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I’ve been off the political posting bandwagon for a while, but I got this from someone else and found it interesting.’s Blue Christmas

[NOTE: Link no longer works.]

So I wanted to add my own entry regarding John’s pack-rat post.

During my apartment overhaul, I have also come across many items stuffed back in closets for many years. Most movingly, I re-discovered my stash of items from my first ever—and so far only—true love. I have every letter, story, drawing, and note ever sent to me by Bryon Fear.

When we broke up (a long time ago now!), I had put all this stuff away where I could not see it. The breakup was mutually painful, and I needed to cut Bryon and all these mementos out of my life while I healed. What I did not do, even though a tiny part of me wanted to at the time, was throw the stuff away. I could not have done that. I never would have.

Items like these are more important to life than things like DVDs and a new sofa and lamps that look like they belong in a medical office. Memories are more important than other of life’s “stuff.”

Bryon and I are friends now and talk and visit and all those good things. I think we will always love each other, though our time to be together has passed away. Keeping the evidence of our mad love was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I don’t care if it takes up valuable space or if I never read every one of the letters again, just having them there to see and hold and glance through is important to me now and forever.

So John, pack rat all that stuff! Tax forms? Toss ’em. Documents from work years ago? BURN ’em! But always keep the real stuff.

My sister has been invloved in a big lawsuit in Nashville. Yesterday, it was settled. Read about it here.

She was the manager of the cheerleaders (or coach?), so she might have been taped, too, having been in the dressing room with hem often.

They shouldn’t have destroyed the tape in secret! That was what caused the lawsuit. Congrats to my sis!

I cleaned out the garage today. I mean, I gave it a thorough once-over, consolidating boxes of our lives into fewer boxes, making sure we were using space frugally and intelligently.

It’s always an emotional thing to do, because you run across photos, letters, mementos, souvenirs from what almost seems to be another life.

Jeff called me a “pack rat,” and I am — but an organized one. I have thrown away maybe a dozen letters in my life; everything else, I keep. I have letters from people who aren’t in my life anymore, some from people who aren’t in the world anymore. I found photos I had forgotten about, images of places I can hardly remember visiting, things I didn’t know I had kept. I’m glad I kept them. Seeing them makes the memories more tangible.

OK, sentiment over.

On a completely different subject, I just ran across this scathing indictment of Disney’s lack of creativity — a fascinating read.

Back to the Ranch tomorrow. London was cooler. 😉

[NOTE: Picture has been lost inside the Interwebs and I can’t find it now. —Steve]

I’m afraid this isn’t the best picture, but I didn’t have a lot of time in London this trip. I leave tomorrow, almost exactly 48 hours after arriving.

Still, tonight after the presentation (much like your roadshows, Steve) I met my friend Rachel and we went shopping at Harrod’s. I got Jeff a couple of Christmas presents, plus a couple for the dogs. I would have bought more, but when things are literally twice as expensive here as in the states, it’s tough.

On the way to the store, we drove down Regent Street, where they have put up the Christmas lights. (They have them on Oxford Street, too, but they are horrible there — just a bunch of scaffolding with some searchlights and images of Harry Potter slapped on them.) The one and only Disney bought sponsorship of the Regent Street lights, and if you look closely in this picture, you’ll see Mr. Incredible on the left side of the main group of lights. (Baby Incredible is on the other side.) Kind of cool!

Tonight things were quite bustling and the store was a mob scene. After leaving Rachel, we went to a very expensive dinner with our marketing consultants for Europe. I had something that’s going to sound terrible but was very tasty: pig’s trotters. In other words, a stuffed pig leg. It was absolutely delicious.

I’m sorry to be leaving so quickly, but am looking forward to spending Christmas at home. Hopefully back here within the next few months …


Flowers in a vase

Okay, here’s a pic. No other details shall be forthcoming at this moment.


Sitting in the funky Virgin lounge at SFO. I wish flying was always like this. It’s pretty quiet and they’ve got the kitchen working, so at no cost we’re being offered the following:

* Clubhouse Salad — Seasonal leaves with warm goat’s cheese and carmelized pecans drizzled with thyme vinaigrette

* Grilled Chicken Panini — With roasted peppers and fresh Mozzarella

* Seared Scallops — Served with risotto pancakes and masala yoghurt curry sauce

* Tomato and Parmesan Crusted Tuna Steak — Served with penne pasta and tomato coulis

* Antipasto Vegetable Plate — Roasted eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and squash served with sun-blushed tomatoes and caramelized onions drizzled with red wine vinaigrett

* Pecan Tart — Served with chocolate sauce and creme anglaise

* Fresh Seasonal Fruit

* Selection of Cheese — With accompaniments

And if I were so inclined, I could choose from their wide selection of wines and cocktails.

Plus they have wireless access.

Can life get much better?

I got flowers today. Flowers! It was so cool and unexpected. I can’t remember the last time I got flowers. It’s been a long, long time.

They’ll be perfect in the “new” apartment. But I have to figure out how to get them home sans spilling or mess or floral death.

So though he’s purposely avoiding reading the Forum, thanks, David!

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Time for fun links! Okay, fun link.

Go here and click on Game in the left margin.

Mostly, I love the design and interface. It’s awesome, dude.