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November 12th, 2004

Friday Ten

From (fridayfiver):

1. Do you trust your instincts? Yep.

2. Get up and go or plan, plan, plan? Heh. I do really plan the sh!t out of my vacations, but that's just so I can get the most out of them. Sometimes I do plan to just have an adventure though, you know, plan to not have plans.

3 Do you ask for directions when you are lost or do you keep on going? Due to my ridiculous level of planning, I almost never get lost. When I do, I like to keep going without asking for directions because to me it's an adventure. But, after a while, or if time is an issue, I will ask.

4, Right now: do you know which way is east? Always.

5. If a tree falls in the woods, and no one hears it -- did it make a noise? Yes. I bet you the squirrels who were in the tree damn well heard it.

From (thefridayfive):

1) Realistically, where do you think you'll be five years from now? What job will you be working, will you have family/friends/pets, where will you be living and how? GOD I hope to be out of Wichita by then. I will probably be working the same sort of job, either that or I'll swell my nuts up and jump into renting cabins and whatnot. I will have my family with me, and our dog Tasha and probably another big ol dog by that point. I'd love to be in Colorado then.

2) Unrealistically, given a perfect life, where do you want to be five years from now? In Colorado, running a Bed and Breakfast or renting cabins, making lots of money at it. Pretty close to what I said up above, assuming I go the route where I don't still have the same job I have now.

3) What's the big barrier keeping number one and two separate and distinct, or is there one? Honestly? I think I'm scared to let go of something definite (my current job) for the sake of something I've never done which may or may not succeed, when it's not just my life but the life of my family I have to be concerned with.

4) Utterly and completely abandoning realism, make up where you'll be in five years. Alien abductions and portals to alternate universes are encouraged. Odds are good that I'll be the next Boris Said - racing every single weekend in like four different racing leagues with four different kinds of cars and tracks and stuff, and being good at all of them.

And I'll write some earth-shattering book and become revered and worshipped. Not like a god, but like an expert or something. I'll give radio and TV interviews and make assloads of money on the lecture circuit.

5) Where did you believe you'd be now, five years ago? Pick a crucial event of the past five years and tell us where you’d be now if it had been different. Well, let's see... five years ago I was living with my parents, getting sick of being broke because I had just gotten fired from a job that, once great, deteriorated... I'm probably not too far off right now from where I thought I'd be. I thought I'd probably be moved out and have my own place, and a serious girlfriend if not a wife. Didn't think I'd have kids by now, but I wouldn't have it any other way at this point.

That's completely uninteresting, isn't it? Wouldn't it have been better if, five years ago, I pictured myself today as some big shot rancher with a pickup truck and boots and cattle and acreage? You know, the guys on pickup truck commercials who buy pickup trucks, who pickup trucks are marketed to during football games? Or maybe if I thought I'd be a skyscraper window washer in NYC? Or if I thought I was going to be the next Jack Horkheimer, Star Hustler? HAHAHAHA.

Nov. 12th, 2004

I just wrote this to my state representative:


Todd,

I am writing to ask you to please represent your constituents and vote in support of House Joint Resolution 109, which would abolish the electoral college, providing for direct election of the President by majority of the popular vote. The electoral college is an inaccurate measure of how the people vote, and is an unnecessary barrier to true democracy. It is nothing more than a smokescreen; a legalized distortion of what the people truly want. Please don't just settle for the status quo; let's remove some of the controversy surrounding Presidential elections by getting rid of one of the biggest points of contention and something which disproportionately and inaccurately represents voting results - the electoral college. Make it go away.

Thank you.


You should too.

Go to www.house.gov and type in your zip code to find your representative.

Thanks to footnotefetish who posted this in ksprogressives.

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