I miss the old days.

Good day, everyone. Hope everyone’s doing well.

So here it is, Wednesday, and I’m feeling guilty for not blogging before now like I said I would. Problem is, I don’t really have a topic in mind, either. So, to steal a page from Rick’s book, here’s your Slightly Delayed Monday Mission(TM).

1. Friday I wrote about “People I Can Do Without.” How about adding to the list with a few people you can live without?
Yeah, I can come up with a few… how about people who let their kids run around yelling and screaming – inside – and not doing a thing about it (I used to work at an amusement park); people who figure they can hit me up for free advice on how to fix their computer whenever they see me (I’m a computer consultant); and people who have no common sense whatsoever (as I have to live in this world with them). Gee, do I sound bitter? While we’re at it, someone buy me this tshirt.

2. Have you ever felt like someone truly respected you? What does being respected mean to you personally?
There are times when I feel respected, but to be brutally honest, not nearly as often as I would hope. I try and make a point of telling people that I respect how I feel, and I know that I don’t do it as often as I should, but even so… I dunno. Nobody ever does that with me. Being respected (to me) means that you’ll do what you promise me you’ll do, show up on time for plans (or at least phone me to tell me that you’re going to be late), don’t ditch me at the last second (and make me phone you to find that out) and most of all, listen to what I have to say. I am a man of few words, and that’s usually because I only open my mouth to say something if it’s meaningful.

3. In (past or current) relationships, what is the “one thing” your partner would change about you if they could?
I have to be careful with this one, because I know my girlfriend is going to read it. :) I think I’d have to say that she’d change my inferiority complex. I’m sure that both she and Rick would say that I tend to find people disrespecting me where no foul was intended, and over the years it’s built itself up into an inferiority complex. Every now and again I’ll get depressed over it, and I’m sure she’d like to see that change.

4. Have you ever tried to change who you are to please someone? How did that turn out?
I can honestly say that I try not to, but I know that I’ve failed. There was a point in time where I was a different person with each person I knew. But for the past what, 8-10 years or so, I’ve defined myself as a person and adopted a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude about it. Not saying that I’m a hard person to get along with, but I became tired of wearing so many masks. So, what you see is what you get, which is how I think it should be.

5. Do you believe in love at first sight? Can it really happen?
I suppose that it can happen, but I can’t say that I’ve experienced it myself. To me, a relationship is more meaningful if you have to work at it a bit rather than just have it fall into your lap like that.

6. Today is “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in the United States. King’s non-violent protests against unequal treatment of African-American people led to radical change in America, and ultimately, his assassination in 1968. How have Rev. King’s accomplishments impacted or influenced your life?

Y’know, that’s a really good question. And I don’t know if I know the answer to it, to be honest. I was lucky enough to grow up in Bolton, like Rick, and I can’t say that I’ve ever really seen any unequal treatment or racism first-hand here. Now, granted, when I was growing up there weren’t many black families here, so it might just be that I didn’t get the opportunity to see hatred because there wasn’t anyone to hate, but… *shrug*. I do know that I have a friend over the Internet who is black and living in West Virginia, and he experiences racism on a daily basis, and it boils my blood to see that people are still so ignorant in this day and age, but there’s not much I can do about it other than listen to his problems and try and help him through it. Not much, I know, but everyone needs someone to listen to them.

7. In America, our President declared yesterday to be “National Sanctity of Life Day.” While it enacts no change in policy or program, it does allow our country’s leader to make a declarative statement about abortion. How do you feel when you hear about a government taking a position such as this?
I feel it is the responsibility of the government to take a stand on every issue, whether it’s popular or not. They are elected to represent the people, and if they’re wishywashy about things then they’re not doing their duly elected duties. However, I do find it rather telling that “Dubya” is declaring a day “National Sanctity of Life Day” when they’re gearing up for a war. It’s like handing someone an olive branch then slapping them one.

Anyways, that’s it for me for now. I’ll try and get annoyed about something later so I’ll have material for a second post. :)

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