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So, if you read the most recent entries on this blog, you’ll stumble across Something Awful, something that I think is truly shameful, and almost unforgivable.

They’re boring.

Yes, I know this.  You have been suffering reading them, and I want to tell you, you’re not alone.  I’m sure others have found them boring, too.  In fact, I have found myself bored writing them, and bored reading them later.  And then I get bored again when I go in and fix the dumb typos.

I mean, come on: “My Mac has been running for 9 days?” “Celebrity Sighting: Julianna Margulies”—does anyone really care?  “Video Servers, Web Cams, and Me”?  Wow, is that ever crap!

The reason, dear reader, is this: photographs.  Frankly, I’ve been taking too many photographs, and at 1,000 words per, I’m drained.

I’m only partially facetious here.  I have clearly noticed that, when I take a few photos of an event, my description of that event becomes framed by, and inclusive only of, the things I’ve photographed.

I’m going to keep taking pictures, and writing this blog.  But I promise you that I’ll tell more stories, funnier, better, wittier.  And it won’t even cost you six million dollars to rebuild me.

I’ll start now, with a little description of a hiking trip I went on last weekend.  I now present… The Six Men Who Went up a Mountain!

No, that still sounds boring.  OK, how about: “Uphill All the Way—The Story of Scout Camp 2005”  There, that’s better.  Go make some popcorn, then click next…


“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?







So, I made some popcorn, got all set to click next and . . . next . . . hmmm . . now, that would be found . . . hmm . . . where was that again . . . hmmm . . .now let's see, next would be right . . . . . .

(why does 'Notify me of follow-up comments?' have a question mark?)

Oh, well, I guess I'll just go ahead and post this comment. Now, where is that post button...let's see...maybe it's over...

OH, there it is. Or rather there it is under the new name submit, like the button I use to make a payment in my online banking. That would be it over there, two columns over from my preview column with my personal identifying information inbetween them. Got it.

It's so nice to see you posting to your blog again (or would that be submitting?...) and exploring the new site has been a pleasure.

PS you wouldn't consider using 'post' again, would you? -- It simply has certain echoes I like.

PPS If the preview section has print that fits to the column width, could the comment composing column do the same? If you want to know why I'm asking that, let me know. I'll share.

Do you have a talent for identitying your posters (postees?) by their style? We'll see.

Anxiously awaiting the next post. You were missed.

Yours truly,
Avid Reader


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