Stream of conscience has never been my strong suit. Just wanted to let folks know before they read a potentially chaotic mess.
Habits: Sleep on the left side of the bed, take the case off to charge my phone, dish towel always on the oven handle, look to see which earbud goes in which ear, write a list for the store, pace in the kitchen when I cook, sing in the kitchen when I cook, browse the internet when I’m bored, snacks with movies, watch HIMYM when I’m depressed, listen to the sound of rain when I need to think, realize things all to late, pat my pockets to make sure I still have: wallet, phone, keys. Finally, my phone is always on the left of my computer at home; even after crazy nights, it’s there.
Trends: tattoos people will regret in 5 years, SOPA, PIPA, Escalation of the conflict in Syria, Escalation of protests against the world cup in Brazil, Reduction of armed forces in Afghanistan slowed, Shift of naval power to the Pacific, Radical political candidates continue to replace their moderate counterparts, The ISIS Insurgents in Iraq continue to take territory, Sweeping social reform will continue to be slow as all hell, Coastline erosion in Louisiana gets worse each year, The rich get richer every year, Campaign finance reform far from reach, Wildfires likely to worsen in coming months, The clash between honest, decent people and assholes progresses as usual
Gender: Male, Female, Bi-sexual, Transsexual, Social identity, Gay, Straight, Stupid debates about rights that we shouldn’t be having right now, Stupid debates about rights that never should have happened, $0.70 to $1, Income inequality, social inequality, Societal gender roles, Outdated gender roles, Ignorant people hating others for no good reason
Controversies: Watergate, Benghazi, CIA, Edward Snowden, NSA, Newtown, Focused media attention, Agent Orange, Napalm, Brazil hosting the World Cup in its current economic climate, The Golden Dawn, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Eric Cantor losing Virginia’s 7th District Primary, Failure of the War on Drugs, Wikileaks, Julian Assange, The Department of Veterans Affairs, Wait-times at VA Hospitals
Places or Spaces: Richmond, VCU, Italy, Sicily, Napoli, Tuscany, China, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, The Senate Chamber, The White House, Postbellum, Baja, Tobacco Company, City Dogs, Arlington, Home
Fears: Death, Loss, Love, Denial of human rights, Denial of social rights, Torture, Letting the nation fall into the hands of a bunch of nut-bags, Not being able to find a job after school, Not getting into grad school, Zombie apocalypse, Robot apocalypse, Cheek-pinching by the elderly, Getting stranded on a desert island with the world’s greatest despots with no food (we would probably eat Kim Jong Un first), HBO cancels Game of Thrones, Come home and all my beer is gone
Things that restore my faith in humanity: Tesla making several of their patents public to advance electric car technology, World Cup patrons helping protesters, Eric Cantor lost his primary, Fewer candidates for Congress seem asinine this year, Obama is using executive orders to route the inefficiency of Congress, Colorado is putting much of the tax revenue generated from marijuana sales into schools and social programs, States continue to legalize unions between gay or lesbian couples, Ontario has just elected the first LGBTQ premier in Canadian history, Rob Ford was stripped of his powers as Mayor before any real harm could be done, Rob Ford is once again running for Mayor of Toronto (persistent, I’ll give him that), Congress is more diverse in gender and race than ever before, Corruption by former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is being dealt with and not simply ignored, Republicans are starting to see the negative effects of imprisoning minor-drug offenders for long periods, Soon lethal injections will no longer be an option for the death penalty, That cute barista got my order right this morning!
Desires: Pleasure, sex, alcohol, a perfect political system, campaign finance reform, a larger budget for prosecution of corporations, An end to gridlock in Congress, An end to bureaucratic red tape, Research grant for the study of environmental degradation in China’s Yangtze river, Research grant for the study of Italy’s cultural history by region, Research grant to study the effects of long-term exposure to radical conservative ideals and radical liberal ideals, An MPA, Standardization of charging ports for phones to the micro-USB, Bio-mechanical implants to heighten senses, strength, endurance, you name it. A work program for former convicts that would keep them employed and out of the situations that first caused their imprisonment, and of course, for all my favorite TV shows to never have been cancelled or ended.