Detox/Recharge project

step 1: reduce visual clutter

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Gotta get the bedroom nice so I wake up to a non-stressful environment.

clutter reduction continued

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Someday we'll get a coat rack instead of piling our hoodies on the library stair/chair, but it works for now.

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step 2: stage things for next activities

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step 3: optimize for relaxed housemate

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windowseat primed with New York Times, Wired & New Yorker for Joe to recline with when he gets back from day 2 (of 3) of his class for work

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step 4: get clean

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I even shaved my legs, a hassle I confess to frequently putting off…

step 5: good dinner & scratch some things off the general shopping list

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Nachos!

Step 6 not photographed: Sleep as long as I want, which turned out to be over 10 hours.

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Saturday Discardia

Need a little chest freezer?

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5.3 cubic feet. Nice for those who make soups or like to minimize their shopping trips to Trader Joe's.

$90 and you pick it up at my place in the Castro, SF. It's not heavy.

Still under 5 more years warranty against compressor failure. Have manual, warranty & receipt.

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Inside view of freezer with 7oz mac & cheese boxes for scale

Selling the catsuit. *sigh*

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Most unfortunate.

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From the 2003 work Xmas party. Of course someone gave me two copies.

Nice folks at Nirvana on Castro St

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When I first moved into this apartment I got a nice welcome from Brent-Dawg at Nirvana.

Another cool receipt doodle from Brent-Dawg at Nirvana

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I'd forgotten how damn cool our cards were at SoftDevices

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And that my old title was "Mission Commander".

Ah, the good ol' startup days…

Cool Halcyon sketch on the front of the awards book from 3 years ago

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Why yes, I am one of those stinking liberals

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(The joint membership is with my grandfather, who died at the end of 2001 but inspires me still)

gone now, but I always liked the business card for Friendly Spirits

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Can't knock that phone number either.

Mysterious to-do list from my former housemate, Chris P.

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disappointing 16th St restaurant

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walked by there for years, finally tried it this past year, underwhelmed

old shopping list found among other papers

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vintage probably ~2004-2005

Christmas Revels, 2004, 18th Century Scotland theme

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Dance-Along Nutcracker, 2004

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Good advice when you want to focus

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Working/playing hard today

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Amazing how much you can done when you just sit down and finally start doing it (and when you decide that a mobile phone just sent straight to Flickr is good enough photo quality instead of thinking you need to scan everything).

Good restaurant I went to a few years ago with family

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Pleasure-inducing map received on first visit to the mighty Powells Books

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Equlin?

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The logo of my friend Ron Pottol's old employer Appaloosa Interactive always reminded me of the Playboy character Femlin

Juan Muñoz sculptures

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from the December 2001 issue of Smithsonian. I'd really like to see these someday.

Almost filled up recycling bag #1 today

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old self portrait by my friend B.J. West

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Probably from 1992 since this is, I believe in the St. John St. apartment building we were living in in San Jose then.

Pictures from [a certain person] of a visit to the walrus pool at the zoo

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Happy walrus

Another friendly walrus comes to visit

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cuddly walruses

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VERY happy walrus!

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Lest you think that masturbation is some hominid-only sort of thing…

Title portion of an article by Chris Hudak

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Can't remember when this was from. First half of the 1990's I'd guess.

My favorite Heifer Project picture

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copyright Heifer/photo by Darcy Kiefel

The most intense illustration of the work Doctors Without Borders does

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The mailings with the bracelet and the hole card just shake you to realize how extreme the situation is. Children are starving to death. Still. Despite all our worldwide wealth, we still let children starve to death. And it's a slow, painful process for child and parent. And it's preventable.

Donate: www.doctorswithoutborders.org

The wonderful look of the first Lord Loves A Working Man demo album

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Which is a CD, not a record, of course.

Alphabetizing therapy

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When I'm stressed (yesterday was a crappy day; it's bad enough to have someone leap to unfounded conclusions, worse when they blog it as fact) I find it very soothing to put something in order. Since my life is actually pretty great right now and things are ticking over well at work, the CDs got the attention.
There's a big stack of soundtracks/cast recordings, compilations, jazz, and classical out of frame to the left.

