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Where have I been all my life?

June 1st, 2016 (09:54 am)

Global positioning: Salem, MA
State of being: calm

LJ - I have neglected you so long.

So many changes in my life. How do I start to describe them all? Not now. Not here. Not yet. I am still moving forward, still striving, still trying.

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April? So when did that happen?

April 17th, 2014 (12:38 pm)

It's April. Of freakin' 2014! Jeez.

I've forgotten how to post here it appears. I should do better. Life is strange, and I'm having my fair share of strangeness.

This is one place where most people who know me know that I have an odd life, and it is getting no less odd by the moment. But, I cannot at this stage really say what that means.

I need to process. I need to understand what is going on, and sometimes that means I need to write it all down.

So.. Coming soon. I promise. As soon as I get some time to write it down and figure out what is really happening.

Andrea, Kathryn, Deb - Not sure how this is going to work. Samantha, Michelle, Rachel - upcoming possibilities.

Balance is not even an option.

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Been awhile

April 15th, 2014 (03:40 pm)

It's been awhile since I've been here. Lots of water under that bridge. I need to document some of it because even I don't believe it all...

Soon. Very soon.

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The wheel turns

May 8th, 2012 (08:15 am)

State of being: aggravated

Sometimes when that wheel turns, it rolls over you.

Had a small 'industrial accident' at the shop yesterday. No personal damage, but a lot of stock came crashing down off the wall and smashed into little-bitty tiny pieces of shattered glass interlaced with spicy goodness. My own fault - I knew that portion was a bit overloaded, all the construction next door and then the major construction outside just vibrated everything too much. All down. Very sad.

Lesson learned. To hesitate is to lose. Moving forward, and I'm gonna do it better this time.

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29 Days!!!

June 30th, 2011 (10:42 am)

We are NOT blowing up our lives. Well, maybe a small explosion.

So much to do, so little time to get it done.

Together, we're gonna be stronger and more resilient to changes the world thrusts upon us. We will make the changes that finances dictate, and we'll have fun in the process. Dammit!

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Where am I and what decade is this?

June 17th, 2011 (09:45 am)

Global positioning: Home
State of being: anxious

Been a long time LJ. Hope I remember how to use you.

Life is strange and moves in mysterious ways. People grow old, and I have way too many friends who also grow apart. My own kids grow too fast for me to keep up with the changes.

Sometimes you get to make choices, and sometimes choices are thrust upon you. I'm at a point where both are occurring simultaneously.

On the one hand, age and outside influences have dictated that I change direction for what I do for work. On the other hand, I have always wanted to open a spice store. Why not now? I live in an area where the spice trade started, we have experience in working a retail store, the time is right, the iron is hot.

Problems are not few. Of all the issues, location is paramount at the moment. Not just anyplace in Salem MA will do. A spice store should be located near the waterfront where one would expect it. It should be convenient to the locals, and should not focus entirely on the visitors. It should be large enough to carry everything that you would expect, but not so large that it forgets that a customer is someone you partner with. It cannot, however, ignore the 1 million visitors per year.

My business plan is solid, my financing is coming along. Of all the locations considered, the space currently used by The Picklepot seems to be the most appealing financially, aesthetically, and conveniently.

It's a terrible conundrum. One can say it's an awful pickle in which we find ourselves.

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Libya, Malta, and the World

February 23rd, 2011 (10:23 am)

It appears that Libyans are leaving in droves. From what I hear - they are travelling to Malta and thence on to Europe. A couple of fighter jet jockeys have defected and landed in Malta rather than attack their own countrymen. A Libyan ship has dropped it's flags and is adrift off the coast of Malta - a fairly obvious mass defection of a military ship.

I'm guessing that this activity won't go unnoticed by the Mr. Colonel-who-wants-to-stay-in-power. I'm also guessing that he won't stay there much longer. All this activity over in the Middle East begs the questions - "Where will it end?" and - "Who will come out on top?"

I've never been to Europe, Africa, or the Middle East. I have spent a bit of time in the Far East, and I have a pretty good notion on how land masses become 'home', having seen much of the North American continent and recognizing regions that become territories unto themselves claiming no relationship to an adjacent area.

I don't know where the borders will reform. I do know that the current 'ruling parties' will change and the changes are not done. I also know that things may not change in a way that helps or benefits the world at large.

I note the significant lack of response from the world court, UN, and other 'peacekeeping' forces in the recent activities. I'm pretty sure that the lack of action is due to the lack of time to respond. It takes months for actions by a world body to be agreed upon. It takes merely weeks to effect local change in the current information-era environment.

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Posting to stay in practice

February 6th, 2009 (07:37 am)

Global positioning: Work
State of being: busy
Audible distraction: Sky.FM

Thought someone might like this link. Kinda interesting and cool...


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Happy Groundhog's day

February 2nd, 2009 (04:22 pm)

State of being: cheerful

And by the way - please tell GOTHTIQUE happy anniversary as well.

12 long, but very happy years. I'd do it again.

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Road Trip?

November 17th, 2008 (01:29 pm)

Nope. Not me. I'm stable. Gotta go to New Yawk (upstate) in December. Hope my packing is as efficient as this....


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