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Moving day

Posted by Mick on April 9, 2010 – 11:49 am

You shouldn’t expect much from me today.  I seriously considered allowing this to be the day I break my streak.

What streak?  107 daily blogs.  I started this project on December 21st of 2009 and I haven’t missed a day yet.  It’s not always easy, and I do some creative math from time to time- I don’t care what the calendar says, if I haven’t been to sleep yet then it’s NOT a new day- but I’ve been faithful.

I do sometimes question how much longer I should continue to hold myself to this lofty goal.  Something goes up every day, but it’s not always something anyone is going to care about reading.  It’s not even always substantial.  Some days, to be honest, it’s just “something”.  Something to fill a space so I can say I did it.

Then again, maybe that’s what it’s all about.  Just making myself sit here and write something, anything, for the sheer sake of doing it.  Forcing myself to do the best job I can, even when I have nothing to work with, or when I might have something to work with but I really don’t have the time to devote to it.

That is the case today.  Tara and I have been at work since early this morning, and it’s going to be a non-stop roller-coaster ride until at least 10 this evening.  That’s 22:00 hours for those of you who live in places where they use a 24 hour clock.  That’s a long ass day no matter where you are.

It’s not even my usual teaching work, which is stressful but not the most physically demanding work in the world.  Oh no, today involves moving tables, moving computers and monitors, running cable, lifting and toting and… my back is already hurting just thinking about it.  Good thing I knew about this ahead of time so i could rest up.

But of course I didn’t rest up.  I pulled a double shift last night and then went to see a movie.  Didn’t get home until after midnight.  Some of you might think that wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but you’d be wrong.  John Carpenter’s The Thing was playing last night, a new digital transfer shown in glorious Sony 4k brilliance.  Kurt Russell, Keith David, and Wilford Brimley never looked better.

I’ve watched The Thing several times on video and DVD, but I hadn’t seen it on the big screen since it’s initial release way back in 1982.  I had forgotten just how stunning some of the scenes are.  Carpenter was at the top of his game, coming off of Escape from New York and The Fog, and for my money this was his masterpiece.  I could offer argument after argument to defend that thesis, but I honestly don’t have the time, and I also don’t feel like it’s necessary.  I’m right.

And now I must return to my job.  I don’t expect to have any more writing time until after 10 pm, and I expect to be far too tired to care about writing when that time comes.

Be good to each other.

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