I let my paid D-Land membership lapse and that is why the comments don't work anymore. Last time I re-upped for 2 years and I can't believe that 2 years has gone by already. Time is going faster as we go along. Is the world spinning faster? The planets are circling around collectively faster so that we don't realize that we're just hurtling at break-neck speed now? When everything is moving at the same speed, you can't detect the movement. Just saying.
I have an invitation to go to a Christmas party tonight. I'm undecided even now about whether I'll go or not. I won't know a lot of the people at that party. I will know a small handful of people, one of which is my best friend at work and my lunch buddy. The party is the annual Christmas party for the facility she worked in before she transferred to the corporate office where I work. I sort of don't want to go, but I think I should for some reason. It will probably be fun once I'm there if I do go. Bleh. I don't know. It's awfully early for a Christmas party. We're barely off Thanksgiving at this point.
We're supposed to get some very high winds and stormy weather tonight. I guess I should call my friend to see if she even wants to venture out. She won't want to go if it's really stormy.
Radical change of topic:
After my debacle with Sudden-unlink, I got a wild hair yesterday and called them up to drop my HBO and add Showtime. The whole hassle was because they charged me for Showtime that I didn't receive and I made them give me a refund. And now I have Showtime. Irony!
I just spontaneously got the brilliant idea to switch out my premium channel and squeeze all the goodie out of Showtime, then I very well may cancel it. Believe me when I say I will be checking my bill to make sure they are only charging me for the services I'm getting. I found out that almost 20 dollars of my outlandishly high cable bill is taxes. That rather pisses me off. The only reason I wanted to add Showtime was to watch the 6th season of "Dexter". I love that show and my wee Mexican sidekick is named after the main character. I've watched a few episodes so far and I'm so happy I have several to go. I would kind of like to just hole up all the day watching Dexter. I have things I should be doing. Like Christmas shopping.
I'm thinking of renovating my house in Louisiana and moving back into it or renting it out. I've had 2 people approach me to find out if I would be willing to rent it to them. I could be collecting money. It's hard to do anything from so far away, but it can be done. I've got a guy working up an estimate for everything that needs to be done. I'm starting off with the basics that have to be done whether I rent it out or live in it myself. If I am going to live in it, I will do fancier upgrades. Rent houses need to be serviceable, but not necessarily posh.
I go back and forth on whether I want to move there to be near my family or stay here, where I like to be. Practically, I can be happy there as long as I have a good internet connection and a big fat source of income, but I really love where I live right now and moving from here will make me sad unless I am moving to Colorado, which would make me happy, location wise. The only thing stopping me from going to Colorado is my stinking family who won't venture out of their collective turtle shell. I am the trailblazer in my family. I need to either pick up a co-trailblazer so I won't be lonely, or pack it in and move the hell home. I have friends here, but I don't have family and I don't have a significant other. So... I feel alone in the world even though I'm not.
I'm different from everyone. E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E. I'm not even trying to be novel and different. I just AM. And it doesn't always serve me well. I'm different in a lot of ways, not just my trailblazing up-and-move-off stuff. I'm a very odd bird in a lot of ways. My feeling that there are bazillions of opportunities all around and that I could have a lot of different lives to choose from is just one of my little quirks. That feeling has been with me for my whole life. It seems like the majority of people want to stay where they've always been and not rock the boat. I feel like there are countless lives I could fill up in different ways. I could remake myself a trillion times. It's hard to decide what to do with this life and these abilities and this particular set of variables. Any one of us could just up and move to someplace far away and have a totally different kind of life. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one who sees that, or values it. Everyone else seems to feel like they are doomed to just mark time in the place they've always been, doing the stuff they've always done. You might as well be somewhat adventurous. This ain't a dress rehearsal.
My mother complains bitterly that she hates the place she lives. The state, the town, the climate. She feels that she is suffering from regional allergies and would do better in a dry climate. She loves and adores Colorado. My father and mother have a military pension, a postal service pension, 2 social security pensions, and they've had disability pay when my dad was sick. Plus they have ample savings. My dad still works. And they own everything they've got free and clear. Homies are set. They could easily buy a cabin, a summer home, or pick up and move. I have no clue why they don't. I wish they would, because when my job goes mobile I will be able to work from anywhere on a laptop. I need to work on them about that. I'd be very happy to spend the summers in Estes Park and here the rest of the year.
There is a certain garden gnome (ex-neighbor) who wants to buy my house, but he's a troll and will want to steal it from me for some insulting low ball price. That will not be happening unless I get desperate. Let's hope that doesn't happen.
The upside of living there is that my house is plenty big for me and Dexter, there's a big fenced yard and my family is there. It's paid for, so once repairs are paid for, there's no monthly payment. I could really sock away some money. It got a new roof and a new central air unit last year, so that's good stuff.
yikes... I have to go call my friend. It's time to get ready if I'm going.