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    Nah, last year spoke to a childhood friend for the first in years. I haven't kept in touch that great with where I grew up.

    TNP thinks movin's the closest thing to bein' free.

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    No. I feel free already, and I don't like all the bother of moving.

    TNP will probably take a nap today.

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    Yeah, I think so. I did some swapping around of shifts so I have today free. My feet hurt and I don't feel like playing Bach or anything else today. I just would like to reset myself for a bit.

    TNP has spent most of his or her life copying others, and finds the only freedom is in dreams.

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    Disagree on both counts. If you live in a Western democracy and don't think you're free, try a year in North Korea or Syria sometime.

    TNP actually wouldn't mind a stint in North Korea or Syria.

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    Yeah, I would mind very much. Lebanon or rural South Korea seem a little more to my tastes.

    TNP does not care for pedestrians who, at a minimum, don't carry (and use) a high-powered LED flashlight, and neglect wearing a reflective vest, if they're going to be poncing around in the dark during rush hour.

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    No, actually, I'd be surprised to see pedestrians thus equipped regardless of the hour.

    TNP knows who Georgy Zhukov was.

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    This, 100% honest, but wasn't he some guy who got shot down in a plane and then did some stuff? I'll look him up after this post, but that's my honest impression.

    ETA Whoops! Well, at least the name sounded familiar. I'm still pretty sure he had a plane named after him, or a tank, or something, but I don't feel like reading an encyclopedia entry just now.

    TNP takes most opportunities he or she can to inspect and assimilate the roles other people part of one's "profession" do, even though it can be a path fraught with various people who are like "Well, we don't do it like that," or whatever.
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    I'm always willing to learn more about other professions and careers, yes. I usually find it interesting how people do things I don't know how to do (even if I don't always have the patience or time to learn how to do it anywhere near as well as they do!).

    TNP has seen the 1984 Mozart tragicomedy Amadeus in the past year.

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    Ha. Haha. Hahahaha. Hahahaha! Hot? Who's hot? I don't know when I've ever felt quite so comfortable! That's a true.

    TNP thinks present-day Pee-Wee (AKA "PW") is still pretty awesome...but slightly less so than back in the day.

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    Haven't seen him lately, so I couldn't say.

    TNP has or had a red bike.

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    Sure. Still have it, in fact, just up on my balcony with the front wheel off, where it just...I don't know....it just sits there. Well, it's red and black, I guess. Most people would say, "That's a red bike!" though, I guess. I'll be fucked if I'm going to be riding a goddamned bike in this fucking crap town, though.

    TNP can think of a less childish way of dealing with sluggish, dumb-fuck coworkers than just lowering oneself to their standards, and if so, will say what that is.

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    Ignoring them, working around them, bitching about them to non-coworker friends or mocking them silently in your mind, maybe?

    There are times when TNP wouldn't mind having a working flamethrower.

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    Not really: my next firepower-related purchases are going to be a good empty gasoline can to carry in the trunk, and a Mossberg 500 with a bunch of #00 and a few slugs for fun.

    TNP probably should not be slinging a backpack full of fuel and a torch anywhere near anyone, but still owns and uses a blowtorch somewhat often.

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    No, never had one of those, although I've seen them used.

    TNP would like to learn how to blow glass.

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    Absolutely not. That just seems entirely wrong to me. Everything about it seems wrong, somehow. Some of those hippies do make some pretty cool stuff, though.

    TNP knows somebody with a pretty cool collection of those glass floats used (perhaps not so much any longer) in maritime fishing.

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    Nah, can't say as I do. Sounds sharp, though.

    TNP thinks Coke from a glass bottle tastes better than Coke from a can.

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    I'd go along with that. I really have more experience with beer than Coke, but regular beer out of a can is, to me, not that best way to drink it. Kind of a metallic taste, I guess, but for all I know that's a preconception. I don't like it much, though, whatever it is, but poured into a glass, I doubt I could tell the difference. It's fine for ghetto beers like Steel Reserve 211, or others that aren't exactly things you drink for subtle flavors.

    TNP thinks whiskey and a modest amount of Coke is a very good combination indeed.

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    No, I don't like Coke in anything. And I drink my whiskey neat.

    TNP has listened to some Mozart today.

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    Yesterday? I don't really remember. I seem to remember a few seconds of going back to my bugbear, namely, trying to figure out how to arrange Mozart's aria "Der Hölle Rache" for solo piano. It's likely pretty rare a day goes by I don't recall a small fragment of Mozart's music, but it's rare I actually find a recording and project the performance via speakers.

    Today? Well of course. It's like the white bear, not thinking about it.

    TNP thinks auditory recall of a performance or a piece of music (an abstracted performance, say) can be a much more powerful and flexible tool than inspecting a realized performance.

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    Yes, that's probably true.

    TNP ate some form of chocolate today.

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    Not yet, haven't eaten a thing.

    TNP generally skips breakfast, except on weekends.

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    Other than a little OJ before I walk out the door, yes, usually.

    TNP prefers grapefruit to orange juice.

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    I suppose not. I can't remember the last time I had grapefruit juice, but I have orange juice a few times a year on purpose. It appears sweet appears has won a decisive victory over sour, in the opinion of this commentator.

    TNP thinks holidays are mostly for kids (or young adults): the adult mind tends to grim matter-of-factness and revels daily in the austerity of the quotidian.

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    Mostly, yeah, but I enjoy holidays too - just not the same as kids do.

    TNP has a favorite non-related kid in his or her life.

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    Not really. I get along with some kids from work, and young people who do things like work at the grocery store or tend bar or whatever. Late teens/early twenties, is what I'm calling a "kid." A favorite of those? One of our floor-level supervisors is not of drinking age, but he seems to enjoy my sense of humor, so it's always good for a laugh. Impromptu comedy dialogues. Anyone who sees the comedy in muttering "Motherfuckers...." while pretending to be outraged is OK, and moreso if they contribute their own mockeries of common emotions.

    TNP can say there was a specific moment when he or she, figuratively (or literally, in my case), shined a bright light on himself or herself and decided that he or she was physically not exactly the freshest. IOW, old. For example, tobacco-stained fingers, toenails, and flesh, brought to you by Philip Morriss, don't use drugs, kids.
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    Maybe when I turned fifty, but every year I become a little more aware that I'm older now than I used to be.

    TNP was particularly close to one grandparent.

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    Sure, although my only and best contacts, with respect to the order presented in the following sentence, were when I was below the age of ten. Both my maternal grandmother and my paternal grandfather were pretty bitchen, in very different ways.

    TNP has sprained his or her ankle in the past ten or fifteen years.

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    Oh, yes. I do it every year or so, I think.

    TNP has taken iron supplements in the past five years.

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    Don't think so, no.

    TNP has pretty much given up on the idea of taking dietary supplements.

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    No, I take a multivitamin every day.

    TNP has read a literary classic in the past three months.

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