I can think of probably fifteen different things to blog about tonight, but only about two sentences for each. I suppose, therefore, that you’ll have to pardon any disjointedness that may follow, dear reader.
Remember last Wednesday’s post? The Weekly Writing Assignment (#1)? Well check out who happens to be one of this week’s finalists: none other than our very own (and very favorite) naked redhead. I am speaking, of course, of THE Naked Redhead. Here’s the link. I think it’s quite an excellent piece. And quite apropos, given TNR’s relationships niche.
Daniel has posted five or six other finalists, all of which I think are pretty darned good. Three hundred words was a pain in the ass for me, but it seems that everyone else was able to do it easily and eloquently. Ah, curse my damned loquaciousness. (Note the clever euphemism for “verbose”.) I think TNR’s is the best of the lot, but I suppose my prejudices lean towards hot chicks with red hair and no clothes. All (attempted) cheekiness aside, I have to say that TNR’s piece definitely elicited an emotional response from me – which is, arguably, the only true purpose of any art.
I’m pretty sure I’ve found my future netbook: the Asus Eee PC 1005HA. Now I just have to figure out how to pay for it. Please note the “Donations” button up yonder and to the right (hey – the famous Jon Barker of the UK donated just this week). I suppose that’s as good an excuse as any to spend a bit of time cleaning up my finances. Overall, things are in pretty good shape; they’re just all over the place. I’ll probably just wait until my paycheck hits at the end of the month (which, thankfully, is Friday) – if only to be on the safe side.
The other (relatively major) purchase I’m researching is a portable GPS unit for hiking. I don’t really need one to tell me where I am on the map, but I’d like to give my family some peace of mind while I’m off on my solo treks. I’ve also seen said GPS units do some pretty cool things as far as tracking one’s hike goes. I emailed my buddy Ralph Bressler over at CatskillHiker.com to ask his opinion, and he suggested I check out the Garmin GPSMap 60 line. Ralph uses the Magellan eXplorist 400-something and has put together some rockin’ good web pages therewith. Here’s a good example. I highly recommend Ralph’s site for anyone thinking about hiking the Catskills. Kudos to Scott for finding Ralph’s site.
So yeah, that’s about it for tonight. I made it in to work on time (8:30) this morning, and I’m hoping to continue the streak for the rest of the week. For all you #starwars twitterers out there, get ready for a new “must follow” list – hopefully to be posted in time for this upcoming #followfriday. It won’t be as extensive as the previous list, but it’ll include the core members of the community. DM @DarthTraya or @cadeskywalker if you think you’re core enough to be included – they’re heavily involved in the compilation process.