Jun 21, 2011

P3 Project: Day 93 of 1400 - The Life Aquatic

Sometimes, it's the little things. The smallest of things that bring joy and happiness to us as humans. Some days, it's a smile, or a glance across the room. Others, it's the feeling of a familiar pair of sweat pants and the knowledge that everything for the day is done. Sometimes it's the feeling of cool water on warm skin on a hot day.Sometimes, it's seeing your girlfriend in a bathing suit for the first time.But all in all, it's the thought of being able to hang out with your friends and relax, swimming on a really hot summer day with not a care in the world.

What more could a guys ask for? Apparently, about 363 items from Target as well.

Don't ask.

P3 Project: Day 92 of 1400 - Dish Best Served Cold

There are some dishes that are better served cold. Gazpacho, a Spanish tomato based soup is one. As is some sushi dishes. However the most famous dish that is best served cold is revenge.

I beg to differ.

I think that the dish best served cold is satisfaction. Satisfaction that you've tried everything that you could to hurt me and now you simply don't matter to me anymore. Because as good as revenge is cold...

... the feeling that you're alone is a far colder feeling.

P3 Project: Day 88 of 1400 - The Laws of Attraction

My friend nodded his head to some unheard beat and then turned to me. "That seemed kind of simple, when you put it that way." I took another sip of my beer and looked around the room. "It's really simple," I said as we sat in the dimly lit bar. "It's the Laws of Attraction"

As I sat there, I had to ask myself: Is it really that simple? Is attraction something that can be so easily explained? In truth, the answer is no. There are so many different types of people that it is almost impossible to have one set of rules to attract another person.

The operative word: almost impossible.

P3 Project: Day 89 of 1400 - Do you really know?

"You spend all this time complaining about other people and how it's their fault you're angry or that better people than they are able to forgive the terrible things you do to them, but how about you just stop doing terrible things to good people. That's why they hold grudges against you, you even admit yourself you aren't that good of a person."

As I read that, I had to stop and think. Maybe she was right? Maybe I was spending too much time doing nefarious things to good people. Maybe I really was the villain that I kept telling everyone I was. And then it dawned on me.

I didn't even know where I knew this woman from... how could she even begin to know who I was?

This entire experience brought something to light that I think needs to be discussed. The purpose of certain things that are said are not so much to illuminate the obvious but the inspire thought and discussion. Some people give advice just to assist others in knowing exactly what needs to be done to stay on the right path.

However there are others who give advice just to make a person feel guilty about the things that they say and do. They are only out to make you feel bad, and some times, it's not even a matter of something that you did, but rather something that was done to them that makes them feel that they can judge the actions of others because if one person did it to them, then everyone who does something similar has to be the same way. There are even those rare occasions that the preaching (read: tongue lashing) that you've received is the outcome of something that they wished that they could say to someone else in their past that causes them to instead, as a part of their healing process to "tell you what's you're doing wrong."

But nothing is better than having an unlikely friend come to your aid in your moment of crisis.

As I was being berated for a moment of irritation, another friend of mine decided to chime in, informing the "preacher" that not only was she wrong about her opinion of me, that she couldn't really know who was to make such an assumption. He then spent a large chunk of time responding to her attacks with unerring accuracy and deftly disarming her verbal barbs.

Moral of the story I guess is simply this: Do you know who you're audience is when you voice your opinion?

Jun 15, 2011

P3 Project: Day 86 of 1400 - Into the Wild, Green, and Yonder

There I was, standing at the beginning of a rope bridge. At the end was nothing but a tree, a wooden platform, a heavy duty metal cable, gravity and air. I looked behind me to see Elsa standing there, smiling as I walked out onto the shaky, swaying bridge. I got to the end, and was tethered to a cable and the person before was sent screaming off into space. Then another, then another. Finally, it was my turn,

I took a deep breath and the only thing that I could think of at that moment was:

I wonder if I should have taken my glasses off and left them in the car. And then I jumped.

Jun 14, 2011

P3 Project: Day 85 of 1400 - A Walk in the Park

As I stood there, I got the same vertigo feeling that I always seem to get on roller coasters.The slight dizziness as I looked down at the ground, so far below me. The people behind me laughing as I walked to the edge and, with a deep breath I walked to the edge of the shaky canopy and I just couldn't do it. I was so tired from the march and my eyes were still sensitive to the sun burning over head. So, as I decided on what to do, or if I could even go any further, a man with a thick beard and missing teeth grabbed me and threw me over the edge...

Wait, maybe I should go back a little and explain how I ended up in the damn tree in the first place.

Jun 12, 2011

P3 Project: Day 83 of 1400 - Satisfaction Guaranteed

So, there are few things more satisfying than progress. Not only in your own life, but the lives of those around you as well. It's good to see your friends progress and move closer towards a better standard of living, be it through school, work, or in personal relationships. However, there's nothing more satisfying than watch someone you care about finally beat something that's been bothering them. Now, you can be told all day about something but there's something special to be said for seeing it. Because it's true what they say:

Seeing really is believing.

Jun 6, 2011

P3 Project: Day 80 of 1400 - Graduation and Enrollment

It's not often that you can be there for the start of something and for the end of it twelve years later and see what your contributions have done to make it end the way that it did. However, one of those things, I had the pleasure of being a part of, mostly. My nephew graduated from Kindergarten this weekend, marking the beginning of his educational journey. I remember how I felt when I got out, excited and just relieved that it was over and even with all of that, I find it ironic that while he is starting his educational journey, I find myself desperately trying to get back in.

Who's really following in who's footsteps this time?

P3 Project: Day 80 of 1400 - The Hard Road Precedent

It's not often that I find myself unable to sleep lately. It's a welcome change from the way things used to be for me. Too long I sat awake at night, unable to find a solution to a problem and in turn, being kept awake by it. However, recently, this problem has come back. After a month of sleeping like a baby, I now find myself staring at the ceiling in the middle of the night, dizzy from the speed at which thoughts are running through my head. Something's gotta give, and I'm not sure if it's supposed to be me or the other side. But I guess it's to be expected. As quoted by Tiffany Keffer:

"If it's easy, it's not worth having." But is it too much to ask for the ability to travel the easy road for once?

Jun 1, 2011

P3 Project: Audience Participation

So this is a special post going out to all of my friends that attend the various Cons related to gaming (board, tabletop, card, video, etc.) that are interested in joining that community. I have been waiting far too long to make any serious headway on this particular project but it's time that I start working on getting that part of my life started. However, this I can't do without your help so here's what I'll need:

P3 Project: Day 75 of 1400 - Ghosts

It's been a while since I've been able to post anything regarding any forward momentum in the P3 Project. I've filled the pages of this blog with random thoughts and such, trying to keep myself in the habit of posting things as they happen but today, I am happy to report some real progress. However, as is often the case in life, the thrill of victory comes with the possibility of a massive amount of pain but the rewards far outweigh the risks and as anyone who knows me will attest: I'm never been one to miss an opportunity due to a little pain.

However, it seems that the ghosts of the past never leave the places where they haunt the most.