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Never say that

There is a trap in positive thinking. When something bad happens and you tell yourself, "Well, it's got to get better from here", the universe is waiting to prove you wrong. Witness yesterday:

1) sleep through alarm, wake up 20 minutes late, think, "Well, it's got to get better from here".

2) Go to let the dogs out, in the dim light step directly on a two-pound poop one of them has left on the rug. Swear loud enough to wake up the wife, who takes over cleaning up the mess so that I can get to work. (All relevant deities bless my wife, because she is willing to take over cleaning up dog poop at five in the morning, and hose off my shoes as a bonus) Think, "Well, it's got to get better from here".

3) Find that my work computer has been infected with a Trojan password-sniffer, so 3 hours of downtime to clean off the laptop, and now several programs are broken. Make a conscious decision to STOP SAYING THAT!

The day ended much better, as I had a class for our Tenderfoot Scouts on knife-and-axe. Five kids, cute as a jarfull of bugs. I like teaching at that level. I could never survive teaching as a profession, but showing kids how to saw, chop, whittle, etc. is fun.


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May. 21st, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
That "trap" has been illustrated in comedy so many times it's never funny anymore.

I think it's bummer enough that 5 a.m. is 20 minutes late. My alarm is set for 6 on important days.
May. 22nd, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
I'm sorry dad, I hate days like that.
I'd wish you good luck but that would hinder more than help, huh?
May. 24th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
"...showing kids how to saw, chop, whittle, etc. is fun."

That's why you're so good at it at Faire! We'll miss you at Valhalla.
May. 24th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
There's a long tradition of missing us at Valhalla, I'm sure you'll do well :)
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