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Keeping Track

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I spent the other morning hanging out at the car shop. The spouse was on the hook for this, but woke up sick. So I arranged to hang out and work remotely while they gave the car its 120,000 mile service. After about an hour, they came with the news. In addition to the thorough tuneup and inspection, we needed new spark plugs (expected) and a new oil pan gasket (unsurprising, but unpleasant news nonetheless). I took a look at the quote, took a deep breath, and then they went off to improve our car and degrade our bank balance.

I was frustrated because it seemed like this was the second or third big repair for this car this year. So I plugged the amount into my list of car repairs. Then I texted the spouse about the cost of the car over the past year, which as I suspected was pretty high. His response, wisely, was that this was about $170 a month in repairs and that this was an atypical year (with new tires, struts, shocks, and now the plugs and gasket). He reminded me that in previous …

Fly Through the Resolution...

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I wanted to wait until mid-month to bring this up, after the first blush of the New Year wore away a bit and we all woke up and realized that, different calendar or not, we are still the same people we were a couple of weeks ago.

On New Years Day, I caught a really amusing news segment on resolutions already broken. People on the street who confessed that their resolution was to stop smoking while holding a cigarette or to eat better though they had doughnuts for breakfast. Of course this should come as no surprise as the media has also been filled with the encouraging statistic that only 8% of Americans who make resolutions achieve them. Since only 45% of Americans make them in the first place, that implies that only 3.6% of all Americans can keep a resolution that they make (though there may be people who don't make New Year's resolutions who can very easily keep what resolutions they do make, the anecdotal evidence is that the vast majority of people can't).

As people w…

PMPM Execution -- Logistics

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Note to any new readers: the Overview page includes links to all my various series and intro posts and whatnot.

This is part of my PMPM series. For other posts related to magical project execution, see the main Execution post.

When I look back at the times I succeed in executing my projects, workings, and goals, I can see that part of my success comes from having sorted out the logistics. At times when I failed, logistics were often to blame.

In the spirit of the start of the New Year, I've been working on a new personal goal and I'm trying to learn from my mistakes by getting the logistics sorted out in advance.


According to the dictionary, logistics is "the detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies." Its origins come from military science and in this context it's the effort involved in keeping an army supplied with equipment, supplies, and lodging.

In the corporate world, logistics and operations are both part o…

Goodbye Ziggy

Yesterday, the spouse and I watched David Bowie's video for "Lazarus" after Gordon mentioned that a new video was out. The kid said "I saw it last week" and we were like "why didn't you tell us!" It was great, though not as haunting as the "Blackstar" video.

Last night about midnight I was having a deep dream when the kid ran in, shoved a phone screen in my face and announced: "David Bowie is dead!" The kid was actually pretty upset. She's a huge fan (and, being 12, only a very recent one) so this was a major blow. It's actually a blow to us as well... to all of us.

Being a parent, my first response was "why are you still up?" My second response was "I think I dreamed this" and the spouse and I spent some time trying to figure out if it was true. I woke up thinking it was a hoax or a dream -- frankly, I was pretty out of it last night.

Goodbye Jareth
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With your farse…

Magical Eating in a Mundane World

My food posts are surprisingly popular. Surprising to me at least. Sure, it's a topic I'm passionate about, but it's also a topic that seems far from the core purpose of Circle Thrice. But maybe it's not as far as it looks at first.

One of the reasons I am so very passionate about food is because I see food as having the possibility of being incredibly magical. Food gives love and energy, it strengthens family and community, it nourishes us literally as well as spiritually and emotionally, it bonds us to place and time, and it mines our deepest memories and can change the future.

Food is magic. Recipes are spells. Meals are potions. If you are looking for ways to get more magic into your busy life, if you want to integrate your witchcraft/sorcery/magic more deeply into your day to day activities, get into the kitchen. Here's a list of ideas on the cusp of magic and food making, followed by some thoughts on how to get more of those magical meals into yourself and th…

Interstitial -- Thinking about Your Value Model

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One of the really weird things about growing older is how the repeating patterns in your life just get more and more pathetically obvious. After enough years it just starts to get embarrassing. Yes, I will be making the same three fucking resolutions I always make. Yes, this is my time of year to vacillate between complete lethargy and frenetic energy (must. do. all. the. laundry). Same annual planning, same 'creative' ideas. Yes, by next month I'll be stressed about that other thing -- because I do every fucking year.

And it's not decision driven. I decide to do new things and change stuff up, I promise. I've lived in different states and cities and had different jobs and hobbies. I'm excited by change. But underneath lurk the same seasonal cycles and personal patterns. Honestly, the reason I stopped keeping a personal diary was to try and preserve some sense of surprise.
Every year, the week between Christmas and New Years is my time for deep thinking and lon…