It is time
Wednesday. 8.26.15 12:04 pm
I've been thinking vaguely about updating this blog for a while, now, but I kept putting it off. Partially because of the massive amounts of DON'T CARE emanating from nutang recently. I get much better feedback and support on the little tidbits I post on Facebook. And it makes me sad. Speaking of Facebook, I think a lot of my fuel for blogging in the first place was needing a place to tell stories and express myself a bit, but instead of making long posts with random minutia of my life, I just make short little posts on Facebook. Funny stories, reflections, that sort of thing. There's nothing really left for me to post here except stuff that I'm struggling with or working through, and frankly I'd just rather not. I have people in my life that I can talk to consistently to help me deal with that sort of thing, bringing it up here seems worse than useless.
Still, this serves as a decent way to keep track of my life (though I'm less and less inclined to actually trawl through my old posts) so I'll make a bit of effort.
France was amazing. I learned a few things.
# I hate French. Seriously. Plus I'm so friggin' tired of everyone asking me if I learned French. No. I learned enough to ask politely if someone speaks English. If I'm going to burn brain power learning a second language, I'm going to finish Spanish.
# The French seem more health-conscious, but everybody and his/her mother smokes constantly. Interesting trade-off
# Here in the USA, lots of people are religious, or at least spiritual, and willing to talk about it. But not many people are willing to challenge themselves and turn to follow God. Over in France, (and I suspect most of Europe,) people can be religious but in general people are extremely suspicious and protective of their religious or non-religious choices. However, from the people who do speak to us, more of them are earnest in getting right with God. Overall I ended up talking to roughly the same number of open people as I would have here. The difference was less wasted time talking to people who say they follow God but are stuck in their own ways. Refreshing.
# Pulp is actually not bad in soda.
# Dating can be difficult (I already knew this, but I learned it more intimately)
# I've got the best girlfriend ever.
# Hospitality from strangers is one of the greatest things ever. I met so many awesome people.
# Parks in the Southeast US need to step up their game.
In other news, I have a new, cheaper apartment. And two new roommates. It promises to be a grand time, now that we've finally settled into things.
I've been learning and growing quite a lot through my relationship with homegirl. A lot of it has to do with how to take care of her emotionally and spiritually. And the rest is mostly me facing up to my weaknesses and trying to be a better guy for her. We've sort of gotten past the "fun and games" stage (if such a thing exists) and hard questions are being asked. For example, I probably won't be staying in Atlanta much longer. I need to be thinking about where I go and how that affects us. Will she follow me? Can I make a choice that benefits both of us? So much pressureeee
Plus people keep asking about marriage and honestly I don't know at all how to take that. We haven't been dating THAT long, guys. It'll be eight months soon. Time flies I guess.
I'm thinking about a second tattoo. It has lots of circles. We'll see.
Wherein I have a violent reaction
Wednesday. 5.27.15 11:12 pm
I'm flying out to New York tomorrow morn.
Then I'm going to Paris.
Monday. 3.31.15 12:45 am
Wednesday was Mom's birthday, so I've been chilling at home all weekend to celebrate. Other than a pretty sweet sleepover with Ryan and Kyle last night, I haven't really seen any of my friends. Last time I was here, I spent the whole time out with different people so I figure it'd be nice to hang with Mom for a few days.
Also last time I was here, I was visiting with my OTHER friend Ryan (hereafter referred to as R2. [Gosh I've always wanted to say that]). He and I wanted to stop by this place called Palmetto Moonshine on the way back to Georgia, but we missed the exit. I was pretty disappointed, since I've never had moonshine and I wanted to try it out.
Aside; when I was younger, I never wanted to touch alcoholic beverages. They seemed to taste gross and I expected it would bring out the worst in me. (I've proven to have pretty lousy self-control) But as I got older, and especially when I turned 21, I figured it would be cool if I just made sure to drink responsibly. Don't get drunk, don't make habits, just have drinks with friends or relaxing at home. That's the way it's gone. I don't like beer, and I reckon I never will, but for some reason I have a fondness for straight liquor. And since I try to limit how much I drink, I haven't really explored alcohol-buzzed territory because apparently I have a stupid-high tolerance. So that's fun.
I told homegirl that I was sad I'd missed out on the moonshine place, and what did she do? She made me some! Well, she used some recipe that calls for lots of everclear to make something resembling Peach Cobbler flavored moonshine. It's delicious. I was surprisingly touched that she essentially gave me poison with peach slices and cinnamon. Guys I like her a lot. Anyway.
I finally stopped by Palmetto Moonshine on the way here. Cool place. 30 dollar jars of moonshine. Potent stuff. Definitely more potent than the stuff Hannah made. 30 dollars is sort of a lot for a single pint, but I figure it's worth it every now and then.
Trying to think of a new job I should be looking for. This whole thing with the research lab is cool but it's not really leading anywhere. Mom and Mark were giving me tips today. It wasn't pleasant but I think it was helpful. Maybe.
I'm also looking into the stock market. I have a few ideas for how I could reasonably make a tiny bit of money with it, but I know so little about the market itself and the ways that other people work it, I'm probably just being naive. Still, I've started looking into ways to play with past data and see what I have to work with. Patterns patterns patterns.
Just got my new (from February) glasses adjusted for the first time. Man, what a relief. I didn't realize how much I hated having the stupid things fall down my face.
Recently I've been trying to learn more about how I build my convictions (beliefs, worldviews, habits, rules-to-passionately-uphold) and how I can build more of them biblically. I'm uncomfortable with how much I tend to lean on the convictions of my friends and church. Partially because stealing convictions from others is super fake, and partially because they're generally pretty weak unless I build them myself, for my own reasons. It's a lot to think about. I think it's also related to my difficulties in class; learning new material is hard for me. Especially if I can't put the information into a framework that makes sense to me. Most things fit into similar frameworks, so I get by, but every now and then something just makes no sense to me -cough- thermodynamics -cough-
Oh, and I've been reading this rad series called the Ware Tetrology, by Rudy Tucker. Software, Wetware, Freeware, Realware. It's sci-fi. Deals a lot with the evolution of culture and technology. I really like the way the guy moves his world forward; a seemingly innocuous detail in one book turns into a major plot point 30 years later in the sequel. Sort of like real life, methinks. I particularly enjoy the slang he made up. It's sort of depressing how the characters act sometimes, but I think it's actually pretty accurate, and might be even more so in the future. I'm not referring to the gratuitous sex and drug use, but to the sort of "meh" attitude that everyone has about everything.
No, that's not a good way to describe it...I dunno. It reminds me a little of The Stranger. That's actually a decent comparison, I think.
Oh well. What are you guys reading recently?
If you were waiting for me to refer to R2 again, I'm sorry. I'm really sorry.
Sunday. 3.15.15 1:36 am
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