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Busy [Mar. 4th, 2011|12:01 pm]
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I’ve been busy but it looks like LiveJournal not so much. It doesn’t take nearly so long to go through my friends posts now, so many having become inactive, and some former bright lights no longer here. And then there are the games cropping up on the site? And why is my text in blue today? Oh dear.

For my part I’ve become very active on two other social media platforms - twitter and PositiveLite.com – which fact is reflected in my lack of recent posts here. I think from now on, I’ll post weekly here, and see how that goes. But it does look like LJ is dying on the vine.

Meanwhile I’ve been away from home a lot with meetings. By the weekend I will have been in Toronto six days out of the last seven in fact. As well, I’m one of the producers of a show that opens next week here in Nanookville, that for rather complicated reasons, I can’t talk about too much here. But next week will be crazy busy too.

In any event, today’s photo is of the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, where I stayed with Meirion for three days earlier this week. He was attending a roads convention for municipal employees and councillors, which struck me as just about the most boring thing on earth, and which was confirmed when I attended one of their luncheons.

The Royal York is one of THE grand turn-of-the-century hotels, and reminded me a lot of the one featured in The Shining, minus Jack Nicholson, although I half expected to see a tsunami of blood come out of the elevators each time I summoned them.
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[User Picture]From: geometrician
2011-03-04 05:07 pm (UTC)
I always enjoy your posts and your wonderful photographs, as well as the hope that fills your words. Don't disappear!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-04 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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[User Picture]From: zyzyly
2011-03-04 05:29 pm (UTC)
why is your text blue? Because it is a giant link to your flickr page.

The photo reminds me of a funeral home, with a casket on display.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-04 06:24 pm (UTC)
Haha. Thanks for the tip. Its black now.
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[User Picture]From: susandennis
2011-03-04 06:17 pm (UTC)
What a lovely, grand shot. I do miss your entries. A lot.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-04 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks Susan. I'm at @ruraltweeter too.
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[User Picture]From: dstroy
2011-03-04 07:57 pm (UTC)
noooooo dont go the Twitter way!!!
:)

LJ got quieter for a while, but I am now finding people come back here, with a vengeance! Some who had not posted since 2009 reappearing even!

I use other social media, but this is still my #1 go-to. what's your twitter username, btw? I'm dstroy there too, but it's not used the same way as my LJ (though the one thing with twitter is - it's such noise that one never tries to "go back and catch up" the way one does here!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-04 08:26 pm (UTC)
Twitter is a great fit for both promoting my HIV work and learning what others do. I'm ruraltweeter there. But it's kind of specialized.
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[User Picture]From: wvacritter
2011-03-04 09:23 pm (UTC)
I don't have many contacts on LJ but there is a reason, I only friend the people that I enjoy and look forward to reading. You and your journal are a major part of those chosen few. I have other friended people here who no longer post and I morn the loss of each one of them. I can't bring myself to take the names off the friends list for fear they may come back. With that being said, I'm happy to say that some have come back after being away for a long time. I've tried other social sites like Facebook, myspace etc, but those sites just don't give any insight into the who a person really is or what they are doing. Little one line comments with no real content are usually just frustrating for me. I've always enjoyed your posts and pictures and would miss them.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-04 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That's nice to hear.
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[User Picture]From: e_musings
2011-03-05 03:34 am (UTC)
me, too.
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[User Picture]From: lavidamd
2011-03-05 01:50 am (UTC)
I missed you! I had started to worry about you. Then, I remembered that you mentioned Twitter, so I looked over there to make sure you were ok.

I am very happy to read a blog entry from you. I am one of those people who used to write on LJ and rarely do now. I often ponder the change in the blogosphere. I wonder if "professional blogging" has discouraged folks from writing "web logs," or something like that. Perhaps it's a privacy thing, with the proverbial pendulum swinging the other direction. I don't know.

Anyway, even if you switch providers, I do hope you continue to write a blog. I have always enjoyed what you have to share.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-05 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I do plan to keep showing here and I still try to keep up with what's happening on my friends list.
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[User Picture]From: e_musings
2011-03-05 03:34 am (UTC)

Miss seeing your daily pictures!

Hello! I just now started to follow you on twitter..change is inevitable.

Not a fan of twitter, but there are some people I care about that tweet.

I strayed away from LJ but am posting more often. There are a lot of transitions going on in my life that I need to post about here, as opposed to Facebook...that's way too public.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-05 11:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Miss seeing your daily pictures!

Glad you followed me to twitter.
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2011-03-05 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm as guilty as anyone of not posting as much anymore. Compared to the silliness of Facebook, it just seems like hard work to compose a decent post here. (Have I been dumbed-down?) But I still look at LJ at least daily, and value my good friends here (like you) very much.

The Royal York sounds cool. Maybe this year I'll finally go up and visit the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. It's the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. It's less than two hours from here, but in a crowded tourist town.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-05 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks Scott. I look at my friends list posts daily too.
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[User Picture]From: ciddyguy
2011-03-05 04:50 am (UTC)
I've slowed down some of late, I still have at least a couple of heavier posts coming, heavier in content, not negativity, one of them I'll get onto here shortly...

