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Wednesday
December 10, 2014

"I don't want to wait anymore
I'm tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there's music and there's laughter"
First Aid Kit "My Silver Lining"

Time is beginning to run short for 2014. And it's a busy month for me: hitting Huntington tomorrow, then Nashville for Christmas, which will be immediately followed by flying to south Florida for my friend Brook's wedding. No idea on New Year's Eve other than I don't plan on having the new year chase me across the country as it did on my Charlotte to Las Vegas flight last year.

My lease here is up at the end of May, and sooner as opposed to later I'm going to have to make some big decisions. Returning to Nashville is looking more and more likely. I love Columbus and don't particularly want to leave here, but Nashville is and always will be home for me, no matter where I live. I abhor having to move, which is sadly ironic considering how many times I've done it through the years, but there's a chance I'll get a more permanent set up in Nashville. We shall see.

Here's a look at the damage at the gym.

As for my current situation, the Quarry Apartment complex remains a fun place to live. It's the first time I've lived in a gated community, unless you could the gated garage for Ybor City 2001-2005. It has its obvious pros and cons. They recently upgraded the system, which will improve safety but also make it more difficult to buzz in friends or a delivery driver.

Their gym here is great, though unfortunately for me it's on the other side of the complex and I have to drive to get there. My routine is going well with doing 40-45 minutes of elliptical while listening to Spotify and playing two games of Ticket to Ride. It's the crown jewel of workout iPad games, at least in my opinion.

There was an unfortunately incident at the gym last month where an outdoor lounge chair was taken into the air by a gust of wind on a dangerously windy afternoon. That chair proceeded to crash into a corner window at the gym. Luckily no one was hurt, but it sent glass blasting far enough to land on (and inside) two nearby treadmills. Props to the maintenance crew for being very quick to put a fix in place.

It did make me think as well about the great broken backboard scenes in the 1983 basketball video game One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird. What made them especially great was how the janitor would stop sweeping momentarily to admonish you for breaking the backboard. Cracks me up every time.

The best reality show going today isn't on television -- it's the UStream live video feeds of the Berkeley protests. There are protests going on all over the country, including Columbus and Nashville, but for some reason the Berkeley stuff is particularly captivating to me. In large part it's because of the unintentional comedy of some of the people involved along with comments on what's going on by people in the associated chatrooms, but I'm also fascinated by the motivations and actions of the protestors. And I still think like a television news producer.

Here's the top highlight from last night, involving a rather antagonistic livestreamer in an altercation with police officers who I'm sure are understandably on edge (NSFW language):

Don't worry, he was only detained temporarily; he was released a short time later and his dog is fine. People in the chatrooms were more concerned about the dog than the broadcaster, and understandably so. It's not like the dog chose to knowingly go into a hostile situation.

It would be wonderful if there was some sort of NFL RedZone Channel/ESPN Goal Line style cable network presentation of the protest feeds. It can be challenging to figure out who is streaming, though Twitter helps with that. When KGO-TV has its helicopter feed up, you can get a wide view of what's going on in contrast with what's happening at ground level.


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