Ferris Bueller

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Somewhat related to this quote, I’m trying to make a better effort at reading more consistently throughout the week. Weekends are fun and as the weather warms up I’m sure I’ll be spending a good number of afternoons on my back balcony enjoying the sun and a (hopefully) good book, but during the week? That’s a different animal. Obviously, I’m working most of the time so it’s not like I can just clock out for an hour to put a few chapters behind me, except during lunch. The past few days I’ve taken full advantage of my lunch break by having the last installment of The Hunger Games join me for lunch. It turns out there are a few nifty benefits to reading during lunch.
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Mark All as Read

I did it again. Procrastination got the best of me and the number of unread blog posts became insurmountable. What does that say about me that I can’t commit a few minutes to read content that you carefully craft for the rest of us to consume? I know this doesn’t make me a bad person, or a bad member of the online community. We all have busy lives. Reading blogs has to find its proper place. But does this make me a hypocrite if I have a small level of expectation that my posts will be read but I don’t read others?

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Literary Ambitions

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There was a time during the end of my college experience that I always had a book in my hands. Sure, it was (just) the Alex Cross series or something fanciful from Dan Brown but at least I was reading something. My reading habits aren’t nearly what they used to be, but I’m trying to get back to form. I’m hoping the one I read at the beach about that girl and her tattoo of a dragon (which was barely mentioned) will be the catalyst I need.

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Eating the Dinosaur

It had never occurred to me how often I reflexively laugh; only in the absence of a response did I realize I was laughing for no reason whatsoever. It somehow felt comfortable….People half-heartedly chuckle throughout most casual conversations, regardless of the topic. It’s a modern extension of the verbalized pause, built by TV laugh tracks. Everyone in America has three laughs: a real laugh, a fake real laugh, and a “filler laugh” they use during impersonal conversations. We have been trained to connect conversation with soft, interstitial laughter. It’s our way of showing the other person that we understand the context of the interaction, even when we don’t.

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