Chick Time

Last night, I hung out with Elle in Palo (Shallow) Alto and had some well-deserved chick time. I don’t get a lot of chick time because I honestly don’t have a lot of close female friends. Elle and I seem to be in the same boat in this respect, not being able to relate to a lot of typical women (a.k.a. “girly girls”) and have deeper things to talk about other than just shoes and hair and fashion. Sure, we have girl tendencies, so these things do come up at times, but when it becomes your identity, well, it just eats your soul… you become a faceless part of the herd. And there are way too many women out there like that.

It’s always cool to get to know someone that is in the same boat as you… finding something you can connect on and finding the parallels in your lives. Sometimes, we find that we are more alike than we realize (and I speak in a general “we” sense).

In other news, we stopped by Coupa Cafe (my favorite place on the peninsula for caffeinated beverages and then some) and sat outdoors to enjoy our large cups of spicy mayan hot chocolate (yes, it was warm out, but one has to have the hot chocolate when they visit Coupa). We were sitting right alongside the front window, when Andy Ruff and friend sit down at the table right on the inside of the window. I hadn’t seen Andy in what, at least a year? I met him a few years ago at a Scoble Geek Dinner and he used to go to some of our South Bay Blogger meets. It was him and John Chang that got me into the whole coffee geekery scene, and I guess I wouldn’t have been too surprised to see him there. Totally wacky that I caught him a day or two before he was to move to St. Louis!

Anyway, that kinda tickled me. Being out with a blogger friend and randomly running into another in a small cafe in PA.

In the strangest of places

There were these tampons on sale at the store, a brand I had never seen before, “Dittie”. A strange name to begin with, but hell, when things like this are on sale, I’ll buy them because I need them.

The concept behind these “Ditties” is that, kinda like a fortune cookie, each individual unit has a supposedly inspirational saying printed on the wrapper. Unlike a fortune cookie, you cannot eat them after adding on the “in bed” ending onto the little quip. They printed stuff on ’em like “If you’re going to wait around for Mr. Right, might as well have fun with Mr. Wrong.” and “You go girl!”. I find it disturbing that my feminine products are urging me to, um, “Go”.

I just about lost it the other day when I pulled one of these Ditties out of the box. It read:
“Every girl has a little Dittie in them.”

I wanted to cry. I mean, for chrissakes, bleeding monthly is difficult enough to endure as it is.

A Christening

It’s only appropriate that I christen this weblog on my birthday. So here it is, YANB (yet another blog).

Sure, I’ve gone through many stages of MJ‘s now-famous Lifecycle of Bloggers, but this time, I’m determined to make this one work. Gee, how long is *that* gonna last?

There are a few things I want to accomplish with this blog (in no particular order):

  1. Provide myself with a chronicle of what I’ve been doing, where I’ve been… physically, emotionally, mentally. In my first blog(s), I was very personal, which now I enjoy re-reading and seeing where I was, regardless of how embarrassing it might might be in a few years. In turn I hope to…
  2. Develop a better ability to articulate. Writing helps this… a lot. Regardless of the inanity of the writings themselves… ya just gotta keep at it, like any other skill or hobby.
  3. Write for a smaller audience. Those of us that write on The Internets start doing it because we *want* someone to read it, let it be anonymous lurkers or friends from all over. If we wanted things to be private, we’d *keep* it private. That’s why I have my analog journal, and I’ll keep those things within those hard-bound pages. A few years ago, I inadvertently found myself having a larger audience to write for and felt the pressure of it as time went on. I find that these days my readership is mostly people I know IRL and see almost regularly, and I like it that way. It brings the “personal” back to Personal Blogging.
  4. Stay in touch with others. I guess this correlates with the reasons stated above. I know that some of my RL pals and family that aren’t bloggers (heaven forbid) read my blogs, follow my flickr photostream and various other feeds of mine to keep up with me.
  5. Have something to do. Heh. Okay, this is kinda stretching it, I actually do have a lot I do and *can* do. But a lot of my life is spent on a computer of some sort, and I like to keep that experience enjoyable. Blogging and its related activities are enjoyable, believe it or not. :)

There ya have it. I’d like to look back on this entry on my thirtieth birthday and see how it’s gone.