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Important Things

Lots of people give things up for Lent. Despite not being religious, I still think that the practice of giving up a part of your life for your own enrichment is worthwhile and respectable. You see how to live your life in a different way and it keeps you strong and versatile. I have things that I need to give up from my life to keep myself strong and versatile. That’s what the next week is all about.

Sometimes you need to lock yourself away and force yourself to focus on what you need to do. Some things in this world are important enough that you just can’t give up on them. No matter how bad a situation gets, you can’t let them go. If you drop the ball on them, you NEED to pick it up and make things right.

This week, I’m going to pick up the ball and make things right. I have alot I need to do, alot of loose ends to tie up. The goal is to focus on the pieces of my life that I’ve neglected lately. I’ll be temporarily purging my life of many things, including several internet sites I waste lots of time on, games, and most instant messaging. I’ll still be on occasionally, but probably not for long stretches at a time. There’s much more important things for me to be spending my time on now.

Loop, Deloop

Lately I’ve been focusing on the idea that people often get stuck in cycles that control how they interact with others. They start out with an idea about themselves, they rig things so that they communicate this idea about themselves with others, and then the people around them behave in ways that uphold and confirm the ideas the person had in the first place. At some level, this is just the idea that people make prophecies that are self-fulfilling.


Landed in NYC

I got to my spot in Brooklyn at around 6pm yesterday. I met up with my friend Mike from way back in middle school and then we went to see Ra Ra Riot downtown at The Knitting Factory. The band is a group of kids who just graduated from Syracuse and they’re being managed by Adam, my best friend from high school. The show was one of the best I’d seen recently and I really want them to come through Pittsburgh this fall. Check them out online at www.rarariot.com or http://www.myspace.com/rarariot (with embedded flash music player).

The Summer haves

I have subletters.
I have[1] a job.
I have an apartment in Brooklyn.
I have projects to work on.
I have friends[2] in NYC.

That is all.

[1] The NYC Department of Health will undoubtedly make me dive head-first through hoops of fire while filling out copious amounts of paperwork before they give me a starting date
[2] Justina is in Taiwan for the next three weeks. No girlfriend until then :(

I need a subletter

Finding people to sublet the place from me this summer keeps me from paying rent here in Pittsburgh while I’m living in NYC. While that by itself is enough to motivate me to keep trying to find one, it goes a bit further. If I can avoid paying $300 per month in pittsburgh, I can move off of my sister’s couch and into a place with high school friends. I certainly don’t mind living with my sister; she’s really chill to live with, in fact. But the fact remains that I’d rather not spend my summer folding and unfolding couches, sneezing from cat dander, or tiptoeing through the house when I get home late. The best part is that it’s only a 15 minute walk away (or better yet, one subway stop)!

Pass this info along that I’m looking for someone to sublet to. Help me save money to move in with my friends in brooklyn.

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