Obsessive Focus

Good morning from Norway, c. 1970.

I don’t know. I think this year instead of making resolutions, I’m going to create a personal motto and let that guide me though 2012. I’ve been thinking about it and I’m almost ready to announce what my motto will be. I’ve got the concept down – now all I need is the words.

Woman, do not even think about reaching for my Crazy Critter.

Note To Self: Remain Calm

I am feeling things very intensely today. It’s totally against my character so I’m not really sure where it’s coming from. Maybe because I’ve been focused on submitting my overdue travel expenses (8 trips) and getting the mandatory compliance trainings done before year end.* Now that I’m set free of the tasks, I have a lingering intensity that’s looking for a focus.

That being said, I would like to inform you that the best movie ever is A Few Good Men, the best musical composition of all time is Rhapsody in Blue and the best dog toy is the Crazy Critter. I know AFGM has been acknowledged as a great movie and that others with more authority that I have  acclaim RIB but it strikes me today how beautifully perfect they both are. And the Crazy Critter is the dog toy equivalent to them both.

I have nothing more to say about this because I’m all over the place with the details I’d like to highlight - and that’s pretty much how I know I’m verging on crazy. I should probably sit contemplatively for a while.

Later on I’m going to use Sami’s iPhone to record the opening scene from The King of Marvin Gardens to post here for you. My DVR has also captured an actor playing a post-plane crash Ted Kennedy revolving in a vintage Circle-Electric bed but I’m not sure that would be meaningful to anyone but me and one other person.

'Ted Kennedy', rotating

* The diversity training was the worst. THE WORST. “Remember – if you get the wrong answer, it doesn’t mean you’re stupid. It just means that you are ill-informed.” Can you believe that?

Diversity Training Update: I forgot to mention that out of 39 screen pages in this training course, 3 of them focused on “Ugly Americans”. I was going to make a point of saying that there was an alternate, eariler definition of “Ugly American” when they sought my input in the final comment box, but I refrained on behalf of my own self-preservation.

Over The River And Through the Woods

I used to sing this song to myself as we would drive through the Delaware Water Gap and through the Poconos to get to the family Christmas gatherings.

Delaware Water Gap; Delaware River; Delaware River Toll Bridge

We don’t have a grandmother’s house to go to anymore but I still sing it. Merry Christmas to you all and I hope that everyone’s  horses know the way the carry your holiday sleighs to a place of  comfort, love and peace.