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June 2nd, 2002

Cable Fable

My cable provider, Cox, had a partnership with Road Runner to provide my high-speed internet access and all was, if not perfect, at least functional. Then they decided they wanted to dump Road Runner, presumably to keep more of the profit for themselves. They forced everyone to change their e-mail addresses to a Cox domain and switched over their cable access to their own servers.

Now at any given time, there's about a 20% chance that my cable is up. It's particularly annoying when I'm trying to do things like, say, post to my LJ. I check that the cable is up, type my post and try to submit it, and BANG, it went down when I was typing and I didn't double-check it.

I'm not completely bereft of access ... I still have what amounts to a lifetime Prodigy dialup account as a leftover perk from LifeMinders, so I can fall back on that (as I'm doing right now). I can't do much in the way of watching animations or downloading large files, but I can at least surf.

From the "I'm Too Sketchy for My Shirt" Department...

I think SJ is going to be sketches again this week, with plot to start up again next week. I'm still getting settled in at Circle, and sketches are easy to do "on the fly," so to speak. I'm going to draw strips at night like I would normally, so I can get them to katayamma and get them colored in advance, but they're going to be for next week, instead of the next day.

With my writing and my cartooning both, I've found it more difficult for the past year or two to get into that "living in another world" mindset that used to come so naturally to me. Some of it is probably because the real world has been so very insistent on demanding my attention all the time -- being an adult sucks -- but I think there are other things going on as well. I'm not sure what they are, exactly, but I'm looking into the problem. Writing, cartooning, etc., are just about the only things that I'm good at that I actually enjoy doing, and I'm not about to let the onset of adulthood get in the way of those.

That's all for now. :) Catcha later!

-The Gneech

I Wanna Dance :)

I'm still riding high about leaving Starbucks. Ever since Thursday, I've been in two modes: the first is happy, bouncy, and hyper, and the second is happy, bouncy, and sleepy. :) And when I'm happy, I wanna dance.

Dancing and I have a strange relationship. I love doing it, but let's face it: I am a danger to myself and others when I do. Also, I have tremendous difficulty finding people willing to do it with me. Half of the fun of going to furry cons, for me, is knowing that there'll be somebody there to dance with.

When all else fails, I just turn on the MP3 player and dance around the apartment like a big ol' loon, but it's not as much fun to do it by myself.

Instead of dancing, tho, what I should really do is go to bed. I want to get up slightly early (but nothing like oh-dark-thirty) so I can go down to the weight room for a bit before going in to work tomorrow. It's been several weeks since my last workout and I can feel myself flabbing up. Yuck!

Wanting to dance, combined with a silly interchange with my buddy katsunewolf, inspired tomorrow's SJ sketch. I've noticed that dancing is a theme that comes up from time to time in SJ, usually in regards to Tiffany, but occasionally with other characters as well. I think there's a certain kind of purity in it ... it's not something I do for any other purpose than just that I like it.

Tiffany, sensualist that she is, dances because she likes it, and also because she wants to show off. I, if I had anything to show off, would be the same way, I imagine. But even assuming I start losing weight again now that I can get back on my workout routine, it will be a bit longer before I reach the stage where I feel attractive. I am much better off than I was back in the days of 313 lbs, tho ... so maybe I do show off ... just a little. :)

I imagine that was probably more than any of you wanted to know about me. But I don't care! You've got to give it up when you dance, so I'm giving it up now in my LJ instead. :)

Did that make sense? Heck if I know. :) G'night!

-The Gneech

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