I've not seen some people that have dropped off the radar on my friend's list come back yet but it is good to hear some ARE beginning to come back.

Life here continues on, just getting more into learning more and more about the little Fiat and looking at options to try and buy one.

Otherwise, I'm still here and am glad to know you are still here and knew you were away and busy with stuff at Positivelife and other ventures.

I do enjoy your posts too you know.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-05 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update, John.
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[User Picture]From: latestarter
2011-03-05 10:42 am (UTC)
Unexpected reflections on the ceiling. So they keep the tables well polished... or is it glass?

Three days at a convention, however pleasant the hotel, can get a little claustrophobic. I need fresh air.

I'm hanging on with LJ for now, though it does seem to have lost a fair bit of its buzz. Still more thoughtful than the competition.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-06 12:01 am (UTC)
The table here is glass-topped, hence the defection. Good call on your part though.
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[User Picture]From: rpeate
2011-03-05 11:05 am (UTC)
The clarity of your images continues to kill me. Please tell me exactly what setup you're using: camera and lens. Thank you, and I hope you are well. Robin and I are mostly on Facebook now too, like the rest of the known Universe. It's very odd.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-06 12:06 am (UTC)
My main camera is a Nikon D90, usually fitted with a nikon 28-200 lens. But this one was taken with a P&S, my trusty Lumix LX-3, which has a high quality (Leica) lens.
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2011-03-05 02:56 pm (UTC)
Twitter? Oh, good lord ... :(
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-06 12:08 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. I used. to loathe it. Now I'm in love. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2011-03-06 01:42 am (UTC)
Proof that love is an irrational thing, indeed.
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[User Picture]From: beachin
2011-03-05 03:48 pm (UTC)
I will miss you. Your journal is one I look forward to every day. Maybe I should bookmark positivelite just to keep up with you.

Sad face.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-06 12:18 am (UTC)
I'm not gone from here. But feel free to follow my columns on PositiveLite.com which are sometimes HIV- related but often not.
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[User Picture]From: mrdreamjeans
2011-03-05 05:24 pm (UTC)
I've missed you here ... I am actively writing, though after yesterday ... perhaps, will pull back. It got ugly and I have now removed the post.

Are you posting photos on positivelite.com? I'm willing to follow you wherever you go. I value the friendship that we have, virtual or not.

HUGS!

Edited at 2011-03-05 05:29 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-06 12:22 am (UTC)
Sometimes my photos, other times I use stock images. But my next post there will definitey be a photo post, so feel free to follow. In fact I'd love you too. Look around the site and you'll find that it is by no means all about HIV.
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[User Picture]From: mopalia
2011-03-05 06:54 pm (UTC)
Although I follow you on Positive Lite, I very much missyour presence here. The Positive Lite posts are targeted to a specific audience )of which I am not one) and often have a clear agenda - not bad things, of course, but I don't really belong there. I miss your tales of rural life and your long photo essays.. But it's true - most of the people I treasured on LJ have left or are now reduced to posting the irritating compilations of Twitters that have no literary value and no personal depth. I"ve never been ai er, but with no one reading now, I'm post frequent postng more personal, locked posts, but I suspect hat will end soon, too. It's always good to see you when you do post, but I, for one, miss what I had come to think of as a warm long-distance friendship.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-06 12:25 am (UTC)
Thanks a million. I'm not one to inflict my tweets to an audience of LJers. Having said that I have come to respect it as a highly useful tool for knowledge exchange, particularly in my work.
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[User Picture]From: tabbyfoo
2011-03-05 09:08 pm (UTC)
I am missing your AI commentary.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-03-06 12:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know.
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[User Picture]From: adrianaendless
2011-05-03 06:09 pm (UTC)
Love the photo. Just realized I added you and then failed to track so it would notify me so I could read your journal. I'm obviously clueless! :)
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[User Picture]From: the_phred
2011-05-29 09:59 am (UTC)
Ironically, now that I've returned, it just occurred to me to think that I haven't seen any posts from you! ^__^
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[User Picture]From: the_phred
2011-05-29 10:02 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, now I remember what made me think of you: this.
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[User Picture]From: moo58
2011-06-25 06:53 am (UTC)
I myself am trying to get back on to LJ. Will friend/follow/whatever they call it on Twitter. I'm Moo58 over there too.
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[User Picture]From: dee_j_bee
2011-12-19 09:00 pm (UTC)

Address

I don't think I have your physical address from when you moved... or did you all move??? the last addy I have on file is Campbell Rd... if you could write to me via my e-mail address, I'd greatly like to have your current address and of course to hear from you two...
DeeBeeHouston@basicisp.net
Cheers! and Happy Holidays!!
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[User Picture]From: rpeate
2015-01-23 04:48 am (UTC)
Hi, Bob! Worth a login to say happy birthday. Will check you out on PositiveLite.Com.
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