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Today was a lovely day, and yesterday wasn’t half bad, either.  Friday, also lots of goodness.

Breakfast, my Sunday usual activity, had two rarely seen faces: Cody and Chris Koch, who’s now at SFU.

After breakfast, I played some tennis, succeeding in: a) getting sunburned, b) proving I’m not very good at tennis, and c) learning that French Toast is not a good pre-prolonged-exercise meal.  I was very shaky.  But having something to blame == excellent!

This evening Susie and I got a phone call from Boris/James, who had been out crabbing, and we got invited over to James’ place for about $150 of fresh crabs.  So, so SO delicious.  We ran out of butter, that’s how much crab there was. Rachael was there too. She hadn’t eaten crab in years and years—she thought she didn’t like it.  I think we cured her of that misconception!

I’ve been a little silent on the blog recently, but that’s because I have a few things kicking around my head that aren’t bloggable material.  Nevertheless, they’re kind of clogging up my blog hole, so I"m trying to figure out how to clear them out of the way so I can write about what else is on my mind.  So, I though I’d try to dismiss them here and see if that helped.

First of all, Matt, my brother-in-law / employee / housemate.  There are some issues simmering here, and I appear to have very little ability to influence this relationship.

Second, finances and taxes.  It’s not bad news, nor is it good news—it’s just complicated.  And a moving target.

Third, balancing a social life and still having time to myself, and time to spend with Susie.  It’s hard, and complicated, and again: things aren’t bad, but ponder-ful.

And lastly, my mom and sister Virginia.  I miss them, and will be seeing them soon, but I feel like channels of communication aren’t as open here as they used to be.  It makes it tough, and yes, it’s my fault.  I’m busy these days, and distracted.  Having Justin, the new employee, here for two weeks of training, was critical but difficult.

There.  Let’s see if that garburates some of what I needed to say, and if this week reveals more blog posts.


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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“I play with variables constantly.”

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

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