A readers asks if I use this format as a way to have conversations with people.
The answer is yes, I absolutely do and if you have to ask who it is then you know I am not trying to communicate directly with you.
I could write them directly and say exactly what I write here or elsewhere in no uncertain terms but some conversations are best held face-to-face.
Not to mention timing is everything and I am a man driven as much by instinct as impulse and facts.
I often see far more than I let on and that works fine for me. Besides the Magic 8 Ball says I am going to get all I ask for but it might be a minute before that happens.
That last part irks me because it lacks definition and shape. What the hell does a minute mean?
Is that 60 seconds, a month, a year or a decade?
Don’t know and try not to worry about it. I have been known to dig in for certain things for decades and I have been known to make deadlines for myself that I follow religiously.
Got a routine medical procedure coming up so I am moving to more of a liquid diet this week and that makes me grumpier than normal.
Certainly better to get things checked out so that I know more about what is or isn’t going on and can make educated decisions.
Don’t have to close my eyes to hear my father tell me there is no point in complaining and that it won’t make it any better. I can also hear him tell me that refusing to do this would be dumb so suck it up and get over it.
“Life is tough all over.”
The man had moments where he could be very soft and understanding but he had one hell of an edge too.
He had about 100 times as many medical tests as I have had and intend to have but I think I have gotten pretty good at going forward with these.
Not that it matters to anyone but me and that is ok, no one else can do it for me. This is one of those areas where it doesn’t matter if anyone holds your hand or comes with you because it is you and the doc.
But I expect to get a very good nap out of it and that is worth something to me. Ideally I’ll wake up and hear all is normal and go about my business. That is my expectation, no reason to worry about anything else unless I hear differently.
Still that liquid diet irks me a bit, don’t really feel like following it and certainly haven’t enjoyed the drop in temperature.
Hasn’t even come close to really getting cold but I can feel it in the air. I can sense its approach and I am not pleased.
Spent some time poking around my closet so that my warmer clothes are available when the time comes.
Wondered if what I have will work for a trip to North Dakota that may come and a trip to Ohio. Not sure about either, some things were supposed to happen long ago but Covid got in the way and now rumors are circulating.
I suppose if either one comes about I’ll be in real cold again but it won’t be my first time. You can manage most things if they are short without too much hassle.
Some friends of the CISD administrator who made the ridiculous comment about the Holocaust have been trying to defend her online.
I responded to a few of them but the posts in which I did are gone or perhaps I was blocked.
They say she is good at her job and wasn’t trying to create the firestorm that was launched by her instructions.
I asked them if she had thought about what she was going to say before the meeting or if she was speaking off the cuff.
It wasn’t a trick question. I wasn’t trying to ‘get them.’
The purpose was to get them to think about this from a less biased perspective.
I know damn well the idiotic Texas legislature helped to create some of this problem as have some of the idiotic parents in the district.
That doesn’t negate what she said. Both positions I outlined concern me.
If she had time to consider her words I want to ask what the hell she was thinking and how she could go there.
And if she spoke off the cuff I still want to ask what the hell she was thinking. If you don’t know how to respond appropriately you ought to ask for guidance or keep your mouth shut.
Sometimes communication is damn hard and you don’t get multiple chances to get it right.
Some conversations are best had face-to-face to prevent misunderstanding and guess what, she was face-to-face.
After having written a million words I know some of my work has been misunderstood and misinterpreted.
Some of that can be blamed upon others, but it doesn’t relieve me of being accountable or responsible either.
Good intentions don’t always excuse a bad result.