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By atreides (Mon Jul 25, 2022 at 10:54:19 PM EST) (all tags)
You take them both
And there you have
The Facts of Life
Or some kind of crap like that...

The Good:

The Girls just spent two weeks here in Austin and went home yesterday. It is better for them that they're with their mother, but I'm always remind how much I miss them. They deserve a better father, but I'm a heck of a lot better than my father ever was. I'll take it.

Well, I'm up to 727 counties now. My Arizona trip in January, though strategically a failure for reasons partially out of my control, was a thing. Phoenix turned out to be the biggest pain in my ass. The Grand Canyon was a pretty big damn hole in the ground. Vegas was Vegas.

After that, I took a road trip north. Made it all the way to South Dakota by way of Nebraska and Iowa. I even finished my last counties in Kansas.

In a few weeks I'm going to Seattle for a week. One weekend I'll be in Canada at GeoWoodstock, grabbing geocaches almost like there is no tomorrow. The other weekend, I'll be speaking at a special event at Geocaching HQ. In the week between, I'll be going to all 39 counties in Washington and a few in Oregon and Idaho. If I'm lucky and can remove a complication, I might even make it to Montana.

The Bad:

In February, I started dating someone. A month ago, she broke it off because she didn't think she could love me like I deserve to be loved.

Two weeks ago, I left my car door unlocked and someone took about $15 in change and about $250 in stuff. Most of the stuff was replaced easily thanks to Amazon, but something was stolen that didn't belong to me and that I can't replace. I lost other peoples' metaphorical hopes.

Today, someone smashed in one of my car windows. It was either completely random (they didn't go in my car or touch either of the car around mine) or, harder to believe, it was directed towards me specifically for some reason. If it was random, I think I might be in the clear. If it was targeted, there might be something else to watch out for. We shall see.

The Rest:

I fear that Seattle will be my last trip of the year. I have some things I've needed to get done this year. Out of six, I've managed to accomplish one. If I can accomplish most of them early enough, I might be able to do something at Thanksgiving, but that really depends on me finding about $3.5K in the next few months. I wish I had it within me to whore myself out to people to monetize my travels or ask for backing or any kind of crap like that, but I don't have that in me. All I can do is hope for the eccentric millionaire. That's not entirely true. I can keep going, because the alternative, stopping, is not acceptable.

That is all.

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Jo on Facts was my first celebrity crush by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Jul 26, 2022 at 09:14:44 AM EST
Your lead in reminded me of that.

Lots of suck in this diary.

I really hate the "I can't love love you like you deserve to be loved" line. I'm finally starting to understand the kind of internal damage I have and how someone can feel like that. But whenever someone has said it to me, it always felt like bullshit covering up something else. That probably says more about me than about the people that have said it to me. At any rate, it's not a great feeling, I feel for you.

Smashed car windows is one reason I tend to leave my car unlocked. It sucks but I figure the increase of people going through my car will be more than offset by replacing the window less often because if they want in, they're gonna get in no matter what.

Now I have to unlearn that because my sweetie likes to keep the cars locked.

Good on you for breaking the cycle and being a better father than your father.

And nice job on increasing the county count.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
Shucks... by atreides (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Jul 30, 2022 at 09:27:04 PM EST
I know people who always leave their car unlocked by xth again (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Aug 01, 2022 at 12:27:52 PM EST
to prevent window smashing. The insurance will pay for it if gets stolen. They say.

might make sense by wumpus (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Aug 01, 2022 at 01:45:10 PM EST
Best reason is you have an effective ignition cut system that you expect to work even if thieves have access to the interior (you might even amuse yourself thinking a manual transmission is sufficiently effective).

The insurance will pay, but how soon? Will they pay for the rental? What about the price delta for showing up to a dealership in a rental car? I'd really rather not have my car stolen, even just for the benefit of replacing the thing when I want to.


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Yeah, probably not worth it by xth again (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Aug 03, 2022 at 02:49:42 PM EST
That's in an area with lots of junkys who don't actually steal cars, they just smash windows and pick up what they can

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