“I need some distraction…”

The combination of a) cleaning my depressingly far-gone office; b) sleeping in too long this morning; c) expending too much time and emotional energy on a political debate; and d) finishing a fairly gloomy SF novel (The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman) have left me in a less than uplifted state. If anyone has anything happy to say, it would be welcomed.

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  1. I had ice cream and panini today and they were both gooooood. 😀

  2. I’ve had a pretty good day, but it sounds like you need cheering up.


    I really wish you’d come visit me at school! That would be really fun, but you’d have to hang about with me and a bunch of hippie, stoner types for a bit. Not that we’re all hippie types, but you know what I mean.

    Anyway, come visit!

    1. you’d have to hang about with me and a bunch of hippie, stoner types

      Oh geez, I don’t know if could cope with that… I mean, what with my aging hippie mother, and going drumming with hippies every other week, and living with my recently uncloseted latent hippie wife… I’m just all hippie’d out 😉

      Juuuuuust kidding. I’d love to. We just need to figure out a date that works for all of us. Would it be feasible to bring the kids up too, or would it be better to find someone to watch them?

      1. You’re welcome to bring the kids!

        Perhaps we should wait a bit until we’re all settled in, schedule-wise, but anytime is rockin for us, especially weekends.

    2. Are you all stoner types? 😉

      1. I’ll never tell! ;c)

  3. It is only a few short weeks until the beginning of autumn, with the first hints of crispness in the air, the latest flowers blooming just before the leaves burn brilliant colors and it becomes the perfect time for hot apple cider with cinnamon, hot chocolate, and long philosophical walks that end in toasty kisses. =)

    In just a week there’s a holiday weekend…one more day to sleep in!

    The internet makes amazing things possible, not the least of which is meeting awesome people you might never have known otherwise. 😉

    And I challenge you not to feel at least a little cheered up or to grin after watching this once or twice: http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/kenya/


    1. hot apple cider with cinnamon, hot chocolate, and long philosophical walks that end in toasty kisses

      Hot damn, that DOES sound nice. God I love the fall.

      Thanks 🙂

  4. Love Haldeman.

    The Forever War was very good. Just about everything I’ve read by both Jack and Joe are awesome. The Haldeman’s have earned a place of respect in my collection next to RAH and LNS.

    1. Re: Love Haldeman.

      I didn’t enjoy it as much as Heinlein or John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, the book that indirectly lead me to Haldeman in the first place. But it was a decent yarn, and it improved towards the end.

      Much of the SF written in the 60s seems as if it comes from a parallel universe to me. In many ways it feels more dated and foreign than what was written before, in the 40s and 50s. Many of the assumptions about how society would change, and about what issues would remain pressing, just seem so farfetched to the modern reader. The obsession with sex was a little off-putting – it felt far more arbitrary and forced than a typical Heinlein novel, almost as if he were writing for Playboy and had to keep the content topical. But all in all, I enjoyed it.

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