The Action Machine Diary, Day 5

by JL Beeken on 8-18-2010

I guess yesterday was Day 5 of the Diary. I don’t really remember yesterday. The Action Machine report says I put in half an hour on the READ ME files, an hour on scanning and an hour on my website. Other than that it’s a bit of a blur.

I remember later in the day I downloaded an update for Task Coach and liked it even less than I did the other times. The Action Machine is functioning as a fuse to get me moving where I most like to procrastinate and it’s working just fine.

While I was tossing and turning in the wee hours I got to thinking about a friend who died in the 1970′s. For some reason I got out of bed and typed his name into Google. The 1970′s were about a gazillion years before the Internet. And there he was on the front page with a search result leading to an old FamilyTreeMaker file. Last updated 2003. They missed his middle name and they got his place of death wrong. I think they also got his birth place wrong but then maybe I never knew what it was, just assumed I did.

Thirty-something years later it felt voyeuristic and uncomfortable. I don’t want to know anything else. I didn’t even want to know that much. I guess for the sake of historical accuracy I could try to contact the compiler of the chart and say I knew him and you’ve got it all wrong. But I won’t.

I thought back on all the good times we had and then I fell asleep. He looked so lost there as another name/born/died. He was a glorious spirit; intelligent, funny, multi-talented, warm-hearted, clear-headed. And, for too short a time, he was my best friend.

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