A Better Tomorrow

Discussion in 'Ages 30-39' started by NewStart19, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    @Gil79

    I'm curious what position conversing with others you don't know in public places holds in Dutch culture. I ask because I remember when I was living in Japan that the Swedes I knew would emphasize how uncommon an act this is in their native country (although I realize that cultural differences exist between regions as well, so I am not sure how widespread or accurate their statements really were). My frame of reference is pretty limited, but in the areas I've lived in in the US...well it would have to depend on how we define common (or uncommon), but it doesn't really come as a surprise if someone you don't know starts talking to you (or vice versa). In Japan, I think my frame of reference was skewed, because I stood out very strongly in its starkly homogeneous society, and thus probably had more strangers talk to me than is normal. That being said, it definitely felt less common or normal than in the States.

    @Thelongwayhome27

    Not sure whereabouts you live, but I am also curious about the position conversing with others you don't know in public places holds in your country/region etc. Is it considered normal, a little unexpected/strange, or very much so?

    Regardless, it can be difficult to reconcile our lived experience with how we act in the outside world. I think getting skilled at walking that line is difficult indeed, but I wish you luck with getting closer to your goal.

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    Well, as my counter indicates, I relapsed.

    Context: I had to pull an all-nighter to get some work done, and while I knew that it would greatly test my ability to stay clean, I also knew I had to do it. So I tried not to think about the possibility of relapse as much as possible, which was good. But then I got triggered, and I just couldn't focus on what I needed to complete. I decided to look at porn and get it over with as to be honest I didn't want it to harass my efforts at getting what I needed to get done done, and I didn't want to be left to the whims of on-and-off urges throughout the day and thus be unable to complete that which I needed to finish (and that which was making me do the all-nighter in the first place). The session duration was shorter that my current average, and once I finished I left it at that (which is great). My sleep schedule isn't too affected; I should be able to get back to normal in about 2-3 days I reckon.

    I also decided to extract other data from my logs and plot some graphs using Excel. Overall, the trends I noticed were encouraging, and I am glad I took the extra time to do so as it informs my ongoing recovery efforts (i.e. it gives me further objective reinforcement that things are indeed changing for the better). Basically, I am going to continue proceeding with complete elimination as I have been, always keeping in mind the hope and goal of the next time being the last time. But, as I have been doing over the past year or so, I am going to keep starving the addiction on multiple fronts, increasingly boosting my chances of successful recovery, weakening the grip the addiction has over me, and changing the quality of my lived experience.

    The four pillars still stand, and I will be relying on them for some time to come: structure, lifestyle change, mindfulness and reduction. That's probably the most summary explanation I can give for what is working for me, although there may be a few points here and there that don't fall completely within these categories.

    As for my update, not much has changed aside from the above. I still haven't watched any of the items I mentioned previously. Still haven't finished the current issue of The Economist (and the next issue arrived yesterday; I want to get moving on that). No progress in the books/notes. I will go on an 'expedition' again today, though it'll be relatively simple (walking back and forth across a bridge). I woke up pretty early today due to the all-nighter, so I've already gotten a jump start on all the chores I have to do for the day. I'm a little behind in meditation (the effect of the all-nighter), so I will probably do an extended session (1h) at some point today.

    This probably wasn't mentioned elsewhere, but my dental appointment got delayed because I booked through another service (i.e. not directly through the dental office) that had incorrect appointment times listed on their site. I've been diligent with my hygiene though so the aching isn't very pronounced, but I still have a week and a half until I get my cleaning, x-rays etc.

    What else? My expedition for next week will be with a friend I haven't seen in a while, but if I were to be honest, while I am looking forward to the natural reserve and the mountains I will visit, I am not all that excited to meet my friend (but I will avoid elaborating here; suffice it to say, I am not trying to be a hater or Mr. Negative, I'm just trying to be honest about my experience as is). Still, it'll be a great excuse to be in nature and have more interpersonal contact than I've been used to recently. I suppose there's more to say, but I will leave it at that.

    Hope everyone reading has a great, PMO-free day.

    Take care
     
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  2. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    Quick Update:

    Still been clean since the last relapse.

