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Changing [Feb. 1st, 2011|08:57 am]
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Things are changing here on several fronts.

Firstly, Meirion is extremely busy, thanks to juggling his real estate job – he now works in part out of Toronto – and his local council duties. So our old routines are gone.

Secondly, for one reason or another we seem to be spending more time in the city. The almost two hours it takes to get there, more in rush hour, now seems more worth it than ever. We’ve been driving in almost every week now, to see some show or other, or have dinner with friends. I’m liking that.

Saturday, for instance we made a late decision to go and see a well-reviewed show at Harbourfront, a show from Italy called Questo Buio Feroce. We’re glad we did. It turned out to be extremely strange (The Toronto Star said “it’s unike anthying you’ve seen before” - and they were right). It’s a dance/drama, AIDS-themed, visually Fellini-esque and stunning to look at – the trailer below will give you a hint of that. It was marred at times by the fact that I had absolutely NO idea what was going on. Overall, though, I love these challenging kinds of work; Meirion does too. We had a ball.



Prior to that we had dinner at Il Fornello, also down by the water at Harboufront. For a chain, they turn out pretty convincing Italian Food. We both liked our meals. Then, after the show, on to Church Street to check out what the gay boyz do on Saturday nights. We chose to go into George’s Playhouse, where the drag queens hang out and perform on a small stage, and where the clientele is our age. No point in us two geezers going to the boyz bars, really, is there? It was fun.

Anyway, thing are changing on the home front too. I’m becoming increasingly consumed by PositiveLite.com. I write there regularly, of course, often on topics close to my heart and where the number of hits per post can number in the thousands. But it’s the extra stuff I do, helping the site owner run the site, promoting it on Twitter and elsewhere, that takes up a very large chunk of my time. Fortunately, I love it.

At the same time, I’m spending less time on LiveJournal. That’s in part a reaction to the fact that, to be brutally honest, it’s a less exciting place than it used to be. There are many exceptions to this, but collectively I think many of us are getting a bit boring, a little less creative and a lot more repetitive. Or is that tired me talking, too busy to post much or even read what’s out there?

It’s inevitable I guess that I won’t be quite as active on here as I once was – I just don’t have the time any more. However, you can count on me to pop in from time to time to share some puppy pics, or similar. I don’t see myself leaving Live Journal anytime soon. I'd miss it too much.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 05:47 pm (UTC)
On the theatre thing, the only thing wrong about regularly seeing avant-garde showws like this is that it makes things like Annie or similar, when you see them, look slightly ridiculous. We were commenting too when we left the theatre thet we couldn't even BEGIN to explain what we'd just seen to our friends in Nanookville, because these shows are so foreign to the rural experince.

As for LJ, I hate to say it but it feels like it's in a bit of a downward spiral. What is keeping it together is the connections people have made here. The content, I think isn't what it once was, though.
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[User Picture]From: abendstille
2011-02-01 03:23 pm (UTC)
GREAT photo and the trailer is awesome! Reminds me of Butoh dance performances. Good to hear that you are busy and happy. As far as Lj goes..........at least in my experience the "attraction" of the community isn´t about excitement, inspiration and creativity, but about "coming home" and meeting old friends. In the end - at least for me- that´s worth more than anything else.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 05:42 pm (UTC)
That is so good to hear. I agree it doesn't really matter if LJ is sometimes a bit lacking in excitement, because that's not really what we're here for. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: brendamom
2011-02-01 03:24 pm (UTC)
I understand how life changes and we just have to follow our interests.
There is a certain sort of quiet calm I find in LJ. I would miss you and your photos were you to stop entirely.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks Brenda. I think you and me are good for each other, so let's not give that up.
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[User Picture]From: mizdandylynn
2011-02-01 03:47 pm (UTC)
I took a 6 month leave... but came back. LJ still has my heart.... I love the people I have met here
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thats really interesting to hear. LiveJournal may drag at timess, but its essentially all about the poeople, and that's hard to give up.
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[User Picture]From: beachin
2011-02-01 03:54 pm (UTC)
I think I post less and less on lj because I'm so busy just living now. I enjoy reading lj every day and I do enjoy the photographs, but I find myself starting a post and then getting interrupted to do something. Perhaps it's for the best as I want to live myself more, rather than vicariously.

