I Bought (Another) House – Wait, Why?

I Bought (Another) House – Wait, Why?

… or Shut-up State Farm, Your “Nevers” Commercial is Wrong!

A few years ago, I moved out of my house in the ‘burbs into an old apartment in the ceetee. No longer did I have to brave a 45-60 minute commute to dahntahn or have excuses for not going out after getting home in the evening. I once took a bus home at 2:00 AM after a party. It was a new lease on life and I swore I would never buy again. I was free and unmoored; the world was my oyster!

Today, I closed on a new purchase in the Mt Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Wait, what? … I got bored. And at least it’s not in the suburbs, right? Right.

No matter the allure of the jet-setting modern life, as breathlessly hyped by the media, I don’t think humans will ever stop searching for community in some fashion. It’s why we get to know the local bartender or recognize the same food delivery persons. Why we make friends with neighbors we wouldn’t have otherwise befriended. Why we stop to pet the same dog almost every morning. Why we yearn for old friends to move back to the old homestead.

Why we buy a house in our hometown even while wondering how nice it would be to live in Dubai.
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Are Scientists on the Verge of Locating the Sith Homeworld?

Are Scientists on the Verge of Locating the Sith Homeworld?

From the Daily Galaxy: There could be at least two unknown planets hidden well beyond Pluto, whose gravitational influence determines the orbits and strange distribution of objects observed beyond Neptune. This has been revealed by numerical calculations made by researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge. If confirmed, this hypothesisRead more about Are Scientists on the Verge of Locating the Sith Homeworld?[…]

Congratulations to Capitalism for Orchestrating the A&E/Phil Robertson Ordeal

Congratulations to Capitalism for Orchestrating the A&E/Phil Robertson Ordeal

By now, you’ve probably heard Phil Robertson’s comments on segregation and homosexuality. A&E “indefinitely” suspended Robertson, then reinstated him just a few days ago.

The Left wins because they got to fight it out and make Mr. Robertson look bad in the eyes of their constituents (who mostly didn’t watch the show anyway). The Right wins in the eyes of their constituents because A&E “backed down” and reinstated Mr. Robertson.

Phil Robertson, Duck Commander
Phil Robertson, Duck Commander

But most of all, capitalism wins all the monies. I will let the commenter Darth Thulhu from Rod Dreher’s website explain it better than I can:

Unless you know details of the contracts about how much money A&E and the Robertsons were each taking home before this, and know revealing details of the recent negotiations about how much money A&E and the Robertsons will each be taking home going forward, it is the height of fact-free speculation to claim that A&E “caved”.

Also, given that A&E announced an “indefinite suspension” a week before Christmas (when no shows were being filmed and no media was being scheduled), which immediately drove Christmas sales through the roof and spiked all ratings of show broadcasts … any lifting of that “indefinite suspension” just after Christmas is, by definition, not “caving” but rather “concluding the manufactured “scandal” now that it has served its purpose”.

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Inventing Your Own Life’s Meaning – Bill Watterson

Inventing Your Own Life’s Meaning – Bill Watterson

As we go about our careers, developing new skills and taking on new challenges, it can be very seductive to keep chasing the brass ring. Of course, you’ve worked hard to get to where you are and you don’t want to be complacent. Growth, change, challenge – these are important aspects of life, inside or outside of your career. But doing these things solely for their own sake isn’t going to lead to a better life.

The following is one of my favorite quotes of all time:

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement.

In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive.

Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success.

Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake.

A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential.

As if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing.

There are a million ways to sell yourself out and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy but it’s still allowed and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.

– Bill Watterson, Kenyon College, 1990

You may recognize the name, Bill Watterson. He is the artist who came up with the famed Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. Watterson is a man who fought tooth and nail for his art, for his vision of what Calvin & Hobbes was supposed to be. He wasn’t complacent but neither did he succumb to the trap of climbing the ladder for the sake of climbing the ladder.

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