“There’s this passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is The Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” I been saying that shit for years. And if you heard it, that meant your ass. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was some cold-blooded shit to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this morning made me think twice. See, now I’m thinking, maybe it means you’re the evil man, and I’m the righteous man, and Mr. 9 millimeter here, he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is, you’re the weak, and I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard to be the shepherd.”—Jules, Pulp Fiction (via insertreferencehere)
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.” “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”—Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, had this to say in 1887 about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior. (via sawuh)
1. Nothing like a good sweat to combat a cool breeze 2. Static stretching feels great after a couple of miles, regardless of whether it helps or not. 3. Good lord I love music 3.5. Wish lungs could breathe and sing along at the same time 4. Without all of the really awesome people I used to run it with, that route is boring as poop.
5. I miss doing stupid things with Jacob on runs. Did a few airplane imitations while thinking about it. 6. The cute blonde stopping to ask if I was tired was a nice addition though. Much prettier than the lady who throws the newspapers, anyway.
7. Ocala is boring after midnight or so.
8. I hope the 24/7 McDonalds still has milkshakes at this time. If not, maybe Checkers?
9. Also, looking like little to no sleep tonight. Expecting to be up all Thanksgiving, sleep a few hours, go do the shopping thing for a few hours on Friday, and then sleep in Saturday so I can be awake when Liza is getting home!
10. Why can’t I come back home and just snuggle with Liza? Is that too much to ask?
“Yes, Obama duped young people by not doing every single thing they want. So now, they’ll all vote Republican. It’s like when I want some bread, I won’t settle for half a loaf. Instead, I will have a muffin made of broken glass.”—Stephen Colbert (via theannemonroe)
Last night I went on a longish run, was planning on doing about 9 miles that I had done with a group before. Turns out I actually didn’t know my way doing it alone, especially since most of it was after dark. Final count was just about 17.5 miles total in a little under 2.5 hours. Ended up doing a little walking when I was trying to orient myself, especially when I found myself on 331. Taking a wrong turn there would not have been good. And at one point I was so ecstatic to see a Presbyterian church, because they always have a water fountain and I was quite parched by that point.
Their water fountain was filled with dirt and didn’t work -.- .
All in all, it was quite a nice run and would have been great if I had known where I was at any point. Best part was learning I can still do it at 8:30 pace for that long, counting the walking points and without any water and just lunch yesterday.
In other news, can’t wait to see everybody at the Turkey Trot Thursday! And I hope Dylan is keeping in shape so we can go marathoning together!
On one hand, I’m stoked. They are everywhere in the updated chunks, and I can finally complete my garden. They were really rare in the 1.8 and 1.9 versions I’ve been playing at, and I didn’t want to explore too much until 1.0 came out. On the flip side, their importance has dwindled significantly now. Yay, economics?