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Jim's Livejournal: 2002-2009

Back on September 26, 2002, I wrote my first entry on Livejournal. I thought it would be fun and different to document my life for a while, and that I would use Livejournal for a while until I got tired of it: I figured maybe six months.

Well, six months turned into a year. Then, two years. Then, even more. It's now been seven years that I have been documenting my life: to put that in perspective, a full one-fifth of my life is here in this forum.

I think the main reason I've kept going so long is that I've met all of you here: dozens of you. I've learned about your habits, your random thoughts, your big life changes, and everything in between. Several of you have gotten married and had kids. Several others have, well, had other changes. All the same, I have enjoyed meeting every single one of you. I have even met a dozen of so of you live and in person!

That being said, I think it's time for me to move on. My Livejournal has had a good run that has featured an interstate move, several job changes, some vacations, a marriage, and yes, even some maturation. A lot of maturation, in fact. There have been random posts, fun posts, and memes along with some serious introspection. I have moved on to other interests, and don't seem to be all that interested in writing posts to LJ anymore. Therefore, this post will be my last, coming one day short of the journal's seventh anniversary.

But don't worry, I'm not going away completely. I am still on Twitter (albeit sporadically at the moment) and Facebook (almost daily) and have no plans to drop either at this time. I'll be my usual self over there, just in a new forum. Think of a newspaper columnist simply moving from the morning daily to the evening daily.

I also will continue to read my friends list and some communities here, as I do enjoy those. I may comment occasionally, but do not expect to participate as often as before. But don't worry: if you are on my flist, you will continue to have my full attention when you post. I will also plan on keeping this journal and all the past posts online as an archive for the foreseeable future, mostly for my own reference as much as anybody's.

Thanks for the memories, Livejournal. It's been fun.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." - Ecc 3:1
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2009 Reading List: September 15[ish] update

This is my last update of this list on LJ, but I will continue to update this list twice a month over on Facebook, on or about the 1st and 15th, plus an additional update or two if I feel it's warranted. My goal for the year is to read 100 books, though you and I both know that's not going to happen.

Since the list will likely get long, I will cut-tag all but the few most recent. Dates shown are the dates I finished the book.

Don't expect many additions to this list this month, as we are going into the busiest month of the year at work.

67. September 9: O'Keefe, Kevin. The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary Citizen. (2005) 227 pp.
68. September 12: Harpaz, Beth. 13 is the New 18: and other things my children taught me while I was having a nervous breakdown being their mother. (2009) 271 pp.
69. September 15: Widmaier, Eric P. Why Geese Don't Get Obese (And We Do): How Evolution's Strategies for Survival Affect our Everyday Lives. (1998) 155 pp.
70. September 17: Tancer, Bill. Click: What Millions of People are Doing Online and Why It Matters. (2008) 203 pp.

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TOTAL BOOKS: 70 (Compare to 54 at this time last year)
TOTAL PAGES: 18,000 exactly (how cool is that???)
FICTION: 8
NONFICTION: 62 (Memoirs: 5)
ABANDONED: 2

PACE: 97 books in 2009

This is the final update of this list here on LJ as I prepare to shut this journal down later this month. But do continue to look for it on Facebook.
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2009 Reading List: 2009 Update

I will update this list twice a month, or or about the 1st and 15th, plus an additional update or two if I feel it's warranted. My goal for the year is to read 100 books, though you and I both know that's not going to happen.

Since the list will likely get long, I will cut-tag all but the few most recent. Dates shown are the dates I finished the book.

Don't expect many additions to this list this month, as we are going into the busiest month of the year at work.

60. August 8: Braun, Lilian Jackson. The Cat Who Saw Stars. (1998) 227 pp.
61. August 12: Keyes, Ralph. I Love it When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech. (2009) 271 pp.
62. August 18: Smith, John L. Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas. (2005) 381 pp.
63. August 20: Midmore, Joe. First National Bank of Nevada. (1975) 177 pp. (I know: A history of a bank--particularly one I don't even have an account with--seems like an odd choice for reading material, but trust me, I had my reasons. They will be revealed someday. :-)
64. August 23: Queenan, Joe. Closing Time. (2009) 338 pp.
65. August 28: Elmaleh, Edmund. The Canary Sang But Couldn't Fly: The Fatal Fall of Abe Reles, the Mobster Who Shattered Murder Inc.'s Code of Silence. (2009) 189 pp.
66. September 2: Freeman, Michael. ESPN: The Uncensored History. (2000) 272 pp.