    I managed to get caught up with my meditation practice, doing a total of 1h20m of meditation to make up for the days I missed. I also finally got around to finishing the previous issue of The Economist. Hopefully, I can get the current one done before the next arrives (I don't want to lose too much momentum). The History of the World Map by Map reading covered scientific advancements in the latter half of the 1800s and early 1900s (the discovery that microbes cause a variety of diseases, the creation of the periodic table of elements, the discovery of X-rays, etc.). I managed to finish off the second half of Mank and will probably watch another movie sometime this week.

    My expedition last week was a success. I've included a few pictures at the bottom of this post. Thankfully, the weather was great. Somewhere previously in this thread I mentioned wrapping up some miscellaneous work so that I could finally delete my old email address, and I'm glad to say it's done. It wasn't that pressing of a matter, but it was something I started a few months ago, and it was bothering me that it remained unfinished after all this time. Also, I bought a few gifts to give to my friend whom I will be meeting this weekend, and I looked up some effective ways to remove sticker residue, so they should look nice and slick when I give them to him. Lastly, I've been thinking about cleaning my desktop's fan for a month or two, so I looked up and bookmarked a few pages related to cleaning fans for units made by the manufacturer. If time permits, I'll work on that tomorrow.

    That's it for today. For those sticking to the path, keep it up, and for those of you who recently got kicked from the saddle, I hope you can get back on your feet, dust yourselves off, and pick up where you left off.

    Take care

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  3. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    Daily Update:

    Still clean.

    Aside from the usual daily tasks (work, routine, chores, etc.) not too much to add. Last night was rough, partly due to some terrible diarrhea I had, and partly due to the fact that even though I was tired, I just couldn't fall asleep. I stuck with my attempt to sleep by just lying in bed, waiting for the drift into unconsciousness to begin, but after two hours I decided to get out of bed and do something else. So, I decided to wash the dishes in the sink from dinner and then watch another movie, like I mentioned in my previous post. This time I watched a film from a few decades back called Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. It's one of director Martin Scorsese's older films, and one of the few remaining films in his filmography I hadn't yet watched. It was interesting to see Ellen Burstyn so young, as all I remember her from is Requiem For a Dream, where she was a lot older.

    That's about it. I've noticed that in the past few months, I've been remembering my dreams more regularly. Not sure, but this could be related to my marked decrease in porn use (i.e. reduction), although I have yet to have any dreams related to porn or sex, though the only times I've experienced that is when I've had longer streaks so they might be waiting for me later on down the line. But hey, I'll be pleased if I never have them at all.

    Just need to make it through the rest of the day in my fatigued state. Things should be ok.

    Take care
     
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  4. Rudolf Geyse

    Rudolf Geyse Active Member

    Stay the course, NS19.
     
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  5. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    @Rudolf Geyse

    Thanks for stopping by and offering some encouragement. Best of luck with your recovery efforts.

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    Update:

    Another day clean.

    Like yesterday, not much aside from what I usually do during the day. The most recent section in History of the World Map by Map covered the United States' process of acquiring States beyond the original Thirteen Colonies. Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands became US territories in the 1800s, but didn't become states until later. I did read a few pages of the current issue of The Economist, but I didn't have much mental stamina to make more progress. One more episode remains for me to watch of the Japanese panel show I mentioned in a previous post somewhere. I hope to get through it tonight, but it is the length of a short movie (1h30m), and it can be quite dull. Fingers crossed.

    I'll probably try making lentils for the first time in my rice cooker. Hopefully, they'll come out alright. When I tried making split pea soup with it, it was a great success. Freekeh turned out fine. Barley didn't come out all that great, but it might cook better if I try out a different setting.

    I tried taking a stab at cleaning my computer's fan, but after removing all the screws from the rear panel, I found that it wouldn't come out even if with the application of moderate force, which made me somewhat apprehensive and ultimately made me defer it to later. I might try this evening, but I am not sure yet.

    Oh yea, last night, while thankfully free of diarrhea, was another night of bad insomnia. This time around, I just lay in bed the whole time, unsuccessfully trying to fall asleep for hours and hours. Unfortunate thought it was, I was retrospectively pleased with my ability to remain in bed without grasping for some type of release, especially of the screen-oriented sort. I'm not sure if I'll be able to have a repeat of such endurance, but hopefully there won't be any need for it tonight. Suffice it to say, I have not been spending these days caffeine free. Red Bull has been my companion. Thank you Austria.

