Thoughts and musings in no particular order for today, all around a particular theme. If this had been a few years ago, I'd have named this post, "When will this S#!) ever end???" But it isn't, so I didn't. But instead I am stealing off of one of my favorite authors all time, Kurt Vonnegut.
I saw where this blog finished 10th in the "Best Suburban Blog" category at the Mobbies. Thanks for voting, all of those who did. I didn't really promote it or put much energy into getting votes. Likely because, the year I did win a Mobbie, 2011, I recall having a nice party at Illusions Magic Bar in Baltimore, and being promised that my blog would be promoted on the Sun's website through banner ads and such, but that never happened. It would've been nice to have attended the party this year, which I had to miss. But maybe all the blogs who win awards can be recognized, not just some? Cause I've heard the same thing from other winners in subsequent years.
I have huge good personal news this week! I have a new job. On December 1st I begin a new job with the Government of the District of Columbia, in the Department on Disability Services. I believe a project I'll start upon-- as if I need more-- is to develop ties with more bloggers in the area, as well as in Baltimore and in DC.
Back to the job. Excited to be going back to work in DC after 14 years in Baltimore. It's a change, a different commute, less flexibility for me to get out and rock Howard County middday-- but on the whole, a much better situation than my current one. And my current one in Baltimore City is pretty good! More as things develop. And so it goes.
And speaking of December 1, I got my invite to the swearing-in of the new County Executive and County Council that evening. Transit willing, I'll be there. Already, since the election, I've known people who ran in 2014 who have had new additions to their family (I'm sure no one could guess who I'm referring to!) and who are moving out of state. Life brings changes. Life happens to you while you're busy making other plans. And so it goes.
It used to be, that the time between around, well, now, to the end of the calendar year was a slow time. Not much happened. Really. Let's see, looking at my calendar-- a friend of mine is being installed as the head of the DC Association of Realtors on December 3rd, I have a community meeting on Thursday the 4th, there's village and CA meetings, a concert on the 17th, a meeting for an advisory panel I've been named to on the 18th, holiday parties, getting the older child home from college. Grateful to have these things in life and as long as I suit up and show up everything will go just fine. And so it goes.
There is no down time. I read Sparty with his early analysis of the 2016 elections. Hah! How about 2018? I've heard at least half a dozen names of people who might run for County Executive, including two who have run before. Betcha can't figure out who, either! And no, Jim Robey is retired. One just had his portrait hung. I'm not even sure that comeback is possible. And there are others out there who are already oh-so-image conscious because they need to keep their cache for 2018. As if that matters now. It matters as much as that "for Howard County" nonsense about 18 months ago. And so it goes.
A friend of mine died last week. On my son's 20th birthday. Saturday morning I was one of about 150 people in Wilde Lake Interfaith Center to remember his life and to celebrate his spirit. Way too soon to die, at the age of thirty-four. Wondering, when is not too soon to die? And so it goes.
Speaking of those who suffer fate's cruel blows, my daughter is collecting coats and blankets for the homeless. Yeah Howard County, we have a homeless problem. In fact, a worse one than many places. These truly are people who live in the shadows-- who live in woods, by train tracks, in cars, sometimes (often times) exposed to the elements. It's not a good look for the land of milk and honey. Anyway, anyone has some stuff to donate, hit me up. And so it goes.
I've started the process of planning for my 2015. And realized that the changes I want to institute I can do today. January 1 is such an artificial date. So for me-- more writing on my book (which laid fallow during election season) more discipline in the gym and at the table, a couple half marathons, and completing my transition into the next act of my life. And maybe another campaign. And so it goes.
So I guess, maybe I took a mini-break this week, so I could start Thanksgiving a bit early. And maybe what I'm most thankful for, is having the ability and power to be a channel through which energy flows that can affect people's lives for good. And no, I'm not getting all New Agey on ya. But I've come to believe that my nature-- my ability to balance honesty with tact-- that's a gift. I'm not a bully and I'm not a pushover. Far from either. And that's what works for me.
And so it goes.
Let's be careful out there.
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