Sunday, April 16, 2017

Peopled Out, Iceberged In

Because I'm a gregarious loner, I like a lot of downtime, away from the maddings. This week was a rough one, an ongoing intense quality and quantity to human exposure for me. Drop ins. Don't like them. But I foolishly hung out the tax services shingle and I figure all told, with the drops and convos about life stories and Uncle Ned, great fellah you should have met him, I'm making about $5.00 an hour if I factor in the social aspect. Big Mistake.

I'm very fussy as to friends. Loads of acquaintances but friends I can count on one hand. So I have to wear my nice for these tax clients and engage with them reluctantly but smilily. I am sensitive to social cues but most people are not, I find. I say I'm sorry but I'm busy but I imagine they think that applies to others and not them as they ramble on about Auntie Mildred and Grandfather Jack and just who are in these photos around my living room.

Meanwhile some ancient ice has been hanging around outside my front door. Pictures, yes. And this is after a couple of weeks as the weather has been glorious and most of the ice has melted, it covered the bay at one point and there were mini-mountains bobbing along.

I can't imagine what this gigantic ice melt has done to the glaciers of Greenland and to the planet's health. And they are here far too soon this year. And apparently are only the precursors of more yet to come.


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  1. Good morning.....Liked you post today about hanging out a "Taxes done here single". I used to work in an accounting firm, in fact, have an Accounting minor as a degree. Absolutely, hated this time of the year....was doing taxes in my dreams, etc......glad when it was done.

    Jo

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    1. I'd stopped for a good stretch Jo, but needs must.

      I too hate it. And as I can't adjust font size on my tax software programme I'm squinting = headache. And all for so little. Lesson learned.

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  2. most of your words are this one :)
    doctor made the comment
    you are alone a lot
    and I say - I love it...
    does not happen often
    was not that way in the past - love this down time

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    1. I love this life of being alone when I can get the chance. I carve out the time and am so happy to be by myself.

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  3. By and large, I am by myself but do socialise with ease. I have plenty of things to amuse myself with and so my comfort zone is more appealing than the outside world.

    Nice pictures.

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    1. Yes, I socialize well in the right circumstances and with very limited small talk.

      I find my camera helps.

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  4. I love my time alone. I have a friend in her 70s who has never even slept alone- she shared a bed with her sister till she married fifty years ago. "Smilily "... what a great word! xxx

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    1. I've known a few like that since I moved out here, Anne. One told me she was born "lonely" and paid for someone to stay in her house after her husband died.

      I think travel and exposure to a bigger world helps with that?

      PS I do love inventing words.

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  5. There was a period of weeks this winter when Butte was 40 degrees colder than Barrow Alaska......and their ice was the latest and thinnest ever.

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    1. It's a scary new world alright Mike. I'm almost ducking the scientific evidence news, much like 45.

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  6. Oh, those people who can't pick up the social cues and hang around for far too long ... they can drive us crazy. But then, that's because we're "gregarious loners."

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    1. It can be agony alright, Tom. I never know what to say or have the energy to say due to smile plastered on with crazy glue and bereft of simpleton topics.

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  7. "Wearing your nice" :-) Lovely expression WWW!
    I'm a loner when I need to be, fine with one well-chosen other, but beyond that I worry and dread and chide myself for being so darn stoooopid about socialising - at my age!
    I was better at it while working, life in a fairly big office environment helped. Once retired the effect wore off fairly rapidly.

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    1. T It's almost like we get paid for it when we work. I never had trouble, having my own company and marketing that, often viral marketing it. A totally different ball-game than not wanting to be friends with people who want to be friends. I don't have that skill set at all and I've looked. LOL.

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  8. Smilily. That's a great word. I call it being a sociable introvert, but I think it's the same thing. People can be draining.

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    1. Exhausting indeed. Yes sociable introvert is a good description. I can be pretty intense I think.

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  9. Loads of acquaintances but few friends - join the club! It's easy to have superficial chats with people but making deeper connections is hard.

    I see there's a huge iceberg at Ferryland which is attracting lots of visitors. Bigger than the Titanic iceberg, they say.

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    1. Enormous Nick, like a skyscraper. Hundreds of onlookers descending on a tiny town that has nothing open because "not tourist season". Wish they had the brains to use popups everywhere.

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  10. My father was a Certified Accountant and my sister worked for the IRS. I am practically innumerate.
    I'm not very independent, although I don't mind being alone, enjoy projects, etc. And my friends are few but choice.
    It's creepy about those icebergs. I saw that blue ice once. That color is so incredible.

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    1. The blue makes me sad, thousands and thousands of years old. As I type I see the remaining hump of one that got stuck on the landwash.

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