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[#] Mon Jan 22 2018 14:29:14 EST from LoanShark

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O-bliv-ion!

[#] Mon Jan 22 2018 15:49:36 EST from wizard of aahz

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fleeb - It doessn't matter how we are.. It matters WHAT we are.. And how we see things and how we do things. I keep trying to focus forward.

[#] Mon Jan 22 2018 18:55:54 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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A not-so-wise man once observed that life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone. That person is now dead. Actually he isn't, but he's lived a life of debauchery and he will be dead soon.

Children do not give you hope, but they do give you a legacy. There are other ways of making a legacy, of course. The thing you might not realize is that we all get to the point you're at now, but children actually get you there *faster*. This is because when you have children you come *much* sooner to the realization that you aren't going back to the life you had in your 20's (or whatever).

So you move past it. I started on that path a little over eight years ago and I'm still not quite there yet.

What I can tell you, from my experience and that of others ... and I'm going to sound like a broken record here, but you've come to expect that from me ... is that the single biggest thing you can do to improve your mood, is to quit Facebook. Not social media in general, not the online life in general, but Facebook specifically.
It's designed to reprogram your happiness around directed and targeted dopamine hits, which totally throws off your ability to regulate your mood everywhere else. I am not exaggerating.

Meanwhile, and at the risk of sounding corny, know that you are loved. By the people around you, by the people here, and by me. I'm not ashamed to say it. We are better for having you in our lives, even if it is only via a screen most of the time.

[#] Mon Jan 22 2018 19:41:04 EST from fleeb

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Heh... not planning on dying anytime soon, to be clear.

Just seeing a lot of death around me lately.

But thank you all, regardless. I'm kinda hoping my sense of humor will kick in and find the funny a bit more easily soon.

[#] Mon Jan 22 2018 19:49:27 EST from fleeb

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(Melvin's father died, and I'm very concerned about the health of a close friend's partner, all of which piles on behind other bad news over the last three or four years).

[#] Mon Jan 22 2018 22:47:36 EST from wizard of aahz

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All our best to Melvin please. THis stuff does sorta roll downhill and pick up speed. Best you can do is try not to smack into any trees on the way down.

[#] Tue Jan 23 2018 14:12:23 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I think life has been getting better in certain ways. I have less responsiblity to my kids. I'm able to spend more time with my wife. I have my needs taken care of and a lot of my wants. Just less struggle in general.

Yes, it's sad to see what's happening to some loved ones (my Dad had two strokes and took a header down a full flight os stairs last year and was also diagnosed with Parkinsons...) But overall? Life is good.

[#] Tue Jan 23 2018 14:15:21 EST from Haven

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To quote a favorite book of mine "Forward momentum". 

My condolences to you and Melvin.   

I have found as I get older I am more susceptible to feeling down.  However, I try to use the power of positive thinking to pull myself out of it.   I go find something to do, something that makes me happy.  Sometimes it is just sitting down, reading, and petting the cat.  Sometimes it is playing with the dog.  Sometimes it is firing up a game, getting on Discord and talking with people while playing.  But that is just me and what I find that helps sometimes.  



[#] Tue Jan 23 2018 16:27:47 EST from arabella

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I have been taking pleasure from more simple things of late. 

I have found that happiness is the weight of a contented cat, sleeping on my lap. 

 

Fleeb, My love to Melvin, and yourself, we are indeed richer for having you among us. 



[#] Tue Jan 23 2018 18:24:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I have found that happiness is the weight of a contented cat, sleeping on my lap. 

Agreed.  There are few things in life more happy than stroking a nice soft pu--   oops, wrong room.



[#] Wed Jan 24 2018 07:23:47 EST from fleeb

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Thanks, all... I realize I didn't exactly write something as chipper as I normally prefer to write, but I guess I just felt rather down, and expressed myself a bit too well as I wrote about it.

I think I can still find the funny out there. I think I still have a bit of inspired silliness left in me. I think... I could murder a chocolate cake right about now, if I weren't on a diet.

[#] Wed Jan 24 2018 07:57:53 EST from wizard of aahz

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Funny.. I was just thinking... "I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY."

[#] Wed Jan 24 2018 09:58:58 EST from fleeb

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Mmm... curry...

[#] Wed Jan 24 2018 15:17:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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In 1984, caretaker Ayakanno Marimuthu, then 37, was allegedly bludgeoned to death with an iron rod at Orchard Road Presbyterian Church. His body was believed to have later been chopped up, cooked in curry and rice, and packed into plastic bags which were thrown into roadside rubbish bins.

[#] Wed Jan 24 2018 16:28:53 EST from Ladyhawke

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Wed Jan 24 2018 03:17:59 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar
In 1984, caretaker Ayakanno Marimuthu, then 37, was allegedly bludgeoned to death with an iron rod at Orchard Road Presbyterian Church. His body was believed to have later been chopped up, cooked in curry and rice, and packed into plastic bags which were thrown into roadside rubbish bins.

@Aahz, Still want that curry?  <g>

@fleeby, nothing wrong with a periodic chocolate cake.  Plus, if you keep it a rarity, somehow the rich, chocolaty goodness is enhanced.



[#] Thu Jan 25 2018 13:40:05 EST from fleeb

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Well, perhaps when I've reached my target weight, but certainly not until then.

[#] Fri Jan 26 2018 09:35:50 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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@fleeby, nothing wrong with a periodic chocolate cake.  Plus, if you keep it a rarity, somehow the rich, chocolaty goodness is enhanced.

I can't find chocolate cake on my periodic table.  What is its atomic number?



[#] Fri Jan 26 2018 12:47:16 EST from fleeb

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Heavy.

[#] Tue Jan 30 2018 13:51:16 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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So I guess heavy water is the beverage of choice to go with heavy chocolate cake?

[#] Tue Jan 30 2018 14:32:06 EST from fleeb

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Joking aside, I've heard heavy water actually has a slightly sweet taste to it. Perhaps it would be good with cake, ignoring the potentially radioactive consequences.

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