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TOTD 01 Aug 2001

I am in awe of the power of an impending event. Such an event serves as a deadline, at which time the game ends.

-Judy Revell

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.

-Rita Mae Brown


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Aug. 1st, 2001 11:10 am (UTC)
so very true.

Then again, we can swerve into the theory that time is a figment of our imaginations...

But, on the other hand, as we think that, our bill collectors feel differently.
Aug. 1st, 2001 01:02 pm (UTC)
Groundhog Day
Have you seen the movie Groundhog Day? In it, Bill Murray lives the same February 2nd over and over again. At first, he's thrilled, because his actions suddenly have no lasting consequences. Everything is reset the "next" morning, and he can explore the day's events in depth from a variety of vantage points without ever having clean up after himself. He can act outrageously, use inside knowledge to seduce women, casually rob an armored car in broad daylight with plenty of people standing around but no witnesses. Eventually, his knowledge of the small town he's in and of all the town's inhabitants and the day's events give him seemingly supernatural powers.

Once he gets bored with this lifestyle, he goes about trying to win the heart of the woman he's come to love. To do this, he learns French so he can recite poems by her favorite poet to her, learns to play the piano, learns to carve hauntingly life-like ice sculptures with a chain saw. Of course, with just one day to "close the deal" he ultimately fails to win her through shere persistence and artiface.

When I lived in downtown Seattle, I thought I would love to spend a decade or so living out one day over and over, slipping through the city with my all access Groundhog Day pass from God, living out audacious sexual adventures, amassing valuable knowledge, engineering all kinds of media pranks, perfecting my skills.

Now that I live out in the boonies with my 8 month-old son, it would seem hellish to find myself stuck in the Groundhog Day loop. Never getting to see my boy learn to walk and talk. Not seeing my comic archive grow day after day. I'd come to hate it far more quickly than I would have as a city-dwelling bachelor, I think.
Aug. 1st, 2001 01:49 pm (UTC)
I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

-Douglas Adams
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