Local Bars

September 30, 2011

I’ve been living in my town for about 15 years.  When I was just hitting the double digits in age a new store appeared to be opening up in the small strip of shops behind my house.  After making a candy-run one summer day I peered inside and deemed it a restaurant.  However, I didn’t exactly know what a bar was like or about, causing me to mislabel it.

Tonight, on the eve of what is a very important day for me professionally, my friend decides he wants to drink. Where?  How about that local bar behind your house that has wings and stuff? Sure.

This isn’t the first local bar I’ve been to, there’s another one a few minutes away by car I frequented when my childhood friend became the main bartender there.  Local bars always seemed like gritty, vapid, real-life examples of “misery loves company.” After going to this bar though, I can honestly say that isn’t always the case.  Bar-behind-my-house had around 8 occupants, and it looked like it could easily hold 5 times that on a busy night.  Flat screen televisions were scattered just below the ceiling along the wooden walls for all to view whatever sporting channel had a game on.  The bartenders and other employees were an assortment of people with different ethnicities and ages, and gave off a similar vibe to the employees you’d find in a mom-and-pop pizza place.  (One of which happens to be down the block.) Other patrons of the bar discussed their work, politics, and stuff every human being goes through to keep themselves afloat in this world.  It wasn’t pathetic, or shady, it was very human.  Also, what I find funny, or even strange, was that the first person I met in this town ended up walking through bar-behind-my-house’s doors.

Can’t put my finger on why, but it was comforting having a quiet area to order wings, drink some beer and have a conversation with my friend about life.  A potential reason may be that the place I work in can seem like a large departure from plain old human nature, and seems unreal at times.  The place I thought would indicate total loss of integrity upon visiting turned out to be a means of legitimately winding down a long work day.

Not exactly a post about achieving new heights in wisdom or character, but something was definitely endearing about the environment that’s been behind my house so long.

Sean

No More “Day One”‘s.

September 27, 2011

It has been quite some time since I last wrote what I was up to, which isn’t a good thing since this website is a privilege and I should not abuse it.  However I shall correct that, or try my best to, and really integrate this website in my day to day like it deserves to be.

Now…

The purpose of this website was to write about the things I don’t know, and how I come about getting to know these things.  Be it a movie, book, or some life skill, I want to talk about it here.  Since April I’ve been all over the place, trying to do too many things at once, and not really accomplishing much.  Two things have changed in my life though, that are making me put my foot down and make sure progress actually happens.

Looking back at all the activities and skills I’ve tackled from childhood to now, I’ve had many “Day One”’s.  You know, you get up, you have a little fire in your eye and you look at the thing you’ve been trying to get better at or learn and declare that you will conquer it once and for all.  “All right, day one, going to do xxxx, let’s go!”.  (A good example of an “update” that would be plastered on someone’s personal site at their favorite social network) Eventually the practice falls by the wayside due to other things in life or just pure laziness, and then something will spark interest again way later and you’re at “Day One” again.

This is not groundbreaking news but I’ve decided this whole “Day One” debacle is a giant waste of time.  Working out for a period and getting somewhat fit, just to regress then start over, is a pain.  Consistency would have granted much better results than trying to perform in bursts.  Again, this isn’t something everyone doesn’t know already.  I mention it though because I’ve made the decision to eliminate the whole cycle because I honestly don’t think I have time for this “Day One” thing anymore.  I’m young yes, but I’ve been at the same point physically and mentally for a while, and I hate stagnation.  I may know a lot more about different bits of tech, skills, and whatnot than I did a few years back, but there aren’t many tangible skills that have come from that.  That needs to change.

The number of the day I’m on right now isn’t known to me, but I have a flow going and I refuse to go back to a “Day One” situation if I have anything to do with it.  I’ll put up a revised itinerary sometime tomorrow.

-Sean