Monthly Archives: January 2011

Portland ranked 4th on list of Top Foodie Cities | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Portland ranked 4th on list of Top Foodie Cities | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

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Maine lawmakers hear whoopie pie pitch | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine lawmakers hear whoopie pie pitch | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

SyFy Channel to hunt ghosts at Fort Knox | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

SyFy Channel to hunt ghosts at Fort Knox | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Resolving that these will be the best resolutions – ever

Here I go again writing down resolutions for the new year.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I know, I know! I’m posting this very nearly on the last day of the first month of the year. Resolutions should come before the new year or very soon after the start of the year, not at the end of the first month.

I mean, after all, most people have made and broken their resolutions a dozen times over by now.

But I was tied up on the job search and other projects so I could not get to it the way I wanted.

And, yes, I considered making “improving time management” one of my resolutions. … But I ran out of time.

Each year most of us look at what we have done during the past year, perhaps cringe a bit, and vow never ever to do those things again.
We vow to stop smoking. To drink less. To work out more and drop those nagging 20 pounds. We promise to take more time for our families, for ourselves. We pledge to be better in everything we do.

But it hardly works out the way we plan.

That is OK. We are human. We are not perfect. A few flaws are part of our character.

And so is trying to fix those flaws.

Here are my resolutions for 2011. Well, my resolutions for 11 months of 2011, anyway:

1) Find fulfilling, meaningful, suitable work. I have been out of work since March 2009. That is much, much too long to be out of work, trust me. It is has been financially and emotionally devastating and demoralizing and frustrating and disheartening … you get the point.

Not long ago I saw a television news story about the passage of the extension of unemployment insurance benefits as part of the continuation of the Bush-era tax breaks. A fellow was interviewed who had just been laid off and said that if he did not have a job after a year, then he did not deserve the benefits.

Of course, he was JUST laid off as the economy seems to be making a move upward. It would have been interesting to talk to that guy if he had been in my situation.

I want to work and work soon. I have been working since I was a teen. I worked a green chain at 16 or 17 and held down three part-time jobs while going to college fulltime. I know how to work. And I want to work. I just need a chance to prove myself to others.

2) Be more diligent at updating this blog and my for-fun blog, “Coffeehouse Observer.” I wrote in an earlier blog entry that was going to be my No. 1 resolution for 2011 (“Vowing to be a better blogger … I promise,” “Letters From Away,” Jan. 1, 2011), but then realized there is nothing more important to me than finding work, as it has been for nearly two years. Being a more diligent blogger will have to be No. 2.

A head cold sort of derailed that effort for a while, putting me behind in other things that are of higher priority, such as finding a job. I blogged about that, too. (“Polishing up vow to be a better blogger – I promise … again,” “Letters From Away,” Jan. 13, 2011)

3) Which all sort of brings me to Resolution No. 3 – stop putting off eliminating procrastination from my life. Yeah, perhaps it should be No. 1 – especially since we are into the third week of the new year and most people have already broken their resolutions – but at least it made the top five.

Most years I make at least five resolutions. I can prove it because I’ve written about resolutions in the past as a blogger and before:

“Resolving to avoid resolutions this year … or not,” “Letters From Away,” Dec. 31, 2009 and

“Tips for sustaining a job search in 2010,” “Letters From Away,” Jan. 2, 2010.

This year, three seems plenty.

I resolve to do my best to follow the spirit – if not the letter – of these resolutions and perhaps dip into the old resolutions that have gone unfulfilled. And as with most things, better late than never at all.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 270

Green Day “Nimrod” … Loud. … Because a Bozo in the coffeehouse is talking on his cell very nearly at the top of his lungs. He must be nearly deaf or the person on the other end of the phone is because he is NOT using his inside voice.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 269

A woman who looks very much like Joan Benoit Samuelson just walked into the coffeehouse. Cool! … By the way, Joan Benoit Samuelson is a Maine native and woman’s marathon legend. She won the first ever Olympic woman’s marathon in 1984 (Los Angeles) just 17 days after arthroscopic surgery on her knee. She’s a big deal.

Her website is at http://www.joanbenoitsamuelson.com/.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 268

I was saying the other day how you just do not see Greek fisherman hats anymore. Weeeeellll, I’m sitting in my backup coffeehouse and in walk two women and both are wearing – wait for it – Greek fisherman hats! Makes my day!

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Steve Martin brings bluegrass band to Portland | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Steve Martin brings bluegrass band to Portland | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine Gov. LePage ‘bureaucrats’ memo stirs up more controversy | Bangor Daily News

Maine Gov. LePage ‘bureaucrats’ memo stirs up more controversy | Bangor Daily News

[Maine’s new governor gets scarier and scarier every time he or someone on his staff puts their foot in his mouth. – KM]

Coffeehouse observation No. 267

Kinda weird. The coffeehouse pretty much emptied out a little while ago – just me, another patron and the baristas looking for patrons to caffeinate. But things are back to normal. Lunchtime beverage consumers are arriving as they should – in a steady, orderly manner. Drink on!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 266

A woman just walked into Exotic Java and talked as if she had been sucking down helium! I swear to the coffee gods that she talked as if she was a cartoon character.

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New season of ‘American Idol’ features two Mainers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

New season of ‘American Idol’ features two Mainers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Democrats draw a line on nominee to lead Maine DEP | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Democrats draw a line on nominee to lead Maine DEP | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Coffeehouse observation No. 265

I might be hanging out at the coffeehouse a bit too much. A guy just came up to me and asked: “Do you work here? You look like you work here.” … Yeeeah, I might be at the library a bit more from now on.

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Advocates urge focus on facts, not stereotypes, as Maine Legislature tackles welfare | Bangor Daily News

Advocates urge focus on facts, not stereotypes, as Maine Legislature tackles welfare | Bangor Daily News

 

Coffeehouse observation No. 264

Hip-hop being played just now in the coffeehouse and I’m pretty certain a good bit of it was in French. … Or Haitian Kreyol, perhaps. … This is what I know — I cannot understand most hip-hop or rap lyrics in English, French or Kreyol.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 263

Two women just walked into the coffeehouse with balloon flowers. What type of soil do you use for balloon flowers, anyway? Full sun or shade? How often do you water balloon flowers? I’m not gonna even ask about balloon flower food. …

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Enviros: For Good & God, LePage Should Go Green | DownEast.com blogs

Enviros: For Good & God, LePage Should Go Green | DownEast.com blogs

Maine getting $2.8 million in LIHEAP emergency funds | Bangor Daily News

Maine getting $2.8 million in LIHEAP emergency funds | Bangor Daily News

Maine Gov. LePage: Loosen rules on environment | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

[This guy is getting scarier all the time. — KM]

Maine Gov. LePage: Loosen rules on environment | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.