Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Old Year New Year

There are just over six hours left in 2013, as I write this.  I have plenty to say about the incredible year I have had, but it'll have to wait a day or two.  I am resting up for a night on the town, my first New Year's Eve celebrating in more than ten years.

Meanwhile, I found this.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

So Many Things, So Little Time

Time is not usually my friend, especially around the holidays.  There are so many obligations, so many options for work and play, work-related parties and events, friend and family gatherings.  All of it is wonderful and I am grateful to have so many options.  But it is often overwhelming.

One of many things I have learned during the four-year self-discovery journey I have blogged about is that I am happiest when I take control of my options.  This year has been one of my happiest in years and it is no coincidence that I chose the right collection of options.

I'll be a little light on details in this post, but let me say my Christmas vacation has been incredible so far and it's not even over yet.  It began last week with a visit to see a very good friend in North Carolina.  She has helped me with my journey more than I have words for and it was great to spend time updating our lives since we last saw each other back in the summer.  And I've helped her too. We have each reached some milestones in our lives during the past year and we celebrated with wine and music and laughter.

Then I returned home and have spent more days with a new local friend.  Yes, a female friend, and it has grown into quite an 'interesting' friendship.  I will keep the details mostly private for now but I will say I am surprised and happy with the situation.

The thing I did not do this year was my complete road trip home.  I have my reasons.  So I missed spending some time with another close friend.  And I missed spending time with my sister and numerous cousins.  I hope to see them in the spring.

Making choices often means picking some things over others, even though you want to do it all.  So many things to do, so little time to do them.  But all things considered, this has been a wonderful week, and like I said, it's not even done yet.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Did you buy a Mega Millions ticket today?  As I write this, the drawing has not been held yet, but there is a chance that someone will win $636 million tonight. Actually the chance is 1-in-259,000,000.  There is zero chance I will win because I did not by a ticket.  I was busy.  But I have purchased them in the past despite the odds.  One shot in 259 million is still better than zero.

So those odds involve huge numbers and it’s difficult to picture what that really means.  So with the help of a web site I stumbled on, let’s look at a few things that are more likely to happen to you than winning enough money to buy a million dollar condo in each of your favorite 600 cities.

Your odds of being diagnosed with hemorrhoids is 25-t0-1.  Flying with a drunk pilot? 117-to-1.  I’d rather have hemorrhoids.  Actually I did.  TMI?

What are the odds of bowling a perfect 300?  11,500-to-1.  Dating a supermodel? 88,000-to-1.  Where do I buy that ticket?  All things considered, those look like good odds.  There is a 576,000-to-1 chance you or I will be struck by lightning.

Here is my favorite:  The odds of being crushed to death by a vending machine are 112,000,000-to-1.  Still better odds than winning tonight’s Mega Million jackpot.

If you could buy tickets for a chance to have any of those things happen to you, would you?  Supermodel, yes.  The others, no.  Of course there is no good reason to want to ‘win’ any of those prizes.  But the possibility of winning $636, 000, 000 for an ‘investment’ of one dollar?  I like the odds no matter how small.  And you?

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Just a few Twitter-length random thoughts swimming in my head tonight:

My job is a combination of three distinct-but-related jobs, but my title should really be Director of Fixing Other People’s Mistakes.  I spent at least an hour of my workday today revising commercials that could have easily been done correctly the first time by those who wrote the original scripts.

I need to sleep more.  Until about a year ago I laughed at the thought that we need eight or more hours of sleep a night.  Seven is fine, even less is fine.  I thought.  But not really.  I need eight.  I rarely get eight.

Are you old enough to know that the title of this blog post is the name of a movie?  Do you know who the star is?

Without activating my ego too much, let me point out that sometimes I can predict the future.  I knew that a certain upcoming local fund-raiser concert originally starring a couple of well-known singers was going to have trouble.  Wrong location for the target ticket-buyer, not quite enough star power for the particular night and a much too expensive ticket price.  Yes, it’s raising money for a very worthy cause and yes, people would spend that kind of money for that particular organization.  But you need bigger stars and a different venue.  Nobody asked me and I didn’t say anything because people far smarter than me seemed OK with it.  Today I got word that the event is cancelled.  No official reason, but you can probably guess it.

I decided to shorten my upcoming road trip.  I'll do the part I cancelled sometime in the spring.  Just wasn’t up to that long of a drive this winter and my car needs a little work anyway.

I am soooo ready to do the part of the trip I didn’t cancel.  And I’m pretty excited about some plans I have here when I get back. 

At this time last year I was packing boxes and preparing for a move, figuratively and literally.  I changed address, moved into a place on my own and began a new chapter in my life. This year is ending even better than it started.  Ahhhh, the power of visualization. 

And this blog post is ending now so I can get to bed and get eight hours of sleep.  Maybe.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Schools and most local and Federal government offices are closed today.  There wasn't as much snow as expected and as of this afternoon, it's done.  Temps in the teens tonight, so driving will suck tonight and tomorrow, but for today it was pretty good.  And quite beautiful.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


More random thoughts and observations …

My nose is red like Rudolph’s.  No, I’m not drunk.  I have a very bad cold and I’ve been blowing my nose a lot for the past three days, especially today.  Rubbing the nose red.

I hate being sick.  I rarely get sick, other than one or two colds a year.  Guess this is the first one of the season.  And I am so busy at work that I have to go in.  I’ve cancelled everything else this week. 

I think I write short sentences when I’m sick.  Long is the norm when I’m well.

My Thanksgiving week was one of the best in the past twenty years and I can’t even elaborate on the subject here for privacy reasons.  Wow.

Cough, cough, sniffle, sneeze, cough, Kleenex, yuck.  Did I mention I hate being sick.

The holidays are here, specifically Hanukkah and the Christmas season.  Maybe I’ll keep my religious rant under control this year.  If you’re a regular reader you know I think it is ridiculous that so many people are afraid to say Merry Christmas.  Regardless of the commercial path this holiday has taken, it is named for Christ.  At the very minimum, he is a significant public figure.  You don’t have to believe anything else about him to recognize his influence over centuries.  Merry Christmas!  The point is not to claim Christianity is the only path, the point is to recognize other paths too.  Don’t ignore Christmas and don’t ignore the other traditions that celebrate at this time of year.  Celebrate them all and the role they play in bringing family and friends together.

I love train travel, which is why I am upset by the train crash in New York this week.  Looks like the train operator ‘zoned out’ … his words … while travelling 80 miles per hour into a curved stretch of track with a 35 mile per hour speed limit.  Four dead, dozens injured.  Operator survived.  Showed remorse but that won’t be enough.

My favorite Christmas song is playing on TV as I write this.  The Christmas Song.  Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, etc.  I’ll leave you with that.  Don’t try to change the words to Merry December 25th.