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peak:

I had a couple of people cooperate with me on my story, which was a refreshing change.


valley:

That some people take pleasure in lying to the media (like yours truly).


noise:

Silence.


sustenance:

Spaghetti.


thoughts:

Sleep...
Lots of sleep.


tuesday, june 27th

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Quote Du Jour:
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." (Calvin Coolidge)


I think graph paper is the coolest thing. You can write with the page horizontally or vertically and still have lines to write on. Also, it makes doing design work a lot easier. Gee... I guess sometimes, it doesn't take much to impress me. :-) (0059)


It's hard sometimes, but I must remember that my brother is 17 years old. This means his head is up his ass. He is screwed up in the head. He is in "a phase." "Keep calm," I tell myself... This phase shall pass.

It blows my mind sometimes to hear my brother's logic... I guess that's because he is like many other 17-year-olds and doesn't use any. My brother is about to enter his senior year of high school and is yet to have his first "real job." He claims that he's more financially secure than I was at his age... but any money that boy has is money that was given to him.

He also claims that he's more responsible than I was because he plays football. I couldn't "make it" playing football, he says. I played junior high football (which is a far cry from the world of high school athletics), but I didn't make the step up because I had other interests -- namely journalism. My brother doesn't have other interests, so I don't think he has a clue. I usually hate people that are so narrow minded to think that what they do is more important than anything else... and that anyone that doesn't share the same viewpoint is crazy. But I guess I won't hate my brother, though... since he's blood kin and all.

Just an observation... I've known a whole gang of football types that had the "football is superior" mentality... and who couldn't understand why anyone would want to do something else. However, I don't remember ever meeting a journalist or teacher or fireman or doctor with the same mentality. It seems that the rest of the planet realizes that everyone has an area they excel at... and that the area might not be football. (0120)
Don't get me wrong. I'm not anti-athletics by any stretch of the imagination. I'm very competitive. I love to play golf and softball. I really enjoy a pick-up game of football every now and then. I follow the Chicago Cubs, SEC football and a little college basketball. I've spent a large chunk of my newspaper career as a sports writer, editor or photographer. It's just that sometimes, I don't understand the mentality of the people in athletics sometimes -- as much as I try -- and my brother is one of those people. (0123)
While I'm venting... Another argument I had recently with my brother had to do with motivation... He claims that he has the responsibility and determination to graduate high school, go to college for four years in a government or pre-law program and then go to law school. Of course, he claims that I lack the self discipline to follow my fire service ambitions... and I'm not sure where he is getting that.

Everything that I've ever set my mind to, I've been able to accomplish. If I set my mind to something, almost nothing short of death can stop me. I don't see my bother with that same philosophy for anything except football... and he is determined to play football. (0131)

Maybe he's a little right about that self discipline thing. It is after 1:30 in the morning. I do have to work in the morning. I should be in bed. Maybe if I had a little more self discipline, I would be asleep by now. Nah... That's not it... if I hadn't been pissed off at him, then I would be in bed by now. :-)

Actually, this is my determination at work. I'm determined to vent my feelings now... and put my thoughts down on paper... and because I'm determined, nothing can stop me... not even the sleep I need so badly. I guess I need to find the middle ground that's out there somewhere between determination and self destruction. (0144)

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