February 1, 2017
Another week. I ordered a Deadpool mask.
- Did a job interview a couple of weeks ago. Thought it went pretty well, but it doesn’t look like I’m getting the job. Oh well. It was a local coffee company. One of the things that stood out to me was the specification that applicants aren’t smokers. I’ve speculated at various times that where I am currently might implement such a ban, especially after they reduced the areas where employees can go to smoke. People leaving cigarette butts on the ground outside has always been a problem, and I even found one in a trash can in the area where we box cheese–likely left thrown their after someone went out for a smoke, just sitting right on top of the trash. Given that some of the higher ups smoke and half the workforce smoke, it would likely be some time and effort before such a ban is implemented.
- So I was at Home Depot the other day, looking into a number of ideas for projects. Mostly just getting a vague idea of what type of gear I can or should get to do a lot of the projects I have in mind. Big one I was drooling over was a table saw. I’m thinking of building a few bookshelves and eventually a couple of desks–one for a computer and one for drawing. More of a project for when I’ve got a house of my own situated. The desk might end up being built into a wall, so I’m planning on that being after the housing saga is close to its conclusion.
- I was thinking about how other people working nights make relationships work. A lot are married, but there are a few people who are still single. Everybody is a little different, but I do think being in a relationship while working nights can be tricky. It seems to require a high level of patience, understanding and commitment. Part of the reason why I’m glad I remained single. In the past I’ve pondered the usefulness of a rebound relationship and have tried to avoid getting into anything based in desperation. People are fond of saying, “You’re 30, blah, blah, blah…” but isn’t the point to not rush and form better long-term plans?
- My father and uncle are in the process of getting a solar company to put panels on some of the farmland–the farm I grew up on until I was thirteen. It has been controversial in a myriad of ways. While I’m all for expanding solar panel usage, I do have some doubts about the situation. My family and the surrounding neighbors aren’t necessarily… “progressive.” Solar energy is something I’ve been very interested in though. When I was a heartbeat away from farming, something I had thought about was seeing if it would be possible to use part of a field for some panels. Nothing too elaborate. At the time I was thinking that they were pretty heavy into dairy and it might not be a bad idea to diversify a little–solar energy, pigs, maybe bit more foodstuffs, lately I’m thinking about goats, etc. Anyway, solar energy is a market I think there could be a lot of potential for. I’m sure there will be a fair amount of excitement with the process my family has set into motion.
November 30, 2016
I am on vacation next week. Nothing really exciting planned or going on there, but it is happening.
- If there is any kind of mercy to be had, the Trump Presidency will be brief. Seems to me that all we are getting is conflicts of interest and people who shouldn’t be anywhere near the positions they are in. Hard to drain the swamp when everybody working for you is dependent on it. Then there’s the recount. Given that Trump spent most of his candidacy questioning the legitimacy of the process, it is only right to do it. When he undermines the process, he should not complain when somebody else wants to make sure it was done right. Also, Clinton did not ask for the recount. Jill Stein did. And in three states. But why stop there? I say do all fifty states. Just to be fair and sure.
- I do wonder what’s going to happen when Trump supporters realize how many of his promises he’s going to break. Or when all the infighting of his administration prevents anything from getting done. My big question is how many people go down when it does fall to pieces?
- Personally, I hope there is considerably more focus being given to the runoff Senate election in Louisiana next month than recounts. While I do believe Trump is already going to have a difficult time pushing his agenda through Congress, another Democrat in the Senate would be a bonus.
- Saw Doctor Strange last Friday. Good movie. Not great, I thought they could have done more with the story. Other than that, it went the directions I thought it would have. Really played up a lot of the Steve Ditko elements from the early days of the character. The bulk of my Black Friday adventure there. Going to try to work in Fantastic Beasts this weekend.
- Been thinking about how to fix a few mistakes. Set a few wrongs to right. Always the hard part, isn’t it? Easier to give up sometimes. Maybe I’ll have a stroke of genius.
November 26, 2016
So, it has been a bit of a down year all around. I was going to wait until after Christmas to reflect on the year as a whole, but I get the feeling December is just going to be going through the motions and mailing it in. The United States and Britain seem destined to complete their self-destruction as the icons we grew up with continue to pass away. So 2016 really has become the year where we lost ourselves.
Bowie, Rickman, Prince, Castro, Cohen, Glass, Henderson… We have lost a lot of people who defined who we were and how we feel about ourselves. People get annoyed when people get upset over celebrities dying, but it is important to remember that these people form a part of our culture and how we regard ourselves. After a bad at work I’ve been know to put on Bowie’s Hunky Dory and listen to “Kooks” and that usually makes me feel better. Or unwind to an episode of Serenity. Or quote any number of Rickman’s memorable lines. And so on. Even Fidel Castro, in his own way, had his role in the formation of our culture. So it is reasonable to feel something significant when people of their presence in our lives pass away.
2016 was really a wash year. We were so self-destructive this year. Even in my personal attempts to turn the anger and angst into something productive were heavily caught up in the waves of… whatever. For lack of a better way to put it, we drowned ourselves in our own bullshit this year. This whole year was about self-destruction.
- I think that on a global and national scale, we are poised to see a lot more instability. I just look at the players involved and some what’s unfolding and those do not bode well in my mind.
- I think I will be in some kind of relationship in 2017. How serious of one, I don’t know. I’ve gone on a date or two, but things have been a bit too hectic to really get a read on anything. Who knows? Somebody was telling me that it sometimes takes a up to a year and a half to get over a break-up, depending on how long and serious the relationship. Part of the reason I’m glad I haven’t gotten into a relationship yet. I think I did need the time to figure out how responsible I was for the state of things there and I do feel I’ve reached a point where I’ve shouldered my share. I’ve taken responsibility for my mistakes and learned from them.
- Probably will be getting a new job next year. I’ve been ready to move on for a long time and I’m feeling more and more like it has been dragged out longer than it should. I’m not foolish enough to state a time table without a plan in place, but I’m thinking it will happen.
- I will be doing something more productive with artwork. We will see.
November 9, 2016
Some updates, I suppose…
- I am surprisingly proud of myself for voting for Bill “Space Man” Lee. He won’t win and probably would be a disaster if he did, but I’m glad I didn’t vote for the more of the same from Sue Minter and Phil Scott for Vermont’s next governor. I wish I had more thought to voting for Jill Stein.
- I really think Congress needs to have term limits. My primary reason: imagine if Bernie had been running for President ten years ago. People wonder why Washington is so corrupt, but don’t think about the fact that they basically set themselves up for life and have incredible job security.
- I got to draw a coworker as He-Man. He seemed pretty pleased by it. Wants me to print it off and get it framed for him. He’s offered to pay me for it. Basically became the excuse I’ve been looking for to get a Printer for larger format drawings. Need to get some higher quality paper for these print jobs. Feeling good about art again.
- Was thinking about the post from a week or two ago about a Woman’s Responsibility. I said something about my ex and how I felt like she hadn’t really taken responsibility for how her own choices and actions. Though I might not have articulated it properly, I do think there’s a point there to be made. No matter how good or bad the relationship was, responsibility should be equal. That was the point I wanted to make and in break-ups it can be easy to assume it was the fault of one person or the other, but it should and usually is equal.