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Oh hay sup LJ, it's been, what? Since Xmas? I guess it has.

The ol' blog thing has been neglected since I have made a decision to minimize so-called social media in my life. Most of the people who I used to interact with here have moved into that noisy barroom brawl otherwise known as Facebook, so I grudgingly left that venue as the last one I would keep mostly open for business on my end. Even so, I rarely post much there either. It's just me being me, or actually the old me, the one who just keeps quiet and watches the world around myself doin' its thang. Just about everyone I would interact with on here has ended most extended contact anyway, no phone calls, emails or other off-LJ interactions too. So, social media has become more isolating than ever for me. Sad, but it is what it is, I suppose. I still try to keep up with what few regular posters are up to, but even that is getting more difficult. Nearly every time I start reading my friends list, I have to first go and find the giant photo(s) that people post that blow apart my friends list view. Despite having all high resolution screens, a 16 megapixel photo or worse brings about the scroll bars of doom on my end. Some of your selected formats constrain large photos in your view, but not others. I get hugeness in all its grainy glory. Some days I open this thing up, find my screen is three sizes too small, and just give up.

Life here has been interesting. Jeff and I took our first winter vacation, a ten-day Caribbean cruise last month. We had a blast, made new friends, did many strenuous activities like kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, bicycling all over Puerto Rico, you name it. Here's the best part: I did this all while relatively pain free, a first for this time of year since 2008. Last year at this time I was laid up with spine troubles, but this winter has been mostly normal. This had the side benefit of making winter itself fly by. Now with spring in the air, I've been busy outside in the yard and garage, catching up on projects I started years ago. It feel great. I'm still cautious, of course, and sometimes fear I will cause more injuries if I overexert myself. So far, so good though.

Not sure what I will do insomuch as continued use of this venue. I will try to keep current, or at least try to post comments when I read. I miss the good old days.

Date: 2016-03-22 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theoctothorpe.livejournal.com
"Here's the best part: I did this all while relatively pain free, a first for this time of year since 2008."

That's amazing news! Congrats!


And yes, we're still here. Just quiet.

Date: 2016-03-22 06:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jkusters
"It feel great. I'm still cautious, of course, and sometimes fear I will cause more injuries if I overexert myself. So far, so good though."

This is awesome news, Phil. Very happy to hear it!

Date: 2016-03-23 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arktos62.livejournal.com
Good to hear you're alive and kicking!

Date: 2016-03-23 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] furr-a-bruin.livejournal.com
Yeah, I miss the good old days too. I try to remember to post more often... but when I go three or more posts in a row with absolutely no comments... it gets dispiriting. People complain about "no one posts here anymore" ... and then won't do the ONE thing that can help encourage people TO post - interact!

Date: 2016-03-23 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dan4behr.livejournal.com
I'm guilty of perusing LJ rather infrequently (often, looking for something from you and a few other 'favorites'). I hit up FB frequently as you know and neglect LJ. I go to G+ for another 1 or 2 old LJ pals and yet never have posted anything there myself.
Glad to hear you continue to do well - I enjoyed the FB pix of your trip. We needed moar shirtless beefcake in the Caribbean though!

Date: 2016-03-24 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrdreamjeans.livejournal.com
I miss the good old days here, too. I'm glad to know you got away for a vacation and that your health has been holding up! Hugs from Little Rock, Arkansas!

Date: 2016-03-24 01:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vicar.livejournal.com
Glad things are better,
and with you on giant fotos. They're generally based on ignorance but that is combined with laziness and a touch of the selfishes.

Date: 2016-03-24 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maxauburn.livejournal.com
No pain is your gain. :)

Date: 2016-03-26 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2stroker.livejournal.com
Good to hear you are well,I miss the good old days too.All I put up here are photos of my paintings now,there is no point in writing when there is no one there to read it.Well,like you said,it is what it is.Stay well my friend. Ed

Date: 2016-04-06 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fingertrouble.livejournal.com
I'm still here, even if as you can see I don't read every week and rarely post...mostly Facebook yes, but as you say that can be oddly alienating.

I would post more, but I don't think people want updates about my life. 2016 is shaping up to be the worst year in a very long while, loads of things have gone wrong and it's just shit, basically. So posting long moans about that just seems pointless.

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