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Yeah, so I'm not going to run a marathon this spring. [Apr. 21st, 2007|04:03 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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I've fought with myself a lot about it. I have a You're A Slacker devil sitting on one shoulder, and a No You're Not angel on the other, and every day we have the same conversation:

Devil: You managed to train for and run a marathon in 2004, so why can't you do it this year? Slacker.
Lindsey: Um, I...
Angel: That's completely unfair. You didn't have a job then, and you do now.
Lindsey: Yeah! See?
Devil: You did it in 2006, and you were working.
Lindsey: Crap. Yeah, that's true.
Angel: But you weren't dating anyone last year! That takes time, too.
Devil: In 2005, you were working and dating someone and commuting an hour and a half every day, and you still managed to find the time to run a marathon.
Angel: *scornfully* Oh, yeah, and we all know how well that worked out. You ran your worst marathon ever, the relationship ended badly a month later, you fled to the other side of the country, and then the job ended up disintegrating anyway. Awesome, dude. Way to go.
Lindsey: Hey, fuck you too! Whose side are you on, anyway?!
Devil: I win! Slacker.
Lindsey: Stop it! You're both fired!
Angel and devil: *slink away*
Angel (yelling from next room): You have a more challenging job now...

Enough.

Let the record show that I lifted a bunch of weights and ran a bunch of miles, even if it wasn't as much as in a typical spring. And let the record show that it's not that I can't handle the training, it's that it takes so much time.

And I want so much time, you guys. I want time to not be two hours late for Dan dan_o_m's birthday party. I want time to make cinnamon rolls with Indigo indy1725 on a Sunday morning. I want time to read the books that I got for Christmas; I want time to learn about XPath; I want time to have coffee with Blue lovemotionstory; I want time to finish writing this song that I'm still not through with still isn't through with me. There are so many things that I want to do that I haven't already done three times.

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2007-04-22 01:06 am (UTC)
Aww, the angel and the devil are kinda cute. That might be a comix idea.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-22 01:22 am (UTC)
God, I have so many comics written in my head. We should quit our jobs and learn how to draw.
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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2007-04-22 06:19 pm (UTC)
You could always script out your comics like Neil Gaiman does and work with an artist to create them.
Then again, xkcd kind of proves you don't really have to know how to draw to do good comics.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-24 03:32 pm (UTC)
That's kind of what all the quote boards were.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2007-04-22 02:10 am (UTC)
*nods* Can't do everything all the time...

I'd been thinking about inviting myself over to your side of the country to do this one with you, but my training hasn't been stellar recently either...

However: Atlanta opens wide its arms, if you're interested :) It is a beautiful race.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-22 03:53 am (UTC)
Hm. I've never done a fall marathon, and I'm not sure if I could handle training in the summer -- I do a lot better running in the cold than in the heat. I'll think about it, though! (The only time I've ever been in Atlanta was for a week-long business trip in 2003, which I was asked to go on at the very last minute. I didn't pack a bunch of stuff that I should have had, and nothing went the way I had expected it to, and then, just when things were getting better, some jerk insulted my friend and me, and the whole experience left me with a bad first impression of Atlanta which was probably entirely undeserved and which I would love to have you change my mind about.)

The next sure thing on my running schedule is Hood To Coast. I'm doing it with jonatthebar, one of his co-workers, and whoever else we can get to sign up. Would you consider it?
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[User Picture]From: lovemotionstory
2007-04-22 05:33 pm (UTC)
time to have coffee with me, hooray! if you get too busy today, for some reason, don't stress me. i'll be here for coffee other days too!
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[User Picture]From: idealisms
2007-04-23 12:15 am (UTC)
My current status message says, "work, social life, personal time, sleep: pick 3". Currently sleep is losing, but I can't keep this up for long.

Also, the xpath tutorial is a great starting place.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-23 12:25 am (UTC)
That's pretty much what we used to say at Grinnell, and sleep usually lost there, too.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-24 05:32 am (UTC)
It's just one of a hundred things I want to learn, but it's been nagging at me since the database seminar I went to in Bloomington. I spent a good chunk of time working out what the double slash meant, and I could have asked, but I didn't want to be That Kid.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-24 03:27 pm (UTC)
Trie structures for A(k)-partitions.
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