Remember when I told you I was planning to take a week’s vacation in December, to finally finish my long, drawn-out book project? Well, that week starts today.
I have a detailed outline, a laptop inside my Jack Bauer “Jack sack,” and ten days off in a row. I will finish the first draft of my book by next Saturday, even if it sends me to the asylum.
I can’t write in a yurt this time (unfortunately), but I’m planning to hole-up in a university library, where you need a student ID to get on the internet. Because the internet is usually my friend, but when it comes time to write… it’ll vampire the shit out of my dreams.
And so, the updates are going to be sporadic for a while. In fact, whatever I post next week will probably just be two or three paragraphs, with a Question of the Day at the end. I’ve gotta maintain the Eye of the Tiger. You know, assuming that’s a good thing.
And just so you’re aware… Some of the characters in my book include Sunshine, Mumbles, Nancy, Nancy’s ball-baby husband Keith, and a gang of translucent children.
I think it’s pretty funny, but I’ve got to finish it. So, I’m not going away completely, but it’s going to be slim pickin’s next week. You guys are great at taking up the slack in the comments though, so I’m not worried…
Thank you for your continued patience.
I installed a Firefox add-on that tells me when somebody is no longer my Facebook friend. And I kinda wish I hadn’t.
Every once in a while someone will indeed drop me, and it causes a little low-grade anguish. I wonder: Why? What did I do? I go back and re-read my latest posts, to see if there might be a clue. But I usually can’t figure it out. And it bothers me a little.
Yeah, I know that sounds ridiculous, but I never drop anyone. I never get so whipped-up by a person’s two sentence status that I sneer at the computer screen and holler, “Fuck that guy! He’s outta here!!”
Ya know? It seems like it would take a whole lot of emotion to reach that point. So, I always want to know what triggered it, for better or worse.
Do you ever drop any of your Facebook “friends?” What were the circumstances? Political jackassery? General dipshitism? Annoying sumbitchatonics? What? Help me out, won’t you? I need to understand.
And speaking of Facebook, thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday there, on Monday. It was crazy, man, and I appreciate it.
I worked on my “special day,” and it didn’t feel very special, if you want to know the truth. My feet and ass are still aching. But we’re going out to dinner on Saturday, and will celebrate a few days after the fact. We’ll probably go to Cracker Garden, or Red Olive, or someplace. You know how it goes…
Then maybe, just maybe, Toney and I will pay a return visit to the beer snob tavern, and sample a few of their super-obscure and oh-so-correct brews. We’ll see how it goes.
Did I mention that my ass still aches?
Before I call it a day here, can someone please explain Google Wave to me? I was sent an invitation to try it out, but couldn’t understand it during the twenty seconds I devoted to the project. What is its purpose? What’s it supposed to do for me? Is it cool, or what?
I now have a few invites myself. So, if any of you are interested, drop me a line. First come, first served.
And I’m going to be extra-obnoxious by placing a big honkin’ Amazon ad at the bottom of this update. Please don’t forget to enter their site through our links, when you’re doing your holiday shopping. It’s an easy and painless way to support the Surf Report.
We did a lot of our kids’ Christmas shopping last Saturday at Amazon, and most of the merchandise has already arrived. Including a box that came yesterday that’s almost as big as my first car. WTC? I don’t remember us buying a walk-in freezer, or whatever’s in that thing.
And last night/this morning I re-subscribed to my favorite magazine through the site. Check it out. Ten bucks for a full year of Crapper’s Companion! And it’s a weekly publication, too. Good stuff.
I’ll leave you now with a Question we ponder every year at this time. I’d like to know your all-time favorite Christmas movies. Mine include The Homecoming (the best!), the original Black Christmas, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I also like Elf, if you can dig it. What about you? What’s on the must-watch list at your house?
Have a great weekend, my friends.
I’ll be back soon, with an update on my writing progress, and maybe some new information about Sunshine & Mumbles and their month at the Wet Spot Motor Lodge in Scrotum Rash, Arizona.
See you then!