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Long Walks Off Short Piers



Earlier this week I was talking with my dad as we drove back from an appointment with an HVAC contractor (getting estimates on heating/cooling for the new house--considering geothermal), and of course he had to bring up the fact that I'm going to have a lot of space for just one person--but of course I'll be all set for a family. He went on to suggest that all I needed to do was start looking for a wife. Oh great--here we go again. I laugh it off as usual and wonder when I'll be able to eliminate these awkward discussions. I've been really tempted to clue my parents in recently, but I'm pretty confident it won't be pleasant though I don't know how they couldn't have guessed it by now. Between their religious views and at least semi-homophobic natures I figure I'm going to be giving up familiy holidays and the like and who knows what else. And I can't wait to see what they'll tell the extended family. Maybe they'll even try to "help" me get over it. Anyway, I won't be able to manage the stress of that and building a house (along with the busiest part of the year at work for the next two months), so it will have to wait.


In hanging around in live chat recently, it's become obvious there are some definite limitations to text-only communications. A lot of times I've got something typed out to say but then think better of it. I'm so dependent on body language and tone of voice to guage others' reactions and current feelings in non-virtual conversations that I never know if what I'm saying is communicating the desired thoughts and feelings or is just going to make someone angry or annoyed. My humour (what little there is) frequently makes use of innuendo, so without the winks, raised eye brows, and intonation it's just not as easy to get across. Then there's the issue of the online persona one projects--at times it's easy to forget there's a person behind the name with a whole bunch of feelings and thoughts they may or may not have shared let alone the stresses and obligations they have at the moment in real life. So if I'm quiet it's not that I don't have anything to say, it's that I'm not sure if I should say it. I guess I hate risking that something will be misinterpreted and trigger an unintended reaction. Oh well, one can't get too far without taking any chances...


I went CD shopping Friday night and picked up some new stuff (new for me that is). I've barely listened to most of it yet (that's what happens when you buy 10 CDs at a time), but I got a couple of the bands Rob recommended (Thanks Rob!), and I'm happy. The additions include some older Alkaline Trio, A Change of Pace, Senses Fail, Jack's Mannequin, and Funeral for a Friend--all enjoyable so far.





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I've got a ton of bands, if you're ever interested...didn't want to clutter up anything here by listing them all, especially because I dunno what you have presently. Lemme know when/if you want some more reccomendations.



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