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johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
getting positive feedback regarding my appearance
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 meeting Paula Needle

She agreed to come over from Harrogate to York to meet Sharon and me for tea. [Ended up being "just me", but that's another story...] Prior to this, she and I had exchanged a couple of brief PMs on FB but that's about it, it's not like we know each other much. But she has always been very kind via long distance, saying nice things about my art, helping to arrange for me to receive a limited edition Sulk CD, etc. (One of the members of Sulk is her son, and she seems to appreciate my support of his band.)

Anyway, I'm grateful that she was willing to put herself out for my sake... and I'm grateful that I was willing to push past my comfort zone and my shyness and make this "date". I don't do things like this normally [meeting people I don't or barely know], but I can see that this is a useful social skill for me to develop. I had a lovely time [hope she did, too] and I ended up extremely glad that this meeting happened -- it was one of the high points of my trip.

Sylvan

Jul. 2nd, 2017 08:47 pm
johncomic: (The Mighty Scott)
On Friday we took the train from York to Greenwich, arriving in late afternoon. Today, I went to the M&S in Greenwich and had A Moment that I want to preserve...

In front of the store was a lone busker on tenor sax, playing Duke Ellington a capella. I needed to wait for Kyle to finish his shopping, so I decided to wait near this guy and listen to him. He wasn't a deep or breathtaking improviser, although he could easily have held his own in the reed section of a swing band... but his tone was as rich, powerful, and gorgeous as any pro I have ever heard.

He noticed I was actually paying attention to him, and starting chatting with me between numbers. He asked if I played an instrument, I told him I used to, we talked about carpal tunnel and the joy of creating as well as listening... he offered his hand, asked my name, gave his -- I believe he said it was Sylvan... he asked where I was from and about my family... we talked about the ups and downs of aging (he is 60 as well)... then Kyle came and it was time to go. He had a serene peace about him and I appreciated his outgoing friendliness -- the whole encounter really added to my enjoyment and appreciation of this trip. I feel lucky to have met him, even only briefly.



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 people who seem glad to see me
johncomic: (Steve the Pirate ani)
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/11/theres-more-hope-for-political-fact-checking.html

"...unlike the original study, the subjects in these new ones weren’t just college students..."

Wait, what?

Okay, this is on me, not remembering that the original 2010 study was conducted on college students -- I have no recollection of this being said. But still....

I've spent years, letting myself get depressed by the idea that this study has shown that people's minds cannot be changed by appeals to reason... watching it become adopted as a general truism in discussions, feeding the "post-facts" era, etc...

But all this time, the study was conducted on people in their late teens and early twenties?? The age where you know everything and no one can tell you anything?! I was like that at that age, my friends were, my kids are now, it is a rare exception to find anyone in this age group who significantly veers from this....

Holy mackinaw, if in 2010 they had come out and said "This study proves that you can't change the minds of late teens and early twenties with new facts and appeals to reason", I'd be like "what else is new?"

Holy mackinaw again.
johncomic: (Booth)
Already got my new sticker for my car licence plate!
johncomic: (Face of Boe)
reminds me of someone I know
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
On FB I am Friends with a large number of cartoonists, so for a few days now my feed has been filled with tributes and remembrances of Bernie Wrightson, who passed on the weekend. Much as happened with Darwyn Cooke last year, all these folks are remarking on not just what a great comic artist the guy was, but what a wonderful person and good friend.

And for some reason I find that I keep thinking about what these people are going to say when I go.

I am nowhere near the major figure [commercially or artistically] that Wrightson or Cooke are, so there isn't much reason for anyone to talk about how I was one of The Great Comic Artists. And these people barely know me, so they won't be talking about what a Good Guy I was either.

I find myself wondering if I ought to be more gregarious and outgoing, so that people will know me better and hopefully think of me as a friend. But then that strikes me as being fake and manipulative. It took me a long time to figure out who I really am, and I feel like I owe it to myself to be that person, even if I am in many ways not as good at human-ing as a lot of others are.

Besides, I have always told myself that I don't really care what people say about me when I'm gone, because I won't be here and I'll never know. What I mostly hope for is that someone will read my work after I go. But again, I'll never know whether they do or not, will I.

Not really sure what I'm getting at here, other than "I yam what I yam", for both good and ill, I guess.

musing

Mar. 9th, 2017 09:48 am
johncomic: (Face of Boe)
thinking about how often humour is geared toward eliciting laughs on the basis of someone else's pain, fear, anger, ignorance, or putative "inferiority"...
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
my bed -- having a comfortable place to sleep is such a deep blessing
johncomic: (Sweets)
yesterday's protest marches and rallies -- it is gratifying to see so many people willing to act in defense of right

I wish I could feel more hope about them than I do, but I still recognize the spiritual value of not giving up, at least
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
being able to stay home indoors all day
johncomic: (Face of Boe)
a bad day that taught me a good lesson... http://dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/articledisplay.cgi?aid=55845
johncomic: (Face of Boe)
learning to view a problem from fresh perspectives -- and thereby see fresh solutions
johncomic: (Steve the Pirate ani)
we still have Justin

[offered not in the spirit of “rubbing it in” but of “counting my blessings”]
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
I can get a flu shot every year -- without going out of pocket for it!
johncomic: (Booth)
Turkey anticipation!
johncomic: (Uncle Old Guy)
hmm, I am feeling the effects of neglecting my gratitude practice, so making yet another attempt to get back in the groove...

today I was faced with a challenge: parking on campus this fall has gotten so horrendous that, even though I have been coming in a half hour early to try to get a nearby parking spot, I end up being forced to go to the farthest corner of campus before there is a vacancy. (Last year, even when I came in later, I didn't need to park as far away as I have been doing this week coming in early.)

So: today I am grateful that:

- at least there was a spot open somewhere - not like those few days when I've had to wander around the various lots hoping someone will leave
- this spot will get good shade in the afternoon to stop the car from getting hot
- the weather this morning is dry, pleasant and comfortable for my long walk to the office
- I have lots of time to make the walk at an easy pace
- I am feeling well enough today to make a walk that long without any undue duress

Huh. Not bad.
johncomic: (SK BW)
remembering that there are people who like my comics
johncomic: (happy piggy)
statutory holiday, baby!!

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