weight but part of that is mental. There are so many things that just keep turning out to take more and more of my time to fix. Things that leave me mentally fried and sometimes physically exhausted.

I miss sanding furniture. I find it funny that despite how little it paid and how intensive it was I enjoying it. It was simple and it made sense and the person in charge depended on my judgment. I wasn’t being second-guessed on my choices or asked to set specific goals and complete them on time. If something needed done I got it done then moved on to the next thing. I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be. If someone gives you a job to do they should be able to expect that you complete that job under your own power. They shouldn’t have to push you or micro-manage you or any of that.

That’s all rats in a maze or cogs in a great machine and people aren’t cogs and they aren’t rats and I’ll be damned if I ever think that way!

I think the animated movie The Incredibles had it right. If you haven’t seen it I won’t spoil it for you but it’s a good rental and shows how society treats anybody that is “special”. One of the best lines out of there is between a kid and his mother:

“Everyone’s special Dash.”
“Which is another way of saying no one is.”

I refuse to believe that all people are the same and should be treated the same way. The reason we have heros in life, and I’m talking about real-life heros like the guy that stops and armed robbery or the fireman that rescues children from a burning building, is because someone is better than someone else. If those people weren’t better then they would never try their best to exceed expectations. I mean why would you want to excel if everyone is treated the same?

And if you’re wondering if you are better or worse than the person next to you? Well that’s up to you isn’t it?




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