I don't tweet, but I do keep a FB account and that is where I spend a bit more of my internet time. I have friends on there with whom I went to school in Egypt and Singapore, my church friends, my friends that have drifted away IRL and I can keep tabs on my people there.

FB doesn't compare to lj at all but I admit I like both. I know people who are fiercely against it, but it is what it is.

I would miss your photography and your banter if you went away entirely. You have been such a huge influence on my life. I'm glad I have lj to thank for that.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 05:39 pm (UTC)
I guess each social networking site has it pluses and minuses; one thing I've found is that I can only concentrate on a few at a time, which is why I don't do Facebook. I have become quite impressed by Twitter belkive it or not, after thinking for months it was idiotic.

But no worries, I will be on here, but probably not so often.
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[User Picture]From: dstroy
2011-02-01 04:47 pm (UTC)
aw... I will miss you around here. I like the "dull" updates with the day to day stuff most!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 05:36 pm (UTC)
If you want dull, I deliver in spades

;-)
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 05:35 pm (UTC)
Good comments about change. I like them.

As for PositiveLite, I am on Fb but have resisted going down that path, although my colleague does use it. But it's Twitter thats been a revelation, both for promoting our posts/site, and also for a continuous stream of leads on what's happening elsehere. I'm just astonished how good it is for that.

Thanks for the suggestion about buttons: why we dont have thpse I dont know. I'll get those added.

Btw, we talked a while back about you being a great candiate for blogging on the site. You have such a full nad inetstuing life,m and you write well. If ever that outlet becomes something you'd like to do, muffinman, let me know.

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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2011-02-01 05:03 pm (UTC)
Boring??! Harumph.

:)

Edited at 2011-02-01 05:03 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 05:28 pm (UTC)
Of course I was talking about you - not!

:-)
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[User Picture]From: muddster
2011-02-01 05:47 pm (UTC)
That show looks amazing...the curse of being poor, you never get to see the shows you really want to, oh well.
You know one of these days we are going to have to get together for supper or drinks of something. I've read your journal for years and I want to put a person to these posts.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-02 03:38 am (UTC)
Thanks muddster, and it will happen. I'm in Toronto much of next week. Think about having a bite to eat Thursday evening, my treat?
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[User Picture]From: e_musings
2011-02-01 06:17 pm (UTC)
So relieved you are not leaving LJ!

Boring? At times, I like boring--means no drama. No drama is good!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-02 03:39 am (UTC)
Ha, a big thanks!
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[User Picture]From: zeppo_marx
2011-02-01 06:49 pm (UTC)
Not exciting? God God man! I mean, I live in Ottawa! What could be more exciting than that?!?!?!



Yeah, OK, I'll concede the point on that one.... :P

But you'll be missed. You have definitely NOT been unexciting to chat with these past few years. And next time you're up this way - well, the standing Indian lunch invitiation is always there.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I will be around - even posted a second entry today. And there is a chance I MAY get to Ottawa this summer - it's a funding thing - and if so, I'll let you know.
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[User Picture]From: ubermunkey
2011-02-01 07:19 pm (UTC)
And we'd mIss you.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-01 07:33 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you Ube.
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[User Picture]From: mrdreamjeans
2011-02-02 02:01 am (UTC)
I guess I'll have to follow you wherever you're headed, as I would miss you terribly. You're spending more time in one of my favorite cities; Meirion is obviously energized by his job and elected office ... So, what do I need to do to be part of your daily life?

I'm hoping that I'm not one of the less exciting personas on LJ. I really do try ...

Big HUGS!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-02 03:36 am (UTC)
You not exciting? Never. And I'm not going away, just trying to make excuses why I'm here less.

I'm actually more prolific now on my other blog http://positivelite.com/content/blog/contributors/green-acres although that can get quite political, and also on twitter (horrors) at ruraltweeter.
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[User Picture]From: myluckeestar
2011-02-02 02:13 am (UTC)
Just as video killed the radio star, Facebook has killed my journaling. I spend hours on there, and in of all things, an email group where there are 3 other women and myself. I'm always glad to see post from you and your photos, whenever they appear.

Be well,
Michelle
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-02 03:36 am (UTC)
Why, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-03 03:23 am (UTC)
All I can say is WOW! Thanks for the link. I've tweeted it.
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From: geicolima
2012-11-29 08:10 am (UTC)
Real Estate Investments are more capable of giving high income for you and your family to help you on your daily needs. A "dream" business that everybody wants.
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