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Saturday, September 29, 2001

Spent most of the day reviewing help files, then most of the night at work, making changes to help files. And I’m still not done; I may have to go in to work tomorrow to take care of some last-minute problems. Ifni. And I’d wanted to call Saalon and just chat today; we haven’t had a good chance to do that lately.

Friday, September 28, 2001

I was blindsided at work today. My boss and my boss’ boss both sat down with me and told me that they were very concerned with the level of effort I’m putting in at work. From what I understand, by “very concerned,” they meant that I’d be fired if I didn’t show more committment. And, after some reflection, I recognize that they’re absolutely right. I’ve been coasting along for awhile […]

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Tonight, I became a man. …No, not in that sense. Sheesh, some of you have such dirty minds. My parents and I decided a few weeks ago that I need a “coming-of-age” ceremony. Since I’ve never moved out of the house, I’ve never felt a break from my childhood, so tonight we went out to dinner as a celebration. We’re all trying to shift mental gears now, to think of me as an adult who happens to be […]

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Well, this morning’s session of The Men’s Academy was worth waking at 5:30 for. John talked about the problem of absent fathers, how boys need a father-figure, and how a father who’s not there — physically or emotionally — can damage a kid. We only got through some of his material, so I’ll have more to report next week. We also broke up into groups, where I got […]

Monday, September 24, 2001

Went to work. Went to Nobilis. Went to sleep.

Sunday, September 23, 2001

We Christians are told to love our enemies, and to pray for them. So, today, my church prayed for Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. We prayed that he would see the truth, and that he would be called to repent. It was bizarre, it was incomprehensible, and it was the right thing to do. After that emotional experience, I spent the afternoon reading from the writings of N. T. Wright, a Christian theologian […]

Saturday, September 22, 2001

Those who read this in the future won’t quite understand this, but I haven’t posted anything to this site in a week and a half. It doesn’t look that way, because I’ve been posting diary entries for past days today, and I’ve caught up as well as I can. So, future generations will think that I’ve been writing diary entries like normal. Except they won’t, because of this diary […]

Friday, September 21, 2001

Shayla-Shayla from El Hazard Sat down and watched a bunch of the anime I bought yesterday. Here are a few thoughts: El Hazard: The Magnificent World (first OVA) is not amazing, but it’s good, solid escapist entertainment. It’s refreshing to see a series set in an Arabian-themed world. And, hey, the series just knows how to have fun. Gunsmith Cats is basically Starsky & Hutch with anime babes. […]

Thursday, September 20, 2001

Bought an interesting book at the bookstore today: Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern. Basically, she suggests that you start by defining your overall goals in life; ask yourself where you want to be in ten years. Then, make some short-term goals for accomplishing your long-term goals, then assemble a schedule that lets you accomplish those goals. For example, let’s say you’d love to be […]

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

This was my first morning attending the “Men’s Academy,” a weekly get-together sponsored by The Falls Church. Every week, the rector will give a talk on some aspect of the nature of manhood, then we’ll split into small groups and discuss it. Very informal. The rector worries that the whole idea of “being a man” has slowly eroded into nothing in recent decades — a notion I’m beginning to appreciate in greater detail the more I think […]

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