List of things to do … eventually

July 11, 2006

Blogging is definitely a guilty pleasure, at least for me.

There are so many noble and/or practical ways I could be spending my time right now. For example, I could be

1. Researching the causes of and solutions to global warming.

2. Rearranging the junk in our basement to make room for an office.

3. Recording the song I wrote for my friend Do for his birthday. (Which was in FEBRUARY.)

Instead, I’m flexing my typing muscles, because that’s more fun. And I’ll probably make the same choice again tomorrow, rather than, say,

4. Reading the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County.

5. Reading either Running at the Speed of Life or How to Date in a Post-Dating World, both written by friends.

6. Reading a book on pregnancy and childbirth. (Yes, Liz is carrying a few extra pounds these days.)

Occasionally, an unselfish choice and a fun choice are one and the same. Last Thursday, Liz and I went to Diane’s “How to Date” book reading at Barnes & Noble, where we gave her our support and also had a few laughs at the expense of the other attendees, such as the woman who wanted to know why she gets so few dates in comparison to one of her friends, or the guy who insisted that there is one and only one “true love” out there for each of us.

Too often, however, entertainment value trumps substance, and options like

7. Learning matrix algebra.

8. Writing a Letter to the Editor.

9. Calling my grandmother.

get neglected.

So what’s the point of listing tasks that I’ve been ignoring? I guess I just wanted to document the pangs of guilt that I feel from time to time. I’ve been told that I have enough guilt to be a pretty decent Catholic, although I don’t have much inclination to pray, attend Mass, etc.

Then again, I could skip those rituals and then feel guilty about that, too.


  1. Best, best wishes for imminent new family additions 🙂 It is the first right? And speaking of additions i will add that option 6. makes the most sense.Won't even touch Guilt. Alone it needs www4…

  2. You left out:1. Brokering a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine.2. Developing a cure for the common cold.3. Efficiently separating hydrogen from oxygen.It is hard to find time for everything, which is why I spend a majority of mine trying to invent a machine that will slow it down.

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