We have seen the end of Phase I of the romance saga. If you were a little underwhelmed by the fourth installment featuring conclusions, so was I. But this is a process. Some of this stuff I only figure out through the writing, and some of it I only figure out after I have written, listened to your feedback, thought for some time, and written some more. My pal Karen sent me some mail with several interesting points from a perspective I had not yet thought about and that is proving to be quite helpful. I won’t stop thinking about these things, or working on other portions of the tale, but I don’t know when this topic will return to the blog.

I might lighten things up for a post or two featuring technology. And I should probably begin writing some of the backstory of Nick and Booze. Everyone has been very supportive and that really helps. I was surprised at how many folks mentioned that they did not know that this was something I have struggled with. In addition to providing some details to you folks, I do think it will be a useful exercise for me to revisit the issue from a historical perspective. Not so much to enumerate the details of abusing drink, but my turns on the recovery wagon, what worked and what didn’t, and take a look at a broader topic – “how to set yourself up for success”*.

This year I would also like to get to some of the headier topics that interest me and that I think will interest you as well. I am still on the fence about whether or not I want to talk about politics on here or not. But I am going to talk about religion and philosophy. One of my favorite subjects is Truth and I would like to get into that with you guys.

Anyway, I don’t have anything set to go in the queue yet so I will hopefully do some more writing this week. I am feeling OK despite a few days of head/chest cold. Yesterday marked 21 days sober. My body and my head are feeling better and it is time to begin adding in more things. (We will get into this layering of habits in the setting yourself up to succeed section.)

* Probably not the first to ever say it, but the first time I remember hearing this thought expressed in these words was from my friend Jake/Floyd.

I am working on some projects for India so here is a shot from November 1, 2008 – January 11, 2008 – ** Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

Outside Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple
Outside Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple

** Jake/Floyd caught the date error. I went back and checked the photo meta data and it is a good thing i wasn’t building a space shuttle! 11/1/2008 vs 1/11/2008. Why can’t we all use the same frackin’ units!!!