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Yeah - I don't do that big-goals thing anymore. I sort of used to, until I realized that not only can I not control anything but my own actions, but I don't live in a bubble where other influences will quiet down and allow me to stick to a plan. Any time I've tried to save money toward a goal or work toward it, something interferes, beyond what could be called reasonable small obstacles of life.

So now, what I do is go from one small goal to another and save month to month with no real prize at the end other than survival, punctuated by small pleasures. It's surprising how much better it seems to work, and is less disappointing. I wouldn't have had this view at 30, but I've been through enough in the past decade to see how life actually operates. ;-)
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Yeah, abstinence only ... LOL ... because if we don't tell them, they won't find out. Any adult who believes in that after Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston - not to mention their own childhood - is just being willfully naive and argumentative for the sake of hearing their own voice.
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Taking a nap when I really should be writing. *sigh*
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Re-tire-ment? What is this of which you speak? I'm afraid I'm not familiar ... Wait, isn't that something non-1-percenters used to get to do?
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Yeah, Dad's not the kind of guy you can do this sentimental stuff with - can't just call him up and lead somehow into "hey, remember when we watched afternoon cartoons together that year you were out of work, after I came home from school? That was great." Our conversations usually devolve into who's dead, who's recently died, how people and dogs keep dying the older he gets, and he wants out of his little town (which I can agree with that). No matter how much I make an effort NOT to let it happen.

Oh well. I can only do so much. At least I talked to him! :-)
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Joey from "Friends." He's pretty easygoing, he'd have stories about his weird acting jobs to pass the time, he'd probably have a big sandwich he'd share, and I don't think he'd hit on me. (And if he did, he seems pretty easy to put off with a finger-snap and a sharp warning, LOL.)
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"Foxtrot" is probably one of the consistently funniest strips. One of my favorites (and I can't find it) was Jason and his dumb older brother having a contest at dinner going back and forth "I can eat that meal in XX bites!" until the brother ends up with "one bite!" at which point Jason challenges him to do it.

When I was in college, I loved "Bloom County." The one I remember most, that I pasted on my dorm room door for months, was several frames of the dog arranging some bones and a skull of some sort next to the empty food dish, which you don't figure out until the last frame, when this kid is standing in the doorway staring at it and yelling "WHO FORGOT TO FEED THE DOG?!?"
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I try not to worry much about things, on that second score; but what I do still have is the first book I ever learned to read. It's one of those cardboard-paged picture books with baby animals - real, not animated - doing all kinds of non-animally things. I probably simply memorized it from Grandma reading it aloud so much, but we all learn to read stuff some way or other. It was made in the 70s, so it's held up pretty well!
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Real life never changes that much unless I move, and then I tend to add, not subtract. I don't keep up as well with everybody I've met over 40 years' time as I'd like, but in most cases I can only blame myself. As for LJ friends, I definitely still have most of the ones I had three years ago. And I've added a few more through various channels.

Who do I miss most? Definitely [livejournal.com profile] gryphons_lair, who died earlier this year. She was fair and capable of disagreeing with someone while staying calm and without getting personal, and I do feel the lack of someone like that to sort of reel me in once in a while like she had to, on occasion - not because I was that way toward her, but with other people that she could see the conversations.

I don't defriend lightly, but on occasion I'll do it simply because there's been a parting of the ways on interests or no conversation - no animosity, just not enough in common to keep up a contact. I can think of three defriendings in the last three years that bothered me, that were because of conflict; two of those, I did the defriending because my philosophy is, when your friends start making pointed, specific personal insults at you without provocation, it's time to take them out of that category.
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Choice and equal pay - quit trying to take them away, and pathetically justifying it. Good grief, just how much more do you think women have to do before being accorded the status of "adult human being" like any man here enjoys by existing??
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On a worldwide platform like LJ, I'm not sure why anyone but me would care about my choice, for example. But I'll just say in the course of doing my job, I've helped do this, and I'm not gonna lie - it feels good to be responsible for tossing out thieving jerks, LOL.
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Houseboat. Don't know the specifics, as they're pretty widely varied on design, but I prefer it over a solid-ground-foundation house that doesn't move. I wouldn't have to pack up my shit and pay people to carry stuff (or do it myself) every time I want to move, and I could travel extensively within the country while still maintaining a permanent residence to come back to (I've known people who rented marina slips and kept a P.O. box for mail and legal purposes in the city where they were mostly located). Plus, all the places I want to live and the places I've lived that I like are all along big waterways or tributaries.

Maintaining a land vehicle to drive around might be kind of a pain in the ass, but as I said, I'd probably still maintain a residence in one permanent location, for all intents and purposes. Elsewhere, I could take a bicycle or rent a car if I'm there only a few days. Whether a cat could live happily on said houseboat, and maintenance, would be the only big issues.
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Well, sports have clearly been overhyped for a while, from a purely unbalanced standpoint. Fitness is important, but Christ, you can't really go out and learn calculus without some substantial help.

I think media consumerism should be taught to all high-schoolers - at least one semester. We have so many people who don't know how to critically examine news stories for bias or tell news from entertainment, or what to look for in a reputable news organization (not perfect or unflawed, but reputable), or who don't understand why they shouldn't get all their news from one source. We have so many people who blanket blame "the media" for society's ills without understanding WHY they should or shouldn't, and they could better understand the structure of how such an organization works (i.e. ownership, that the underpaid reporter doesn't pick the stories, what an editor is responsible for, etc.). Basic stuff it wouldn't take long to teach and would last a lifetime.
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Don't forget there were six of them ... although anyone who picks Joe Besser may be suspect. ;-) j/k

When I was eight, I liked Shemp because I thought he was the cutest at least. Now I like them all, but mostly him and the original three.

My biggest stooge is probably the mirror; I still do all kinds of stupid shit to try to get through, at least in an average week!
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Yeah - I only need one to screw you up:

This is the song that never ends
Yes, it goes on and on, my friends
Somebody started singing it, not knowing what it was
And they'll continue singing it forever just because
This is the song that never ends ...
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White leather tennis shoes. I wear that shit with everything.
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If I took anyone else's, all my cards and passport would be wrong.
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I don't give a damn one way or the other. If I really felt like I needed another human being in my bed, I'd have someone. I'm no Christy Turlington (ha, showing my age THERE), but despite my Rimmer-like personality, I could probably have gone looking for someone acceptable in lo these many years. (I say "acceptable" because I have ridonkulously high standards - like, almost impossible. Probably because I don't really want anyone, deep down, for more than a few dates; and I've gotten really bad at compromising with other human beings in my old age. It's not only stereotypical guys who don't care for commitment!)
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If I were Rimmer, they'd be JFK, Julius Caesar, Einstein, and Elvis. ;-)
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I'm not sure I understand the question. I'm guessing "love" refers to people you have sex with, but I'm fairly sure I wouldn't be doing the horizontal jiggle with someone if they weren't also a friend of some stripe ... and I do harbor a separate kind of love for friends and family (well - some of my family; it is MY family, after all). Plus, believe it or not, a person can thrive and not dry up and blow away without regular sex.

Who asked this, a 14-year-old?

I guess I'll pick Door No. 1, Monty! LOL

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