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09:12 am - Steambath and Lightning, Learning Things, Colbert: Post #52
The subtropics are currently nothing but swamp air, pollen, and the occasional torrential downpour. 'Steambath' is the general ambiance, to be frank. However, it must be noted that this is in no way unusual. This is August. August = vile weather in the subtropics.

That having been said, the sunrises and sunsets have been spectacular, all diffused-yet-intense pinks and reds. We cling to small pleasures.

A less than pleasant side-effect of a Thursday night storm, however, is a TV that no longer accepts HDMI inputs. During the storm there was a lightning strike almost overhead -- simultaneous white flash and thunder, with accompanying intense smell of ozone -- and although most of my electronics and appliances came through the storm okay, apparently HDMI circuits are really susceptible to electric discharge. So, off to Target I go today to replace it.

That's one thing I've learned this week. The other thing I've learned comes from my to-do grid: I put myself last. I accomplished SOMETHING in all of the work lists (and what I couldn't do came from external delays, not myself), but I didn't get to any of the things to do for myself or the home. Welp, that visual really brought home something I need to address. It's something to work on, absolutely.

But while I meditate on that, let me link you to the GQ cover story on Stephen Colbert. Besides giving one the opportunity to appreciate delightfully idiosyncratic images of handsome S Colbert in gorgeous suits, the story in its second half goes to some profound places. I'll be thinking about his words for a while.

At every moment, we are volunteers. -- Stephen Colbert

Cheers and a weekend full of joys for you!

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From:janus_74
Date:August 22nd, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know that about HDMI circuits. Good thing we don't get a lot of lightning here (it did rain all day yesterday and as a result our backyard looks fantastic).
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From:laurawise
Date:August 22nd, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I actually mentioned the HDMI-electricity drama in conversation with colleagues, who said, "Yep, happened to us last year." The More We Know!

And yes, luckily you're probably safe. :) Hurrah for that and for your weekend!
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:August 22nd, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Those WERE lovely pictures of Colbert! Pretty AND smart AND an all-around mensch.

The putting oneself last, oh, yes. I didn't realize I was doing it either. So let's just not do that anymore, okay? Okay.

Edited at 2015-08-22 02:05 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:August 22nd, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Colbert is the Real Deal. :)

Hugs -- and yes, let's make a pact to Not Put Ourselves Last.
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From:anne_d
Date:August 22nd, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Self-care is very important too. [hugs]

And that Stephen Colbert article - there is someone who is handsome in both body and mind.

Edited at 2015-08-22 04:48 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:August 22nd, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Colbert really is gorgeous in all ways. :)

Hugs and good thoughts re self-care sent right back to you!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:August 22nd, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Another version of my primary rule: never treat yourself worse than you would treat someone you love. Your well-being is the thing that makes all the other things(tasks, projects, responsibilities) possible, yes?

And so many thanks for linking the Colbert interview. I might nver have seen it otherwise.

Hugs and a joyful weekend to you and Master Danger!
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From:laurawise
Date:August 22nd, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you liked the Colbert piece! And yes, I need to figure out how to manage the personal to-do items better.

Hugs, and rapid progress on your garage, and hugs again!
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From:paratti
Date:August 22nd, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Good luck with the electricals.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 22nd, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
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New TV is in. We persevere. :)

Hugs hugs!
From:gwynnega
Date:August 22nd, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
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I loved that Colbert story so much. So glad he'll be back on TV soon!
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From:laurawise
Date:August 22nd, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
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That interview was so different from the usual personality piece. Yes, it has to be due to Colbert. :)

Hugs hugs!
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From:stateless82
Date:August 22nd, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
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The article was wonderful- thank you! I never saw his show, just a clip here and there, and now I wish I had.

Vile is a very good word for the weather right now.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 22nd, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
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I didn't watch the Colbert Report all the time, and I'll probably still only watch clips online (because late night is Too Late), but I think he's astonishingly cool and very good at what he does.

Hugs and better (autumn, soon) weather!
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From:mamculuna
Date:August 24th, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)
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I so loved that Colbert piece. And back to the semi-tropics for me, this week. Wish I could have traded places with you this weekend, wearing fleece in Wisconsin. Even the natives thought it was a big much. At least it wasn't snowing, as in British Columbia.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 25th, 2015 12:52 am (UTC)
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The Colbert interview is just pure gold.

Glad that you get back to your subtropical home this week! :) Cheers and safe travels.

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