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Personal Journey

Personal Journey

Posts to this category are life story blog posts. They may include more details about my mental health. and life struggles with multiple disorders as I discover more about myself.

Orange Origin

Orange Origin

Orange This color's name derives from the Sanskrit word for the fruit naranga. (Yes, the color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around). This transformed into the Arabic and Persian naranj, and by the time of Old French to pomme d'orenge. It was originally recorded in English as the name of the color in 1512.  Before then, the...

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GIVE IT 100

GIVE IT 100

https://giveit100.com/@frogstar42/g151wu This site inspired me to make a 10 second video every day on a project. I chose to document my struggle to find a bit more money in 2014. It's been fun.  

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It’s Pie Time!

It’s Pie Time!

My family have always been game players, although I was almost always a loser. We played card games, board games, and a few sports. I never really was good at any of them.  When I moved out, much of the world was discovering video games, but I never got very good at them. As an adult, I don't play so many games. I have however maintained a few...

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My “hook”.

My “hook”.

Sometimes I think about my stories, and how I'll be remembered in the future.  Life is long, but other people's lives are infinite.  As my friends grow older and have kids, it makes me wonder what their life will be like. Their future. I remember back to my childhood, and I do my best to remember the friends of my parents. I remember quite a few...

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Shows I Watch: Spring 2013 Edition

Shows I Watch: Spring 2013 Edition

While checking out some older BLOG entries today I found a list of the shows I watch from 2011, and decide to do a new one. Person of Interest Rules of engagement Big Bang Theory How I Met your mother The Soup Jimmy Kimmel Live (Opening only, usually) Daily Show (seldom the full interview) Tosh.0 After Lately Saturday Night Live Once Upon A Time...

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DRAW SOMETHING

DRAW SOMETHING

Sometimes I’m sad when I check my DRAW SOMETHING, and people just guessed the drawings and did their own.  Some of the stuff I did was funny, or cute and should have yielded a comment.  Come on!  You have to comment on that!

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Rabbit

Rabbit

It has been a long time family tradition of mine to say RABBIT as the first words on the morning of the first day of every month.  As a kid, we used to try to have it be the first thing, but more importantly, we said it to each other in the family before the other said it to us.  As an obsessive kid that liked to win at any game I could (because...

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Elevator Dreams

Elevator Dreams

I casually mentioned my sideways elevator dreams in a Facebook status message this morning, and two of my friends mentioned they'd had similar dreams. In my dream, I am often frustrated, because I get into the wrong elevator, and this one travels goes between buildings along a train track or conveyor belt, making what should have been a short...

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I tried Green Olvies

I tried Green Olvies

I ate green olives today, probably for the first time ever. I say probably, because the event was so un-memorable, it is conceivable, I have done it before, and just forgot. The taste had a slight familiar feel to it, almost as if I thought was green olives ‘should’  taste like, from their smell and texture. It was on a pizza, at a buffet, so I...

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Apartment Rental Scam

Apartment Rental Scam

I'm looking for a new place to live this spring, so I decided to check Craig’s List.  A friend had told me there are a lot of scam artists there, so I thought I’d have some fun and go in search of the fake ads.  Deals too good to be true. I sent a few emails off to see the kind of replies they’d get. This one was classic, and worth sharing.  It...

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Quebec: Point form notes about things I noticed.

Quebec: Point form notes about things I noticed.

Went to Quebec this past week.  Things I noticed: No pirate pay phones. All the pay phones were Bell, like Ontario used to be. Later, in one district of old Montreal, they were all TELUS payphones. No hot dog street vendors. Not one, anywhere I could see, and we visited tourist and non tourist areas. McDonald’s tastes different, is cheaper and...

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Being alone in a crowd

Being alone in a crowd

Long time readers of mine will know I much prefer being in a partnership or relationship to being alone. I've often said I fell co dependant without the co when alone, and the happiness of others gives me purpose. Having said that, I will also admit that being alone, and staying happy has been something I've worked at.  You can lean a lot by...

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Pizza Hut lunch. The End.

Pizza Hut lunch. The End.

I was called in to work today when my plans ahead of time had been to stay in and catch up on old work I was behind on. Yesterday had also been a day when there was a big difference between what I expected and what actually happened. When I fall behind, I tend to get a bit stressed, and that means I enjoy myself less, and fall behind even more....

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Life might be insanity.

Life might be insanity.

There is a famous saying I have often quoted as used in other writings,  "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results."  Today, it occurred to me that life itself, is a series of loops, and if we don't learn and grow from our loops, we are effectively doing the same thing over and over again, not...

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Commercials

Commercials

The first one that breaks the piñata gets less than everyone else. I just saw a commercial where they implied that training in life is good, and they used an example of a girl who twirled herself at home for hours so she could handle the blindfolded twirl at her birthday party the next day. We then see her at the party, and she hit the piñata...

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The Bigger the Crowd

The Bigger the Crowd

The Toronto Riots of 2010 The bigger the crowd, the more people show up for it.  A quote I heard comedian Gallagher speak as part of a larger routine, that I have never forgotten, and occasionally use in general conversation.  People do love a crowd, and it builds, slowly at first, and faster as it gets bigger. In Toronto, people usually feel...

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Unzip Etiquette

Unzip Etiquette

I was surprised today to notice a man unzipping his fly as he walked into the public restroom. He didn't wait till he was at the urinal.  He did it as he entered. I wondered if Emily Post has a rule about that.

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Misplaced Pride: Bad Teeth

Misplaced Pride: Bad Teeth

Somehow by accident, I misplaced pride upon my horrible disgusting mouth. It happened a while ago without me noticing, right around the time I decided to do something about it, and created a light at the end of my ugly mouth tunnel. Since I’ve been thinking about how bad my teeth are, I’ve felt the need to tell others. Things nobody wants to hear.

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Bertha is dying.

Bertha is dying.

Bertha is the somehwhat shameful name given to my laptop by Syndi, because at the time I bought it, it was considered huge. Bertha seemed a "fat" name, and this was one of the first laptops I'd ever seen with a big screen and a keyboard so wide, it included a numeric keypad like the ones on my usual computer keyboard. Buying Bertha was a purchase...

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First Date

First Date

Good day! It’s 7am, and my name is not Fred Savvage. I went on a first date the other day. My first in a while, but that's not important today. My date had suggested a walking tour of the Art Gallery here in Ontario. I decided not to spend too much time thinking into the deeper meanings of such a date, and said yes. As much as there is a full...

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Just a guy.

Just a guy.

My name is not Arthur Dent, and as much as I like to think I’m a great mind in today’s society, I know I’m just a guy. However, I strive to be a great mind. I am currently reading a really fascinating book about the history of discovery through time, and I am somewhat comforted by the history of all these great minds, most of which were complete...

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