I feel like every time I return after a long absence, I say I won't do it again. I will try to be a better friend/person. I have learned the errors of my ways!!

I'm not going to say it this time. Not because I don't want to be a better friend/person. I totally do. But, I think it's just crappy of me to even try to convince people of that, after all the times I haven't done it before.

Of course, it also feels kind of the height of narcissism to say "This is how I am! If you can't deal with who I am, then it's on you!" Which is not what I am saying, but it feels like what I am saying.

So, if you were wondering if Aaron was any less scatterbrained and/or stopped over thinking/ over analyzing everything...yeah no.

Is WAP by Cardi B really the song of 2020? I have heard that statement made. I really am feeling my age...

So, what's new with everyone? Not that I expect too many people to respond, but hey. Is there a better way to just pop back in and catch up than to just ask what's new? What is everyone happy about or proud to have going on in their life? What are the daily struggles (and we all go through daily struggles, though not all are the same) that you could unburden yourself of just a little by sharing? [I would like to say "Please don't make the answer to this question Donald Trump!", but it seems like everything going on good or bad involves Trump in some way. And it's exhausting, but I guess I don't have the right to say that, because those issues that are inconveniences to me are life-and-death to others. Or at least that's how it feels.]

I hear that one good goal for life is to bring more happy to the world than unhappy. I don't know about all that philosophical stuff, but I'd rather be thought of fondly than not. (Not thought of fondly or not thought of? You decide!)

I should go now. I might be back. Who knows?

I might be back... Why do I hear that in Keanu Reeves/John Wick's voice?

Also, if you read/heard the blog title as Dana Carvey doing George H.W. Bush, give yourself a cookie.

Six Replies to 15-II-2021 or Not Gonna Do It!

Scott Hardie | February 17, 2021
Welcome back! You are always welcome here, of course. I don't consider the value of your friendship to be tied up in how often you participate in Funeratic, but I am always glad to see you here. :-)

I thought there was a different song of 2020, but I'm out of touch.

Things that have made me happy in the last few weeks: Family and friends getting their vaccine shots, dogs imitating rock stars, getting to share the epic majesty of the Wu-Tang video "Triumph" with Kelly after learning that she'd never seen it before, WandaVision, The Amber Ruffin Show, local friends reveling in the Bucs winning the Super Bowl, this tweet, this other tweet, discovering the seafood sensation back on the menu at my local Subway, The Legend of Beavis, and joining a friend's Star Trek RPG that indulges my nerdy fandom. What about you?

I'm going to withhold on sharing my daily struggles for reasons. But I too am here for anyone who would benefit from unburdening themselves.

Erik Bates | February 17, 2021
To Scott's point, since I don't know you outside of here, the value of your friendship is 100% tied to how often you participate in this Funeratic.

I kid. Though I do look forward to (yet rarely respond to) your blog posts.

I've never seen that Wu-Tang video, Scott. But seeing it now (and hearing that song for the first time) once again shows me the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Hamilton - "Non-Stop"
Now for a strong central democracy
If not, then I’ll be Socrates
Throwing verbal rocks at these mediocrities

Wu-Tang - "Triumph"
I bomb atomically, Socrates' philosophies and hypotheses
Can't define how I be dropping these mockeries

Aaron Shurtleff | February 17, 2021
Scott, I was not ready for tweet number 2... I am not sure I could have been though!

What has made me happy in the past few weeks? I am getting at least a little more caught up on my back log of work (which is a self created problem!), I can finally rid myself of some of the shame of being a Cleveland Browns fan, finally got snow up here (which I never thought I would miss, but I did!), I actually think I am starting to "mellow out with old age", I finally saw the entirety of Avengers: Infinity War (even though I saw Endgame in the theatres when it originally came out...and yes, this happened in the last few weeks), people I know who got the 'Rona have all recovered well!

..As the person who originally asked what has made you happy lately, I really should have thought of good answers to the question. :P

Aaron Shurtleff | February 17, 2021

I had to go check, but I was surprised that we weren't Facebook friends, as I have so many. Maybe I saw you commenting on one that someone else posted? OR, I am just flat out wrong... Not that I am interacting over there any more than I am here, but just to quibble the 100%. Now I have no quibble.

And I have never seen Hamilton. I always hear people talk about it. I have to rectify that one day!

And to me, Lin-Manuel Miranda is the crazy guy from House, M.D.! That might never change.

Erik Bates | February 18, 2021
I've responded to Horowitz and Hardie on a few occasions. You probably saw that.

Scott Hardie | February 18, 2021
Now I want to open a law firm with Scott Horowitz.

I forgot to mention another thing that has made me happy lately: The video game Parkitect, which lets you build and operate a theme park like Roller Coaster Tycoon back in the day. You can go super-granular and fine-tune every last segment of coaster track for optimal G-forces and so on, or you can play more high-level like me and just install pre-made coasters and focus more on the business operation side of the park. It's so much fun.


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