Thursday, September 14, 2006

A change is as good as a rest?

I heard that saying somewhere, and I'm not sure if I believe it or not. I still don't like change.

Nevertheless, I'm taking a break from the message board where I post. It's ironic that as many times as I have defended the board and its members from accusations of cliquishness and smugness, I've recently seen two new posters savaged. I invited a friend to join the board, and the minute she expressed an honest opinion, she was the target of several personal attacks. Then yesterday, a newbie voiced a complaint that multiple "established" members of the board (myself included) have vented about, and was piled on. When I tried to remonstrate with the pilers-on, I was told people have been nicer to me than I deserve, and poked at with comments about drama.

Fine. I'll be the first to admit I'm a bit sensitive these days, so clearly, I need a break.

I'm also sore as hell after my first (half) day back at work, and OUT of new books to read. I ordered some things from Amazon on Wednesday, and was told that the expected arrival date is OCTOBER 13th. Aaargh. So much for Capt. Spaulding getting his birthday present anywhere near on time, although some of that is my fault for ordering it at the last moment.

The guest bedroom is filling up with Christmas presents. There's a box for Florida, one for Indiana, one for Texas and one for Columbus. As usual, my father will be the most difficult, because when he wants something, he goes out and buys it. He does this right up until Christmas Eve, leaving his spouse and children with no good gift ideas. Anyone who sees him in a Radio Shack between now and Christmas has my permission to tackle him, hog-tie him, and return him postage due to my mother.


Capt. Spaulding said...

the best birthday present is the one i dont think you even realized you gave me - your first full day back is the 16th anniversary of my 29th birthday - you healthy and getting back to the swing of things is better than anything you could get me off of

Sherri said...

If someone pasted a "don't open until Christmas" sticker on your dad's head, would your mom wait? :)

I'll pick up books for you in Toronto. They are cheap and plentiful, but you have to take what you get :)

da giant mootantbeardog, friend of jammies said...

i never funked to tell you dis, but a couple of friends of mine are constantly trying to get me to sign up for something called paperbackbookswap - you might wanna check it out

Jay Jacobs said...

I think a pause from the community board may be a good thing. It can "refresh" your perspective. Like holding something to close, you can't see the whole of it while in the middle of it.


Jammies said...

*smooches* Jay

Capt, your pressie has arrived, happy birthday and it should only be slightly late.

Sherri, just have fun and plan to have me with you next year! :D