Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Into the Wild

I'm not sure why it touched me so deeply - perhaps since it's made to, it doesn't matter. Anyway, after watching Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" tonight, I think back to times when my parents would argue about trivial (to me) things and wonder how much different my life would've been if I'd been so self-centered as to slough off the trials and responsibilities of life and go find a path of my own.

It's not that my path hasn't been my own by choice, but no one can argue that they are continually shaped by those around them. We are everyday challanged, molded, influenced, and ultimately changed - for better or worse - by the people and things around us. Everyday events - if only from our own perspective - become turning points in each of our lives.

Perhaps it's just as a rotary switch on an old TV, but this time for my memory or consciousness, that tunes these thoughts in. Or perhaps it's just reflections of a short day and a long movie.

Anyway, I hope you watch the movie and enjoy it for what it is - a celebration and dedication to the journal and life of Christopher J. McCandlish.

If you're interested in the author's original article that paved the way to the movie, go here - from Outside Magazine.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Typing For Fun

Ok, maybe not everyone enjoys typing, but I do. So if you actually like to type for fun, here's a place to practice and compete.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Silent Dad

Ok, although I do mean to make this blog a pro-gun outlet for me. I also feel it's an important outlet (both the blog and my shooting) for me. However, I don't want this to become the only reason for the blog.

I recently went through a few medical problems, and I'm still going through another - all related to stress. So if anyone knows of an IT position for a 13 year professional with experience in managing web, database, and infrastructure projects, primarily in a Windows environment, please do let me know.

I've found over the past few years that I have difficulty cultivating new friends. Some of my new friends I've met through yahoo or on here might disagree, but when my support net is needed - much as it is now - I don't feel confident of the steps I'm taking.

I know much of this is the way my mind processes stress and anxiety, and I've seen it manifest itself in other people that I respect, but my intellectual skills don't always help me in these situations without the formal training others have had. Luckily I'm talking with someone who does, whom I think can help me.

So there's hope yet - and that's all that's important right?

Peace to everyone and a promise of new updates.

Oh, and if you're really interested about my current medical problems, check out Kevin Smith's blog entries from here and here.

Friday, August 15, 2008

1st Ever Afghan 3-Gun Match

Who says you can't have fun in Afghanistan? Soldiers from the US, UK, and Australia (among others) compete for fun in the desert heat.