Journal Entry Type #154: This Too Shall Pass As In I Survived Another Year

I have a three-day weekend due to the New Year being on a weekend this year. Before my recent job, I would’ve had to work while a lot of people were ringing in the New Year. I live in a city where many come to celebrate. It’s not as busy as NYC. I can and can’t believe another year is soon behind me. I’ve been craving watching the Winter Olympics during a non-Olympic year. I have to wait a few more years for that one. I’m doing the next best thing of rewatching old figure skating performances, starting in 1992 and onward, and wondering how my ankles would hold up if I ice-skated. It’s been years since I’ve put on a pair of skates. My right leg was always stronger than my left leg for some reason when pushing off. The same thing with roller blades. The stupid things a person remembers. I managed to watch no holiday movies this year even though I had the weekend off. I quickly baked premade sugar cookies to bring on my last day of work at my old job and less than five minutes there, someone rear-ended me. It was undecided if I was going to travel in January, but somehow it all came together. I’m really hoping I can make progress in 2023 with creative endeavors and have more balance in my life. I recently looked at the best cities to spend New Year’s Eve and which ones were the most and least expensive. I’ve decided not to post as much FYI and Random Information in 2023 so I can find more time to write and color. I end this entry with the best U.S. cities to celebrate New Year’s and the least and most expensive cities as well according to WalletHub. Take the answers with some discernment.

Best U.S. cities to celebrate NYE

  1. New York City, NY
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Atlanta, GA
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Chicago, IL
  9. Los Angeles, CA
  10. Seattle, WA

Most expensive U.S. cities to celebrate NYE

  1. Irvine, CA
  2. Miami, FL
  3. New York City, NY
  4. Honolulu, HI
  5. New Orleans, LA
  6. Seattle, WA
  7. Oakland, CA
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Henderson, NV

Least expensive U.S. cities to celebrate NYE

  1. El Paso, TX
  2. Tulsa, OK
  3. Durham, NC
  4. Plano, TX
  5. Stockton, CA
  6. Glendale, AZ
  7. Lubbock, TX
  8. Memphis, TN
  9. Gilbert, AZ
  10. Chandler, AZ

End of December Quotes (Animal Centered)

Trifecta #97

Poem: I’m Not Bouncing

I’ve never bounced off the walls.

I’m not a basketball.

I’ve never left marks behind.

I clean up after myself.

I’ve never been any kind of ball.

My bounce was never high.

I was old in a young body.

I’m not energetic.

My force isn’t strong.

I’m not here to prove myself.

It’s never been the intent.

I’m not a bouncing idiot.

Netflix Documentary: Harry & Meghan (2022)

With everything going on in the world, I wasn’t going to watch this. I mean there’s still a war going on between Ukraine and Russia. The fact many people are suffering due to the economy and lack of supplies as we are still dealing with the effects of COVID. Yet being interested in royal families (for some reason England more than other countries because of its controversy and relevancy or not, I’ve read a couple of books about the royal family members. I would like to read more because as the poor have no choice to be born into poor families (although more poor families exist than royal and aristocratic families), the rich have no choice to be born into rich families. That is the way the cookie crumbles although again the cookie crumbles a lot more for the common person in the U.K. or the poor and middle class in the U.S.

I was going into this knowing about most of the departure of Harry and Meghan based on what was printed in the papers and plastered on the screens. What I didn’t know was their take on what happened and how they felt about it in a more intimate matter. Most of us who are struggling to live and survive don’t find much sympathy for someone who had all the riches in the world handed to him on a gold platter (Prince Harry) and someone who marries into the royal family because many think she now has it made (Meghan Markle). This is not the case because as this documentary shows, there are freedoms you give up when you marry into the royal family and freedoms you wish you had if you were born into a royal family. Sure, the jewels are nice but all that travel for royal events and engagements can’t be easy. If you’re prone to getting seasick, too bad. Deal with it and sail on the ship anyway. If you’re hand and arm is sore from all the shaking, too bad. Shut up and do it anyway.

