Saturday, March 15, 2008

v15.1 - Early Bird

Morning Folks,

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It is early Saturday morning.  I didn't get to bed until around 3am this morning and awoke around 8am feeling completely rested; it was strange.

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So here I sit early in the morning, Katie is at work, the kids are still in bed and I thought it would be a perfect time to get a musing out.

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A year or so ago I stumbled upon this poem on the web which I found quite interesting.  It was titled "I want to be Six again" and it went through all the things we as adults sometimes face and how to a six year old they are meaningless.  I'm not one for copy/pasting stuff into my Musings, but I felt this was worth sharing.

I Want To Be Six Again

To Whom it May Concern:

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult, in order to accept the responsibilities of a 6 year old. The tax base is lower.
I want to be six again.

I want to go to McDonald's and think it's the best place in the world to eat.
I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make waves with rocks.
I want to think M&Ms are better than money, because you can eat them.
I want to play kickball during recess and stay up on Christmas Eve waiting to hear Santa and Rudolph on the roof.
I long for the days when life was simple. When all you knew were your colors, the addition tables and simple nursery rhymes, but it didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care.
I want to go to school and have snack time, recess, gym and field trips.
I want to be happy, because I don't know what should make me upset.
I want to think the world is fair and everyone in it is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible.
Sometime, while I was maturing, I learned too much. I learned of nuclear weapons, prejudice, starving and abused kids, lies, unhappy marriages, illness, pain and mortality.

I want to be six again.

I want to think that everyone, including myself, will live forever, because I don't know the concept of death.
I want to be oblivious to the complexity of life and be overly excited by the little things again.
I want television to be something I watch for fun, not something used for escape from the things I should be doing.
I want to live knowing the little things that I find exciting will always make me as happy as when I first learned them.

I want to be six again.

I remember not seeing the world as a whole, but rather being aware of only the things that directly concerned me.
I want to be naive enough to think that if I'm happy, so is everyone else.
I want to walk down the beach and think only of the sand beneath my feet and the possibility of finding that blue piece of sea glass I'm looking for.
I want to spend my afternoons climbing trees and riding my bike, letting the grownups worry about time, the dentist and how to find the money to fix the old car.
I want to wonder what I'll do when I grow up and what I'll be, who I'll be and not worry about what I'll do if this doesn't work out.
I want that time back.
I want to use it now as an escape, so that when my computer crashes, or I have a mountain of paperwork, or two depressed friends, or a fight with my spouse, or bittersweet memories of times gone by, or second thoughts about so many things, I can travel back and build a snowman, without thinking about anything except whether the snow sticks together and what I can possibly use for the snowman's mouth.

I want to be six again.

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I felt it sent a good message to those of us with children.  I know for me it has helped me to overlook a few things (within reason) and allow my children to enjoy their childhoods just a bit more as they will never get those back.

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Folks, right now I have a decision to make regarding my gaming.  As most of you know I'm a huge gamer.  Before I changed the site slogan to Irrational Enthusiasm, it used to read "Ramblings from a UNIX Administrator and Gamer".  The issue is this, I play too many Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) right now and while I like playing all of them, I need to pick and choose which one (or two :) ) I want to continue with.  I know the names won't mean anything, but here are the ones I'm currently playing and (so far) enjoy.  Eve Online, World of Warcraft, City of Villains and Lord of the Rings Online.  Right now, the only game in that list that "feel" I should keep is World of Warcraft since I've invested 3 years in it so far, have multiple level 70s and most of my online friends play.  Also, my father and step-brother both play so it is good to have that medium in which to contact them on a daily basis.

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So really my choice is between Lord of the Rings, Eve Online and City of Villains.  All of these games are great but I just can't afford to pay 4 montly subscription fees.  I need to decide soon which ones I'm going to drop and which one I'm going to keep.  I really enjoy Eve Online as it is space exploration and domination :)  Something I really enjoy, but Katie has recently aquired a lifetime membership to Lord of the Rings online (never have to pay an online fee again) from a mutual friend and I was thinking of doing the same so her and I will always have that game available to us until the day it dies.

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I urge you all to check out the websites for each of these games (I hope the autolink works :) ) and let me know what you think.

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Anyway folks, I need to run and get some house work done.  Take care and we'll see you here again tomorrow.

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Cheers,
Al