I've only had this jounal for about a year and a half.
I held out getting a journal because, as I told mornblade , "I don't think I have that much to say."
So now, here I am, amazed that I really did have that much to say, and continue to have much to say. I'm hoping this weekend to get to things computer related (VMWare buying Novell), news related (the Chicago mayor race), bad jokes, and just other general things that I haven't had a chance to talk about.
Here's the thing I find most amazing, though. When you experience the Intertubes like I do, you expect flaming and drama and all kinds of things. It's partly why I told the otaku to go fuck themselves.
Since I've started this blog, commenting on things from the swine flu scare to Obama to religion to sexual politics to art to cheap shots about Twilight and Paris Hilton to whatever, the people here have been great. I've been called out on some of my opinions by people like ying_ko_4 and mongrelheart , but when the discussion is said and done, even when there is disagreement or radical division in perspective, there is still respect. They challenge my thoughts, they accept my limitations, I say my piece, they say theirs. Other just enjoy giving my shit, like Mornblade and boxwatcher . Once again, it's fun, not malicious. And others just enjoy chiming in, like ozma914 and clionona and the_disillusion and...actually, too many to name here without really bogging things down (Mornblade give me enough tl;dr grief as it is).
I know LJ has a reputation for drama. And I know that, if the number of people reading and posting here was higher (and not as select), there'd probably be more of that. But there isn't. I have said many times that one of my favorite episodes of Turn Ben Stein On was when Al Franken was his guest. The two are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but listening to them, there was no shouting, no insulting, just two people talking, exploring their own ideas just as much as their own. It was beautiful. I wanted to see more shows like this, where understanding was the goal, not forcing people to choose your side over another. Conflict sells, but this little corner? It's one of the greatest koffeeklatches in the world.
So, a toast. Please join me in raising a cranberry tea, not only for this venue where I explore my thoughts, but also to everyone that makes it worthwhile to do so. Thank you for letting this verbose Pole be who he is, and making looking in a daily treat for me.