Tuesday, December 26, 2006

For Auld Lang Syne My Dear

Normally I would do this in my journal and not share it, but it has become a tradition of mine to look back on the old year as the New Year approaches. (The other tradition is watching the camp classic Army of Darkness.) Instead I think I’ll do it on my blog this year. It’ll certainly beat the normal course I take of complaining about the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition that calls for sauerkraut on this day. I still hate the tradition by the way, but I think I made it clear last year. I’m okay with the pork but skip the disgusting pickled cabbage.

While this has not been the best of years for me, it has certainly not been the worst and it seems that I’ve learned some things about myself and it is this I usually reflect on. I was finally able to start earning a decent amount of money online and that I can achieve goals if I stick to them. If this is simply because I might have Asperger’s Syndrome (which I’ve never been officially tested for but several people have strong suspicions it might be the case.)

All in all it does not seem to have been an incredible or Earth-shaking year as far as life lessons are concerned. The year my mother died and the events that led up to it were a much stronger test for me. While I think I understand what is meant by personal growth now, it was not immediately clear to me for a long time and while I think I have grown somewhat, I also know to be weary of such personal judgments because I am hardly unbiased when it comes to evaluating personal progress. I’m willing to bet most of my readers aren’t either, at least when it comes to evaluating themselves.

It’s been a relatively stable year for the most part and little has changed, but on the other hand it looks like it’ll be a straight line from here on out. I hope all of you have a Happy New Year and can suggest something to me to replace the sauerkraut.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Merry Christmas!

As I will likely be online but not necessarily blogging over the next two weeks, I thought I'd take the opportunity to wish people a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holidays whatever you happen to be celebrating.

And one question -- is it legal to strangle a younger relative because he insists that you said you'd buy him Lego products in the mall when in fact you did not and are on record as saying you will not buy him anything Lego or Lego-like?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

     Well, I've been a little busy lately. I'm still debating whether or not to quit my day job, since quitting means I have to pay Medicare and Social Security taxes, on the other hand, it means I do not have to pay the ridiculously stupid occupational privilege tax that some past Pennsylvania politician thought was a good idea.  (Really paying for the privilege to work in a certain town?  It's a stupid idea but if you move to another town in Pennsylvania you are not immune since all PA towns have it.)

    More or less this blog entry is to assure people I am not dead.  I am still alive and well as it were and have settled down to my writing project a little more seriously.  I may be less available for blog posts, but you can still reach me via e-mail if what you need to say is that important.

     Oh and to the one person who left the comment thinking I really was going to dedicate my blog exclusively to anti-Mormonism (and I don't mean our beloved Molly, who we will convert to our wicked ways yet), I have no intention of doing so.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

   I suppose I should sit down and write a blog entry but I've not been in the mood to write one lately.  In truth, I've not been in the mood to write much of anything which is making my other writing project suffer.    I could say the novel would go a little faster if the laptop I have was returned to me working, but as things stand right now I expect I'll get it back around Christmas whether it works or not.

      I guess I'm just posting to let you know I'm still living.   Not much has come up that's bloggable here lately, I've been in a more determined than introspective mode which I guess is good as I continue to work on some of my personal goals.