Saturday, January 19, 2019

January 19

What was supposed to be a rain/snow/ice cluster fuck looks to be a mostly-rain/maybe some of it ices over situation. Hooray. The vagaries of the atmosphere and the movement of storms 50 or 100 miles one way or another can spell the difference between potentially life-threatening conditions and minor discomfort - I am retiring to Arizona, just as soon as I can afford to do so.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

January 18

Yesterday, I rebalanced my retirement account portfolio. It was a very capital-A adult thing to do. I also increased my pre-tax contribution. Taking retirement more seriously was a new year's resolution for me, so this is a small step in the right direction. At my age, this is what passes for excitement. Doing small things you hope will pay off if/when you are lucky enough to not have to work anymore. I think I liked it better when my dreams were more prurient, but here we are.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 17

Last night, I had a great work out at the gym. One thing I try to do is workout with people who are younger and in better shape than me. It forces me to push myself harder to keep up (I am super competitive) and it also motivates me when I am able to do things people who are ten, fifteen, twenty, even twenty-five years younger than me cannot do. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 16

The other day, Axios published an article, Life Brightens, Sourness Surges. The basic premise was that life has never been better, but a lot of people have not benefitted. With large chunks of the federal government shut down, all of the sudden, stories are being told of people with good government jobs who cannot make ends meet. Who live paycheck-to-paycheck. Who, if you take away a single paycheck, are suddenly in financial peril. 

It seems like a disconnect. All you read about is a booming stock market and low unemployment, but when you scratch an inch below the surface, you find that the majority of stock gains are (shocker) concentrated in a small percentage of people and that while unemployment is low, many of the jobs available are low wage, retail or service sector jobs. And so, the idea that people with stable employment struggle to pay the bills comes as a surprise to the serious people who write about our world.

I am more fortunate. I have some savings. If worst came to worst, I could scratch by for a few months without a paycheck. But I am not that much better off than the people who are being profiled. Who are selling things on eBay or Craigslist. Who have picked up part-time work while they wait for government to reopen. Income insecurity reaches further up the economic ladder than you might think.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January 15

One of my Monday rituals is reading The Cut's Sex Diaries column. The premise is simple - one person, typically a New Yorker, records a week-long diary that combines the mundane, day-to-day with whatever is going on in their lives sexually. The range of diarists is broad but it gets me thinking about how boring mine would be. I rarely have sex. I had sex once last year and about five times in 2017. It use to bother me, but now I do not even notice it that much. After a while, you just sort of come to terms with the fact you are just one of those people who does not have intimate relationships with people and you focus your attention elsewhere.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

January 14

It is the beginning of another work week. There is not much to look forward to. I walk a lot at work. My office is in a big building with ample hallways, lots of stairs and usually once in the morning and once in the afternoon I will take a walk. I think about things, or nothing at all; I get lost in my own little world for ten or fifteen minutes. It helps. 

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

January 13

A light snow is falling on Central New Jersey today. I have made the executive decision that I will not be venturing out, even though we are getting (at best) an inch or two. Ever since my car accident last year, I have erred on the side of caution - if I can avoid it, I stay in. 

There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I want to avoid the risk of another accident. Not only can I not afford to have another accident, from a financial standpoint, but one of the things that I still dwell on about the accident I had last year is how easily it could have been much worse - like, I could have been seriously injured. And that's the other reason, obviously, I want to avoid serious injury, but I also have two little ones that I am responsible for. It would be hard to take care of Pumpkin and Ghost if I was on crutches or had my arm in a sling. 

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

January 12

I have a theory that you can determine how complicated a person's life is by the number of keys they own. Me? I own three - one for the front door to my house, one for the side door through the garage, and a car key. That's it. That's the list. Although she will probably be the last person I ever feel romantic love toward,  Special Lady Friend had a key ring that would put Schneider from One Day At A Time to shame. Her life was super complicated, mine was as simple as it comes. I guess it never stood a chance of working out between us.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

January 11

Yesterday, the New York Times published an article that talked about how the oceans are warming much faster than expected. The implications for the planet are not good. There are few things good about getting older, but one of them is knowing you will not be around for the worst effects of climate change. 

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 10

Today is someone's birthday who is very special to me. She is the person who made me realize I needed to get out of my marriage and for that I will be forever grateful. Of course, one of my specialties is pushing people away who care about me, so we are not in touch right now, but it does not mean I am not thinking of her and how profound an effect she had on my life. 

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