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I took two days off from online life this week. Two days in a row in fact. I actually enjoyed the it me off and had to force myself ot get back online. What was interesting is I really didn't miss anything online when I was not logging on. Maybe I just do not have an addictive personality since some people seem to have this painful need to be online? Whatever the case, I am now really have to force myself to be online tonight and finish up with answering emails and all.

I ended up going to Orlando's with my mum and her friends yesterday for lunch. Orlando's is the restaurant at Spokane Community College run by the culinary arts majors so that they can learn all aspects of the restaurant/cooking business. This means the food is hit-or-miss and upscale to boot. i wasn't overly impressed by the food but I was not paying for the lunch so all is cool. I did love the bakery attached to the restaurant because it is 3 term students who do the baking so they are advanced in what they are doing. I had a yummy cherry pastry from there.

I took a break from editing photos the last two days as I am almost done with the first edit and it is easier after that...I just pick a few for the project and focus on them. I will finish up the editing tomorrow and then, probably, post one or two here. I was able to pitch my project to one of my mum's friends who has kids who may want to do this. I am hoping that pans out. We shall see.

Today, I got Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography by Adam Ant in the mail from my friend Maz in the UK! I mentioned how much I wanted to read it here at LJ. It is really interesting so far and even more intreesting since a lot of the punk rock musicians who were born in the 1950s has really poor upbringing. As in living in slummy buildings and having very poor families. Adam Ant is the of that beginning, as well as John Lydon who also wrote a book about his life called Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs that I purchased and read many years ago. I will continue to read Adam Ant's autobiography because I am sure it will get even more interesting as it moves out of his childhood and starts to address his being bipolar.

The weather has finally started getting warmer and I was able to wear my new sandals yesterday! I hope it continues to get warmer because we have had winter desperately clinging to Spokane for way too long. *crosses fingers*

And with that I am off to finish up online and get back to reading.

Date: 2011-05-14 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I find that when I do go online, I can get a bit sucked in and spend too long there, but if I spend a day without going on, I don't really miss it. I love the internet and the connections I have with people there but it's necessary to experience the offline world fully as well.

I might read the Adam Ant book sometime. He was my first pop obsession when I was just a little kid and he seems like someone who has had an interesting life. I admire when people can be honest about the troubles they've been through and it helps remove the stigma around mental health issues when well known people talk about their battles. He is on a tour in the UK just now and is actually playing Inverness next Sunday!

Date: 2011-05-15 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You should go and see Adam Ant! It sounds like it would be fun. I would if he played my city. His music has such a sense of fun and was so different from all the other musc of the time period.

I highly recommend his book because he writes with the help of the diary he kept pretty regularly throughout his life to reference. It is very blunt about his point of view of things and then in the last chapters covering his illness really catching up with him...he makes the connections to his acting out because of being bipolar in the past with the syptoms of his illness. LIke he finally gets why he did things back then even though he was suspicious of reasons at the time.

Including his having sex with any female he took a fancy to...he used sex as a drug to channel his manic episodes...when he wasn't using constant work to do the same that is. He treats the women of his life like a commitment phobic jerk but you see that it was a syptom of his illness because being bipolar plus trying to carry on a normal, healthy, relationship spun his life out of control. It made sense of everything he talks about happening when you realize he has a mental illness.

His way of writing is very readable and he had a turn of phrase in it at one point that made me giggle because it cut through a lot of bullshit and said exactly what I was thinking about a situation he was writing about:

"Until writing this I had forgotten entirely about this episode, and rereading it in my diary now makes me think I blanked it out because it was so dumb."

That line tickled me and I could imagine he doing just that, rereading the situation after he wrote about it and going "Jesus! This is so fucking dumb!"

I highly recommend the book since you were a fan as a kid. I always eenjoyed him growing up and really started to love his music a lot as a teen/early 20s punk.

Date: 2011-05-17 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would have been really tempted to go but it's the night before I fly south to visit my friend and I would be too exhausted by a night out before travelling =/

The book definitely sounds interesting though!

Date: 2011-05-17 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have my doubts he will tour the would be a bit of a total life shake-up to have to head over here to tour...and if he did it would only be like NYC, L.A., and big cities like that. Its too bad really...but understandable since he had major bipolar meltdowns at the end of US tours in the past despite him enjoying the US as a whole.

Damn...I won't get you to report back on how he did since you fly out the next day and cannot go. Ah well. :)

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