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Friday 5: Off Balance

From here.

  1. What most recently made you giddy?
    My high-school reunion was at the beginning of July. Because I was heavily involved in its planning and execution, I didn’t get a chance to be excited in anticipation,
    but when it was all over, I’d enjoyed seeing my classmates so much that I was on a giddy high. My classmates are the best people I know, and spending this time with them was a truly happy experience.
  2. What most recently left you agog?
    Short version: I have this friend Cindy. A few years ago, she broke up with a guy, and another mutual friend Jackie (not really her name) told me she had a guy in mind for Cindy. So I told Cindy, hey. I know it’s early, but later, if you’re interested, Jackie says she knows a guy. I only kind of saw what Jackie saw (I knew the guy too)
    but it wasn’t a ridiculous suggestion for matchmaking. Fast forward to a couple of weekends ago. I ride with Cindy to see her husband’s band perform at Hawaiian Brian’s,
    and at first I don’t recognize the drummer, a lifelong friend of the husband, but he insist he knows me. When we each figure out who the other is, I’m kind of floored.
    The drummer is the guy Jackie had in mind for Cindy. This episode has me rethinking my long-held opinion that matchmaking is hogwash.
  3. What most recently left you aghast?
    Nothing personal if you’re among the people I’m going to call out here, okay? A couple of weeks ago, a kind of posh condo in Honolulu was on fire. A guy who works in the next office lives there, so when I saw the news come though on Twitter, I called him and asked if he knew his building was on fire. He thanked me for my concern and said I was the third or fourth person to contact him about this. The part that had me kind of aghast was a little later, when people gathered in this spot on campus where you could see the fire. Some colleagues saw one of the balconies (more than twenty stories up) collapse. I don’t blame anyone for watching a building fire. It’s not the kind of thing you see everyday in our town, and it was dramatically kind of huge and visible, and it’s a well-known residence. But people’s lives were on fire (figuratively and literally, it turns out, but none of us knew that at the moment), and I was kind of aghast that people wanted to stand there and watch them burn. I wanted to look anywhere but in that direction.
  4. What in your life is the most higgledy-piggledy?
    Definitely my work schedule. My main gig is fine, but finding time in the rest of my life for the rest of the work has been super super super super super challenging.
    I’m always feeling like I’m running to catch a bus I missed by seconds. Not pleasant.
  5. What was your week a mish-mash of?
    It was a mish-mash of several different kinds of work (which I like), a few feelings of near-panic that some of it might not get done on time (which I don’t), too many late nights because of Camp NaNoWriMo, and the pleasure of seeing a few interesting things come out of my keyboard. Overall a good week but I need July to be over so I can get back into my routines.

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