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April 7th, 2010


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01:39 pm
It's my birthday! I'm 30! holy crap!

I just got word that a major project is now behind schedule and won't hit it's install date by enough of a margin that my built-in estimate padding is useless as well, and I'll have to inform senior management that we're changing the install date.

But hey, it's my birthday!
And it's a gorgeous day with the temperature in the 80's! That counts for something... right?

Trying not to let work ruin my good mood.

I want to compile a list of things to accomplish in this decade, anyone have suggestions for me?
What should I do before the tens digit rolls over again?
Serious, silly, all will be accepted and considered.


Lovin' life. :-)
mood: cheerfulcheerful

(42 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:muffyjo
Date:April 7th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Making that kind of list requires a confession of the things you've already accomplished! (so we can find new ideas, you see!)

Oh, and Happy Birthday!

Edited at 2010-04-07 05:42 pm (UTC)
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From:inahandbasket
Date:April 7th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
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accomplished?
Things... stuff...
You know, things! and stuff!

(Aka.: This question deliberately left vague, make of it what you will.)
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From:muffyjo
Date:April 8th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
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Cop out! ;)

But in a different way of thinking about it, I think that anything you do, should be things you'd be proud or amused to tell the stories of when sitting on the porch of the nursing home in your old age. You know, things like:

  • Make sure to travel,
  • to see a third world country,
  • to travel by train,
  • to visit a different climate
  • visit some of the world's major art museums
  • go to a concert in another country for one of your favorite bands
  • take a class in something not even vaguely related to your job
  • Read a story to a child, complete with different voices and funny arm movements.
  • push your comfort zones (safely)
  • Be someone's consequential stranger
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    From:fennel
    Date:April 7th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
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    Happy birthday!
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    From:greyhoundliz
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
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    Happy birthday. Swim the Hellespont, maybe?
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
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    hah. ^_^
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    From:oceanic
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
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    Woo milestone birthdays! Happiness!

    I think you should take an enormous and overly ambitious woodworking project and actually see it through to completion. Bonus points if it's something you'll use in the house (like a bed or table) and can pass on down generations.

    I will go hide from the slappy hands of the prosicated now, for encouraging you to take on more woodworking stuff than you already have. ;D But the key idea was to actually finish the whole production, so you can have a craft object to be proud of. That'd be great to point to at the end of the decade. "I made that!"
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
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    Heck, that's on my list for THIS year. ;-)
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    From:oceanic
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
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    Pssht. Promises! I'm still waiting for my magnetic bubinga knife holder, if you're that far ahead... ;)
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
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    /me has suddenly found a very interesting spot on the carpet
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    From:oceanic
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
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    tee hee.
    I will commence with the poking now. All complaints can be sent to the Department of PSHAW, Floor Whatever, Room Sweet Revenge.
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    From:countlibras
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
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    congrats!

    I actually liked being 30. (31 was no fun, but I have high hopes for 32)
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    From:countlibras
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
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    and I know! You should make me a cello! ;)
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
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    Wow, that would be awesome.
    That's a good goal though, thanks for the idea! I'd love to make a viol family instrument or two...
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    From:countlibras
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
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    I would try my hand at it except 1) I lack tools and 2) I lack woodworking knowledge. lol!

    Um, make me a cello and I'll try to make you a suit in exchange? :D
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    From:eclectician
    Date:April 7th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
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    You mean like the electric bass body I saw last time I was in your basement? =)
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 7th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
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    Oh I've done electrics, those are easy. I'm talking acoustic...
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    From:eclectician
    Date:April 8th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
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    I was referring to state of doneness, not difficulty.
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
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    Ah yes, that.
    The particular bass body in question has a lot of history behind it, ask me about it some time. ;-)
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    From:bbbsg
    Date:April 7th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
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    happy birthday!!

    i second the woodworking project finishing idea :)
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
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    arr. It's on my more immediate plan, doing a lot of woodworking in general is on my 10 year. I'd like to have some things I made still be around when i'm gone some day.
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    From:miss_chance
    Date:April 7th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
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    OMG! You're so *OLD*!!!! ;-) ;-)


    here's your suggestion for your next decade:

    At least once a year for the next ten years pick something you want, that you have no idea whether you can have or not, whether you can accomplish or not, or even whether you're really sure it's the best of possible things you could pick, and proclaim unequivocally "I want this!" and go after it.

    :)

    Happy Birthday! Make a wish. :)
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    From:veek
    Date:April 8th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
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    Wow. I'll just latch on to this one, and second it with enthusiasm.
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
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    Indeed, seems like a good way to live.
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
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    eye no rite? ^_^

    Thanks, that's really a good idea. Sadly I'm plagued by indecision, but I'm going to do my best to overcome that limitation.
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    From:sun_set_bravely
    Date:April 7th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
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    Happy birthday!!!
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    From:bluewillowtree
    Date:April 7th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
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    Happy Birthday!

    I remember you talking about making a bass a few years ago. Did you ever do that? If so, congrats, and I'm sorry for missing it! But if not, that seems like a good project...
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
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    Never posted the results, which are currently living with someone else.
    I'd like to do a full bass from scratch, but that's well down in the woodworking queue.
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    From:chillguru
    Date:April 7th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
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    happy birthday!

    couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. ;)
    From:(Anonymous)
    Date:April 7th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
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    Happy birthday! (I am so terrible at birthdays, so i am grateful for people who remind me of them in a very public and obvious way.)

    Edit your previous to-do-before-you-die list. Give yourself permission to give up on the things you no longer actually want, but but have been meaning to do for so long that you're totally in a rut about 'em. Then do it -- give up, make apologies, give shit away, do whatever you need to do to let go of that angst. If there are obvious omissions - things you'd like to do, but think you can't because there are so many other things to do first, now's the time to add them.

    Make a pact with yourself to kiss your wife and tell her you love her (and really mean it) every single day for the next ten years.
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    From:jimmi_obadger
    Date:April 7th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
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    that was me.
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
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    If I had a list I'd edit it.
    Still working on making one. ;-)
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    From:jimmi_obadger
    Date:April 8th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
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    I don't believe you. What about your woodworking list? Your home repair projects? Your job goals? Other hobbies (brewing, photography, music)? Are any aspects of these not serving you as well as they could be? Or have they in some way become more important than you are currently admitting to yourself?
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    From:rainbow_spork
    Date:April 7th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
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    I have no useful suggestions, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
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    From:jbsegal
    Date:April 7th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
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    Happy happy happy! And fun fun, with the voip. :/
    From:crouchback
    Date:April 7th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
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    Happy Birthday!
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    From:cinnabarine
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
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    Happy birthday! :)
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    From:squirrella
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
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    happy day-later birthday.

    bicycle from where you live to your folks place?
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    From:inahandbasket
    Date:April 8th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
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    That's... frightening but brilliant. Thanks!
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    From:squirrella
    Date:April 8th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
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    our neighbor just attempted a PHL to Clarks Summit ride over two days and a good friend of ours did a ride from VT to Philadelphia over a week or so last year. i think you possess a spirit similar to theirs and think that would be a good 40x40 challenge.
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    From:drwex
    Date:April 8th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)

    Happy birthday

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    and many joyous returns of the day.

    I'm not at all fond of the "Do X by Y" type projects. Mostly it feels like you're doing a lot of right things - make a loving family, create the home you want to live in, keep your work interesting and have an idea of how to move it forward, do things that help you define who you are.

    If you can keep doing those five things over this next decade I can't see how you'd go wrong.
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