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Rebirth

Happy New Year’s Eve people! I’ll be spending mine in reflection since I’ve got some big decisions to make in the very near future. I ran into a friend of mine and his wife yesterday — he’s the guru of this site among other things — while spending a Borders gift card and told him of my tentative plans after I finish this degree in the Spring. It was the first time I’ve told anyone outside the inner circle and it feels like that means I must be serious. Scary business…but I’m so ready for a change I can taste it. Noj says that I was semi-successful here — “You did okay but you didn’t do great,” he says — but I didn’t really succeed. Not to my liking anyway. So I should take the lessons and use them to succeed somewhere else. It’s daunting but I suppose I’m up to the challenge. It’ll be nice to see some different faces on a daily basis that’s for damn sure.

And I digress – before I sink myself into a hole. Ahem.

Anyway, happy New Year. Be safe and count your blessings and for the love of Pete, quit bitching about everything, will ya? You don’t have it so bad… (yeah, so I’m talking to myself. It’s my prerogative.)

And here’s a good song from Timbaland’s Shock Value — one of my favorite albums of the year — that should be good for the festivities tonight. One of my dance teachers came up with some kickin’ choreography to this song so I can vouch for its imminent danceability.

See ya in ’08!

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Dammit. Sometimes I wish it wasn’t just a pure fact of life that those who exhibit blind allegiance are more willing to fight using brutality and rage than those who exhibit insight and compromise. I know it’s logically inconsistent for those who love wisdom to behave like animals. It is just one of those mysteries of life I will never get used to…

Rest in peace Ms. Bhutto.

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Peace on Earth

The History Channel had this little piece on the other night called “In Search of Christmas” or something like that and this one woman made an interesting statement about why Christianity took hold after the death of Jesus and ended up becoming influential in nearly every aspect of human endeavor — art, literature, music, etc. Christians attribute this to the divine providence of the passion. Of course this happened, they say, when God came to Earth. But non-Christians may have a harder time understanding the hoopla and I think what this woman said speaks to why the influence of this backwoods preacher from the backwater of a Roman province moved humanity like it did. She said it was a shining time in humanity, when someone spoke of forgiveness and seeing the divine in the most downtrodden and reviled; when the ideas of brotherhood and friendship were honored and when someone willingly gave everything they had — indeed, the only thing they really had to give — as a testament to these ideas. She said that this does not happen everyday.

That’s pretty much the understatement of the century.

So I send out this last clip to everyone. It is the movie I watch every Christmas Eve and I never fail to get that hopeful feeling again after watching it which I think, above all the other great lessons this season has to teach us, is the most amazing because of its sheer utilitarianism. Clarence, we all want to live again.

Oh yeah, Stella says Merry Christmas, too.

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Really working hard on that having a good Christmas thing. Having a huge family can be both incredibly satisfying and can make you feel really, really loved. It can also make you feel the, um, opposite of those things. And sometimes both — simultaneously. It’s all very confusing and you’d think I’d be used to it by now. You’d think.

Anyway, this one goes out to the MPA kids who, against all logic and reason, actually like me and stay in touch. Can’t wait to visit you, hear all about your new jobs, see you in class, etc., etc. I think this clip is so, so sweet and romantic…Is that weird?

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Lights please…

For today’s Christmas clip, only two days left — wooohooo! — I send Linus out to my good friend who, with her husband, just brought another little one into the world. Can’t wait to meet her. And I did look for a clip from As the World Turns where Conner had something denim on and was maybe singing a Christmas carol or something. Apparently no one else caught the wonder that was denim on that show. Just goes to show how observant and awesome we were. Visions of fruit soup dance in my head every year because of you kid…

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This one goes out to my parents who always came through with the official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time. Also, because if you ever say “Sons of b****es, Bumpuses!” around my dad, he’ll laugh.

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I’m too much

For the second awesome Holiday clip, I send out this little gem from my youth dedicated to all my siblings and my niece and nephews, one of whom, the redhead, looked exactly like the heat miser when he was about two… (I love you David!)
Embedding is still weird with YouTube so here’s the link again.

By the way, these are the original mini-me’s…and whoever came up with these stop-action animation hijinxs was in a serious altered state if you catch my meaning…but they were fantastic nonetheless.

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