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Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Wow. I can't believe it's summer, that July is just around the corner.

I turn 29 on July 5th. The Winnipeg Folk Festival is July 6 - 9th. Last year's folk festival was one of the high points of the last year (or more).

Last year at this time I was unemployed, my savings was running out, I was depressed. And then I went to a science fiction convention where I met someone who became a good friend, fast. Then I was kidnapped (essentially) and taken to Winnipeg even though I had every excuse in the book for why I couldn't go. And, amazingly (to me at the time), I had fun. Big fun. And made new friends, there, too. And got to know people better. And returned to Minnesota feeling energized and like a lot of things were possible which was quite a switch from where I'd been.

This year I have a job that's close to home, where I work with cool people, where I have a cool boss, where I'm encouraged to learn some new stuff when I get a chance. I'm in a different apartment now, one that I actually like (a lot) and which has room for me and my stuff (even if it does eat half my income). I've more friends, I've gotten to know people better, I've reconnected with some old friends.

Some might think then I've no reason to be depressed, but depression doesn't require reasons (alas). And, of course, there's a lot more going on or not going on in my life that I'm not talking about here. But just noticing these things, facing these things, makes me feel a little better. I'm trying not to focus on the Other Stuff that gets me down, but to be thankful for the progress I've made, the friends I've made (especially). I'm not as alone as I was before, no matter how it may seem.
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Happy Birthday to Al Iverson, one of my favorite people in the world.
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I'm feeling better than I have been in a while, though I'm still more under the weather than not, at times. But I'm getting to work and I'm able to concentrate better and I've actually felt like leaving the house to Do Stuff lately. Progress, I hope.

I can't properly express how much the emails I've received have meant to me. I'm behind on replying to them, but I will reply eventually. Knowing people are reading means a lot. Hearing from folks who've been there, helps. I'm humbled by the fact that folks have taken the time to write. Thank you.
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I saw Titan A.E. last night. I liked it. Cool animation, good voice work, a decent story. Worth seeing on a big screen at matinee or late run prices, IMHO. Though there's nothing new or lasting to it, really. Wish it'd been better, but it gives me hope that maybe we'll see more American animated science fiction films.
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