    That's all for today. Take care
     
  6. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    Update:

    Quick MO session to fantasy in the morning. Feeling pretty good about it, all things considered. I'm consistently keeping the duration pretty short and there was no porn involved. Going to reset my counter though just to keep in mind that I ultimately want to get rid of MO too, as it ultimately always leads me back to the same place, so I don't mind having the the rough equation MO PMO solidified in my head. Things really do seem to be working out with time, patience, and a plan.

    Sleep is still funky, but I'm persevering. The thing is, I may have to cancel my expedition tomorrow if I'm too poorly rested. Hopefully that can be avoided. I don't want to miss an opportunity to further reinforce the habit. And I was planning on going to a nature reserve, which I was looking forward to.

    Haven't watched the panel show's final episode yet, but maybe I will get around to it on Sunday. I read two sections of History of the World Map by Map since I was a day behind. They covered Mexico and South America during the mid to late 1800s and the unifications of Germany and Italy. While I never covered the former in school, I did learn about the latter in high school. Reading about certain names, wars etc. lit up some memories I hadn't had for a while. No further progress with The Economist. I may just have to blitz through the rest of the issue on Sunday.

    So I figured out how to safely open up my system unit and had a look around inside. I've never been all that familiar with the hardware side of computers, which made it interesting to peruse all of the components within. I was able to recognize the motherboard, GPU, PSU, hard drive, and fans. But I couldn't find the CPU or SSD. This influenced me to poke around about them online for a little, and I learned that the large mass sitting on the motherboard is a called a heatsink and between that and the motherboard lies the CPU. The SSD, to my surprise, looks more like a chip than a disc with an enclosure. I also looked at a few sites that explained how to clean the inside more thoroughly, and I came up with a list of supplies to purchase. I'll try to get them on Sunday, or some weekday next week if the nearby computer stores are closed on weekends.

    I may (or may not) have mentioned this elsewhere, but about a month ago, I set up an account for my own personal internet service separate from the one I use with my roommates. But following up with that felt like a hassle, and I let it fall through the cracks. Having ignored dealing with it for about a month, I decided to go through all the emails about it and familiarize myself with the my account on the ISP's website. In order to have it ready to use though, I'll need a technician to stop by and do a bit of work as the room I work in doesn't have a nearby cable outlet. I'll try to get that worked out next week using their online support, but if it isn't up to par, I'll probably just stop by the nearest service center. Boring stuff, but I'd rather get it all worked on sooner rather than later.

    Looking forward to finally seeing a dentist next week. It's been too long.

    Take care
     
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  7. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    Update:

    No relapses or slips since my last post.

    So yesterday was a daylong expedition. I went to the Sierra Azul Preserve in California. It was great to be in the mountains, surrounded by nature. I actually almost forgot to take some pictures, but I did manage to snap a few mediocre shots for posterity. But it was a daylong affair that left me exhausted in the evening. So, after getting back to my place, I decided to just take a shower and brush my teeth before collapsing into bed. My expedition for next week will also be in the great outdoors. Time in nature can really be great, and I'm looking forward to it, although it can be a little strenuous breathing while trekking through nature with a mask on. But so goes.

    Things have been alright otherwise. I'm maintaining like usual. I had to read two topics in History of The World Map by Map since I didn't have time for yesterday's reading. They covered the Balkans in the 1800s/early 1900s and some of the build up to WWI (various treaties between the powers of the time: Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, Italy, and some of the nations in the Balkans). With that, I have finished the second to last section of the book (Progress and Empire). From tomorrow, I begin the final section: The Modern World (1914 - Present).

    The Economist still remains untouched, and the next issue arrived today. I'm lagging behind with this. I know it is a newer hobby, but I hope I up my pace so that it sticks.

    I listened to a podcast featuring a professor from MIT who spoke generally about physics (particles: quarks, gluons, gravitons, electrons; forces: strong force, weak force, electromagnetic force, gravity; dark matter and dark energy; universes: block universe, multiverses, simulated reality; and many other topics).

    I also had some time to purchase all the items I need to clean the inside of my system unit: compressed air, thermal paste, thermal paste remover, an anti-static wristband, and some microfiber cloths. While walking from my parked car to the store, I came across an interesting mural on the side of a building. I have included a picture of it below along with a few shots from Sierra Azul.

