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Notes From The Flip Side: 03.26.2008

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Taking Stock Of Things.

I updated this site on this day 8 years ago.

I know, right? This is a serious shut-the-fuck-up moment, but seriously, I did. That was a year a half before the World Trade Center attack. That was a year and a half before Caitlin was born. It was a year before the shootings at the high school I should have attended made national news.

I was still living in Alex's old apartment in Golden Hill above a guy who hired hookers at 3 and 4 a.m. while I recovered from my latest relationship disaster. It seems like a lifetime ago and, based on all the change that's happened, it was.

I left San Diego in 2002 and, at this point, it seems like I've left it for good ... unless I have to move back and live in the house for a couple of years for tax purposes. I've been classified as completely disabled by an insurance company and I'm still working on getting benefits from Social Security. I was either working at Intel or about to start ... and now, I haven't worked in over two years. I haven't seen a baseball game since I went to Kentucky for KrazyFest, but that was ages ago. I haven't seen a show in two and a half years? Three years? I emailed NIU to withdraw my application from law school - most days, I have a choice between being medicated or being in pain; neither allows me to function at the level I expect from myself in an academic environment. I'm still holding out hope for a miracle, but miracles seem in short supply these days and I know too many other people who need them more than I do.

But at the same time, it doesn't seem like that much has changed. Right now, I'm reading a Julian Barnes novel. In the update from March 5, 2000, I mentioned reading a Julian Barnes novel. I'm listening to the new Lifetime record right now. In the update from April 9, 2000, I mentioned listening to Lifetime.

I suppose some things stick around, no matter how much everything else may change.

As you can probably tell, not much has changed with the site. Josh did an amazing job working on a Drupal skin and then I realized that the cost I was facing to host it all was prohibitive so it's on the shelf for the moment. Back to good old manual editing.

I have a bit to say about some things - I'm trying to write more, but my ability to do so tends to be on the limited side of things. However, I want to leave you with a final thought that I'll write more about next time - if punk isn't dead, it's on life support and waiting for its organs to be harvested. I'll go into that idea more next time.

Now Playing:

Lifetime. American Steel. Some Girls. Good Clean Fun. Cloak / Dagger. Fucked Up.

Now Watching:

"Across The Universe." The Pelican and Sigur Ros DVDs.

Now Reading:

Julian Barnes, "Talking It Over"

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