The night before, I had some folks over for Doctor Who. We watched City of Death and adored my scarf. I fell asleep, but woke up at the end of the show. I was dreadfully tired.
After church, we played Mare Nostrum. I was Egypt and sucked. I still haven't gotten the hang of the game. I think I will be better next time.
I'm trying to "give a shit" at work and in general. I think I will study terribly hard and possibly take two exams (actually, both parts of one big exam), but definitely will take one in May. There's no way I'm getting out of here unless I do at least that much. It will be easier with both, but it costs more and if I'm not in a position at that point, well, one would typically get a bonus for passing an exam, a non-negligible bonus, but one does what one must.
I'm getting some awesome stuff in the mail tomorrow. Let's just say there's a coyote brown pair of pants in the mix. And a free belt.
I also ordered a used copy of Mare Nostrum. It's out of print, unfortunately, and the guy who owns the copy we've been playing on is going to disappear come fall. He's a marvellous man and he's really bringing us all together quite well. I figured I would buy the game. I'm going to stop spending money on anything at all very soon, so I might as well get all of this out of the way. I should have a decent small library of games for entertaining, you know. Right now, there's chess, Monopoly, Scrabble, Set, and Viktory II as well as some decks of cards. Really, I'd be happy with just chess, but not everybody agrees.
I still want a lover with an alibi.
I was just having a discussion about card games and we all mentioned how we always wanted to learn to play whist because it seemed to crop up so much in 19th century literature. I just looked up the rules and it's remarkably simple. Well, I think we should be able to play it sometime. I mean, it's terribly simple if you know how to play Hearts, which we all do. I don't like auctions or bidding very much, which is a point in favor of whist, but they're tolerable and one drawback of whist is that there is no reward for identifying that your hand is otherwise crap but you might be able to avoid taking any tricks. Still, it's good to have some variety in card games, you know? And, since it's only played to 5, it's not too hard to keep score. We'll throw it in the mix.
$UBER_BOSS just came by: more ideas for work, possible appointments with other vice presidents (vices president?) to show off awesome things I made that they may find useful. Blah blah blah. I'm glad somebody thinks something we're doing is worthwhile. Namely, all the VPs in the department. But, still, I have to get out of here.
It's lunch time. I will eat some pizza. I will do accounting homework tonight. I will "give a shit" this afternoon. I might do econ, as well, and maybe study for exams when I get home. I should also pick up heavy things and put them down.
I've been thinking about the limits of knowledge, about nothingness, about religion, about the desert, about the sea. I might write about it a little here. Part of it is about something I asked in one of my old K5 diaries, an open question, to theists and atheists, about what could possibly ever get them to change their mind. It generated interesting discussion, and perhaps you all would like to discuss it again. I only read two or three pages of Ratzinger's "Introduction to Christianity" (written while he was still only a priest), but I found it highly influential in how I articulate my response now. At the time I wrote that diary, I believe I was under the influence of Wittgenstein and Tillich, not yet exposed to Merton (whose article "The Contemplative and the Atheist" in "Contemplation in a world of action" is very topical and, personally, influential). Anyway.
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