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Monday, Oct. 23, 2006
Inside Outside Aside

I love getting to talk to online friends in person and - when that's not possible - on the phone. My schedule doesn't permit it often, but tonight I decided to live dangerously and chatter while driving home from work, and yesterday I was privileged to talk to another terrific lady from here on Diaryland! It's a twofer week!

There's precious little traffic when I'm driving home, or I wouldn't have attempted it tonight. It's a rural highway, few intersections, several miles of no traffic lights, no homes or businesses - just wide open spaces with a ribbon of highway running through. (Just don't tell MC I was on the phone while driving. He'd have a hissy fit if he knew!)

Earlier in the day I'd gotten an out-of-the-blue nastygram from someone and it definitely put a damper on my day. What's more, I ended up more or less snapping back, something I almost never do and which invariably leaves me in a funk. With that kind of emotional smog enveloping me, I needed a change of attitude and called an online friend just to say hi and to reassure myself that the whole world hadn't blown up around me. Turns out she needed a long-distance hug, too, so I'm doubly glad I called.

With WildRosie one day and still a few costume bits away from dress rehearsal, dinner wasn't waiting when I got home. (Corn or no corn, I was getting spoiled to that!) But it didn't take me long to make an antipasto salad and nobody complained too much that it didn't include a single kernel of corn.

Still watching the mailbox to see if MC's ex carries through with signing the divorce papers. I hope she does, but all things considered, who knows?

And to answer Wenchie, yes, the dad I mentioned in yesterday's entry gave every intimate detail in the course of his blog. About the only thing he didn't write was the locksmith code to create a duplicate house key, from what I understand.

I considered locking my diary tonight, but once I thought about it, I decided, "Screw THAT." I refuse to be threatened and intimidated. It's one thing to want to protect my privacy. It's another to be bullied into a corner by someone who doesn't even have the balls to do his own dirty work. I refuse to be pushed around, especially by a fictional character. And no, I WON'T delete. This is MY DIARY. MY life, MY words, MY thoughts. God knows the Bush regime is doing enough to curtail personal rights, but I'll be damned if some two-bit phony will do it, particularly when he sends the message second-hand. That's even MORE the case when I didn't say anything about the bastard to begin with.

But so help me, one more push like today and I'll be posting a whole hell of a lot and probably making some phone calls, too. So I'd suggest to the person who knows exactly what I'm talking about - quit while you're ahead. I don't get angry easily but I'm there now and you really, REALLY don't want to push it.

There, now that that's out of my system, I return you to your regularly scheduled boring diary.

MC took a bunch of pictures at Helldorado this weekend and I think he's going to put them up as eCards on our TwisterJester site. The site's really come a long ways from back when - I remember barely knowing HTML and now I'm doing flash animations and programming scripts.

Of course, MC does the biggest part of the actual programming because it takes more time than I can devote to sifting through all of the potential scripts.

For anyone adventurous enough to try them, I refer a lot to SourceForge.net for programs and scripts alike. Most of what they list is Open Source and low- or no-cost. A lot of it is strictly for Linux users but there's also a pretty fair smattering of Windows-based programming and I think some Mac mixed in here and there.

It is not primarily for the computer illiterate. There are a few no-brainer programs you download, click on one file and use, but most require a bit more expertise to install and use. But there ARE a lot of good programs out there that are free or low-cost and work beautifully in lieu of MicroShaft Office Pro and other ridiculously-priced software.

You should also know that on SourceForge some of the programs are buggy - they may crash unexpectedly, etc. In general, though, Open Source programs are stable and functional because they're designed by programmers to use for themselves, often because MicroShaft can't do what they need done. And the whole principle of open source is what the name implies - the source code of the program is open, so if Person A built it but it's buggy, Person B has the right to go in and fix the bugs - provided he makes HIS code available to the world at large so the next person can improve on IT, and so on.

I can tell tonight that we're in the latter half of October. The temperatures daytime are still nice, but nights are getting a wee bit nippy, and tonight's one of those "Halloweenish" nights with a chilly, whistling wind and clouds scuttling across the skies. I adore this time of year. It means the holidays aren't far off and I'm looking forward to having some time off, even if it's only a day or two.

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 - )