Sunday, February 03, 2008
Talking About Nothing

Yeah, I know, I've gone quiet again. It's always like that, isn't it? A few weeks of relatively high activity, followed by a week of nothing.

It's not for lack of activity on this end. If anything, the last month has seen me consolidating most of these recent changes and getting ready for another building phase. Work has gotten genuinely easier -- mostly because the holiday season is entirely behind us now, and the demands of the job have returned to a normal, slackerly pace. But I've also just gotten better at it. I'll never be a stand-out at Fnorders, but I've been able to regain some sense of balance in my daily life, and at the end of the day I find I still have some energy for other things. That makes all the difference.

I've lately taken to walking to work. It's not far, probably 2 - 2.5 miles, 40-50 minutes depending on my pace. It's a better way to start my day than waiting for a bus. When the weather warms up, I'll start playing with the idea of riding a bike and finally getting rid of my car. So life is gradually becoming altogether more agreeable, on top of the inherent improvement of being in Portland.

And I believe that this arc will continue for at least the next three to six months. There's likely to be another chaotic phase when I move, say, April-ish, and there may be some other interesting things developing as spring progresses. But I've got a sturdier base under me now than I did when I first arrived -- I know a few people, I know the city better, and I know what I can comfortably manage and what I have to bring to new situations. And I have a few plans of my own. So I'm feeling reasonably confident for the time being.

So, does anybody care to make any predictions before Super Tuesday? Just for fun, I mean. My best guess: Obama "wins" by a narrow margin, taking away a few more delegates than Hillary, though not enough to knock her out of the running completely. Alas, while I've moved to a arguably blue state (though only by virtue of the extraordinary liberalness of its cities holding off the vast white trash wasteland beyond the suburbs), and while I've registered to vote here (though I still haven't gotten my card -- I should probably check up on that), our primary doesn't come around until late May, by which time this will all be settled. But those of you who live in states with primaries on Tuesday -- Aunt Vicky? Doug? Nelson? Greensmile? DaveX? -- would you care to offer your preference and/or insight?

Update: Say, I'm pretty good at this. Someone should put me on a cable news network or something.
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