Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 546

I think I'm totally maxed out. Every day, I begin with some vague plan to start something new, but by the time I finish my regular website updates, walk the dogs, make a trip to the bank and post office, write my watch articles, do a load of laundry and post something new to the blog, the day is over. Tomorrow will be the same thing all over again. I'm not complaining. I just can't figure out why it takes me so long to do these routine and often mundane things. I think I used to be faster. I also used to have lunch with friends several times a week. Now I just say Happy Birthday to them once a year on Facebook.

A big chunk of today's time got used up sitting in my vet's lobby with Dash. Luckily, there doesn't seem to be anything seriously wrong with him. He doesn't have Crohn's disease and he doesn't have Giardia either. This is all good. We decided to add a probiotic supplement to his food and see if that helps. The more I hear about Probiotics, the more I think it might be good for me to start taking them too.

Now that my office is a little less cluttered, I'm starting to see other things that I could get rid of as well. If I could just pare things down to the stuff I actually use, my office would be as tidy as a Japanese zen garden. The place has kind of become a repository for memories. All four walls are lined with books. At some point I actually read most of these books, but I haven't taken one off the shelf in years. The tape machines can probably go too. I finished my last project on video tape early last year. With everything being recorded to tiny memory chips these days, I think it is highly unlikely that anyone will ask me to do something on video tape ever again. The tape machines look cool though. I feel real professional surrounded by tape machines.

I've really got to get over this need for gear. When I was working on the trade show project in Houston last May, I realized that I can do everything anyone would ever ask me to do using a single laptop. There's just no need for video tape machines, mixers, limiters, compressors and all sorts of other 19 inch wide boxes that screw into a slot in my audio rack. Everything can be emulated in software now. I guess all I need these days are a fast laptop and my huge honking Epson printer.

I'm meeting with a client tomorrow to wrap up another website project that I've been working on this Spring. Hopefully, everything will go well and I'll be done. I'm always happy when I can get a project moved from my server over to the client's server. That's an accomplishment that feels almost as good as a clean office.

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