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TOTAL BOOKS: 66 (Compare to 54 at this time last year)
TOTAL PAGES: 17,144
FICTION: 8
NONFICTION: 58 (Memoirs: 5)
ABANDONED: 2

PACE: 98 books in 2009 (-3 since July 1; -2 Since August 1)

*FINAL* Scheduled LJ Update (before moving to Facebook): On or around September 15
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2009 Starbucks List

Oh, no!! Not another list!!! (I must have OCD or something. :-) )

Below is a list of all the Starbucks I've visited in 2009. I'm noting only the first time I visit any particular store: repeat visits will not be mentioned. Unlike some others of you (you know who you are!!), I'm not trying to visit them all, nor am I going out of my way to visit them. These are just Sbux I've visited in the course of daily life.

1. January 3 1:19 p.m.: Sbux inside Target, 1550 E. Lincoln Way, Sparks NV
2. January 4 1:57 p.m.: Sbux inside John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks NV
3. January 10 3:59 p.m.: Sbux inside Barnes and Noble, 5555 S. Virginia St., Reno NV
4. January 13 12:45 p.m.: Sbux inside Safeway, 5150 Mae Anne Ave., Reno NV
5. January 22 2:05 p.m.: 10190 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno, NV
6. January 28 12:11 p.m.: 1610 Robb Drive, Reno, NV
7. February 5 2:57 p.m.: 300 Pyramid Hwy, Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
8. February 12 11:47 a.m.: 745 Sparks Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
9. April 19 1:15 p.m.: 2835 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
10. May 19 12:17 p.m.: 4809 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
11. June 8 3:17 p.m.: Sbux inside Meadowood Mall, 5001 #1 Meadowood Mall Cir., Reno, NV
12. August 8 12:54 p.m.: 6637 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
13. August 15 1:35 p.m.: 5280 Longley Lane, Reno, NV (Drive-through)
14. August 21 3:48 p.m.: 4798 Caughlin Parkway, Reno, NV

It would be fun to use a mash-up to put all of these on a Google Map, just because. I may do that sometime, if I ever figure out how. Maybe at the end of the year.
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For those of you anxiously waiting for my August 15 reading update, I've decided to skip it this time: not much to add.

The next update will be September 1, 2009, the penultimate LJ update.
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2009 Starbucks List

Oh, no!! Not another list!!! (I must have OCD or something. :-) )

Below is a list of all the Starbucks I've visited in 2009. I'm noting only the first time I visit any particular store: repeat visits will not be mentioned. Unlike some others of you (you know who you are!!), I'm not trying to visit them all, nor am I going out of my way to visit them. These are just Sbux I've visited in the course of daily life.

1. January 3 1:19 p.m.: Sbux inside Target, 1550 E. Lincoln Way, Sparks NV
2. January 4 1:57 p.m.: Sbux inside John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks NV
3. January 10 3:59 p.m.: Sbux inside Barnes and Noble, 5555 S. Virginia St., Reno NV
4. January 13 12:45 p.m.: Sbux inside Safeway, 5150 Mae Anne Ave., Reno NV
5. January 22 2:05 p.m.: 10190 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno, NV
6. January 28 12:11 p.m.: 1610 Robb Drive, Reno, NV
7. February 5 2:57 p.m.: 300 Pyramid Hwy, Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
8. February 12 11:47 a.m.: 745 Sparks Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
9. April 19 1:15 p.m.: 2835 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
10. May 19 12:17 p.m.: 4809 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
11. June 8 3:17 p.m.: Sbux inside Meadowood Mall, 5001 #1 Meadowood Mall Cir., Reno, NV
12. August 8 12:54 p.m.: 6637 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
13. August 15 1:35 p.m.: 5280 Longley Lane, Reno, NV (Drive-through)

I'm putting the over-under for the year at 19.5. Any takers?
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2009 Starbucks List

Oh, no!! Not another list!!! (I must have OCD or something. :-) )

Below is a list of all the Starbucks I've visited in 2009. I'm noting only the first time I visit any particular store: repeat visits will not be mentioned. Unlike some others of you (you know who you are!!), I'm not trying to visit them all, nor am I going out of my way to visit them. These are just Sbux I've visited in the course of daily life.

1. January 3 1:19 p.m.: Sbux inside Target, 1550 E. Lincoln Way, Sparks NV
2. January 4 1:57 p.m.: Sbux inside John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks NV
3. January 10 3:59 p.m.: Sbux inside Barnes and Noble, 5555 S. Virginia St., Reno NV
4. January 13 12:45 p.m.: Sbux inside Safeway, 5150 Mae Anne Ave., Reno NV
5. January 22 2:05 p.m.: 10190 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno, NV
6. January 28 12:11 p.m.: 1610 Robb Drive, Reno, NV
7. February 5 2:57 p.m.: 300 Pyramid Hwy, Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
8. February 12 11:47 a.m.: 745 Sparks Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
9. April 19 1:15 p.m.: 2835 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
10. May 19 12:17 p.m.: 4809 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
11. June 8 3:17 p.m.: Sbux inside Meadowood Mall, 5001 #1 Meadowood Mall Cir., Reno, NV
12. August 8 12:54 p.m.: 6637 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
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