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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

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Not only is it a Monday in the desolate misery of the salt mine, it is a "Sprint" week, which really twists the dagger. I am going to spend all day either in meetings or planning for meetings or dreading planning for meetings. I'll be lucky to even look at code, never mind actually write any. I wish it were anything else, but, as the saying goes, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

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Hockey starts back up tomorrow. I know, it seems weird. We usually don't start back up until late August but for some reason, after shutting down early, we decided to start early. Not sure I am ready for it, especially how early we will have to get up, to make sure everyone else is ready for the day. I also need to excavate my equipment, which is buried beneath dorm room furniture stored in the garage.

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I even got a chance to play *Iron Helm*, the solo dungeon delving card game you can get on Gamecrafter.com . Pretty fun, with some tough decisions to make. I made it to the very end of level 3 before succumbing to my wounds. Can't wait to give it another try. Looks good and plays fast - what more can I ask?

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Oh boy, another Monday. Totally not ready for this week to start. At least I got in the pool for a bit yesterday, even if it was mostly to vacuum it. I did get a little floating time in. And then I showered and hit the hammock, finishing off *Jade City*, which was a great read. I was even happier when I discovered my favorite Treehouse brew, Sap, in the back of the fridge. It was a good evening.

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Now my daughter has me doing this one too

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"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

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I have to admit to waking up thinking about the horror of the salt mine that is rapidly approaching tomorrow. Already planning my escape. Maybe I'll take Friday off, just to give me some hope. I will need to get my minions lined up and working hard though, which is a bunch of administrative work that crushes the spirit.

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Anyway. It promises to be warm again today. It did get over 90 here yesterday and promises to do so again today, so maybe I will be able to get into the pool. And the hammock. And my book. Don't really have any goals today. Which is my favorite way to start a lazy Sunday. Maybe I'll get in a play of *Iron Helm*, the solo dungeon crawl card game I got a few weeks ago and still haven't played.

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It is all pretty depressing when you think about just how capricious the Supreme Court can be. Between Serwer's Atlantic article, "The Constitution Is Whatever the Right Wing Says It Is" (which isn't hyperbole) and Elie Mystal's infuriating book, "Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution", I'm left with an impotent rage. I know I need a plan of action, but the deck is stacked against us and it seems like there is nothing left but pointless symbolic acts.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Well, despite the gorgeous weather, I really did nothing on my list yesterday. It was mostly running around, doing errands like grocery shopping, picking up some booze, getting mesquite chips, delivering foster kitties, etc. I did get in over 13,000 steps though. And it was a good evening by the fire, sipping ice cold Bombay gin martinis, so it all ended well.

USPOL 

You're going to be royally pissed off if you read this. And it is more or less the same point Elie Mystal
is making in his new book.

The Constitution Is Whatever the Right Wing Says It Is

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It's a good day to hug your loved ones. Actually, it's always a good day to hug your loved ones.

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I tried to give it my all in the salt mine yesterday, I really did. I knew I was leaving early for the zoo, so I figured I should be able to stay focused. Guess what? Didn't happen. I did have a couple planning meetings that went pretty well, so I got to close a ticket. But really nothing else stuck. Just tough. Glad it was a Friday, I guess.

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Not much planned for the weekend, thankfully. Promises to actually be a summer weekend - hot and humid. We may actually getting in the pool for real. Maybe I'll mow the lawn. That should be enough yard work for the day. Hammock time, book time (finish *Jade City*) and a beer, either in the hammock or the pool. Works for me.

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The biggest downer last night was on our drive home. I drove A and we got stuck in a massive traffic jam on I95, despite running with Waze. It happened just before we got there and rumor had it (A talked with some other folks - yup, it was a put it in park and wait) there was a naked guy running across the highway that got it. We even saw a cover body when they finally let us thru. A 1 hour trip took 3 hours. Those who drive in the breakdown lane when this happens should lose their license.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Had a great time at the EARTH Day event at Southwick's Zoo yesterday. A was so proud to show us around, calling to all her primate buddies. It is a fun place and if you are in the area, I highly recommend checking it out. The giraffes were amazing, the lemurs unbearably cute, the rhinos majestic and the peacocks running around were in charge. Try the skyline and the zip line too!

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