Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005
Lets Get Metaphysical
Very different Academy Awards show this year... It finished up fifteen minutes early, featured Chris Rock as the host. A couple of my friend commented that it was dead boring, one was happy with the overall winners except for best actor. I was just glad for any excuse to sit down, relatively uninterrupted, for a couple of hours.
Today was a day for sleeping in. I had a lot of things to do once I got up, and accomplished precious few of them. There are several computer parts strewn across my bedroom floor, and I've got to put that little monster back together and tell my friend that we're going to have to build her a machine from scratch. Like I kind of figured, her existing computer is proprietary, which means its parts don't play nice with generic parts.
I don't think she'll be terribly upset. Aside from fighting with an electrical short that keeps the thing turning itself on and off - waking her up at night sometimes - her existing computer is so old it won't even take Windows XP. An attempt to install XP just gave me a blank look from the BIOS and the computer equivalent of a "huh?" when we upgrade her she'll have a new case, processor and motherboard, power supply and switch. If that doesn't fix the problem then there's a poltergeist playing havoc with the thing, and I only fix computers - not ghosts!
Today was a day for catching up with friends via phone. I talked to Michael tonight (albeit in spurts, thanks to a cell phone breaking up.) This afternoon I talked with a friend from Tucson, about a project I've been wanting to start for a while.
My friend from Tucson, Karrie, studies several aspects of the metaphysical, but her focus is essentially color therapy - which has a scientific base. I have several other friends who are interested in other facets of what I'd have to call metaphysical studies. I am building a forum that will allow several of those friends, from several locations, to interact and address their interests, ask questions, and in general exchange information on the out-of-the-ordinary things that fascinate us.
It no longer surprises me to find that many of these folks were raised in churches and synagogues, experienced abuses of various sorts, and had very strict religious backgrounds - myself included. Each of us had reason to step back from our upbringing and at the very least to question the things we were being force-fed.
I absolutely believe in God, as the ultimate power and authority over the universe. I believe in a lot of things taught by traditional Christian religion. But I also don't believe a lot of the doctrines that don't jive with reality nor, when you really look at them, with the Bible. I don't believe in Bhuddism, Wicca, or multi-thiesms, but I respect the right of people to make their own choices. While the Bible predicts dire consequences for those who don't live by its tenets, it DOES specify that everyone has a choice in the matter. Some religious groups forget that part. They also forget principles like compassion, integrity, etc.
It's interesting that Christians claim to belong to the church of Jesus, or variations thereof - conveniently forgetting that Jesus was himself a Jew. If they belong to the church of Jesus, they would be attending a synagogue on Saturdays. Yet if you are looking for tolerance, it's nonexistent, even within their organization.
Whoops... Got a bit sidetracked there, didn't I?
It's back to the grindstone tomorrow. It was sort of back to the grindstone tonight. I've been trying to train our new guy at work to handle our scheduling and thought he more or less had it figured out. But something was definitely wrong. Boss called me about ten-ish tonight to say we were playing ten-ish on tomorrow's log. (Which is interesting considering that on the weekends we run pre-produced programming and that was playing on schedule earlier today.) It has to be a series of flubs to cause that many gaffes. Or could be that it wasn't the new guy's error at all. Wouldn't be the first time the thing developed a tic all on its own.
At the very least, maintenance is getting bumped up to Monday this week. Then billing starts Tuesday, and I've still got to track down a problem on an old invoice from the range of October-November or thereabouts.
I really shouldn't be messing with stuff like this. I don't have time. By rights we should have a full-time traffic person.
Oh yeah - we did have a full-time traffic person. Until Boss pissed off yet another person and they walked out. In this case it was my daughter. Next time it's probably going to be me, though he's really been walking on eggshells with me because he knows if I leave now, before training the new guy, the whole place will come tumbling down.
On a more positive note, the dress pants that shrunk? Steam pressing them may have been enough to rescue them. I took the time to iron them tonight and I think they're about back to the right dimensions. I just have to make sure they go to the dry cleaner from now on!
Ugh... I slept in this morning but can't afford to stay up too late tonight. It's actually now 1:24am Monday. Guess this was a slow-writing night, with a few dozen distractions along the way. At any rate, all things considered, guess it's time for me to say adios for the night.
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )