Dec. 8th, 2005

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They called again at 5:15 this morning to see if I would work. As it happened, I was lying there listening to NPR and thinking about saying "yes" if they called, so it worked out good all around.

I had an interesting and challenging assignment--two people who were both quite sick and a complex ethical issue thrown in for good measure. It was exactly the day I needed to get me interested in working again--difficult, challenging and intellectually stimulating. I liked the day so much I volunteered to do it again tomorrow.

My work friend Holly took time out from her busy day to remind me that I have value and worth. Oh ya.

If I hadn't worked today, I probably would have written a post about what I was doing when I heard that John Lennon was shot. I was smoking dope with my friend Mark in Newport Beach. And yes, it is one of those moments indelibly etched into my memory. I still have all the newspapers from the day after, and a couple of copies of the Rolling Stone that came out a few days later. I also have a box of cassette tapes from the radio that night--Jim Ladd of KMET in Los Angeles sounding dazed and confused as he tried to make sense of what had happened.

I might have also done one of those year-end memes that provide some sort of insight and closure to the year. The abbreviated version would read:

1. I traveled great distances, both geographically and emotionally.
2. I learned a lot.
3. I met many good people.
4. It was a year of both joy and heartbreak.
5. I wouldn't have traded this year for anything.

I'm reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. She captured me in the third paragraph when she wrote, " life went spinning of into a whole new orbit, and I mean whole new orbit.

Oh ya.
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