Category: Random Good Cheer

Ok, so I read this today. It’s from Penn Jillette’s new book, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, and I’m putting it here because a lot of it is very close to the thinking of my Gaslight character, Newton. He is a huge proponent of the claim that he doesn’t know, and gets very upset when people suggest that he’s trying to answer everything. This is not to change people’s RP as I enjoy trying to explain the difference IC and his struggle to get people to stop seeing, as he views it, ignorance as a virtue.

Either way, if you feel it will inform future interactions in a way that would ruin the IC nature of the struggle, I’ve put the quote behind a cut. Also, hey, look, I figured out how to do cuts in WordPress.

From the introduction, titled “The Humility of Loudmouth Know-it-all Asshole Atheists”


Happy Valentine’s Day

Good news

Today I got a call with an offer for a job interview. Haven’t gotten the job yet, but it’s teaching high school English. 80% position, so I’ll likely have four classes a day, and that qualifies me for benefits, I think. Interview isn’t until after the holidays, but it’s set and the guy on the phone sounded excited, so I’m really hoping on this one.

Since it’s tradition

It’s a tradition now that every year I post this particular editorial around Christmas-time. I think it’s important that we realize how important certain ideas are, how endemic to our culture, how vital to our spirit. I’ll let Francis Pharcellus Church say the rest.

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
“Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

So, I have to get this out of my system before I continue going. There’s a lot I have left to do, and yet I still need a bit of venting.

Today my laptop died on me. I think it has something to do with the power source after consulting an expert. However, I cannot get on it and am using the big computer now, which is a pain in the ass. Between that, having to cancel a dinner I was looking forward to because of lack of time, being stuck inside a box in the middle of a building with no windows and uncomfortable chairs, and various other annoyances today, this has not been a great day for me.

The laptop is what worries me most. I rely on that thing. I have no idea how I’m going to get it fixed, or get to the stuff on it that I need, or anything of the sort. All I know is that this annoys me more than I can possibly articulate, and I know that’s not good. I should be thinking good thoughts. Here are a few:

1. Maybe I’ll actually see snow this weekend. Maybe not, and then I don’t have to be in snow. Win-win.

2. I have great friends, many of whom I miss, many who I enjoy seeing on a regular basis, but all incredible.

3. M’lady loves me and is trying so very hard to make me happy. If more problems weren’t piling up during this, She would be successful (yay, Daily Show/Colbert Report!)

4. Things are going to be great and surprising this weekend.

I think I need to do what I used to do, which was spend an entire day thinking about how something amazing will happen to me that day. Inevitably, something always did.

So, I’m trying to feel good in my adorably naive, Panglossian way. In that vein, I’ll end this with a quote from Benjamin Franklin, “…the World is a pretty good sort of a World; and ’tis our Duty to make the best of it and be thankful.” I’m trying. Really, I am.

Thanksgiving post

Well, it’s my favorite holiday of the year. I’m at my parents’ place watching the Macy’s parade and making phone calls. I got up semi-early because I was up late doing legal research (don’t ask) and have been relaxing since.

Also, viewers of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were just Rickrolled. This amuses me.

A quick list of what I’m thankful for:

1. I have, bar none, the greatest friends in the world. Too many people have shown how much they care in too many ways to list them all, but you guys are among the most precious people in the world to me, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.

2. I have the greatest girlfriend in the world. She’s honest, brilliant (much more so than I), understanding, sweet, and loving. I don’t know how I managed to get so lucky, but somehow I did and will never doubt my own good fortune again.

3. I live in a beautiful world filled with magic. Yes, there are problems, but they’re fixable. Focusing on the great things around us, the prodigous bounty of wonderful that I’m blessed to be able to experience on a daily basis, brings more of those things into my life.

4. I get to learn more about myself every single day. I’m confident, honest, and no longer afraid to be myself. That’s more of a gift than I could possibly hope for.

Things I want to be thankful for next year:

1. I’ve been able to help more people and do more things for others.

2. I’ve been able to write more and even get more stuff published.

3. I’ve made even more incredible friends.

4. Neil Patrick Harris guest starred on House (wouldn’t that just be awesome?)

I wish you all the happiest of holidays. You mean more to me than can be expressed here, and I wish you nothing but joy, laughter, good food, and good times.

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron

Oh, ICC. Fickle and brief though your love is, it burns with a passion so great as to leave my stomach in knots, and take from me my vital life essence…fuck it, I’m already bored with this format.

Cut for kindness to Friends Lists

An actual update

I admit, I’ve been doing a lot of political posts lately and have another one brewing in my head, but I thought I’d post about my actual, real life for once.

