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30 May 2013 @ 08:17 pm
State of the Dragon: 2013  
Goodness. I've let this lie far too long, and I apologize -- particularly since my last post of any substance was "I'M HAVING CHEST PAINS."

I should remedy that, and shall.

First and foremost, HEALTH:

Said chest pains proved not only to be not life threatening, they weren't even a significant health issue. They were, yes, Pre-Ventricular Contractions, and, yes, I do have a family history of PVCs -- but there are no structural issues with my heart. The doctor said that I could go climb Mount Kilimanjaro were I so inclined.

The "flips" have entirely faded, at this point, and considering that they started immediately after I got back from last year's Maker Fair ... I rather suspect the high-voltage jolts I got for funsies from the Van De Graff generator a few booths down from us might have triggered a little persistent twitchery in the old timer.

(Come to think of it, that anxiety/panic attack I had at dinner that one night during Maker Fair might have been the first manifestation -- that feeling of "panic" and "trouble breathing" might have been connected to "GAH MY HEART SHOULD NOT DO THAT" ...)

WORK:

I am quite enjoying my current employment. My experience with interpreting and displaying complex, abstruse data clearly (read: "Your Obedient Serpent Knows Stupid Excel Tricks") has made me the go-to guy for our company's more esoteric reports, and while I tend to get buried in these Special Projects, I really can sink my teeth into them.

It's still a 50-mile commute, but I'm no longer carpooling with kohai_tiger; a few times driving solo gave me a taste for getting in and getting home earlier ... and earlier ... and earlier. When I flew out to Midwest Furfest last November, I started running on "Chicago Time" ... and really never shifted back to Pacific Time. Most days, I roll out around 0400, get to work around 0500, leave around 1400, and get home around 1515, plus or minus fifteen to twenty minutes either way.

Oddly, since I've shifted my shower-taking habits to evening instead of morning, I get up at about the same time as I did when I was carpooling and getting to work between 0730 and 0800 -- but since I seldom if ever have to contend with anything resembling traffic, I get home three to four hours earlier. Drying off becomes relaxing downtime instead of rushed getting-ready time.

I've also found that I enjoy driving in the early hours of the morning, and not just because of the light traffic. I'm very much a morning person, and those crisp, clear pre-dawn hours just seem more alive to me. I confess that I've also been prone to a bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder for the past few years -- but I never had an issue while on The Chicago Schedule. It tried to sneak back on the few days that I shifted back to a "normal" schedule during the winter months. I think a key factor is Getting Home After Dark: if you get up before sunrise, you've Seized the Day. If you get home after sunSET ... the day has seized you.

FUN:

I've been mostly keeping up with the speculative cinema; I can't believe I've let both Captain America: the First Avenger and Marvel's The Avengers slip by without comment, much less any other movies. On television, Game of Thrones is an amazing achievement, and on broadcast television, I found myself wholly engaged and impressed by Arrow.

I am down to a single game on the RPG front: the monthly Star Wars game hosted by rikoshi and tealfox. The Wednesday night game sessions alternating between Ironclaw and The Dresden Files were becoming increasingly untenable for me, and once I switched to Chicago Time, I simply couldn't continue. Honestly, I'm suffering a bit of Gamer Fatigue on that front; once the Star Wars game wraps up, I will probably gafiate from gaming for a year or three.

My chronic automotive issues were finally traced to a glitchy OBD-II (On Board Diagnostic) computer. That took nearly two months to get replaced and functioning properly; if she proves stable, I may start keeping a packed Go-Bag, so I can head out for spontaneous road trips on random weekends. I spend far too much time traveling the same hundred miles of road (I take different routes in the morning and afternoon), and spending the weekend sitting around home not going ANYWHERE only goes so far. I'm a traveller by ancestry, instinct, and long, long experience, and by golly, I need to TRAVEL.

Oh, and I've picked up a few more volumes of Raymond Chandler ...
 
 
 
Itismenewwaytowrite on May 31st, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
welcome back
glad life is treating you well and that things on all fronts are all systems go.
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: by Endeporsupah on May 31st, 2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
First off, of course, it's very welcome to hear all's well. At least if someone had happened to you, I expect I'd hear something about it on here or BAF - I wasn't quite so well informed with the friend I stayed with back in Spring 2011.

I do have a family history of PVCs

And inevitably, my mind heads in a much shinier direction. ^_^

Fifty miles is quite a fair commute, but I suppose manageable. As I've always rented, I've been able to ensure mine have, mostly, remained more modest, with San Diego being the particular exception. Still, at least the mornings were wonderful, with a good portion of the route along the beaches, with surfers occasionally getting on and off with their boards. Definitely not such a bad way to start a day.

Cinematically - well, I'm not really much for superheroes, nor mediaeval fantasy. ^_^; But I've also not really been seeing that many films cinematically of late, mostly due to the local place being just a very, very conventional multiplex, with all the variety that entails. Back at the last place, I enjoyed going to The Little, as that was a delightfully quirky establishment, in one of the town center's many Georgian houses. One slightly larger screen set slightly down from street level, and another up a square-spiral staircase. They also sold a modest variety of good chocolate (Green & Black's, mostly) and beers, cider, and wine, which seems like a most civilised accompaniment to a good film. Indeed, the last flick I saw on the big screen was.. Rise of the Guardians, I think, and Brave. (I've yet to see ST:ID or Oblivion. Probably missed my chance at the latter, but ST ought to be around for a while)

I did once try going to sleep around 7-8pm, waking up in the early hours. I rather enjoyed it, including seeing just how groggy everyone else was on the bus in in the mornings. =:) I might consider doing so again, as and when I'm living alone once more, though I'm in no hurry to exit the current arrangement - but with the current gig quite likely coming to an end in a few months, I may well have to move again for whatever comes along next. Certainly, I wouldn't mind being up and about for dawn photography, both landscape and wildlife - but, I do well enough with the evenings.

ArchTeryxarchteryx on May 31st, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Well, things seem to be going along pretty swimmingly for you, which I'm very glad to see...particularly on the health front!

I don't really blame you, with a 50-mile commute (that's a LONG commute!) getting up at Sparrow Fart and leaving work early as well, as it gets you away from rush hours...and the less time spent in your car, the better, far as I am concerned. The evening showers are something I'm getting into the habit of, too...longer showers, longer dry times, and you don't have to include shower time in your morning prep.
Yasha-tauryasha_taur on May 31st, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you are doing well. Hope to see you sometime other than the brief encounters at cons.
Araquan Skytracer: Originalaraquan on June 1st, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Hey, nice to see a post from you here. }:D

Glad things are proceeding reasonably well. I hope you had a chance to try some Giordano's while in Chicago. }:9

Hmm. I will admit, I'm not a morning person, no matter how much I've tried, nor indeed no matter how much sleep I get the night before. In spite of this, Scheduling insists on giving me morning shifts all the time. In fact, I've got one at 06:45 tomorrow. Joy. @_@
KehzaFox: pleasedkfops on June 1st, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear from you again!

I don't really have anything useful or constructive to add, but I'm totally glad you're back!
castleclearcastleclear on June 4th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
I am glad your health is good, your work interesting, and that fun is included. Which Raymond Chandler novels did you pick up?