    Still haven't watched the final episode of the aforementioned Japanese panel show. Will today be my lucky day? We'll see. I'm also going to cook lentils for the first time in my rice cooker. I should've already tried this, but hey, better now than never.

    That's it for today. Take care

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  8. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    Update:

    I'm maintaining. Still no progress with The Economist or the panel show. I did read today's unit in History of The World Map by Map, but it was just the customary intro to the section (in this case, the modern world). I also managed to squeeze in a visit to my ISP and schedule a visitation from a technician for the day after tomorrow. I was trying to resolve this on my own (i.e. DIY), but I hit a snag at one point and didn't know how to proceed. Either way, I'm working on getting this done instead of putting it off, which is nice.

    Haven't cleaned my system unit yet. Maybe I'll aim for doing it this weekend? Should at the very least prove to be an interesting experience. The lentil experiment I mentioned yesterday worked out fine. Perhaps a little dryer than they should be? Hard to say as I never really ate them much. I threw some garlic and thyme in there, but I'm not sure if I should adjust the amounts. That's something I can think about next time.

    What else? Well my dental appointment is three days from now. Finally! And then I am hitting up another beautiful natural spot on Saturday. It'll probably be a daylong affair again, but hey, I'm grateful to be given another opportunity to spend some legitimate time in nature.

    Take care
     
  9. Thelongwayhome27

    Thelongwayhome27 Well-Known Member

    Cool man, sounds like you're doing pretty okay !

    Nice pics you've been posting from your field trips ! Cool hobby too.
     
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  10. Gil79

    Gil79 Seize the day

    Hi, sorry for the late reply! In the Netherlands people do not tend to just talk to strangers as easily as in Southern Europe for instance, but when someone does it is almost always appreciated. I guess that people here like to connect to others, but are also a bit afraid to stand out of the crowd. I have to say that there is quite a separation in that between the more catholic south and the protestant, calvinistic north. And between cities and villages. About Sweden, a friend of mine who lived in Sweden for a while told me that the Swedish really need some more time to have the ice broken.
     
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  11. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    Relapsed to porn. Duration was pretty short, not much content viewed. Feel ok overall.
     
  12. dark red drifter vessel

    dark red drifter vessel Active Member

    Don't matter, back into the saddle with you. :3
     
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  13. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    @dark red drifter vessel

    Thanks for the encouragement. Best of luck with your efforts. Looking forward to more news of your success.

    @Gil79

    No worries. Thanks for the reply.

    So from what I gather, the Dutch lie somewhere between Americans and Swedes. But within the Netherlands, which group is more comfortable approaching strangers in public, the northerners or the southerners (I didn't know that there is such a strong overlap between the regions and religious affiliation)? Same question for urban and rural residents. And if you feel up to it, I'm curious what you mean by southern Europe. The Iberian, Italian, and Balkan Peninsulas?

    I actually came across an article about the Netherlands in the previous issue of The Economist, but it was about finance so I didn't fully understand its contents. But apparently Amsterdam surpassed London as the biggest share-trading center in Europe. Sounds pretty significant, too bad I don't have the requisite knowledge to fully appreciate it. One thing I did learn is ING is a Dutch company. The more you know.

    Also, either in that article or another one, there was mention of how the Dutch in general are very skilled English speakers compared to their continental European neighbors, although admittedly they didn't have a comparative chart showing exactly where the Netherlands falls. I'm not sure if you are above, at, or below average English proficiency compared to your compatriots, but if it's the 2nd or 3rd option, then indeed the magazine must be correct. The Swedes I met were also quite impressive, although by their explanation it had something to do with a lot of televised programs being in English.

    Hope all is going (relatively) well for you. Take care!
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    So, while probably boring for most, I've made progress in a few areas.

    First, I picked up speed with my current events reading and might soon be back to normal. More specifically, I finished the previous issue of The Economist and have read about a third of the current one. This means there is a solid chance of me finishing it before the next one arrives, which is a good sign that this habit/hobby may indeed be sticking. The non-fiction book part of the hobby has remained where I left it however. Once I've gotten caught up with my current events reading, I hope to pick the books up again, but I am not sure if I should go back and forth between the two like before, or just finish off the rest of one and then do the same for the other. No need to figure that out now. I have time to decide.

