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I haven't posted anything in a while, owing to the time spent documenting the squid uprising in 2466 AD. I am not likely to be alive to see it all go down. In some ways, that's lucky for me.

In other news, my wife is rather uncomfortable. She is ready to have her body back to herself. The baby should be here in...
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shivashanti:
Ahahah really funny comment on my set!! Thank you...
Iread that you will be dad early...wowwwwww....it's a little boy..or a little princess? Good luck...
Hugs for you your wife and the little baby!
jkarl:
Haha. Thanks. We are expecting a little boy any week now smile
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Don't tell my wife, but I bought her some dope Christmas presents this year. Some super-sweet wind chimes (legit, deep tones) and a four-foot carved wooden statue of St. Francis. He's chillin' melancholy (as saints are wont to chill) with two cardinals, a squirrel, and a rabbit. She's been saying she wanted a statue of St. Francis for her garden, so I...
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Alright. Today's list:

1) Take recycling, including massive cardboard boxes from baby sundries
2) Clean out cabinet under the kitchen sink.
3) Write annual Christmas letter to the family.
4) Draft a flat tax proposal
5) Institute world peace

It could be a long day. And a day "off" at that. Being an adult is tedious.

Have fun, SG. If you need me, I...
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So I need to finish my painting before Christmas. My mother loves horses and paintings, so what better Christmas gift than an expressionist painting of a galloping horse? It's been on the back-burner since last May, so it's about time I finished it.

Hopefully later today I'll holler at the project. In the meantime, we are having new front doors installed today...
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Today my wife and I finished buying all of the baby-related sundries for our child, who is due December 25th. I am floored by the sheer number of things we apparently need to be prepared to bring this kid home. This little dude already has a galaxy of stuff that exists purely for his sake. It's astonishing!

We are, of course, nervous and excited...
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jensen:
Dogs > cats, any day, haha.
jkarl:
True.
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Hello everyone.

Today was Black Friday. As a show of solidarity with my fellow team members, I chose to leave the pharmacy behind for a day. I felt like a samurai warrior preparing for battle as I dressed in the customary red and khaki, leaving my white lab coat behind. With gas-station coffee in hand, I entered the fray at 3am.

I had envisioned waves...
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s_eldorado:
Thanks man, appreciated.

Agree about the sales crush mentality, a profound perversion of our amygdala's genetic function.
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Re: Pants

Today I simply must address my current shortage of pants. All of my jeans are full of holes from careless wear. All of my khakis are threadbare. Anything flannel has been chewed through by moths. I can't leave the house without looking like one of the ghosts that visited Scrooge in the night. So away I go to shop for new pants...
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From my blog: http://somecallmekarl.blogspot.com/2010/11/absolute-freedom.html

Absolute Freedom

Today I seek to determine whether it is possible for a human being to experience absolute freedom. This is tremendously important for me, as I find myself drawn to the idea of freedom, but I do not yet know if that path can yield a perceptible result. To answer this question may...
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delia:
Your dog has the right idea!
jkarl:
To be fair, that's her "I'm bored" look that she's giving me. From her perspective, Frisbee in the back yard is much more worthwhile than staring into the computer screen. Alas, different values and goals smile
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Today was great. I went to Cafe Michael for breakfast, expecting to quietly read a few more pages of "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus. My waitress, a short, dark-haired woman who looked to be in her early forties, took interest, and immediately struck up a conversation with me about Camus! She said she never understood why, but "The Stranger" had been her mother...
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annalee:
That's a really nice story. The cafe, Camus, the waitress and the book. I love things like that. I always get excited when I see people reading books and always try to see what it is in case it's worth talking about but usually (sorry, I am a literature snob) they are reading non-books like the DaVinci code or Twilight or something so I have never yet ended up talking to anyone. Haha thanks for the Monty Python sketch, that cheered me up this morning. So funny. Have you seen the Sartre sketches? They're hilarious too :-)
jkarl:
I, too, am guilty of being a literature snob. When anyone asks if I've read Dan Brown, I say, "No, sorry. I'm too tied up in Bertrand Russell, Thomas Pynchon, Jacques Barzun, et cetera."

After paying my bill, I said to her, "Thanks for the breakfast and the good conversation. It always makes me happy to find someone who cares about literature, ideas, and philosophy. We're a dying breed."

"Yes we are," she said, drying her hands on a dish towel.

"It's seems to be a sign of our times. If something isn't on a Blackberry or iPhone, it's not relevant."

The Sartre sketches are hilarious. Mrs. Premise and Conclusion, and who can forget Eric Idle as Betty-Muriel Sartre. "Revolutionary pamphlets everywhere... one of these days I'll revolutionary pamphlet him!" Python love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crIJvcWkVcs

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