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Life, Death and Emotional Extremes

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Well, I had a very enjoyable weekend. I hosted several fun events, and was cheered and congratulated almost constantly. I even had a hall full of people stand and cheer when I showed up. To top it off, I was quoted prominently in the local newspaper.

Needless to say, my ego was about as puffed up as it could possibly be.


When I got home, I had a letdown like never before.


Did you ever feel like everything is perfect, and things couldn’t be better? It seems like life operates in extremes – it goes your way, builds you up, makes you feel good – then you get dropped.


My great-grandfather passed away this afternoon.


He was 96 years old, living in a retirement home. His health was deteriorating, especially mentally. Many consider it a blessing for him, to finally be released. After all, he led a wonderful life, with many friends and relatives.

Anyways, this has me thinking quite a bit about death. While I know everyone tends to do this when they lose someone close, I figured I’d write what I’ve mulled over so far.

Basically, what happens when we die? Obviously, our body gets incinerated, or decays in the ground. But what about our “spirit”, our mind – our “essence”? Where does it go? Do we just dissipate?

Anyways, my head is whirring with all this emotional matter. I’m going to stop writing now – I have relatives to console.


Written by Ethan

February 25, 2008 at 11:01 pm

On a Dream

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I tend to dismiss those who attempt to interpret dreams. It seems that such people, for the most part, are too mystical, lacking in scientific application. They are often more akin to those who work with horoscopes. Because of this, I seldom dwell much on the contents of my dreams. I move on and forget them. However, I was witness to a somewhat interesting dream the previous night, one that I thought might be worth sharing for its clear message and interesting application of life experiences.

It began, like many a thing within the confines of my life, with a computer. Well, it didn’t actually involve any physical piece of electronic equipment, but one of the most frequently used computing processes was involved: Ctrl+Z. You see, in this dream, I found that I was able to make use of the Ctrl+Z process at will, using it to rewind my physical environment to prior positions.

Depending on the extensiveness of your computer use, you may or may not know that there is usually a limit to the number of times one can go about “Ctrl-Zing” in a program. In the dream, this problem plagued me many times.

Throughout the course of my dream, I accidentally ruined or destroyed numerous things within my environment (specifics fail to come to mind, though I vaguely remember a boat and a tractor) and would attempt to repair them by stepping back with Ctrl-Z, but I would never have an adequate number of them.

What fascinated me the most was the degree to which a computer process that I frequently use was worked into the dream. The only other time I witnessed a similar dream was after that Knights of Republic marathon, when I had a dream that made use of the interface…

Anyways, that’s another story for another time. I’ve probably effectively proved my lack of mental stability by this point, so I shall be off.

Your writer,

Written by Nicholas

February 23, 2008 at 8:23 am