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Sunday, January 24, 2010

I struggle...

...with editing my own writing. Most of the time I'm fairly rushed when I am writing, so always end up finding "stuff" later that needs to be changed. Some times I make corrections, some time I don't.

...with small-talk. It's not that I'm unfriendly, it's just that I really, truly don't feel comfortable with the small-talk that sometimes comes with saying "hello" or talking to someone in the cafeteria at work. Here's a little secret: sometimes I'll actually try to make a comment to someone while out shopping or waiting in a check-out line, just because I know it's so difficult for me.

...reading national political news. There seems to be so little common-sense, middle-ground stuff out there; most of it falls into either the "Democrats Evil" or "Republicans Evil" camp.

...understanding why people fall for talk-radio. I don't care about partisan political rants, but I do care about honest discussion and debate about issues and ideas. Glenn Beck ranting about "culture" or Rush Limbaugh trying to convince all his listeners (who don't need convincing, by the way) that President Obama is a closet Muslim/Socialist isn't discussion or's simply a form of verbal masturbation. Yes, there are those on the left who are just as bad (I can't really watch/listen to Keith Olbermann), but let's be honest here: Republicans have a lock on talk radio. So much for the "media" being filled with "liberal elites", unless someone can make a convincing argument that Limbaugh's 15,000,000 million listeners somehow don't count.

...taking personal risks. I don't consider myself risk-averse, but from the outside looking in I probably am. I'm not sure why either. There is this odd dichotomy about me: I have no problem speaking in front of a group of strangers for an hour (such as what I did on Friday), but yet I stress and worry about spending $600 on new appliances. Why? It's not just money either, as think long and hard about things like career and family-life stuff.

...being healthy. Eating is a constant struggle for me. It takes a lot of effort on my part to ensure that I exercise most days. It may seem like I am disciplined from the outside, but on the inside it's an hour-by-hour, day-by-day struggle.

...trying new things. I guess this goes along with the "taking personal risks" thing. I don't like to try new foods, I don't watch new TV shows, I rarely-to-never listen to new music.

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