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The 29th.  §

The suburbs are bad places for introverts.

For extroverts, the suburbs lend a measure of control to social life, enabling them to manage their image and their endless stream of contacts and interactions.

For introverts, the suburbs are a wasteland in which there is essentially no human contact unless one is willing to engage in such management. Nothing happens organically; everything must be a matter of conscious social connection and coordination.

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© Aron Hsiao / 2002

I think I am having a leather watchband period. For a long time I’ve been in a stainless bracelet mood, but that seems to be waning.

Actually, I fetishize leather right now. I want to wear it all the time. I want all of my furniture to be made with it. I want it everywhere in my house.

I think it has something to do with it’s symbolism of the past (“vintage,” rustic materials and so on) while avoiding inherent references to particular periods.

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So we’re heading into another New Year weekend. And then—back to work, back to the regular cadence of life, which is all-encompassing and in fact quite overpowering these days, when kids, work, household management and housecare are mixed together as responsibilities.

Every year it’s the same—I have a decent amount of time off and plan to get a large number of things done. Then, the holiday arrives and I find myself using it primarily to recuperate.

Not sure how much recuperating got done this time around; life is too intense for that and I have too many tense issues circling around or lurking in the corners of my mind.

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I am done liking this blue-gray thing. I think it’s finally run its course. It feels dark, and like it’s affecting what I put here. It feels too interior, if that makes any sense.

I think it’s time to open things up with something whiter, and more open.

Also, I think it may be time to switch back to Drupal from WordPress, though I’m not particularly excited about the amount of database work that will entail.

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I went to Costco at 8:30 to buy Eneloops and a few other household basics, only to find that they were closed.

Who closes at 8:30 in the modern world? Apparently they don’t want my money?

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I keep checking Penelope Trunk to see if she’s written anything new.

© Aron Hsiao / 2004

As much as I have come to dislike her as a person, I am completely onboard with reading anything and everything she writes, as I think she’s right about things much of the time and—more importantly—generally willing and somehow able (without destroying her life entirely) to say things that nobody else is willing to say, but that everyone is thinking (or ought to be if they’re not).

This is a rare talent—I suppose it’s a combination of rare talent and rare enabling circumstances—and a refreshing one.

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Yes, for those who missed it in recent posts, I am now calling myself a conservative, though—oddly—a conservative of the sort that reads Marx and has a sociology Ph.D. and disagrees with about 90 percent of the policy positions and values of the conservative movement.

It’s just that I disagree with even more of the left right now, and even more strongly.

It’s become an “enemy-of-my-enemy” sort of thing. I have hunted, but I can’t really find a third party that represents my views. If I could, it would be somewhere between CPUSA and the American Solidarity Party.

Basically—I put myself in the socially traditionalist yet highly collectivist, somewhat authoritarian, beyond-Keyenes redistributionism camp. There are no political parties for this in the U.S. Economic leftism is tightly bound to social libertarianism and/or progressivism, and social traditionalism is tightly bound to the Davos and trickle-down crowds in our system. Both camps embrace individualism and classical liberalism—about which I increasingly have suspicions—wholeheartedly.

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