Stuff You Don’t Really Need To Know


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There is a man I run into in various places throughout the blogosphere that irks me.  There is something about his comments that just rubs me the wrong way. I suppose it is because he comes across as an arrogant windbag who needs to be punched in the mouth with enough force to knock the stick out of his ass.

Sadly that won’t be something that I get to do nor will I ever offer that particular service. I shall have to leave his attitude adjustment up to fate/kismet/karma or an errant cab.

Been living in temporary housing for several months now. The good news is that it is a real house in a great neighborhood and that it is very comfortable here. The bad news is that most of our stuff is in storage so we all feel like we are living out of suitcases. It gets old after a while.

Not to mention that I have this feeling that when we retrieve our stuff I am going to look at a lot of it and wonder why I still own it. You can “blame” some of that on my feeling like I need to continue to rid myself of unnecessary objects. I don’t know that I am trying to become a minimalist but I certainly don’t need as much as I have had.

I am not a huge fan of December. It means that I have to go through the usual nonsense regarding schools…again. This time of year is when we try to figure out whether the kids stay in their private school or get moved into a good public school.

In spite of what some people may think or have heard it is possible to find a good public school in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean that it is easy. If you want to get your children into a magnet you are required to undergo tasks that would have made Hercules cry. I might change my name to Theseus or Achilles just to get a little more juice for my mojo.

Stumbled onto a post I wrote earlier this year called The Radical Honesty of a Life I Don’t Love and asked myself if anything has changed. The answer is that much has changed but I am still not where I want to be. Many of the challenges that I faced earlier this year have been overcome but there are quite a few that remain and I am tired.

Speaking of tired I have been getting slammed with a ton of comments that are questionable and since they aren’t all getting picked up by the spam catcher I am going to turn Livefyre back on for a bit and see what happens. I am told that they have made a number of changes to the system and that it has become easier to use. I don’t know if that is true but we are going to find out.

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  1. Jack December 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm


    Surmountable challenges are my favorite kind. Pick a trail and hike up and over the mountain.

  2. Elena Patrice December 27, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Jack,

    I feel you here and find comfort in the similarities in our lives. I have a few challenges still in front of me and I’m tired … I say this a lot.

    Ah, but I feel the challenges are surmountable and my friend, we will prevail in 2012!

    Blue skies,


  3. FireHydrantCS December 19, 2011 at 5:54 am

    @JessicaNorthey @TheJackB jee thanks. 🙂

  4. greenbaygreg December 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    @Biebert are you the one inspring all of the “straight out of compton” music qoutes on #ratesinmotion Id prefer my hands dont start the wave

  5. bdorman264 December 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I hear there are good magnet schools in Compton.

    If you recall my ‘change of membership’ post; it’s funny how that started the ball rolling on several things in my life. Most are personal, insignificant things but I have to laugh how I’m moving away from some of my tried and true ‘routine’ things I have been so comfortable with. It feels pretty good……….

    Minimalist is not a bad thing; learning to live with less and still be happy is probably a good place to be.

    Good luck on your continued journey and I’m quite sure things will continue to improve for you in 2012.

    • TheJackB December 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      @bdorman264 Been to Compton more than a few times for work and it is a bit of shlep from my house so I think the kids will have to find somewhere else to go. Closer to home is better anyway.

      Changes can be very good for us, quite healthy. I appreciate the good wishes and agree that 2012 is going to be good. My hope is that it is good for many people.

  6. KDillabough December 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Testing…testing…one two three. Cheers! Kaarina

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