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Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.
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Monday, Jan. 03, 2005 - 2:22 a.m.

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Now that i've moved everything, swept up the cobwebs and vacuumed away all the cat hair and dust... if I get rid of the plants and animals my house will stay clean.










.On the 30th I said "Bonne Annee" (literally "good year!" figuratively "Happy New Year!") to a beggar on the street. He got all miffed and said "does this look like a good year? Living on the streets?!!". all shouting and angry. Um, am I wrong and "Happy New Year" doesn't mean you are wishing for things to be good for them for the year to come? I'm not supposed to wish a good new year to people who aren't doing well already? Now that seems a bit backwards. Besides most of the beggars I know are not homeless, they have apartments. who knows.

Anyways I was not graceful. I shouted back "ok you don't want a good new year?? That makes you angry? Ok, have a shitty new year, get sick, break a leg, whatever. Don't have a good year."

Oh dear. He asked for it. Shit.




.Just in case you wondered, this tsunami thingie is NOT the highest fatality natural disaster in a century, nor within memory as some diaries I have read claim. Here are some statistics of natural disaster death tolls.

I'm really not writing an entry you know, I am planning to work. I emailed the people I work for and asked if they cared if the book was done on Friday the 7th or Monday the 10th but I didn't hear back from them. I wanted to take one day off. Dang. But I'll work now. I have been moving and cleaning and cleaning and moving shit. I still have a huge mound of papers and assorted knicknack stuff to deal with yet, but other than that, the place is looking spiffilicious. If I get rid of the dog and cats I can even wash the drool off the hallway walls and the peepee off the downstairs stuff and it will stay clean. hehe.

I must say I am totally falling for freecycle. Yup. Recycle but for free... write an email and offer up what you don't want anymore and people will come and get it. Yay! So far I seem to have takers for all my Worldbook yearbooks, a set of French encyclopedia from 1970 missing three volumes. a bunch of novels, my climbing shoes (i despair of selling them so off they go for free), a cd holder and two futons. Dang... yay! Now please let them pass by and get the stuff. I love this. No calling charities or dropping stuff off... you know it's going to someone who wants it, and all it takes is an email yay! I think I may offer about three or four linear feet of LPs as well... I picked up two or three boxes of classical vinyl off the curb one year, with dreams of enriching my life. haha. I have just enriched my dustcollection. Someone will appreciate them i'm sure and i'll gain 3-4 linear feet of bookshelf. I'll keep Adam Ant and Klaus Nomi of course, not to mention Barry Manilow. hehe.

OK, report on the weather later. I gotta get some work done before I put my head on the desk and go to sleep. Dang. zzzz


ps, here is a cool story of 1) Why it is good to have good science teachers in schools and 2) Why it is good to take your children very seriously. It may save your life.

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