I already do a lot of things by myself: go out to restaurants (both fancy and casual), see movies in the theater, see shows on Broadway, travel to foreign destinations (and all of the "solo" things accompanying such travel), etc.
But, until this weekend, that "etc" had never included: (1) going to the karaoke joint by myself and (2) going to the beach by myself.
So, yes, this past weekend, I did both things...by myself.
It was totally okay, and I ended up chatting with a bunch of random people when I was invited to join someone's karaoke party. At the beach, I shared laughs with a couple of girls who were also jumping the waves. I had fun both times.
What surprises me, though, is that, when I mentioned having done these things this weekend - and they find out I did them ALONE - a lot of people reacted somewhat in sympathy...like they felt a little sorry for me and sorry that I couldn't find anyone to take along. Hrm. If I don't feel sorry for myself, then why should someone else? It's odd... Sometimes I wonder if I'm too independent and self-sufficient for my own good (or at the least for others' comfort levels).
For books, that is. I've been plowing through a bajillion books a minute (well, maybe not quite that many), but I just finished one that was a disappointment.
Have you ever had that happen to you? You're keeping pace and reading quite happily for a while, but then you read a clunker and now have lost your momentum? I'm not sure what to read next to "get back on the horse," so to speak.
Ever since I got my iPad and downloaded the Kindle for iPad app, I've been obsessed with acquiring free ebooks. I now have upwards of 150+ ebooks, all of which I've acquired gratis. Even with this abundance of digital reading material, however, I can't help but continue to love - and I mean LOVE - DTB (that's "dead tree books" in the ebooks community, i.e. physical books made of paper).
I have a ton of DTB, which I don't ever foresee relinquishing. What I've been marinating on lately, however, is the medium and pricing. I already feel that an ebook should NOT cost the same as a DTB. Isn't there a parallel here where the prices of CDs were way higher before the market for MP3s was established?
If I own a DTB copy of a book, it feels like I should be able to buy the electronic version at a discount. I mean, we can rip a song off a CD and have an electronic version easy. Why not an easily acquired electronic version of a book, too? That said, something doesn't feel "right" about the reverse - a discount on the DTB if one already owns the ebook. Doesn't that, in and of itself, show less of a "value" to the ebook, whether it is just perceived or actual (e.g. being able to resell the DTB, costs of the physical production)? So, why do publishers insist on making the ebook the same price as the DTB?
j/k...I am not an infomercial for Jenny Craig (Weight Watchers? - can't remember).
But it IS a new year...so I'm wondering, what's everyone aiming for this year?
I'd just like this year not to suck. A year of coasting as things are now, while lacking significant progress, would provide some stability I feel.
Losing my friend was very difficult and now it would just be nice to reach an equilibrium point. I think life has a semblance of normalcy at this time, so maintaining that level would be a positive thing.
And as an aside, my new year's "resolution" is to floss at least once a week.
What can I say? I'm realistic (and obviously not a dentist). :)