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As for the meaning of life, I do not believe that it has any. […] [W]e make of it what we can, and that is all there is about it. - Irving Berlin

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Speaking of boring, the terrifying abyss of the salt mine continues to bore. Lots of planning and talking, little doing, at least at my level, which is incredibly frustrating. I realize it is probably a normal career step to start managing, it isn't really my strength, certainly not being organized. I'd rather be writing code. I should just get back to the Advent of Code to get my code fix.

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So as you may have noticed, I've started writing these when I get up in the morning, pretty much right away. Pull up the laptop and start typing. Much like playing hockey in the morning, not much gets in the way of doing something first thing, so it gets my writing started. I am up to a 33 day streak, writing a bunch of words about a boring life. To further document it, I have started doing the "1 Second" daily post too. Yay.

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I spent some time cleaning up my game installs. According to GoG Galaxy, I have nearly 750 games in my collection and it thinks I have nearly 50 installed, although it is confused about the state of some of them. So I was cleaning up some, including ones it says I haven't played in over 7 years. Sigh. I just never stay focused on a game when playing solo. If it wasn't for co-op, I'd never finish a game! Of course, I do have dedicated nights to play, which helps as well.

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Pretty easy time of it in Zombie Army 4 last night. It is a fun game though, even if it isn't all that hard. We finished the Croatia level from start to finish. We got most of the extras, even finding the weird little disembodied hand on all the levels. I think we all got wiped out only one time and barely even damaged each other, despite some pretty tight levels. Still, a good time was had by all.

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Stumbling around in the pit of despair, deep in the salt mine, actually led to a ticket getting closed. Of course, it was basically adding a single condition to an already existing if statement, so in the end it wasn't much. And the rest was mostly spent in meetings. Wednesday's are generally pretty short on the soul sucking gatherings, so maybe I can close another ticket. Or at least parcel a few out to others. Good enough, right?

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Gearing up for the first big snow storm of the year. It's a coastal storm, so 30 miles east or west could mean the difference between 20" of snow or mostly rain. Always fun seeing the meteorologists scrambling to make a prediction. But right now, it's looking like snow. Luckily, neither of the girls is planning on traveling this weekend, their first back in school, so we will all hunker down and let it snow.

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If you have Amazon Prime, be sure to check out Amazon Prime Gaming. They give you free games and free extras for games. The fun zombie shooter World War Z's sequel, Aftermath, is free their, as is a Warhammer game. You have to connect it to your other accounts, like on Epic and Ubisoft, but well worth checking out. gaming.amazon.com

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We had a pretty good session of D:OS2 last night. It is such a sprawling game, it can be hard to figure out which of the dozen plot quests we need to do next. We ended up going back and cleaning up one that took us out a few levels ago. The whole game is completely over the top. C and I have played like 130 hours and probably have at least another 20 to go. Crazy.

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The black yawning abyss that is the salt mine sucked all the life out of me yesterday. I have a couple simple tasks I need to do, but instead it is planning, meetings and scheduling, which is a real bummer. A morning of meetings but then a free afternoon, so maybe I can get something accomplished, however that is measure in Jira.

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We won today in hockey. Looked like it was going to be an easy game, when we went up 3-0, but 2 backhands got behind me in one shift and suddenly things got interesting. But we held them off, staying ahead the whole way, winning 5-4. I made a couple nice pad saves as time wound down, so that felt good. Always love a good pad save.

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Speaking of dogs, we got the results of Obi's DNA test yesterday. Turns out he is nearly 50% Plott Hound. I don't blame you if you don't know what a Plott Hound is - I certainly didn't. Turns out it is North Carolina's state dog, bred for hunting, esp. boars. He also has various Coonhounds in him, as well as Chihuahua! He is settling in just fine here and he keeps Phineas on his toes. I think he is enjoying his new lazy life!

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Yesterday was one of the most boring days on record, and that's coming from someone who has one boring day after another. It was so boring, I was afraid I would lose my modest 30 day 750 word streak because I couldn't figure out what to write about! I did try to watch *Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar* but man, that was one stupid movie. When the dogs got restless with about 20 minutes left, I said good enough and turned it off.

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It will be non-stop rolling in the muck today (and all week) in the salt mine. I have so many projects, both big and small, to do the mind boggles. And, sadly, Monday is generally not the day for it, with meetings meetings meetings. I am going to have to carve out some time though, or things will get really dicey.

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I have been listening to the podcast *Films to be Buried With*, by Brett Goldstein. I didn't make the connection until recently, but he plays Roy Kent in *Ted Lasso*. He talks with various celebrities, mostly other actors, about their "death" and the films that left the biggest marks on them. It's really very good and very funny, with plenty of insights into movies. Recommended.

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Didn't get much of anything interesting done over the weekend. No books, no movies, no games. Actually met a friend for dinner last night, which is unusual. She gave us a bunch of cat things, like tree, food, treats, as she had to put down her 21 year old cat last week. Hardest part of being a pet owner is making that final decision. It was nice of her to give us the inheritance though. What we can't use, my foster guy can.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

That was one crazy weekend of NFL playoff action! We don't really have a horse in the race, as the Patriots got smoked last weekend, but the teams we were sort of rooting for came thru for the most part. The crazy last game between Buffalo and Kansas City was the exception, as we were pulling for Buffalo. There were like a 100 lead changes in the last 2 minutes of the game. Very exciting stuff. Glad neither was my team or I'd be dead.

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