[M.M.X.I.V. 243] Lose early

In college football, one of the pieces of conventional wisdom is, “If you must lose, lose early.” I wonder if that is why the S.E.C. (Southeastern Conference) tends to play conference games in Week One, so as to be able to let their ranking rise later in the year.  I find this idea interesting, since there are some other situations where if you must lose, lose late.

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[M.M.X.I.V. 242] Superfan – Part I

When I get involved in something, I often become fiercely loyal to it.  Some of the most salient cases of this are loyalty to sports teams, but there are other super-fandom situations that I have experienced recently.  This post gives the early history of how I became a superfan of my schools’ sports.

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[M.M.X.I.V. 241] Wokking again

The subtitle of this post may be “Double Faux Pas.”  I will explain at the end.

During Phase One of the Character Building Trial, as I have mentioned previously, many activities that I would normally do became impossible, such as writing, riding my bike, and shuffling cards.  As it turns out, there was one other activity which significantly changed me in an acute method during this time:

Wielding silverware.

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[M.M.X.I.V. 240] Cocktail party effect

The name of this psychological phenomenon almost seems to be counter to wherever I may be, as I am not one who is commonly seen at events with alcohol (although I feel a cocktail party may be more likely for me since I would anticipate that a highbrow event would be controlled in terms of drinking).  The phenomenon normally refers to your attention immediately shifting if you hear your name or perceive that you hear your name.

But wait! There’s more!

[M.M.X.I.V. 239] Arrears

It’s a pretty quick post, but I wanted to talk a little bit about arrears.

During Phase One of the Character Building Trial, several of my normal activities went by the wayside, as I have extensively mentioned already on the blog.  One of these activities, however, was more critical for me to somehow keep track of–finances!  I could not easily write my own receipts for transactions, so I therefore had to rely on online receipts or others to write down the numbers if I were paying by cash instead of credit.

Ever since the end of my junior year of high school, I have kept my own financial books in the sense of keeping track of all my transactions in the way that I learned in my accounting course.  Yes, that means that this August is the ten-year anniversary of me keeping my books (in fact, it was August 4, 2004 when I first got the idea to keep my personal books!) 

Ordinarily, I post my transactions monthly at the end of the month, but sometimes journalize transactions more often than monthly so as to not have quite as much annoyance.  Of course, I was unable to do that with the cast on me, so I therefore decided to wait until close to the end of the month before journalizing TWO months of transactions.  However, because it was a long project (particularly with hunting for receipts and ensuring that I had all transactions cross-referenced in several places), I was unable now to actually post to the ledger.  I will do that at another time.

Regardless, there is always that satisfying feeling when you have finished a project that has been in arrears.  Any monkey hanging off your back is much nicer after it jumps off.  Of course, one project that is always in arrears for me: transcribing the journal to the computer!  It will eventually be whittled down, but we will see when…

Thankfully, the leaving of my recording in arrears did not cause any of my bills to be in arrears.  No siree, I am still debt-free.


Today is the two-hundred and thirty-ninth day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes thirty-four weeks and one day.

Today is the forty-fourth day of the Character Building Trial.  That makes six weeks and two days.