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Friday, April 18, 2008

Redeemed by Heather King

In my continued search, I'm currently doing a lot of reading on similar searches. Presently I'm reading "Redeemed' by Heather King. I've only just started, but she described me to a T. Isn't that what they say about AA meetings-'they told my story!' Well, King is a recovering alcoholic-like me-and in a series of careers-like me-not really appropriate for an introvert. She says:
"All my life I've been a bookish, easily overstimulated loner: it takes me a while to work up to any kind of human contact activity, then the activity takes place, then I have to go off by myself for a while and process it."

Actually, I really like my current career and intend to continue doing it, but I do need that decompression when I get home. I find it really hard (read nearly impossible) to go directly to a social event on a work night. I have to hole up in my room and read a little or take a little nap before any continued activity.

Friday Five-24 hours

RevHRod said “Yesterday I had the 24 hour flu. I had been told by the people who had it first that it really was a twenty-four hour bug. And so while I dealt with all the blech of the flu, I kept reminding myself that morning would come and I would feel a lot better.”

“This is certainly a strange way to start out a Friday Five but it made me think about what I might like to do if I knew it would only last for 24 hours. There are no reality boundaries to these imaginings. So here are the five things for you to consider...”

If you could dramatically change your physical appearance for 24 hours, what would you do
I’d be a man. A big man who could stand in the door of the subway and not let the female me pass and say “I’ll stand wherever I want to” As the man said to me when I suggested that he was blocking the door. After I waited for him to get out before I got on, being polite as I am, then realizing that he was indeed not getting out! I’ll stride around in a suit or work clothes and be powerful and feel how it feels to be the king as men seem to think they still are in some circumstances. (I still seem to be riled up about my subway ride! Can you tell?) I also just finished “The First Man Made Man” the story of Michael Dillon by Pagan Kennedy and I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this phenomenon.

If you could live in another place for 24 hours where would you go?
I’d go to the southern coast of Italy, to a small town where I would have an apartment and friends and know the language. And I would eat the delicious foods and have coffee and gelato in the courtyard. And watch the sea from the balcony of my apartment.

You get to do somebody else's job for a day...
I’d be a doctor, something I always wanted to be, from the time I was little.

Spend the day with another person from anywhere in time and space...
I’d probably hang out with Natalie Clifford Barney and Romaine Brooks and their (mostly lesbian) salon in England in the early 20th century because I’ve read so much about it and it sound like a lot of fun!

A magical power is yours. Which one would you pick?
Well, of course, the ability to give myself unlimited powers. I’ve had this figured out since I was a kid. Who wouldn’t?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sometimes I think I need this

And a shout out to Roe for this one!