Joe Cieplinski

Been spending most of today in the company of myself. And it’s been nice. Really needed a break from people all week, and I finally got it.

Currently enjoying a quiet dinner alone.

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How the heck am I supposed to use woebegone in a post?

Ok. Nevermind. Wasn’t that hard.

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Woke up at 5 am this morning to a strange hum coming from some sort of machine outside on the street. Still not sure what it was. I didn’t bother to get out of bed to check. Such is life in the city.

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Took a walk to the northern tip of Manhattan, not far from home, through the hollow of Inwood Hill Park this morning. Not many more days left, I reckon, before it gets too cold to enjoy that stretch.

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This is the second day in a row I feel myself wanting to hide in a dark room by myself, rather than deal with other humans. Unfortunately, circumstances make that rather inconvenient today. Will need to schedule some alone time soon.

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“And though each spring do add to love new heat, As princes do in times of action get New taxes, and remit them not in peace, No winter shall abate this spring’s increase.”

—John Donne

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I’m not one to be overly obsessed with build times, but the results being reported from some new MacBook Pro 16-inch owners sound promising.

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I had written off my neighborhood for Mexican food options a long time ago. But today, I discovered a place within reasonable walking distance that serves superb tacos. This makes me very happy, indeed.

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Some would say my cat is very selective about what he eats. I prefer to call it “being a pain in the ass.”

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Today on my blog: My first impression of the new MacBook Pro Magic Keyboard, after a few minutes typing on it at the Apple Store. (Coming from the perspective of someone who likes the butterfly keyboard.)

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Trying my best to retain my confidence, but the events of the past few weeks have me feeling the outcome of next year’s election is rather murky, at best.

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Rock with ocean in the distance.

Trying to get myself out of the habit of craning my neck down to my phone. Using my arms to bring the phone up to my face. Oddly this feels less natural, though it’s obviously better not to have your heavy head dropping out in front of your body.

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I was finally able to catch more than 4 hours of sleep last night. Hopefully, that will be enough to help me sleepwalk through the rest of this crazy busy week.

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After so much moving around the past week, knowing that I have even more of that coming up later this week, it’s nice to have a day where I can just stay in my neighborhood and work.

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Fun time watching the Transit of Mercury today in Central Park. It’s particularly cool when young kids look through the scope and marvel at being able to see the Sun. Hard to get them to not touch the scope and knock it out of alignment, though.

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My office is once again becoming a cluttered space. I need to find some time this week to organize.

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Went for a long, cold walk this morning. Fall lasted much longer than usual this year, but I still wanted just a few more days of light jacket weather. Oh, well…

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I am looking forward to the Transit of Mercury on Monday. As much as I love star gazing, being able to observe an astronomical event during the day is an even rarer treat.

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Gorgeous tree before a blue sky on Long Island, New York.

At this point, there’s nothing my cat finds frightening about us. I’ve come within millimeters of accidentally stepping on him in the dark hallways of my apartment, and he doesn’t flinch at all. At his age, I guess he just doesn’t care.

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I can’t remember the last time I was this busy in November. It’s getting difficult to stick to my routine when my schedule is so packed.

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Every so often, I see a lone abandoned shoe in the middle of the street in my neighborhood, and I’m forced to wonder: What happened to the other one? Did this person walk home with one shoe?

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Small Giraffe figurine in front of potted plant.

I really didn’t mean to get into yet another battle on Twitter with a stranger, but there I was this morning, feeding trolls again. Had to run over here to Micro.blog to get back into a positive frame of mind.

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