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i've had no work to do at all this week. i managed to make about 5 minutes of work for myself when i stumbled across the documentation template, which was not in the "template" folder in the "documentation" directory as you might expect, but instead on the desktop buried among a ton of random crap the previous writer left there. i fixed all the errors in the boilerplate and read through it for clues on how to deal with some of the trickier formatting issues, but that's everything i've done since last thursday.

i had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] peglegpete yesterday, since he came through Austin on his way to Burning Man Flipside. he was looking fine in his utilikilt and good conversation was had. i must say that i was unnerved by how much gray there is in his hair -- when did we all get so goddamn old?

20 years ago when i was still making my name in talk.bizarre, i never pictured myself still being friends with so many of its denizens after this much time. i didn't realize i was making friends for life, but now i can easily picture us still hanging out online (in whatever form the net may have taken by then) in another 20 years, and perhaps another 40 if we live that long. i find it comforting to know that no matter where i go, i'll always have this core group of friends online. (most of whom still will not have grown up. like me, for instance.)

in sad news, Robert Lynn Asprin died suddenly yesterday on his way to Marcon, but i can't find an actual news source for it yet.
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Some of you may remember that back when I lived in Charlotte, I had a friend named Mike, better known to Usenet as "Mike the Homeless Guitarist". At the time I met him he was living out of a 70s vintage Monte Carlo left to him by his grandmother, and he spent some time on my couch as well before I left for the west coast. I even got a halfway decent song out of him.

However, we lost touch once I got to California, and it's hard to track down an itinerant musician from 3000 miles away. Still, I held out hope that he'd get on the net one day and I'd stumble across him.

Instead, he stumbled across me... )
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day 40. woohoo! how long before people start making pilgrimages to ask me the questions of the ages?
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for a couple of weeks now, i've been contemplating the bleakness of my future. i'm burned out from the job i just left and the other little tragedies of the past six months. i have no time to recover from that because i have to find another job right away. this is how my life goes: i work my ass off finding a job, i work my ass off trying to keep the job, i use all my PTO on sick days so i can never take a vacation, and then i get fired or laid off and work my ass off finding another job. i will never get a break. this will be my life: a constant struggle just to stay where i am, with no chance of ever getting ahead. i will keep taking the medication because it allows me to keep struggling. and i will be grateful that i have this much.

it's been 26 days since i last spent time with a friend. not a whine, i'm just sayin'. my life has never been emptier or more devoid of purpose.

so. that's what i've been thinking about. cheery, huh?

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