One bullet short of a full gun

5 quick bullets. Dodge them if you can.

  • I find it really hard (That’s what she said) to keep a certain level of motivation in whatever I do these days. I start a lot of things, but finishing them takes a lot out of me. Is this normal? Should I be worry about this? This is not a way to say I don’t enjoy blogging anymore. Blogging is one of the few things I look forward to. But stuff like Playing D&D – that used to be really motivating – don’t really appeal to me anymore. I was all excited at creating a 4th edition character, now that I’ve started I’m not sure I want to play. How messed-up is that?
  • I miss good TV. I like watching TV, and I find I’m becoming an enigma. I will watch crappy reality TV like Big Brother and Wipe-out, semi-scripted reality TV like Iron Chef America, but I long for Minuit le Soir, Firefly and Arrested Development. But I still watch the less than stellar stuff when the good stuff – Hello, The Office! – is not on. Why? Shouldn’t I try doing something more meaningful than watching TV, like play guitar, read, walk, start a belly button lint collection or something else?
  • I expect a lot more and a lot less out of people. I know, I know, that doesn’t make sense unless I explain. Today I went for maintenance on my car. I got there 15 minutes before my appointment, and I was told that it wouldn’t take more then 30 minutes. I expected to get out of there 45 minutes later, I got out of there one hour and a half later. Did I say anything? No I didn’t. But I expected an apology or something. Mind you this is the same person that, when I asked why I wasn’t called back after leaving 3 different messages replied “Well this guy (points to coworker) was on vacation”. I don’t think that’s acceptable way to answer a customer question.
  • The previous bullet? Totally not about people at my workplace. But I do feel the same about some peopleat my workplace. I love my job, I love most people at my job – but not in a way where HR should be involved, no worries – with a few very annoying exceptions. For a 100 people I like, it takes only one to put the meter right back at neutral. And the people at my workplace that I don’t expect anything from, I really don’t expect anything from. I sent an email tonight that paraphrased this famous blonde joke: “Why should blondes not be given coffee breaks? It takes too long to retrain them.”. I replaced “blondes” with the person’s name, “coffee break” by vacation, and “them” by the appropriate pronoun, but you get the point. I joke about it because otherwise I would cry.
  • I’m over socialized, network-wise. Someone asked for “my info” today, and after making the list of my phone numbers (home, work, work cell, home cell), all the emails I have (work, home, School, Gmail, Live,,, etc.), all the social stuff I belong to (Facebook, Twitter, various RPG boards, work-related communities, communities of practice, etc.) I realised that the list was a page and a half long. I read so much GTD crap that I don’t have time to GTD. I think I need to weed out some of the less useful stuff I use. What do you consider the bare minimum, network-wise?

In pure Call of Cthulhu tradition, I’ll keep the last bullet for myself for when the actual madness comes.



  1. Oh, you’re not the only one missing good TV. Thank goodness the new season is just a month or so away. The summer TV wasteland sucks. I try to catch up on my Netflix queue during the summer months 😉

    Kevin Spencers last blog post..Paris Metro

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