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It's been a year already?!

It's been a year already?!

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I measure time very strangely. For me, determining when something happened is completely independent of the calender. For example, I don't know how old I was when such and such happened; I remember how tall I was. Or what fruits were in season. Or my shoe size. Or a myriad group of other, equally random criteria.

The point I'm trying to make is, time is measured by random memories in my life. This post has been triggered by a pomegranate.

Just about one year ago, I was in a grocery store looking for various tastyful things to butter up my Professors with. I saw a giant bin filled with pomegranates, and immediately grabbed a dozen. Not for the teachers, though. For me. I loves me some good pomegranate. Anyway, flash-forward to today, and I sit here at my computer munching on a nice fresh pomegranate purchased yesterday when it hits me: I am a year older.

And I don't mean that like a 'Happy Birthday!' kind of realisation. More of a 'ohcrapwhathappenedtomylifewhatdidIaccomplishwhereamIgoingwhataremyplans?' kind of thing.

So, I had to take stock, and look back at what I've done in the past year. No explanations are given, these are my accomplishments and defeats.

I have:
*Become one of the top three Fencers at FCC (Booyah!)
*Failed English 101 twice (stupid ADD...)
*Eaten well over two dozen pomegranates (Yummy!)
*Rode a bicycle three miles through a torrential downpour (More fun than you would think.)
*Learned the joys of Public Transportation (Not showing up for class sweaty and out of breath!)
*Started dozens of stories (Some of them good)
*Finished none (Sorry...)
*Got a loving Girlfriend (Half a year on 14 October!)
*Got a 0.00 GPA for my second semester of college (damned withdrawal from lack of meds!)
*Purchased a beautiful laptop (spilled strawberry jelly on the keyboard the next day)
*Become Nocturnal (Like an Owl!)
*Become Diurnal (Sunlight is Good!)
*Bought far too many books (No time to read, anymore)
*Bought a sword (Well, it wasn't technically me who bought it...)
*Enjoyed watching fireworks (and setting them off)
*Increased my number of friends sevenfold (And yet, I've never met most of them)
*Overdrafted my checking account (Twice, by my reckoning)
*Lost all contact with the Internet for a fortnight (I was stupid.)
*Stabbed myself (Damned coconuts...)
*Removed stitches by myself (felt real funky.)
*Got a Digital camera (and taken in excess of 500 pictures (twenty of them good))
*Lost thirty-seven pounds (on my trademark diet!)
*Become a Manager (more work than I expected.)
*Purchased RetsnimdeCorp.Com (one of my life goals)
*Discovered that a mysterious family member is a brilliant writer (and has a refreshing view on life)
*typed up a list of my accomplishments (and posted it online)

There you go. My list of accomplishments and defeats. I don't feel like an unproductive, unmotivated slug anymore.

Good night everybody, and stay safe out there in Internet Land!
  • Nor should you. By most peoples' standards, you've had a pretty decent year.
  • . . . .
    You're really. . . Odd.
    And really, be proud of all the . . . things. . you've accomplished. Woot for insanity and ADD and all that fun stuff!
  • *Discovered that a mysterious family member is a brilliant writer (and has a refreshing view on life)
    Mysterious family member also discovered a mysterious family member is a brilliant writer (and has a refreshing view on life) !!!
    Mysterious family member ALSO is a championship fencer... (french foil)

    Thx for your GRATITUDE LIST!
    You have inspired Mrs_Chung to start her own LJ- will direct you there when I've posted something...
  • This was enjoyable to read! It makes life feel all the more worthwhile and interesting. . . Hmm, and I like how you said that you recall past moments through things other than the measurement of time. . . that's something I often try to break from. If I don't watch the clock, I feel so much more relaxed. . . Time is quite. . . peculiar.

    Pomegranates are awesome, by the way! I never had the opportunity to try one until just before I moved from Guam. . . Mmmm.
  • I love reading people's personal accounting. Yours I must say is one of the best. I noticed you and disgraissa share a similarity in banking, oh, and she also loves the pom. I was surprised to see that you are, among your many other talents, a fencer. You never cease to amaze me. And no one could ever buy too many books. They don't have an expiration date, ya know, you just have to invest in more shelving. Thanks once again for the smile.
  • You've accomplished way more than I have.
    Are congrats in order for these accomplishments? Seems like a congrats moment.


    My favorite shirt was stained last time I ate a pomegranate.
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