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Today I listened as my seventh grade student relayed the story of discovering her older sister (20s) passed out from a heroin addiction. She's now in a coma. They were going to pull her off life support, but now is showing some positive signs. Seventh grade. Fuck...

Yeah, shit. I had a student out all last week because his dad offed himself during the Thanksgiving break. 

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(I posted the following on the FB, but some of y'all just don't go there).

 

Today…

 

…marks the one-year anniversary of my retirement from Lexmark, where I worked for 33 years.  My “plan” a year ago was to take a year off, decompress, travel, catch up on domestic honeydo’s… oh, and see at least 50 concerts.  Then figure out years 2 – n. 

I did take the year “kinda” off.  An opportunity to do some independent consulting came along in the summer, so I did that for about 3 months.  I liked it, and hope to do more.  Travel was great… new places like England’s countryside and Vancouver, and excellent revisits like Paris, Hilton Head, Chicago and Nashville.  Home projects were cut a little short by the consulting gig, but still managed to get the house trim painted, shutters fixed, and driveway sealed.  And concerts?  Oh yes.  53.  #bullblacknova count? 6.

Believe it or not, the best part was simply the decompression.  Time off.  A hiatus from workplace responsibility, the daily grind, and deadlines was amazing.  I can’t recommend it enough. “Refreshing” is a definite understatement.  I feel very fortunate, blessed, and grateful to have been able to do this.

So now we begin year 2, which I suspect will swing the balance back toward gainful employment a bit more at the expense of a little less couch time with Riley (let’s not tell him just yet).  I do plan to continue travels & concerts, and I don’t plan to get quite as worked up over work anymore.  I don’t have a specific goal for concerts, but you better believe that the nerd in me will totally be keeping score….

See you at the show.

 

Vince

 

 

P.S. just for the VC folks.... 

Speaking of hiatuses, I made my decision about retirement and the year off just BEFORE the Wilco hiatus was announced.  I really had planned / hoped to spend a year following the Wilco's around and trying out for alt-roadie or something.  So the hiatus announcement was quite a shock.  I did get to those last 3 shows in St Paul, with #bullblacknova sign in hand, along with a "Hiatus Schmiatus" sign that was fun... and managed to get 2 out of 3 hits on the Nova.  On night 3, Jeff saw the sign, gave me a friendly "no, you're not getting that one again.... you'll have to wait a year".  I did manage to get quite a few Jeff solo shots of Nova juice (6), but I figure I have an official IOU for a full band Nova very, very soon.  Hey, it's on the St Paul night #3 roadcase so I have evidence!  I was fortunate enough to get a lot of Jeff solo this year (7/53), but the hiatus did force me to expand my musical exposure quite nicely.  A full half of the shows were folks I'd never seen before.  Quite a year.

 

Congrats! Hellofayear! I hope your 2nd year post lexmark is just as eventful!

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Today, I finally gotten around to ordering a turntable -- a U-Turn Orbit Custom.

 

Now I can finally can get my records out of my parents house that have been there since 1990.

 

I am looking forward to searching out records, again. 

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Unless we see another update, I will assume that The Chills and Janelle Monae are rude.

The Chills have responded to me before.

And I think that, by now, they gave my tweet a like.

Janelle Monae, however...

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This serves as a reminder that I'm getting too fat for mine.

This serves to remind me that the wool ski pants I've had since I was in my late teens that I wore in the mountains last week for alpine sliding somehow shrunk since I last wore then a couple years ago. Stupid pants.

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I have never even heard of fleece-lined jeans. 

 

I have just sewn long johns directly into my legs for decades. Halloween > April Fools Day.

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Today my wife asked me "hey, are you going to see (random band name playing in our town with bearded guys that popped up on her FB)"?

Me: "Nah, I've never seen them on Chez or PopTodd's NowPlaying posts, so I can't imagine they're any good".

Hilarious.  Made my day!

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Yesterday I lost my job. Well, I think I lost my job because they sent us home and told us not to come back until we hear from them. And because their messages have been very cryptic. I suppose it wasn't technically a job because it wasn't permanent. But I lost the job I'd gotten not long after my dad passed away late in 2017. It was a surprise, as they'd already asked us for our availability through February and were talking about the project on which I'd been working for months lasting into the summer. 

 

Today, as on most days, I'm questioning why I ever chose to go to law school. 

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Yesterday I lost my job. Well, I think I lost my job because they sent us home and told us not to come back until we hear from them. And because their messages have been very cryptic. I suppose it wasn't technically a job because it wasn't permanent. But I lost the job I'd gotten not long after my dad passed away late in 2017. It was a surprise, as they'd already asked us for our availability through February and were talking about the project on which I'd been working for months lasting into the summer. 

 

Today, as on most days, I'm questioning why I ever chose to go to law school. 

Ugh!  Sorry to read this, Boss.  Hope things work out.

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Yesterday I lost my job. Well, I think I lost my job because they sent us home and told us not to come back until we hear from them. And because their messages have been very cryptic. I suppose it wasn't technically a job because it wasn't permanent. But I lost the job I'd gotten not long after my dad passed away late in 2017. It was a surprise, as they'd already asked us for our availability through February and were talking about the project on which I'd been working for months lasting into the summer. 

 

Today, as on most days, I'm questioning why I ever chose to go to law school. 

Oh, shit. Let us know how this turns out. 

Vince

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