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The Autobiography of Russell
Life from a different perspective
Changing habits and making change happen
'The last time you used this software was 382 days ago'
'The last time you used this mode of the software was 441 days ago'
o_o' That's not particularly encouraging to think about, though it makes a good point about why I'm feeling a need for change. This morning I turned on the WiiFit and was greeted by those numbers. I set it for a 30 minute workout of various yoga and exercise items and felt a little weak in the legs and arms afterward.

I've started changing up some of my habits. The latest is getting back to the WiiFit. I've started brushing my teeth twice a day and rinsing my face off in the evening for the past couple of weeks. I've begun researching therapists to help talk through some feelings I've been having lately (no, not suicidal ones, but thanks for asking).

I'm trying to get out of my shell, interacting with the world at large more. In fact, just earlier today I made my first attempt at posting to r/GayBrosGoneMild [because GayBrosGoneWild, unlike the straight version, is almost nothing but penises and butts] (and reddit in general) and accidentally posted it to imgur to the public gallery as well where it got a few comments. Neither place has turned into a huge hit but I didn't really expect it to. It's really just a boring selfie so let's just leave it at that for now. (Sidenote: It actually takes me more effort to make a safe-for-work picture than a NSFW because I have to put clothes on first! hahaha) (More on those another time)

This article on USA Today 'At Work: Learning from strangers' talking about the implications of "Don't talk to strangers" in the adult world has gotten me thinking more positively about interacting with random people for whatever reason. I've still got a ways to go before I approach random people on the street and strike up a conversation but I feel like this is the right direction to head.

Speaking of random people on the street, yesterday while I was out and about for lunch a few people were making more eye contact than normal. There was this one guy at a Starbucks who was reading a book yet kept looking up every few seconds. I kind of regret not sitting down next to him and asking about the book he clearly wasn't reading. :-P

I've made travel arrangements to visit Boston for a week the first week of February. I started chatting with someone on Reddit a few weeks ago and things progressed to the point I decided to throw caution to the wind and see about meeting in person. Even if nothing major happens there, or for whatever I get ditched, I'll still be starting my first week of a new contract and exploring the city in the off hours so I won't be idle. I've also gotten tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra for while I'm there.

I'm making tentative plans (in my head) to visit Philidelphia, and the Pennsylvania / DC area in general, in a few months once the weather starts to warm up. I want to spend a couple of weeks in the area so I'll look at non-hotel temporary housing situations or what have you.

I think that's about it for now. Not terribly exciting but there you have it.
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legolastn From: legolastn Date: January 26th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Our house is available if you decide to head this way.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: January 26th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I'll take you all up on that offer when I make my way out there. It would be an extension to or during the visit to Philadelphia, though, as it doesn't look to be within easy commute range. So maybe a couple of weeks in Philly, plus whatever there, before heading back. :-)
legolastn From: legolastn Date: January 27th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Depends on your definition of easy commute - I have co-workers who do drive up here from Philly area. But yeah, it's not the best: we're about 45m-hour from the best transit center to get into the center city, which then usually takes another 45min so. If you try to drive in directly it heavily depends on time-of-day/traffic: can range from 1.5 hrs to 3 hrs. :/

We do have some gamer friends in Exton that might let you stay on their couch if you needed a place, I dunno - they may also know people in the city. Let me know if you need help locating accommodations and I'll see what I can do, but I'm guessing you already know people and/or can use CouchSurfing to great effect.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: January 27th, 2014 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
My preference for commute is 30 minutes or less, and preferably with one large chunk under a single mode of transportation. Right now I have a 5 minute walk, 5 minute bus ride, 3 minute wait, 3 minute bus ride, and 3 minute walk. It can take 20-30 minutes to get to work in the morning for a 1.7 mile distance. Because it's so chopped up I can't just pull out my laptop for 20+ minutes and actually get something done while in transit. Driving would only take 10 minutes but require a car, insurance, maintenance, and a place to park it where people won't drive into it while parallel parking (of which I suck at as well, no thanks).

Right now I don't have any concrete plans of where to stay or who to see. My primary interest in Philadelphia is their public transit score and its relative distance to the DC area and your area. I know people in Boston, DC, Maryland, etc, but none in Philly. XD
legolastn From: legolastn Date: January 27th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
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