So, things have been going remarkably well for me lately. It’s like the dam has burst and the floodwaters are pouring over me. Very symbolic, very nice. I feel rejuvenated and refreshed, and can’t believe I’m in the position I’m in for once in my life. I’m in an amazing relationship that makes me supremely happy. I work a lot, but the benefits are finally starting to roll in from that. I almost have a fully functioning Linux system. I have incredible friends.

I just discovered that I’ll be able to go to ICC, for one thing. I didn’t think I would be able to, but I kept focusing on a way. I knew that something would happen to make it possible. Last week I got paid for all three of my jobs at once, and doing some quick and simple math, estimating income conservatively and output liberally, I found I’d be able to make it with room to spare.

What else does this mean? It means I don’t have to rely on my parents to help with expenses. I can pay site fees (wanted to at Changeling, had the cash in my pocket, and I forgot to give it to the DC). I can stop mooching off friends and loved ones who, bless them, have been helpful and never asked for anything in return. I don’t have to worry about where things are coming from as much.

I admit, it’s the finances that really got me for a while. Now that that’s taken care of, I can focus on the other things I want to do in my life. I can get back to playing my guitar. I can catch up on Doctor Who (which I’ve been doing since last night and am two episodes short of finishing) and all the shows I want. I can fix my Linux system to work for me, damn it. I can get my car re-registered in my name (actually did that this morning). I can start those dance lessons I’ve wanted once my schedule gets more stable. M’lady suggested I even look into seeing my chiropractor again, whom I haven’t seen since 2005 and so very much want to visit regularly again as I believe that will help work out any problems I’m having with my body as well.

Basically, I’ve been saying for a while that things are “starting to fall into place.” Now they are actively falling into place one at a time, and the universe of possibilities for my life at this point is positively endless. I almost don’t know where to start, but I think the best option would be with ICC and then see how things go from there.

Catalog of Good

So, many, many good things have happened recently. I’ve been thinking about them, and the good things that haven’t happened yet but are on the way, and a sense of calm and relaxation spreads over me. While I’m sure bad things happen, I’m truly determined that they don’t happen to me, and I’m more willing to accept the good things that are consistently coming into my life than I previously was.

Why wouldn’t anyone be willing to accept good things into their life? Because often we’re afraid. We might be concerned that it’s a precursor to bad things, or that we don’t deserve it, or that if we allow ourselves to get excited about something and it doesn’t happen, then we’ll be disappointed.

The fact of the matter is that none of that has to be true. I’ve determined that only good things will happen to me. Even bad things will lead to better ones by extension, so I’ll not have to worry about them. I deserve only good things in my life; I’ve earned them. And I’ll enjoy my excitement, and celebrate my good fortune every day. To paraphrase part of Christian Larson’s Optimist’s Creed, “I promise myself I will be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. I will think well of myself and proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds. I will live in faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.”

Today I feel so sure of the goodness in my life, the friends I have, the wealth I’ve earned, the health I build, and the joy I have the potential to spread. Thank you all who are my friends, as you are the true wealth in my life. Thank you Tivoli for the wonderful gym that I take advantage of on a daily basis. Thank you for the financial stability I’m finally realizing. Thank you for this life that I can use to bring good feelings, warmth, and genuine caring to the world. Thank you for the $20,000 unexpected income I’m receiving by the end of this month. Thank you for the magnificent trips I have planned and the prodigious events that will occur on them.

I feel nothing but gratitude today and endless amounts of joy, and while this update was going to go into other, less cheery subjects, I think I’d rather wish every single one of you the same feelings of joy, abundance, and pure happiness that I’m feeling this very moment. I know many of you are dealing with death, frustration, illness, or any other number of problems, but my intension for all of you is that for at least one minute on this day, you can feel yourself full of light, love, and the assurance that everything can only ever work out perfectly.

All the Love in the Universe,


For those into Astrology

Sometimes it just takes a reminder to find that optimistic place again.

Got this as a Sparkpeople mailer today. Just when I needed it. I always get what I need when I need it.

A pocket is no place for a smile.

– Blues Traveler

Letting your optimism out

We all have natural talents and abilities that we bring to any givensituation. Likewise our motivations are usually different as well. Someare motivated by money and success, others by a need for recognition,and still others by the simple satisfaction of doing a good job. Butwhat determines HOW you behave is your attitude. Positive people areoften respected, and others naturally gravitate towards them.Conversely, no one likes being around a chronic downer or someone whocomplains all the time. Next time someone says “Good morning,” reallyembrace the idea! No one can take away the good feelings you haveinside, so let them shine!