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At least ... I hope not!

Knowing LiveJournal/Six Apart, I'm willing to bet that it's safe to make that statement. :))

I am so tired today. I decided to ride my bike/take the bus to work today. I can't ride my bike all the way to work because it's 10 miles, part of which entails taking one of the bridges over the Caloosahatchee. Maybe one day, once I build up some strength, but not now. I'm pretty sure I would be completely soaked, not to mention completely worthless after that bike ride, before I'm ready to undertake such ambitions!

I hate to admit it but the diet is taking it's toll. Now I'm not discouraged, and I'm not giving up my commitment - but I definitely need to give myself some more time to adjust to this new way of life. No matter how tired or wiped out I feel, the feeling of accomplishment and serenity at the end of the day eclipses any physical drawbacks.

Last night we had cheesy chicken alfredo for dinner (which may have more to do with how I'm feeling today than the vegan part of my diet). I felt guilty. I woke up this morning from a nightmare which involved me being on one of those hellish factory farms with some sickly cattle. I picked as much of the chicken out of my dinner (last night) as I could so it was just noodles and cheese sauce for me. I was simply too tired to prepare anything else by the time I got done making that.

But I'm not giving up. Sure that was a tiny setback, but for my lunch I made this little concoction of rice, chickpea and diced tomatoes and it was delicious! I just have to learn a new routine - then I'll be fine. I also need to seriously look into something new to satisfy my sweet tooth. I don't need meat substitutes - I'm fine with eating vegetables and rice and beans for my meals. But for my sweet tooth, I am GOING to find a chocolate substitute! I like fruit okay, but chocolate will be the hardest to give up. Nothing will substitute for that. Luckily that shouldn't be too hard.

I am ready for this week to be over with. Work has been a real challenge this week. I don't mind working hard, I don't even mind a little resistance. But sometimes it's just ridiculous. Like today for example: I was directing the 5:30 show which is arguably one of the easiest gigs we've got here. At least, it used to be. Now it's turned into this mythical beast that refuses to be tamed no matter what anyone does! For the second day in a row the swing package at the bottom of the show was compromised and the show ended 2 minutes early. It's not good when the 5:30 show ends early, especially not 2 whole entire minutes, because that means the 6:00 show will start early and all those high-priced commercials leading into the 6:00 show will air early and then it's just a big mess!

On top of that we had server issues - which is why my show ended early - in addition to all the other usual issues with the Very Important 6 O'Clock Show. The commercial spots leading into the 6pm show are incredibly expensive. They're expensive because of what time of day they air - the sponsors perceive the vast majority of their audience/potential customers to be sitting down to eat dinner, and since so many Americans tend to have the television on at that time, that becomes a very highly desired place to be seen by advertisers. So when those commercials DON'T air at that time ... heads roll. Needless to say, this is a bloody business because we are humans, we make mistakes, commercials don't air when they're supposed to.

I've run out of time. Blast.


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Mar. 13th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
How come you're giving up chocolate, as well?
Mar. 17th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
"Giving up" is a relative term, especially as it pertains to chocolate in my diet, LOL! :)

Most chocolate I encounter is of the 'milk' variety. Luckily I like 'dark' chocolate better, but I believe most chocolate candy has some dairy in it. And if it's bakery goods, then it also has eggs in it, unless it is specifically labeled 'vegan'. Carob is one vegan alternative ... but sadly, I think giving up chocolate candy is going to be my biggest challenge.

In other news, I can't believe how short a time it took for me to regret posting something positive about LiveJournal. Don't know if it affects you or not (since you are not in the States), but LiveJournal as we know it is about to become a thing of the past.

I went into my messages to answer some of the comments you left me recently but I was distracted by this piece of news, (under the link is what I read which got me started on all this) and even more distracted by the response it's getting.

In a nutshell: The current owners, a company called SUP who bought out SixApart a few months ago, have done away with Basic Accounts for new users. Current users can still create them - I think - but if you're new to blogging and you're out there shopping around for a new blogsite, you can no longer start a free, basic account with LiveJournal anymore.

The worst part is, this decision was made behind the backs of the 'advisory board' - which includes some of the founding members of LiveJournal, among others. Needless to say, they were, to use their word, "pissed".

I have kind of mixed feelings about it all to tell you the truth (contrary to a comment I left on danahboyd's journal). On the one hand, Brad, the founder of LJ, started the ball rolling by selling the company in the first place. Not that I blame him; no doubt he's got bills to pay and dreams to pursue like we all do, and no doubt the extra money looked good to him as it would to anyone.

But once you entrust your baby to someone else, you've got to live with the decisions they make regarding your baby. LJ is about to morph into a strange animal that all users heretofore will reject and oppose, but completely new users who don't know anything about the history of LJ won't care, and just might sign up anyway.

Unless the current and past users of LJ make a stand which frankly, I don't see happening. (Pun on 'frank' intended.) The current users who weighed in on the whole turn of events want to run away and take their business elsewhere, which personally I think is tantamount to just giving up. There are FAR more of us than there are of these new business owners. I say we band together and raise so much noise in protest that all they can do is slink away with their tails between their legs ... but that's just me. :)
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