Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


RL Journaling

Filed under: Art,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,Life, the Universe, and Everything,Personal,Things to Read — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Snake which is just before lunchtime or 11:58 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Sometimes, we just have to get offline.
No, that’s not some kind of freaky metaphor for life or anything like that. It’s true. I live a lot of my inner life right here on my blog, but, sometimes, I need to step away from the computer and record private thoughts on nice, safe paper. If you like what you read here, my journals could really excite you.
I bring this up because I saw something the other day that really excited me: the Five Year Journal. It’s a simple idea, really, just an open format journal that gives you space to record just a few sentences about your day, for every day of the year, for five years. And, I have to admit, as wordy as I get both on-line and off, forcing myself to condense things to a couple of sentences or phrases could be an excellent exercise. Like writing a haiku, but the haiku of my life.
Anyway, thought I’d share this with the few folks who read my little blog. You can get it at Amazon: The 5 Year Journal.


Filed under: Advice from your Uncle Jim,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Rat which is in the wee hours or 12:08 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Okay, I’ll make some that are serious.
So, this coming year, I’ll make a couple of more serious New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. I will stop dating married women. (Yeah, there are a couple of stories here and, no, you won’t see them on the blog.)
  2. I will stop smoking. Again. Well, cigarettes at least. Eventually. Back off! Remember I have a lighter and I know how to use it!
  3. I will have a more active social life, even if that means talking to total strangers and getting rejected over and over and over and ….
  4. I will read at least one book on Freemasonry and/or the Knights Templar
  5. I will read at least four books on spirituality and/or the history of the Bible
  6. I will talk about my crazy ex-wife less. Unless, egged on by friends who know I have a really, really funny riff about how crazy she really was and what it was like living with her like the time she told me to stop breathing. Yeah, really, no joke.
  7. I will volunteer for more charitable work, inside and outside my church.
  8. I will actually, officially, join my church.
  9. I will lose ten sixteen pounds, bringing my weight back under 180 pounds.
  10. I will make sure that Christmas and birthday presents arrive on time or early for my niece, nephews and ex-step-daughter, but I will not expect to hear that they recieved them at all, much less on time.
  11. I will get at least one more professional certificiation.
  12. I will start writing fiction for publication again.
  13. I will listen to other’s positive opinions about me more than I listen to my own negative opinions.
  14. I will pay random strangers compliments, because who can hear too many nice things about themselves?
  15. I will clean my house, ridding myself, piece by piece, of all my ex-wife’s junk.
  16. I will entertain at my clean house, inviting friends to bring friends, thereby expanding my circle of friends.
  17. UPDATE:

  18. I will learn to weld.
  19. I will weld aesthetically pleasing workout equipment for my own use.

(And, yes, I queued this up to post just after midnight while I’m out. I take that Geek moniker just so far.)

Advice from your Uncle Jim:
"A man is known by the company his mind keeps."
   --Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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