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in the past week, i have done all kinds of stuff.
not the least of which are turning down a headhunted position for twice my salary, submitting three works for publication, trying to figure out the rest of my life, and traveling to Toronto with techtraum,cercaria, and mrshellion.

the purpose of the trip was to celebrate the recent gradumatation of gefiltebitch. in addition we enjoyed some great food, some crazy travels, and plethoras of music. pictures when i can get them posted.

i am at a weird place right now. i am trying not to stress about money and failing. i am trying not to dwell on current events and failing. i have been reading Benjamin Franklin : An American Life, which i vaulted into after reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which I felt I needed more information to assimilate totally. these are both on the tail of Salt : A World History.

all three are superb reads. salt offered a very interesting view of the development of world history. while there were many things i knew already, there were a few things i learned, which definitely made it worthwhile. i loved that the book offered culinary history in addition to cultural insight. it made me want to pickle stuff.

my quest for franklin comes on the wake of a discussion of heroes and anti heroes which devolved from a lj poll or some nonsense some time ago. franklin has always been a hero of mine. he is someone who walked the line between honest and straightforward and totally manipulative and duplicitous for the purposes of manipulation. regardless of his mode of action, he was someone who fought for what he believed in, made compromises when needed to, and put up his dukes when the compromises failed. as i much suspected, his memoirs are rather allegorical, and somewhat hazy on certain facts, but having a good basis for further research has helped round some edges, and sharpen some things i previously considered round about him.

reading about franklin's life and times has simply made me more dissatisfied with the here and now. we live in a country with a bustling middle class steeped in ignorance and consumerism, with very little social mobility through useful tradesman labor. most of our issues regarding international debt, international trade, and the threats apparent to that middle class via globalism and off shoring and outsourcing are directly correlated to the death of the skilled laborer in our country. it scares me that there is no longer a frontier to escape to.

despite all my focus on reading for enrichment, it seems my brain has been pushing on only creative for several weeks. i have stories pouring out of my head, but little time to get more than skeletons put together. i need to make some tome to rectify that. i don't know when though, as i will be spending the independence day week out and about, and have a couple other weekend engagements spread throughout the summer.

work is nuts. i foresee many many early mornings in my future, if i want to maintain a human schedule in the afternoon/evenings.

n other news, i need some new suits, a new mp3 player (mine is last-legging) and some sleep. wednesday is the solstice, anyone know of any good rooftop bars?


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Jun. 20th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
bars, I gotta look. But I do know the sushi samba on 7th, just south of Christopher has rooftop dining.

Jun. 20th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
good call
i just hope it doesn't rain
Jun. 20th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: good call
Me neither. Actually, sushi samba sounds like a not half bad idea.

Or not. Lemme know when you have time to meet the monster.

Jun. 20th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
I am sure sutton place has a roof top bar area.
I know because there is where my roomate fell down the stairs from.
Jun. 20th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
did mullen break all the stairs when he fell down?

my friend had a party at 230 5th avenue and it was a little too classy for me but the roof was awesome.
Jun. 20th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
nah....he almost broke his leg though.....its was pretty insane, the girls that were walking with us were crying from holding back their laughter....i didnt hold back my laughter........that was also the same night that i have 6 irish car bombs in one hour (STUPID!) and i was home blacked out by 10pm
Jun. 20th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
did you ever see the movie hook, with robin williams? there was this fat kid that rolled himself into a ball and ran over all of captain hook's men.

that's what i envision when i think of mullen falling down the stairs.
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
i think
"awww, poor stairs!"
Jun. 20th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
a mullen stair bomb
he should register himself as a weapon of mass destruction
Jun. 20th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
i have it, and i've gotten part way through it twice, but i was never able to finish it. it just didn't hold me. oh well.

it might've been a little... DRY!! AAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

i kill me.
Jun. 20th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
is that your emo haircut?
salt is really cool if you are a foodie though! reading about the history of garum as it populated through the roman empire is pretty nifty!
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
more like a pageboy, but it's growing out now
don't get me wrong--parts were really cool. it just didn't thrill me. oh well.
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
i've never met a salt i didn't like.

thanks again for making it out to my lil grad. you all made it so fantastic :)
Jun. 20th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
question/this is my saucy icon
not that it's really any of my business, but if you're worried about money, why didn't you take one of the headhunting positions you were offered that would pay you twice your salary? that seems like it would take care of your $$ problems...
Jun. 23rd, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
giving the devil his due
it would be trading one evil for another - then i would have money, but absolutely no time to do the things i want to.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
How, he asked, do you define frontier, when you said there is no longer a frontier to escape to?

Oh- found you through Little Miss Hellion. FL'd you for cogentnicity.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
that is central to my ponderings
hi! added you back, hope you enjoy the show. if not complain to the network affilliates. if you cn't get ahld of them, change the channel =)

niceities aside, franklin is who i think about whenever i hear someone talk about moon colinization, or travel to mars. the frontier is the place where the law lies mostly in the hands of the individual, not the parent country, state, or civilization which bore that individual. the law, and individuals' pursuit of goals (which i use in lieu of happiness, because there are way more tangibles that people want than nimbus emotions) form the motivation for the societies in the frontier to evolve (or die) as well as whatever commerce or benefits come of this new place.

the problem, as i see it, is that there are no frontiers attainable to the financially mobile common person or family. all furhter colinization on a fringe (read: not a third world, and sometimes, even then) require some sort of corporate or organizational initiative or government sanction. at the very least, it requires the muscle of dollars far beyond the means of an average individual.

the new frontiers will not be trailblazed by individuals seeking risk. they will be blazed by megacorps and millitary, with project managers, accountants, and profit loss statements. everyone else will have to line up for tickets.
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