These CDs now represent my real iTunes collection. The stuff I've wound up not liking – rating it lower & lower and then deleting it – is listed on lala.com and in a box in the living room ready to be shipped out when someone wants it.

Trust your inner singing voice

My mother has a concept called Track 9 (after 8-track recording) which is where that song in the back of your head is playing. Track 9 usually has a message for you.

When I came in the door after a busy day at work which culminated in something I thought would happen in two and a half weeks at earliest actually happening Friday and requiring me to send work email when I got upstairs, I was tired.

I stayed elsewhere last night (oh put your eyebrow back down) and was feeling the beginning of that "Mmmm, I’m home. I have a quiet evening ahead as soon as I finish this up." sensation.

And then the phone rang.

It was my friend Jason saying "You know there’s a D&D game tonight, right? Did you get the email?"

I did not get the email.

It was at this point that track 9 switched to:

…It’s all too much
for me to take…

I think I’m gonna miss the game; that’s what I think.

sights of Washington D.C.

man on rearing horse, cannons, nuclear weapons protester, White House, big phallic symbol

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lovely entryway

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flopped lions
these sprawled guys are a bit more like the real lions I saw in Africa than the usual doorway fare…

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Dedicated To Art
?Renwick Gallery? Can't remember where this was…

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The DAR would not approve

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my reflection among the names of the dead
Vietnam War Memorial

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"Dad" says the card beside a small box
Vietnam War Memorial

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Vietnam War Memorial
Ah, pity this washed out. It was a note to friend listed on the wall, recalling good times together – "that deer hunt in 1964" – and saying "I miss you."

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Reflecting Pool

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Lincoln Memorial

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Freedom is not free.
Korean War Memorial

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cherry buds, tidal basin, Jefferson Memorial

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Washington, D.C., tidal basin, Washington Monument, cherry buds

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the tidal basin & the Jefferson Memorial and one enthusiastic cherry tree

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FDR Memorial 

Men and nature must work hand in hand. The throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws out of balance also the lives of men.

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No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally it is the greatest menace to our social order.

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I propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in simple work. More important, however, than the material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work.

To the right of this fine idea a group of park rangers, black & white, cleancut & long-haired, were working to clean the fountain and laughing and talking together as they did so. Good work.

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Roosevelt's support for the arts, expressed at his memorial

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We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

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I HAVE SEEN WAR
I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives.
I HATE WAR.

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The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.

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That's a cute little statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, first U.S. delegate to the United Nations, on the right.

 

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Worship

Freedom from Want

Freedom from Fear

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Jefferson Memorial, cherry buds

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tidal basin, Washington, D.C. 

I really liked this tree.

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Washington Monument from the mysterious little bridge on Ohio Drive near the Jefferson Memorial

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Strange little laughing guy on the mysterious bridge on Ohio Drive near the Jefferson Memorial
I asked a park patrol guy and googled, but can't find the story. Anyone know?

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Jefferson Memorial

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Tasty wine with dinner: MacMurray Pinot Noir 2003
Yes, that MacMurray. Fred MacMurray's ranch, apparently.

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A little work, a little early isn’t necessarily a bad thing

[originally posted to metagrrrl.livejournal.com]

 

I was thinking "Well, this is it. Back to work tomorrow. Ugh. And there'll be a ton of email…" and starting to stress about what a rough day it would be. Then I realized it was stupid. If my brain was going to spend time stressing over work, I might as well be doing it.

So I switched over to my work account, opened the VPN connection, and downloaded that email.

293 messages

165 went to my probable spam folder, and only 3 or 4 were not really spam.

62 went to my inbox (not just to some list I'm on).

Of those,
52 were notifications requiring no action
2 were cc's requiring no action
1 were undetected spam
2 were things I was copied on but which don't concern me

1 was something that I needed to read in detail, but not act on
3 required a less than 2 minute action

Reading through the mail for my lists took about 10 or 15 minutes tops.

That leaves 1 email that I will need to deal with in the office tomorrow, but its one that will take less than 5 minutes.

So, it's only 7:30pm and now I know there's nothing alarming waiting for me and I can right down to the work on the top of my list.

Hooray for the sanity check!

Current Mood: confident
Current Music: Honky Tonk Angel's Medley – k.d. lang