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Life is Precious

Tonight I sent this out as an application for a writing job. I don’t know much about the work or the company. But it sounds interesting, pretty much any paying job sounds interesting, really.

Anyway, I wrote this over a year ago, just about the time my Dad died. It’s still quite nice. I decided to reprint it here. It was one of my BackWash articles when I write a column there called Bewitching Vagabond.

Life is a precious thing. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, I wouldn’t want to waste this one. I don’t understand suicide bombers, serial killers. One year ago my Dad died and just one month later my brother was in a car accident which could have killed him.

I was thinking about life and death. Not in a gloomy, gothic, bad poetry way. I was thinking about all of it, pushed into one tiny space. Life being the day to day things, your ancestors, our world and our future. Also, karma and fate. Happiness and all those other emotions that bring colour to life.

Do you really appreciate life? What if you had to consider euthanasia? Would you really want to give up on yourself? How bad would things have to be? Do you dare to give up when there are so many advances in medicine and science. Something new to fix, cure or heal you could come along on your own day after. What terrible irony that would be.

Do you really appreciate each day of your life? When did you last take a moment to admire little things in nature. When did you last pick up an interesting rock? When did you last admire the stars or the sky after a good rain or the way everything gets that orange glow for a few moments at sunset. When did you last take a deep breath and be glad you have lungs? So many things so easily taken for granted, forgotten. It all matters. What would life be without them.

Do you really appreciate the people around you, in the world? Do you take a moment to acknowledge people, even a lowly peon of a cashier? Do you thank serving staff when they bring you your coffee? Do you notice when someone does a small kindness like holding open the door? Do you respect and expect good things of people or do you belittle them to make yourself feel less insignificant? What do you see when you look around at all the people in the world. Are they even there for you or do you walk along trying not to be seen or not looking up once, at all.

Life is precious. We don’t know what happens after life is gone. No one has ever come back to let us know.

Tickle: Are you Millionaire Material?

Tickle: Tests, Matchmaking and Social Networking: “Ever thought about buying an SUV and joining a tennis club? You should, because you were made for the elite. We can tell that you enjoy many of the finer things in life, but for some reason you just can’t make the leap to ‘millionaire material.’ Sure, that’s a step down from the top of the money pile, but it’s probably all for the best. Why? Perhaps because, when it comes down to it, you enjoy fun more than money. Cash is all well and good, and we can tell that you’re pretty good at saving your dough when you put your mind to it, but you’d rather spend time outdoors, hang out with friends, or plan your next big trip than drool over your bank balance. After all, what’s money for if you can’t enjoy it?”

Tonight there is a lottery draw with a prize of $30 million. I had to buy a ticket. Wouldn’t it make you always wonder if you never bought one? Sure you could write down some numbers and check them (or never) later. But, you might choose different numbers when you actually got a ticket. Or, worse, what if your numbers won but you didn’t make it offical? How would that feel? I don’t even want to comtemplate it.

So I bought four tickets. One for my Mom, her favourite numbers. Ticket two I phoned my nephew for his number picks. We like to get joint tickets now and then. If we win I’ve promised to share half of it with him. Of course, he doesn’t realize he is under age and thus… ineligible. Still, I’m not a complete bitch. I’d share, something, with him. 😉 The other two tickets were my own numbers. One were numbers I liked and the other just made a neat design on the ticket ballot. How do you pick numbers if you buy tickets?

Anyway, good luck to me (and to all of you should I not be the big winner).

First thing I want to do is buy a new car, one that doesn’t make bad noises. Then I could pay off everything and everyone. Not that I owe a lot. Compared to most people I know I am fricking debt free. But, it bugs me and I think about that a lot. It would be great to have it all gone, permanently and forever. After that I’d pick out a nice little house, a new computer system (plenty of computery good ness but not going overboard). Then, the big trip. Startinng with Russia, Europe and Australia. Extending to South America maybe a stop in Hong Kong (for personal reasons). Then back to my cosy little house to begin renovations. I want the bathroom to be amazing, the shower being the most important thing in that room. It will have so many jets of hot water shooting out you’ll think you’re in a pool, swimming. Next important rooms are the kitchen, the home office and the bedroom. Of third importance would be some kind of family room/ dining room option. Maybe a guest bedroom in case I feel like company. (Eventually I will, probably, though they can’t stay forever!). I want comfortable furniture made of good, solid wood and covered in denim or something vibrant and red. Wood floors with throw rugs, no damn ceramic tile anywhere! Ugh! Those are cold and they break everything that drops on them. Of course, while I was jaunting around the world the renovation crew would have put in a new furnace, electric system, water and roof, etc. All the necessary basics would be updated and improved. I’d never need to feel my house was like driving around in an old car waiting for it to die.

I’m not sure what kind of car I’d get. There are a few that come to mind. I like the new VW bugs, maybe a cheery yellow one or the orange would be nice. Today I saw another kind of car, midsized but very Mustang looking. Not that however, I think. Anyway, whatever car it would be new, mid-sized sedan type and good on gas. Most of all reliable, it will never break down or make rude noises. I will even consider hiring a full time car mechanic, gardener and butler to work around and keep everyting fixed and maintained. It is kind of nice to keep a man around the place. He could have a tidy little cottage somewhere on the grounds.

It would be so nice to win. Small chance of it happening, but someone is going to win. It could be me. Maybe that ticket I bought the nephew will have the lucky numbers.

Astrology Match

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“Laura, the best Zodiac Match for your personality is Virgo

Virgo, the Virgin (August 23 to September 23): This intelligent and diligent partner is just your type. Initially, a Virgo may catch your eye with their put-together look and attention to the details of your courtship. But as you get to know them better, you’re even more likely to be drawn to your Virgo’s strong convictions and practical nature. People born under this sign are typically very good with money and tend to be conservative overall when it comes to risk. In fact, most Virgos have a discerning nature that can make them seem a bit critical at times. However, they’re also almost always open to discussing the emotional side of any matter in a relationship. In the bedroom, you’ll likely find the Virgin both reserved and cautious, especially when your relationship first becomes sexual. Overall, Virgos are typically highly loyal partners and firm believers in marriage.

Last time I did this, about a year ago, my best match was Gemini (my brother’s sign). I’ve gotten to know a few Virgo men. They are kind of complicated and reserved types. I’ve gotten along with them but I don’t know if I could live with them, over many years, in and out of bed, etc. There has to be some adventure. A relationship (for me anyway) should be more blood than water.

No offense to Virgo men. You do make the best friends! I love a conversation with a good mind and once Virgo’s open up a bit they are awesome for a midnight chat about life the universe and everything.

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Robots Don’t Make Good Writers

Writing has rules, we know about grammar, spelling and punctuation. There are also genres of writing and each has it’s own rules of style, theme and plot. Romance is always about a relationship, the words in between make up the story but the genre insists on a successful relationship between two people. Mysteries, have their rules about dastardly deeds and criminals caught in the end. Horror has bad creatures/ people who end up being slain by the hero. You get the idea.

If you write in one genre for awhile you can line up the basic plots alphabetically and just fill in the individual details like names and dates. It can become routine and you begin to wonder if a million monkeys typing at millions of computer keyboards could not, after all, come up with a best selling novel.

So, to get out of feeling like your own cliche, read other genres. Read fiction and non-fiction. Read news stories. Read recipes! Go to the library and pick a book at random. Read things that have nothing to do with your usual writing, other than the use of words and language. In reading other genres you can find ways to break out of your own cliched plot. Small things, as the basic elements are ingrained and expected. Still, if you can get around feeling like a robot writer, that’s a good thing.