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Wednesday, January 02, 2008


Happy New Year Stave It Offers. I rang in the new year with a ringing headache. Discovering that champagne and scotch taste great together (at 2am) was probably unfortuitous. The bold few who stayed up late with me stayed over in an improvised slumber party, so no one tried to drive home drunk.

My resolution (not that I ever take them seriously) is to try to be friendlier to people... not just my friends and family, but to strangers on the street, store clerks, policemen, bicyclers, bloggers, and Hollywood directors. My main strategies will be: smiling more; giving people credit for their ideas, work, good intentions; and asking for help when I need it instead of being so religiously self-sufficient. Someone recently told me that I tend to hold people at arm's length. I'd rather not be thought of that way, so I expect a modicum of change is in order.

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At 1/02/2008 08:18:00 PM, Blogger Courtney Putnam said...

Good times! Thanks for hosting a splendid party, John!


At 1/03/2008 07:52:00 AM, Blogger lowcoolant said...

Perhaps you hold people at arm's length because your footwork doesn't match your hand speed, and you're afraid you'll miss with the jab if you aren't securing the target in one spot.

Learn to let go. Let your target stand wherever he or she wants. Their illusion of safety will make your blows that much more devastating.

Here's to an ass-kicking 2008!

At 1/04/2008 12:29:00 AM, Blogger Ned said...

Plus, being all tall and shit, as you have a tendency to be, maybe you need to get some distance to see the short 'uns properly. Hard to distinguish between the tops of different folks' heads, I would imagine.

At 1/04/2008 01:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It came out recently that Americans are lonelier than they used to be, and a quarter of Americans say they have not one friend they can turn to...This creates an incredible fear and insecurity. Conviviality is a basic orientation to life. It signifies to people that I am safe to approach." This spoken by Cecile Andrews, author of "Slow is Beautiful: Visions of Community , Leisure, and Joie de Vivre".

Your resolution, in trying to be friendlier to people in general,signals a conviviality that is well needed and much appreciated.

At 1/04/2008 02:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful resolution for 2008! Would friendlier to people include being more open and forward with your feelings too ;)


At 1/04/2008 08:58:00 PM, Blogger Walaka said...

I had a really funny comment on the arm's-length thing before anyone else, but Blogger ate it.

Happy New Year anyway.

mixjsof: a drink made of champers and scotch.

At 1/04/2008 10:26:00 PM, Blogger Ned said...

And you don't remember what it is, Walter?

ncrlybm: What you get when you have diarrhea.


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