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Beginnings and Endings

Dec 31 2015 Published by under thoughtarrhea

Sitting down with my wife to watch yet another New Year’s Eve Twilight Zone Marathon. This never gets old for me.

My wife and I have had this little ritual for several years now. Heat up some frozen junk, have a couple of drinks, and cozy up on the couch all day/night/day/night spacing out on the #twilightzonemarathon.

After all these years, there is nothing else I would rather do on New Year’s Eve. Even when we know the twist in every episode, even though we always spend New Year’s Eve together this way, I never get tired of this ritual.

What makes this year’s ritual special is that we now have twin sons to share it with. (Thank you)

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,” or whatever similar refrain you hear everywhere this time of year, people tend to focus on beginnings and endings. Whether looking back with satisfaction or regret on the old year, or looking ahead to the upcoming year with anticipation or angst.

Still, I think my beginnings and endings are pretty heavy this year, all things considered.

What’s ending for me? That guy with no children and no dependents and no familial obligations. Kind of an obvious one there.

What’s beginning? My two sons’ lives, and all the promise held therein. And my new life with my sons.

Many people have their own annual ritual for New Year’s Eve, be it taking comfort and solace in the familiar, or seeking out a new experience each year. Whichever is the case, people focus on beginnings and endings.

Like writing, beginnings and endings are easy to script. It’s everything you do in between that’s hard.

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Comrade Stalin Notebooks

Apr 09 2012 Published by under thoughtarrhea

Stalin Notebooks are hot sellers in Moscow. [via Boing Boing]

Banning them would be Stalinist.

Perhaps it’s better if we just make them disappear . . .

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Welfare Wifi

Feb 17 2012 Published by under thoughtarrhea

Sabrina pays for Wifi with my taxes. I know this because I found her welfare card in my front yard . . .

Sabrina Welfare

. . . And, I can see her HotSpot.

Sabrina Hot Spot

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking – Who hasn’t seen her HotSpot?

I know what else you’re thinking – that it was Mighty White-Out of me to erase her #.

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Why Am I Glad I Chose NookColor over Kindle?

Aug 27 2011 Published by under Technology, thoughtarrhea

Because my NookColor will still be readable if the lights go out during Hurricane Irene. Kindle users will be in the dark.

Good luck to all as you hunker down for the weekend.

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Hipsters Are Better Than You Because . . .

Feb 19 2011 Published by under thoughtarrhea

Hipsters are better than you because they ride a unicycle to the pita truck.

Hipster on a unicycle

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Opening Arguments

Aug 21 2010 Published by under thoughtarrhea

I’m not a professional philosopher. I’m just a schmuck from Queens who has a lot to say.

I present thoughtarrhea, yet one more entry into the already over-saturated medium of blogs. I guess I’m trying to accomplish the usual – entertain, provoke, philosophize – and still manage to hold down my day job.

Expect me to be all over the place with my posts, just as my brain is during conversation. Most posts will consist of my political opinions – my take on current events and how the mainstream media reports them. In time, I hope to grow this into a multifaceted list of subjects reflecting my ever-diversifying interests. I plan to range the gamut from politics, literature, and sports, to everything in-between. Mainly social commentary and political philosophy, with a dash of cultural rumination, but overall I plan to share anything I happen to think about.

Hence thoughtarrhea as the name of this blog – because I can’t control the crap that comes out of my mind.

Really, I’m just trying to hone my writing chops. Above all, I’m writing for myself – writing what I think, writing what I wish the mainstream corporate-controlled media wrote for me. At the same time, I hope to bring a few people along for the ride and maybe cause some of them to stop and question what they’re being told.

It is also possible that no one on earth will ever read this. So please take the time to comment while you visit. After all, conversation is what the blogosphere is all about – getting your voice out there, and then receiving acknowledgment, praise, or the wrath of the mob.

Frankenstein mob

I will share links to some of the tastier nuggets I find on the Web – sites I find interesting, whether for entertainment or informational purposes – as well as links to news about current events. I’ll offer original commentary on those news items, with the aim of reading between the lines of constant bullshit the mainstream media rams down our throats.

Expect many sacred cows to be slaughtered during the making of this blog. Perhaps you will be shocked and awed – maybe even offended – at some point. I hope at least that you are provoked into thinking critically and independently, if nothing else, while visiting my blog.

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