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Apple Talk / Re: David Bowie died
« on: January 11, 2016, 11:36:00 pm »
David Bowie was my wife's favorite performing artist. He was my father-in-law's favorite too.

My father-in-law died of cancer in March 2013, only a few days after the release of Bowie's penultimate album The Next Day. He had moved in with us about a month and a half prior and was on hospice. He died with my wife, her sister, and myself present in the room with him.

As he lay dying, I asked my wife if she thought I should put the album on and she said yes. Her dad died listening to their favorite artist's new album for the first time. It was perhaps the most tribal moment of my life, for lack of a better way of describing it.

Bowie's passing stings for a great plethora of reasons. I just wanted to share a personal one. He will be missed but never ever forgotten.

Apple Talk / Re: For Which We Are Grateful
« on: December 22, 2015, 12:52:37 am »
I try to foster a grateful state of mind. Life owes me nothing. I try to be grateful for the bad times, as there are lessons to be learned from them. I am grateful for the possibility of better times in the future, whether they manifest or not. I am grateful for the present, even when it feels like a Bad Time, because the present is really where life as we perceive it happens.

It's not always easy. I wish it were. But I understand in a very real sense that things could always, always, be far worse.

Apple Talk / Re: Introductions, part V: Don't Say We Never Warned You.
« on: December 08, 2015, 07:52:42 pm »

I've been lurking around here a while and finally decided to interact. Nothing I'm aware of compelled me; it just felt like time.

Maybe it's Afflux moving me. Who knows? This season of Aftermath is strong for me, having lost my dad to cancer this past June, and now completing the transition from one ERP system to another where I work. I'm ready for a new season of Discord. I'm ready to let go of things that will cling to me for the rest of my life anyway.

Life is beautiful and weird. Many Discordians I've met have developed a talent for looking past life's elements of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and are able to appreciate the beauty and weirdness underscoring it all.

I'm already a part of that dialogue, like it or not. I guess I may as well own it.

Are there any lifeguards on duty up there on the roof?

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