Okay, I’ve got a dozen different posts I’ve been working on. This is none of those, I had to take a break and tell this story because it’s too fucking epic to miss. Hopefully you’ll laugh your ass off at my expense.
(My exhibitionist dog)
This morning, my dog and I had a bit of a disagreement. We were on our usual morning walk and she decided that the couple walking the dog on the other side of the street must be the devil. They were a nice looking young couple, athletic and attractive, walking what appeared to be an elderly Labrador. On my street, that’s pretty much the norm.
My dog’s senses might be better than mine but I had a hard time believing that the outrageous explosion of barking from her was justified. I had to practically drag her back to the house while trying to tell all my neighbors that she’s actually a sweetheart and that behavior was abnormal. Continue reading
Blogging has always been in some form or another a kind of introspection for me. I never wrote for an audience, I wrote for myself. It was all about finding a way to understand and explain myself to me, dig into my life, my feelings deeper.
More recently, I’ve found interesting parallels in my fiction writing. By interesting I mean borderline scary.
Several months ago I went to see a therapist for the first time. It’s something that I’d wanted to do for a while, I hoped that it would be like an interactive form of writing… me finding ways to explain things to someone else (like writing) but then having that person ask questions that might give me another perspective in a safe environment. In case you hadn’t noticed, I take my anonymity, my secrets, quite seriously. The only way I could really talk to someone about anything, everything honestly was in a situation where I could trust their discretion. Continue reading
I haven’t been blogging much recently, not because things haven’t been happening but because I just haven’t felt like it. Surely, that’s something that all of us bloggers go through, periods where it comes so easily every day and other periods where it just doesn’t. That’s where I’m at now, I’m not feeling that blogging joie de vivre.
This week I got back from a trip overseas to spend time with my daughter. It’d been far too long. It was a lot of fun but also a reminder of how hollow this existence feels some days once I returned.
One of the stories that I’ll undoubtedly tell at some point is traveling to Holland with Cat, two kids, and our adventures. The most notable of which was finding myself on the patio of the hotel room with my ex-wife smoking a J in Amsterdam. That was quite amusing.
When the blogging bug bites again that’ll be one of the first stories I’ll tell. Until then, I hope you all are doing well.
I got a little notification from WP today letting me know it’s my one year anniversary on the site.
I’ve been blogging for something like six years now. One on WP? Ok. Cool.
One of the things that has been so nice about dating as I get older is that everything seems much more comfortable and straightforward. You either get along or you don’t, everyone has a better sense of self and what they’re looking for, we’re not bumbling teenagers anymore.
Apparently, I allowed myself to be lulled into a false sense of security because last weekend I had one of the most awkward moments I’ve EVER had on a date.
I’ve been dating this chick, we’ll call her Stephanie, for the last month or so. You might have noticed that there haven’t been any posts about her yet. There’s a reason for that, it hasn’t been anything worth writing about. She’s nice, successful, and sweet but kind of boring. There’s nothing wrong with her, it’s just been a very… unremarkable. Which is saying something since I remark on everything. Continue reading
I just watched the movie Lucy. Unfortunately, as good as the action scenes might have been, the entire premise of this movie irritated the shit out of me. Had I known beforehand I never would have picked it up.
There is a common misconception that we only use 10% of our brain. The movie plot involves a drug that lets Lucy tap into more and more of it, giving her all sorts of wild abilities. There’s a ticker on the bottom of the screen that keeps going up until she’s using 100%.
That is quite possibly the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Continue reading
Jeez, time flies when you’re having fun, right? I was looking at my reader today and realized it has been almost two weeks since my last post. Not so long ago I was posting daily, what happened? Well, I’ve been busy writing, just not here.
Some of you know that I’ve been working on some projects that are little more involved than blog posts. For the last two decades I’ve wanted to be a published writer and I’m finally putting in the elbow grease. A large portion of my free time is no longer free for blogging but other progress is being made.
For the last two weeks I’ve been neck deep in a short novella (or a long short story, depending on your perspective). It would be easy to say I’m excited about this piece but I’m excited about every piece. Every project is a little better than the previous one, there’s always something to learn, and the next will be even better. That’s the goal at least.
Last night I finished the first draft. There’s something amazing about finishing a first draft, a terrific feeling that is quickly countered when I re-read it and realize how much more work still needs to be done. But for tonight I’m basking in the warm glow of vodka and accomplishment.
So, I’m at the coffee shop where I normally go to write and I find myself distracted by the patrons. This shop is never busy, that’s why I come here. Today, there are two people in particular drawing my attention.
Have you ever seen a couple that are obviously on their first date? Yeah…
This particular couple irritates me. I really want to walk up to this chick, shake her, and tell her to go home and lose his number.
I’ve mentioned to you readers a few times that I’m pretty good at reading people and situations, and what I see this afternoon is so irksome that it’s distracting me. Continue reading
A couple days ago I wrote a post about Google changing it’s content guidelines for their Blogger site, Explicit Posts. I copied the email they sent me about their new restrictions on explicit content. Well, apparently I wasn’t the only person that had an opinion on the topic.
Today, I received a second email from Blogger rescinding the guideline change.
This week, you received an email telling you about some changes we were making to the Blogger Content Policy. In that email, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy stating that blogs that distributed sexually explicit images or graphic nudity would be made private.
We’ve received lots of feedback about making a policy change that impacts longstanding blogs and the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.
We appreciate the feedback. Instead of making this change, we will be maintaining our existing policies.
What this means for your blog:
Commercial porn will continue to be prohibited.
If you have pornographic or sexually explicit content on your blog, you must turn on the adult content setting so a warning will show.
I haven’t talked about Jenn in a long, long time. You probably don’t don’t even remember the last time I wrote about her, I know I don’t.
I met Jenn back in 2008. I was going through a rough patch, Cat and I had just opened up our marriage and I was separated from our daughter. Work had just moved me to the other side of the country, I didn’t know anyone so I put up a w4m CL ad for a pen pal. It was mostly a joke, I didn’t think I’d get any good responses. In the ad I mentioned that I’d prefer to message with an attractive woman because that would be good for my ego. Maybe because it was written in a joking manner there were actually quite a few responses. Jenn’s was the best.
Things started out entirely platonic, we chatted about relationships, life, and a bit about everything. She was smart, funny, and a great pen pal. The reason she’d responded to the ad was because she was new to the area too, she’d just moved there to be with her long term girlfriend. And she was hot. Continue reading