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Jul. 4th, 2010 @ 09:49 pm Precious Time
When we wake up each morning, our thoughts sometimes race to what we hope to accomplish during our waking hours, that is, when we are not occupied by such things as employment, school, duties of a mandatory nature, etc.

How often do we actually take a moment and simply be thankful that we got up at all? For that matter, when do we take the time to appreciate the freedoms, the good health, and the gifts that are bestowed to us at any given time?

To be sure, some of what we have is earned the old fashioned way, while other things are a result of biology, charity, and good fortune. Whenever possible, if I think about it, I express gratitude as often as circumstances dictate.

Going back to those waking hours (the older we get, the faster they seem to go), we have finite options and limited time in which to exercise them. Sometimes our priorities are not those of our friends and family, but then again, sometimes some of their choices would not be necessarily our own. But that is just another wrinkle in the power of free will and personal choice.

What YOU do with your spare time is often up to you, and only restricted by will and resources.

If you want to read a book, check out a blog, catch a television show, or otherwise partake in some activity that interests you, assuming that you have the time and capability in which to do so, there is no one or nothing stopping you from doing so. Really.

Realize, however, that your priorities can advertise to the world as to the type of person you are. If that matters to you enough, your actions will reflect your intent accordingly. This goes double to the people you choose to associate with, along with the things you elect NOT to do.

I've made decisions, good and bad, over the course of my 46-plus years on the planet that have come to bite me in the behind, as well as saved it on numerous occasions. I can't undo my past, but my past can influence my future choices.

If you are someone in my real life away from the computer that I designate a "dear friend," you can bet that I will make great efforts to visit when possible (via voice, email, in person, etc.). Should I have a desire that I wish to see fulfilled, I will make choices that will facilitate the completion of said desire, likely at the expense of lesser priorities.

And you can bet that I will always respect the decisions of others who actively elect to do the same.

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So where am I going with all of this? Simply put, I hold no ill will against anyone who appreciates the brevity of life, and makes choices that will hopefully enhance what remaining time that is left, whether it be 2 minutes or 50 years down the road. You can bet that I always try to do the same.

There is no point is whining over things that one can't change, but there is something to be said for taking action on things one CAN affect directly.

To quote Pat Benatar: "Life is too short, so why waste precious time?"
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From:retro_rider55
Date:July 5th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)

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I, um... think you've just paraprhrased the motto of A.A.
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From:itzwicks
Date:July 5th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
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A.A. is happily one of those organizations I've managed to avoid requirement of its services. But it is nice to know that I am on the same page! ;-)
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From:retro_rider55
Date:July 5th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Hey, I know this off the topic, but since you made an Independence Day post yesterday as well, I'll just gaff you here re something as American as Cher's shoe collection.

As to the busting of Kobayashi-San at Nathan's Hotdog Eating Contest at Coney Island, it reminded me that I've always wondered; do they eat just the weiner, or does it have to be on a bun? I realize the bread part would swell & contribute heavily toward prematurely filling you up, but it is called a 'Hotdog', which is a particular recipe for/type of sausage on a specifically-designed roll, so I would assume that's part & parcel of the event.

Signed

Just Asking an Amercican

Hell we have 'em here too, I just was curious about local rules...
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From:itzwicks
Date:July 5th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)

Ewww....

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Good question, though the thought of jamming down all of that meat and bread makes me a bit queasy.

If you can watch this, you'll get your answer...
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From:retro_rider55
Date:July 5th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Ewww....

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't'ain't as if there were scads of close-ups. Better that than dope. But then again, a little Texada Time-Warp* & afterward and you'd want to try & out-do Cool Hand Luke, anyway.

Hmm; close to lunch time & now I'm feeling peckish.


(* not a user, just pragmatic on the subject)
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From:altamira16
Date:July 5th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
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You and your girlfriend who is not a girl need to make up right this instant!
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From:retro_rider55
Date:July 5th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
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From:itzwicks
Date:July 5th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)

Relax...

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If I am reading you correctly (and I think I am), there is nothing to worry about.

A Live Journal is an online sanctuary of personal thought, reflection, and selective community. In order to make it a place worth revisiting, certain controls have to be in place and enforced by the owner. Failure to do so naturally results in reduced participation, and eventual abandonment. This is a concept I understand and endorse heartily.

There are plenty of other place (online and otherwise) in which mutual participation is possible, and I am certainly considering options that will make future activity in this virtual watering hole a lot less contentious.

To underscore my original post: No ill will or hard feelings at all to anyone who needs to make their blog (or any other venue) a less snarky and adversarial environment, and then takes action to make it so.

Durable lifelong friendships aren't easily dismissed by blips of this nature. We left kindergarten decades ago, so there is no need to have any silliness in 2010.

For now, absolutely no harm, no foul, no kidding.
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From:altamira16
Date:July 5th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)

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LiveJournal is a place where people write something called "fanfic." I have not read much of it and have not written any of it.

Politics has become so mindless and acerbic that it is not to be avoided due to politeness, but it should be avoided due to the general stupidity. Most any political opinion I have read on LiveJournal is one that I have seen on a dedicated political blog as well, and there is really no need for it here. I know that we discussed politics when you visited several years ago, but I feel that the general political climate has become much more dumb since that time. It is really disheartening because while we have some important issues that need to be addressed, we have some morons shouting at each other avoiding the major issues that need to be addressed.

Most people just post some recycled opinion to their personal "Amen. Hallelujah" choir known as their LiveJournal friends. I try to avoid it unless something particularly stupid is going on or unless something particularly novel and interesting is going on.

Since going after either of the major parties will have a bunch of people agreeing or disagreeing, I will go after libertarianism here.

I believe that libertarianism was interesting to a lot of people because it was a novelty, but ultimately it does not work because no one whose goal is to reduce government will be in charge. If such a person accumulates enough support to acquire a position of power, the temptation to keep that power is generally far greater than the desire to maintain libertarian ideals. This is human nature. And libertarian ideals are a little silly anyway because there is all this bickering about matters that no one cares about that affect the very few. The one place where libertarian ideals do matter is in addressing the erosion of civil liberties. Both major parties have been eroding civil liberties, and this is very bad. This is also very relevant lately. This nonsense about reporters getting arrested for being within 60 feet of places where BP is working to address the oil spill is very very bad, and everyone should be really upset about it.
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From:imperceptible1
Date:July 5th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Although I don't post much anymore, I appreciate your friendship and years of support, both political and friendly.