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Carbon Paper

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I was talking w/an old high school friend today and one of us made a reference to “Carbon Copy”. Then he said “I wonder how many people these days would even know what carbon paper is?“, to which I replied “Most of the people I work with would just assume it’s something to do with scientific findings used to age Fossils“, at which point I quickly added “… and they’d be pretty much right about that!“.

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01/31/2007 at 1:43 pm

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I’m Afraid Not

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Although I feel a little less ‘off kilter’ then yesterday’s morose post, I still somewhat frazzled and easily jarred. I’m starting to realize that the childhood dreams I had of being chased by monsters, those is which my efforts to run felt like doing so in waist-deep water, were not simply nightmares, but were prophetic premonitions of what lied ahead, in the realm of adult responsibilities :-). I’m trying to stay on top of and current with so many things at once but that is just not my forte, and every once in awhile my cup runneth over. I’d like to say that I always have things tied down and secure, cinched in place, bound tightly together to prevent damage or loss in transit. Perhaps I do, but as a result, I’m a frayed knot.

The beautiful irony here is that I’m finalizing and posting this as I sit and await the start of a work sponsored seminar on ‘Managing Multiple Priorities’. I signed up as soon as I saw the first two words, expecting that anything related to managing multiples, be it kids, priorities or personalities, w/be of use :-)

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01/30/2007 at 10:53 am

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I’m Afraid Not

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Although I feel a little less ‘off kilter’ then yesterday’s morose post, I still somewhat frazzled and easily jarred. I’m starting to realize that the childhood dreams I had of being chased by monsters, those is which my efforts to run felt like doing so in waist-deep water, were not simply nightmares, but were prophetic premonitions of what lied ahead, in the realm of adult responsibilities :-). I’m trying to stay on top of and current with so many things at once but that is just not my forte, and every once in awhile my cup runneth over. I’d like to say that I always have things tied down and secure, cinched in place, bound tightly together to prevent damage or loss in transit. Perhaps I do, but as a result, I’m a frayed knot.

The beautiful irony here is that I’m finalizing and posting this as I sit and await the start of a work sponsored seminar on ‘Managing Multiple Priorities’. I signed up as soon as I saw the first two words, expecting that anything related to managing multiples, be it kids, priorities or personalities, w/be of use :-)

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01/30/2007 at 10:53 am

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The Dark Side Of The Mood

Ironically, this post, following one about maintaining my perspective, is all about losing it. But then again, some might say that the optimistic, reflective, well-intentioned tone of the majority of my more personal posts are delusional, while posts like this reflect a more sober take on the realities we all face. I’m not clear on which is ‘right’ at this moment, but I am clear on the fact that right now, I’m in one hell of a shitty mood and my outlook and attitude are bitter, angry, and aggressively defensive.
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01/29/2007 at 9:36 am

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2 stars)

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend image“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a bitter superwoman scorned! Fed up with his manipulative girlfriend, Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman), New Yorker Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) gives her the heave-ho and moves on with his life, leaving the heartbroken Jenny — aka G-girl — to do everything within her superpowers to humiliate Matt. Director Ivan Reitman‘s slapstick fantasy comedy also stars Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson and Eddie Izzard.”

Geoff’s Comments: I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but this was moderately enjoyable. Or, to be succinct, it didn’t suck as much as I’d expected it to. I’m not a big Luke Wilson fan and I would imagine it’d have been a better movie with better casting, but it gave me a chuckle or two, and I enjoyed seeing Rainn Wilson outside The Office.

[ rent My Super Ex-Girlfriend via netflix.com]

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01/29/2007 at 8:08 am

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2 stars)

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend image“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a bitter superwoman scorned! Fed up with his manipulative girlfriend, Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman), New Yorker Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) gives her the heave-ho and moves on with his life, leaving the heartbroken Jenny — aka G-girl — to do everything within her superpowers to humiliate Matt. Director Ivan Reitman‘s slapstick fantasy comedy also stars Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson and Eddie Izzard.”

Geoff’s Comments: I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but this was moderately enjoyable. Or, to be succinct, it didn’t suck as much as I’d expected it to. I’m not a big Luke Wilson fan and I would imagine it’d have been a better movie with better casting, but it gave me a chuckle or two, and I enjoyed seeing Rainn Wilson outside The Office.

[ rent My Super Ex-Girlfriend via netflix.com]

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01/29/2007 at 8:08 am

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Keeping My Perspective

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I’ve caught myself doing something recently that I wanted to document and share. It’s something that helps snap me back to reality and keep my perspective on “the bigger picture”. Every few days, driving to and from work, I’ll catch sight of somebody in a motorized wheelchair, or I’ll see a school outing of kids with disabilities. I try and just imagine how it might change my life to be in that situation. And in doing so, consciously, I take all the little nit-picky issues and complaints I have with the demands of parenting, the workload at the office, the lack of time in a day, hell.. even my posted techo-frustrations, encounters with bad drivers or poor customer support, and I hold it up against that individual’s circumstances. It stops me cold in my tracks, and I mentally slap myself upside the head. And I recognize, in the grand scheme of things, how good I really do have it, and how grateful I am for so many things that I take for granted, Things that somebody else less fortunate then I might see as a gift they’ll long for over a lifetime, and never obtain.

This is not to say I won’t write and rant about some of these things. It just means that I’ll continue do so with a sense of humor, and that I realize that it’s a gift just to be able to do so.

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01/26/2007 at 8:00 am

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