    I watched another film this week. This time, it was Ridley Scott's version of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Oscar Isaac. While I knew Blanchett is an Antipodean, I didn't know that Crowe is as well. I know this is basically trivia, but it was interesting for me to learn nonetheless. I think I enjoyed some of the cinematography for the action scenes with the archers, though Robin Hood being the promulgator of a charter of rights was a bit of a stretch for me. But if anyone reading liked that, then I understand. I'm not trying to be a hater. If I have time to watch another movie this weekend, I'll try to watch Scorsese's New York Stories. If not, then I'll aim for next week.

    I also finally got around to finishing the final episode of the Japanese panel show I've mentioned in previous posts. It feels nice to be done and finished. I turned the Japanese subtitles on and performed a shadowing exercise with the narrator, though I felt a little strange doing so. But I really don't have many chances to use the language, particularly the spoken component. Maybe I should look into one of those online language services and find a native speaker to periodically chat with, thought that will have to wait for now.

    I've also been maintaining with the History of the World Map by Map reading. The last few sections covered World War I, and today's was about the Russian Revolution. Brings me back to my high school history classes.

    Unfortunately, the visitation from my ISP's technician was a waste of time. I'm going to have to reach out to an electrician and basically have some holes cut in the drywall and a cable snaked through. I did receive a splitter with more ends then our current one from the technician, so at least there's that. I'll have to poke around and see what I can work out next week.

    I did get around to cleaning the inside of my system unit...but I have to admit that I wasn't as careful as I should have been and there are now problems with the computer. I have mixed feelings about this. I have always wanted to open up a computer and familiarize myself with its hardware and the layout of the components, and cleaning the inside was the perfect excuse for that. Plus, while I encountered various difficulties and made some mistakes, I know more about computers now and have a better idea about how to clean, maintain, and even upgrade it in the future. But I ultimately created more problems and will possibly lose both time and money, both of which could have been avoided. This train-wreck was actually directly connected to my last relapse. But I did keep it pretty under control, and in some ways this whole experience might be a nice stepping stone to further recovery: the situation is what it is, and if I can just deal with it normally and to the best of my current abilities, it'll be a nice example of using setbacks and difficulties as a vehicle for growth instead of as an excuse to further act out. But that'll have to wait until next week. For now, I'll have to use my old, somewhat dysfunctional laptop instead of my desktop. Hopefully, it tides me over until I can resolve my technical difficulties.

    On a brighter note, I finally got in to see the dentist. I was relieved to hear that I don't have any cavities, and the cleaning surprisingly removed a lot of the staining from my teeth. I haven't had any deep cleaning in over a decade though, so I decided to follow through with their recommendation to have it done. That too will have to be left for next week, as the office is closed for the weekend, and I will have to get a covid test showing I'm negative within seven days of the appointment. I also bought my first ever electric toothbrush. This should help further boost the efficacy of my oral hygiene habits.

    Lastly, I am heading out on my weekly expedition tomorrow. This time around, I am heading to Uvas Canyon County Park, and once again I will try to share some photographs. I borrowed some binoculars and a magnifying glass from someone, so maybe I'll sight some interesting bird species or check out some of the local flora in detail. It might rain tomorrow though, but oh well.

    That's it for today. Hope everyone is doing what they can to gain whatever recovery footholds are available.
     
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  14. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    Update:

    The ship is still sailing, and the waters are getting rockier.

    So, with time on my hands, I watch the above-mentioned New York Stories as well as another film called After Hours. Wasn't much a fan of the first film, but the second proved to be pretty entertaining for me. Aside from that, I haven't watched anything else in the entertainment category, but I did watch Noah Church's newest video on YouTube, titled Will Porn Use Destroy Our Marriage? Check it out if you have the time ( 18m) and the inclination.

    As always, I've kept up with History of the World Map by Map. Yesterday's section was about the rise of extremism in Europe post WWI (Mussolini, Hitler, and Franco), whereas today's was about the collapse of some of the then contemporary powers (the Russian, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires) and the formation of new sovereign entities (the Baltic States, Yugoslavia, Poland, etc.).