While there is a weird relationship between the British media and royal family, those on the outside know it exists but don’t really care because people love gossip. Even the news they know is skewed, people read it anyway. They want to know for the slight chance it might be true. It’s like you’re a centimeter closer to knowing the royal family, but you’re really not. However, this documentary series, you are a little closer to knowing about the royal family through the lens of Prince Harry and another lens of Meghan Markle. There are many sides of a story and while I didn’t agree with everything Prince Harry or Meghan Markle said, they only know what was best for them. They chose to live a life in more privacy and more autonomy. There is universality in this documentary. No matter who you are or where you live, people come and go in your life. Friends become strangers and some strangers become friends. Families have disagreements and some to the point of no return and communication stops. No matter how it ultimately ends, there is another day, another tomorrow, another chance.

I rate Harry & Meghan FOUR FINGERS at 90%.

Journal Entry Type #153: Are You Tired, Yet?

I don’t know if anyone has noticed but when you start a blog entry, it asks you a random question. I ignore and delete them. This one asked the equivalent of where you are today is what you envisioned last year. I would say a big no because I thought I’d be in management somewhere in the casino industry. It was not to be because while there are opportunities in Las Vegas, there are equally as many doors that close to you or never opened in the first place. This year I kept my options open and applied to many different jobs throughout the months. I got many denials and passes and no kinds of responses, but I managed to get one response where they wanted to interview me and then interview me a second time. I truly wasn’t thinking anything would come of it. I set no expectations except doing my best and putting my best foot forward. When I was offered the job, I was surprised to say the least. I put in my two weeks at my current job and went through the motions.

I met some very nice and cool people during my short time there. This is what I will miss the most, but I believe this is partly the reason I was offered the position as I told them in my second interview I truly enjoy working with my co-workers (as we operated well as a team). Despite this feeling, there’s a kind of unsettling within me as the transition from my twice removed job to this one, it seems I never quite was able to put my feet firmly into the earth. I used to feel grounded in the past and haven’t been able to capture it in a long time. I’m sure my work schedule was a part of it. I didn’t have to wake up to an alarm clock and the earliest I fell asleep was 3 am. I’ve always been a night owl by nature, but come next week, I’m going to have to change my tune. I’m sure my body will get used to it because I have no choice.

I’ve recently watched a few episodes of Chris Hemsworth going through these mental and physical challenges. I think doing modified challenges would be good for me. I’d like to get past this point of laziness I’ve lived for a good year. There’s also the challenge of Sjogren’s and as much as I’d like to deny I have it, my constant fatigue and dry mouth tell me otherwise. As I end 2022 and all the crap it left behind, there’s less of a miracle and more reality. Sometimes hard work doesn’t get you shit but sometimes it does. Life isn’t fair much of the time. Grass is greener often where I’m not. Still through all these hurdles, I need to keep going and try to conquer 2023 as much as I can. End of my thoughts and rants.

Poem: Choose Your Own Adventure

Five paths before you.
Choose your own adventure.

All of them are good.
All of them have riches.
All of them won't disappoint.

Make a wrong choice.
The adventure ends soon.

All the decisions are bad.
All the decisions have consequences.
All the decisions don't care.

Make the right choice.
This isn't a game.

All won't be forgiven.
All fight to the end.
All are bitter.

No path remains before you.
Ripped apart by your dreams.

Poem: Blast Radius

There's a small circle in the beginning.
It gets bigger and bigger with each ring.
Around and around, knocking everything to the ground.
Gaining speed, the people have all disappeared.

The small circle is no longer a circle but an oval.
It expands, contracts, and expands even more.
The whizzing sound from before is heard again.
Above our heads, getting closer and closer, we feel it.

There's a big hole in the ground.
Just wide enough for hundreds of people to fit.
It looks like a dumping zone, discarded one by one.
Getting closer to the center, looking down.

There's a small circle in the end.
It's done growing and moving.
Nothing else can live and thrive in this place.
Slowing down to a stop, we will eventually forget.

Trifecta #96

Photos of Wynn and Bellagio

Since I’ve recovered from getting my second booster shot and didn’t get a fever but did have a sore arm and a raging headache, I decided to go see some holiday decorations and the views of Las Vegas valley one more time before I start my new job. Here are the photos in all their glory. Even though it was Monday, people were clamoring to see the decorations at Bellagio and fewer people were at Wynn but still impressive. I was actually able to find parking at the Fashion Show Mall and got to see it for the first time. There were many things I would’ve loved to buy, but I remained handless minus ice-tea and pretzels.

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