Where I make a strange comparison, consider a few points and just generally reflect on planning.

  • Still trying to get a good load of pages ready to go before I start posting Order of the Dragon again.  Still getting distracted.  Getting some of it done though.  Hoping the change in hours gets done soon.  Moving at the speed of bureaucracy, I guess.  Bit of staffing/scheduling clusterfuck going on.  Working on developing a new character for Order of the Dragon.  One who interrogates people with the method of flicking pistachio shells at them.  Not like I bought a pound of them and have been steadily working my way through them…
  • I think the head-games we put ourselves through are worse than anything other people can come up with.  Started thinking about this morning at work.  Partly due to the stuff going on there, partly some personal stuff.  I’m glad I’m at least trying to close this shit out though.  The number of problems that could be solved or avoided if people just got their own heads sorted out before dealing with someone else…
  • I remember way back in 2008, there was a bit of drama in the Democratic primary process.  There were a couple of states that wanted to move their primary up by a few weeks, which caused a fair amount of friction within the Democratic Party.  These primaries were effectively rendered irrelevant until the DNC could figure out what to do.  The majority of the candidates chose not to campaign there and went so far to remove their names from the ballots.  There were four that remained on the Michigan ballot at the time of their primary: Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Hillary Clinton.  I remember that being the event that really pushed me to support Obama.  My thinking was that walking away from those primaries was the right decision as it could potentially do more harm than good to campaign or remain on the ballot in those states.  Could unfairly sway that pool of voters in the favor of one candidate or another.  I started thinking about that after reading an article yesterday about how the Democrats are giving away the election–the Republicans are trying too, but I don’t think they’re alienating their base as effectively.  In some ways, I see Hillary Clinton becoming a Democrat version of Trump.  The comparison might be a bit weird, but the way her rhetoric has progressed makes me aware of a similar disconnect.
  • Getting more creative in my cooking.  Creating more variations on the fundamental ideas I work with.  Next week I might make the Chicken Parm stuff with fennel in it.  Just an idea I’m going to try.  I’m working on a plan where I cook a meal each night with a certain number of meals in leftovers to go over the next two or three days.  Enable more of a mix and still maintain a fresh selection.  Will involve more prep work later on, waiting on my hours to change to put that idea into motion.  Probably going to look into bulk orders of meat at some point, as that would probably make this whole thing a bit more feasible and cut costs a bit.  Want to do some more baking, but again, I’m waiting until the stuff with my hours is resolved.  Diversifying snacks to include stuff like pistachios and other things.
  • Tearing into my loans.  I’m a bit behind the pace I was hoping to have, a few things have interfered.  The systematic approach I have working is still viable, I need to get a couple more pieces in place.  Hoping to have that moving more efficiently soon.

Trying to get a more consistent posting schedule worked out beyond just whatever I feel like writing about that day.  I’m trying really hard to avoid spamming people with my nonsense, but I do like getting it out there that I have been getting some thoughts down that I at least find interesting.  I’m thinking one on Wednesday, one on the weekend.

That’s my little blurb, now onto my main point.  I’ve been thinking about rules.  One of my favorite lines from Doctor Who has been “Good men don’t need rules, today is not the day to find out why I have so many.”  We do need rules once in awhile, more that we have an idea where the edge of the path is.  We’re nowhere near good enough for that.  Anyway, I’m going to just outline and explain a few points about some rules I’ve been trying to follow.

One:  Whenever possible, turn a weakness into a strength.  In any case, I always look for ways to better myself.  Even if the chance to exercise those improvements is denied, I try to continue with learning.  I always considered an ability to learn and adapt to be one of the best human traits.

Two:  Follow through.  Get shit done, basically.  This is an interesting one.  Kinda a baseball reference–finish the motion–but it applies to real-life.  This kinda brings me to a bit of an anecdote.  My ex has still has a few things of mine that she has claimed she wants to get back to me.*  I have provided her with my address and suggested our various mutual contacts as intermediaries.  Yet nothing has happened in almost two months.  Yesterday, I contacted her, telling her to keep the stuff.  She might have reasons, but at the end of the day it is clear she has no interest in getting things done.  Hell, we would probably be married with a kid or three right now if she was.  Point is, get shit done and have some integrity to do so.

Three:  Never try to solve problems in the middle of the night.  Kind of a common sense thing.  If you try to solve too many problems in the night, you easily go too far one way or the other, losing the point.  Plus it is entirely too tempting to take a nap.  Nap-time: The only real solution.

Four:  No stagnation.  Keep moving forward.  Make better situations.  Create a new adventure.  You cannot hide in a comfort zone.

Five:  Maintain balance.  People are at their best when their mind and body are balanced.  This can entail a lot, but you have no balance in your life, you’re lost.


*Extra thought:  This was in the same exchange where she accused me of “trash-talking” her, which I roll my eyes about.  Been thinking about it a bit.  I admit to toeing that line once or twice, but I don’t think I ever went nearly as far as I could.  Was I making lewd references to activities with the Mexicans?  My coworkers did.  Not me.  I tried to keep it to commentary about my mental and emotional state and hers in relation to that.  If I went beyond that, it was not my intent and I deleted most if not all of the blurbs that potentially went too far.  I guess that would be perception as much as anything, she saw what she wanted to see and thought what she wanted to think of me.

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