    The next issue of The Economist arrived, but I only finished the second third of the current (now previous) issue. I'm lagging a bit behind my expectation, but hope to be back on track by the end of the next issue. Only time will tell.

    It's the weekend, so I haven't made any progress with my desktop's issues, getting an additional cable installed in my computer room, or scheduling further appointments with my dentist. Tomorrow should be the day (for some type of progress at least, assuming time allows for it).

    A new series was added to the meditation app I use, which is nice because I have listened to over 95% of the content available. I'm aware that there are plenty of ways to meditate without an app or guided meditations, but it's nice to be exposed to new content and new ways of thinking from time to time to mix things up a bit or give myself an additional perspective on how I practice.

    I have still yet to go over the manual for my new (and first-ever) electric toothbrush. I'll either do that before going to bed or peruse it tomorrow.

    That's it for today. To anyone reading, keep on learning, growing, and improving. Both to ultimately conquer this addiction as well as live a fuller, more substantive life.

    Take care
     
  15. NewStart19

    NewStart19 Well-Known Member

    Update:

    I somehow managed to finish off the previous issue of The Economist as well as read about a quarter of the current issue. Today’s topic in History of the World Map by Map covered the Great Depression: its origin and impact in the United States, as well as its ripple effect on the economies of various nations across the globe.

    I’ve watched a lot of content recently, so I didn’t have much energy (or time, or inclination) to watch anything today. Maybe I will watch another movie sometime this week. It'll either be one of the remaining Scott or Scorsese movies I haven't seen from their (directorial) filmographies: Thelma & Louise, A Good Year, and American Gangster for Scott, and New York, New York and Kundun for Scorsese. The only other one I have on my "list" is the last movie Tarantino made, which I have yet to see, called Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    The electric toothbrush I purchased a few days ago was just sitting around, so I unboxed it, read through the manual, and will use it for the first time this evening. Silly though it may sound, I have never used one before, so I am mildly excited to try it out. I also was able to get a hold of someone at the dentist’s office to schedule an appointment for deep cleaning, but things are so booked that it’s going to be in two months. Glad it’s booked, but I also need to schedule a covid test that will yield results within a week of the appointment. I’ll try and handle that tomorrow if I have the time.

    Since my desktop is still out of commission, I decided to organize, update and reconfigure my older, somewhat dysfunctional laptop that I am currently forced to use. If I had to give a percentage, I’d say I’ve done about 80-90% of the work. I’ll finish the rest of that off tomorrow.

    Another (minor) feather in my cap of productivity: I reached out to an electrician about installing a cable outlet in my computer room to enable me to directly connect the gateway for my internet to my computer via ethernet (for better internet speed). I’m hoping for a callback or email tomorrow, but if I receive nothing, I’ll try one of the other two options I found on the internet that are local and have good ratings calculated from a reasonable number of reviews. But hopefully the particular one I contacted gets back to me. His company has an average 4.5/5 out of a hundred + reviews, which is a good sign.

    Another little nice (but boring) note: I was planning on going food shopping tomorrow, but there was an opening in my schedule today, so I decided, "let’s do it" and got it over with (while driving to and from the supermarket, I listened to some of the new content on the meditation app I regularly use). Anyway, one less thing to do tomorrow.

    One of my friend’s has someone close to them who has been sick for a little while now and is concerned that person may have been infected by covid, so I took a minute to send a message to him to ask how things are going for both him and his partner. Not sure what it’s worth, but hopefully it’s worth something. There are also two people I know who—courtesy of the grapevine—are both pregnant. So I decided to open up a little more time to congratulate the two of them. I also recommended a book to another friend, who apparently really thought it was great. Glad I was of some use there.

    If I’m lucky tomorrow, I’ll have a chance to check a few things within my desktop and, if I am insanely lucky, I’ll be able to troubleshoot and resolve the problem…but probably not. Worth a shot though.

    I think I’ve wanted to speak more specifically about my reduction habits for a little while now, but I suppose that’ll have to wait for a future post. Suffice it to say, I have enough data now that show me how far my reduction efforts have taken me. Change is indeed possible.

    That’s right! I forgot to share some of the pictures I took at Uvas Canyon County Park. I wish I could share some videos, but there are file-size limitations for attachments here (understandably so), so pictures will have to do.

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    Take care
     
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