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Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog: 4/20/08 - 4/27/08

Marty's "Living life in chapters" A self development blog

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

An encounter of concern

I've made no secret of my spiritual side since I've been blogging. I made a commitment of faith a few short years ago and I'm happy to say that it led me to my job.

Growing up (in typical western culture) I always viewed Christian's as very perfect people of whom I could never begin to emulate and, to a certain extent seemed to be somewhat stayed and boring. I guess thats almost a cliched view really. Lots of happy, smiley faces that never really tell the whole story.

A person I know quite well who is a christian, is someone I bumped into this evening. He helped me quite a lot a while back, but after a while, I came to see we have a bit of a personality clash really. Bumped into was almost literal as we hit a blind corner in the village.

"Hello Martin. How are you? Where are you going?"

Well...... I chose not to lie, despite anticipating the response I knew I would likely get, knowing the guy all too well.

"I'm just going to the off license to get some beers." was my truthful reply.

He stared at my stomach with that sickly smile that winds me up and replied "So you are not going out running any more then".

OK, So I've not run as often as I was, but the response was something I was very offended by. This is someone who, (in my view) seems to have a dubious talent for rudeness and he seems to get away with it by hiding behind a super spiritual attitude that smacks of judgment. Now I know I have many faults. Perfection is something unachievable. My faith has certainly taught me that. Something else I have learned in recent years is that just because a person has a desire to display kindness through their faith, they are still capable of upsetting others. Faith certainly doesn't get in the way of personality clashes.

With the job I do, I can't afford to be judgmental (albeit that, in practice is impossible to keep to) but I do my level best not to display any thoughts I may unfortunately have. Well thats just human nature. Lets face it, if we are honest, we all do it a little bit. If anything, I tend to find that any such opinions are usually a reflection of my own short failings. Hrrumphhh!!!! This blog is a bit of that too. Still..... at least I've got it out of my system by writing it down

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Lost and distressed in the geek zone

Oh boy! Fun and games in the last week.

There is always a duel between myself and my son as to who gets on the computer to use the internet. We are pretty good really. If one of us is on, the other waits patiently and quietly trying to subvert a pricking of conscience of the other. Craig will pretend to be interested in what I'm doing online in a thinly veiled attempted of stating that he wants to get on. I'll do something similar until I think he has been on long enough and ask him to let me on!

Well....... the answer to this is relative simple bearing in mind I have 2 desktop PC's and a router:- Set up a network.

I've done this easily enough with a hardwired version. Since I now have a wireless hub (and to enable the 2nd PC to be set upstairs for Craig) I purchased a wireless network card and set to work getting it all sorted. Trouble is, its proved more complicated than I expected. The wireless card works ok and shows a connection to the hub, but I can't get online. There is some sort of setting somewhere that is not allowing this to happen. In real geek speak, I think it has something to do with IP addresses. I'm trying to warn myself off this technical stuff. You know what they say "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing". My usual route to sorting out these problems is to search relevant newsgroups and find the answer there, but alas, this has been to no avail. I'm tearing out what little hair I have left .

A friend loaned me another network device, but I can't seem to get that to work either. Above all, I'm convinced that patience is required, and its best to leave all this well alone if find myself getting wound up about it. Lets face it, its not the most important thing in the world by a long, long way.

On other matters..... been pretty busy at work. We have a change of shift system that means I'm doing far less night shifts now. That's a bit of a relief. Nights are always a drain on energy.