Monday, November 2, 2009


I woke up this morning and realized with surprise that it’s already November.

An unreal amount of time has rushed past since we touched down on our native soil. Sarah has been the only member of our duo to update the blog with any regularity. So here follows an update on me in a handy listed format:

1. I’ve been working as a techie for a local college since July. However, it’s only part-time. I spend another 8 hours each week in class to prepare for the Cisco CCNA certification. I’m planning to take the test in mid-December. I’m hoping to be employed as a network engineer by Februaryish.

2. I have started a little home business of converting analog VHS home movies to eternally-preserved digital formats. It’s fun work and it’s nice to feel like I’m creating permanent family heirlooms for people. Some great-great-grandkids are going to be very entertained by what their direct ancestors once wore in public.

3. I’m playing fantasy football for the first time. It is way more fun than I thought it would be. Even on the weeks I get stomped (which is often).

4. On the days I get to see Sarah, I like to be with her doing whatever we think sounds fun. For Halloween we went to dinner and a free production of Much Ado About Nothing. It wasn’t an appropriate way to spend Halloween at all, and for some reason I enjoyed that.

5. I’m slowly writing a book. I started it in earnest on the Greek isle of Rhodes several months ago. The only thing I know for sure at this point is that it’s intended purposes will be twofold: to elicit laughter and puzzlement. I’m positive that the puzzlement part will succeed.

6. I’m slowly creating comics. These are mostly just for me to show to Sarah and to enjoy watching her reaction. I’m a long way from feeling ready to launch these into the world. With each new one I create I think, “This has definitely not ever been created before.” This is to say that most of them are some flavor of bizarre.

7. I am producing nothing musical at all right now beyond my very occasional assault on my electronic drumkit. I did tune my electric guitar yesterday. I sort of forgot how to do it properly.

8. I have no aspirations toward theater at the moment, since I couldn’t possibly imagine how a typical three-night-per-week rehearsal schedule would fit. But when the time is ripe I will strike again.

9. I’ve been training to run the Dallas Turkey Trot 5K. It will be the first time I have run a 5K. I am nervous and excited and fairly sure that Sarah is much better prepared for it than I am.

10. I think there’s been some talk of having a baby.

I know I’m forgetting several things. When I remember the things I’m forgetting I’ll tack them on here or in another post. And I hope all is very well with the few of you who might still pay this space any heed.

‘Heed’ is both a funny looking and funny sounding word. Unlike ‘Pizza,’ which is a funny looking but normal sounding word.

Or ‘Boot’ which is a normal looking word that sounds funny. As in, “Hey Carl, that’s a really interesting boot you’re wearing today.” There’s nothing funny about reading that sentence. But if I called you and told you that sentence you would laugh.

But maybe you aren’t named Carl and don’t wear boots and that’s why you would be laughing. And if that’s the case, you just totally screwed up the end of this post.

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