Nov. 23rd, 2016 03:35 pm
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Okay, look, LJ. It's not that I don't love you. I just don't know what we're doing anymore. It's like after all this time, I hardly know you. Maybe we've changed. I WANT to post more, I want to share, I want to interact, I do. But the time flies by, one day after another, and it just doesn't happen. It's not you, it's me. I feel like I need an LJ reboot, somehow. So to that end, last week I combed through my flist and removed a whole bunch of people. Most were people who abandoned the LJ ship years ago, but who I still kept listed in case they ever come back. But they aren't coming back. I know that now. I accept it. I also removed dead communities, and a few people who are still active but who I never really connected with, and/or had otherwise been meaning to remove--absolutely no offense intended, all the best to those folks. My LJ has always been 99.5% public anyway, and I don't really expect to change that, so feel free to follow me if you like. But I kinda want to get my friends page down to just the people I feel a real connection with, if that makes sense. So that's what I'm going to try as this year winds down and the new one rolls in.

So hey, my last post was November 3--what's happened in the world since then, anything noteworthy? Ahahahahahaha, I kill me. I'm not going to belabor the horrendous new world in which we woke up on November 9, enough has been said about that everywhere else, and if you actually want my political ramblings we should connect on FB. Suffice it to say that I was not pleased, and every day of this transition period feels more and more (to borrow a Glen Phillips lyric) like a train wreck, that could have been avoided, in a third-world country, by a long stretch of farmland, where the waters had run high and run the topsoil down the river so that next year there would be no crops. But it is, as they say, what it is. Now we resist, now we defend those who find targets on their backs, now we refuse to let hatred and graft and incompetence and delusion and actual neo-Nazism become normalized. That's all we can do, until we can take it all back.

In other news, there was our family road trip up to northern Georgia, which went quite well. There was a drought going on, and a wildfire that made for some smoky mornings, but aside from that the weather was gorgeous and we saw and did lots of good stuff. So here's a batch of photos from the trip:

O'Leno State Park, on our way out of FL. One of the original 9 FL state parks, dating back to the CCC of the New Deal. I really like the parks built in those days.

In Tifton GA we stopped at the Georgia Agricultural Museum. Pretty neat place.

High Falls State Park, a little north of Macon. Not all that high, actually! But the girls had a blast exploring.

Atlanta Botanical Garden. We didn't stay long, but it was very nice--I'd go back!

Vickery Creek Park in Roswell. Nice place, and clearly a canine hotspot!

We were staying near Helen, which is an interesting Bavarian-themed village. Pretty touristy and more than a little kitschy, but kinda cool.

The cabin had a fire pit, and it was chilly, so this was nice.

Babyland General Hospital, home of the Cabbage Patch Kids. High on my wife's list, of course!

Actually a more impressive place than I expected.

A little zoo near Dahlonega--some interesting animals there, and "not crowded" would be an understatement.

Amicalola Falls.

Minnehaha Falls, such a serene spot.

Tallulah Gorge, just awesome.

To get down to the bottom of the gorge and then back up was around 1,200 total stair steps. Only Amy and I were brave enough!

Anna Ruby Falls, another gorgeous spot.

Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega. Really neat to get to go into an actual underground mine!

This was called the Glory Hole--this whole space was once filled with a huge vein of gold-bearing quartz.

Byron Reece Farm--he was an author/poet who lived here. Sounded like an interesting guy.

Vogel State Park.

We did the drive home in one day, and the only place we really stopped apart from lunch was the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park once we made it back in Florida, along the Suwannee River (which was running extremely low).

The carillon would play bits of Stephen Foster tunes, kinda cool. Though it had trouble with "Camptown Races" at tempo. :)

Okay, that's about it for now. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, or just a nice weekend. :)

Date: 2016-11-24 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I'm coming back. Soon. Things might be finally turning around. Fingers crossed!

Date: 2016-11-24 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also we should connect on FB.

Date: 2016-11-24 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Never! You're definitely one I consider a friend here, and I wish you'd post more. No guilt, of course, I certainly know how life happens. :) But I hope you will be around more!

And yes, definitely let's do the FB thing! I will message you.

Date: 2016-11-24 08:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad you had a nice trip. Yeah, I've been hearing about the fires in the South lately.

I will probably never leave LJ.

Date: 2016-11-24 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I don't ever see myself doing something dramatic like switching everything to private and making some grand retirement announcement. I won't burn out, I'll fade away. :) But hopefully not, I do still find value here, when I have the time to focus!

Date: 2016-11-25 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love your photos

Date: 2016-11-28 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you very much! :)

Date: 2016-11-27 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I feel much the same way about the election. I thought about posting about it, but perhaps you're right.

Great pictures. I love seeing the fall colors with such great scenery.

Date: 2016-11-28 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy reading other people's thoughts on the abysmal political morass in which we find ourselves, so if you want to rant, you totally should. :)

And thanks! It was very nice indeed to get out of FL into some more rugged and colorful terrain. :)

Date: 2016-11-27 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's really amazing to see places I've been to many times show up in pictures taken so beautifully! I'm glad you had such a great trip!!

I may have been in Piedmont Park the same day or the same time you were at the Botanical Gardens! Piedmont Park backs up to the ABG and is only about 10 blocks away from my place. That would be wild.

Thanks for posting the pictures, they are beautiful as always. Glad you are back safe and sound.

Date: 2016-11-28 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was a great time, thanks for the kind words! Have you ever been to Minnehaha Falls? I would have to say apart from the overwhelming awesomeness of Tallulah Gorge, Minnehaha may have been the highlight for me. It was such a nice (and nicely short) trail to a serene and gorgeous little spot, and since it's tucked away down a long residential road it definitely seemed to be a road less traveled, which we much prefer. Anna Ruby Falls was also amazing, though also rather more populated. :)

Ha, that would be neat if we were so close! I should really be better about arranging meetups with LJ friends when I'm passing through their area, but on trips like this I never really know exactly where we'll be and when, you know? I think the wife was impressed enough with the ATL to go back there specifically sometime, especially since it's not too long a drive--we'll have to connect when that happens!

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