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November 25, 2020

Old in New Beginnings

I saw myself as an old man recently. I don’t mean like I had a vision or a dream or something abstract in either of those manners. I went to take a makeup dental appointment. It was supposed t...


October 10, 2020

Blind Date Disaster in New Beginnings

I just got back from an awful blind date. Well, I’m using hyperbole, but I do feel a little bit bamboozled. Permit me to explain. Last Sunday at church, an acquaintance from my class, Sydney, a...


September 19, 2020

Bad Bosses & Bed Bugs in New Beginnings

If I’ve been fortunate in any particular regard, it’s that I’ve never really had a bad boss. I’ve had bosses I weren’t crazy about, like the Winn-Dixie grocery store manager when I was a bagboy/...


I had my knee surgery almost two weeks ago (two weeks ago exactly this Tuesday). I was nervous some reason. I have no idea why as I’ve had surgery before. It’s basically a time jump. You chec...


Before I get into the meat of this entry, I got the promotion. My raise is either $2k or $5k a year, depending on how one looks at the situation. With the economy in its current condition, ever...


One of the few bits of education I remember from my sociology class during my first year of college was something called the level of incompetence. The alleged phenomena can be described as foll...


I wrote about my mid-life crisis last entry. I’ve sense leveled up with the following epiphany. I’m 38. My mom passed away when she was 58 and my dad when he was 68, both from cancer and/or ca...


April 26, 2020

Mid-Life Crisis in New Beginnings

Apologies for the radio silence. I promise I’m not dead. In fact, I’ve never felt more alive. Aside from so many people passing away, even more being sick, and the supermarket shortages, I thi...


I think I ruined a beautiful young woman’s crush on me last week. I’ve talked about Evelin in one of my previous entries. Evelin in a very pretty Guatemalan in her late twenties, around a decad...


I’m sick because of course I am. I had my flu shot back in October. In early December I came down with something. I presume a bad cold because I wasn’t supposed to get the flu. I thought I wa...


I broke a promise I made to myself. I said I would not check Erika’s Facebook profile until my birthday in March. I honestly wasn’t going to, but we’re in the thick of online dating season. Va...


I hope everyone had a merry Christmas. Mine was very nice, even if I was kind of alone. A few weeks before Thanksgiving, my aunt called to invite me to visit. When I told her I already had pla...


Funny how potent FOMO can be. When Erika and I were together, or even in that friends with feels phase, I was uncertain if things would work out between us. I wanted things to, obviously, but t...


I’m glad Erika emailed me on Monday. I had taken Monday off because I had a new refrigerator being delivered. My old one was still working, but only under audible protest. Perhaps the biggest ...


October 21, 2019

Double Dumped in New Beginnings

It takes a certain degree of romantic ineptitude to get dumped by someone you’re not even dating, but I’m a boundary pusher. I just received the following email from Erika. “Hi Rob, I hope you ...


October 13, 2019

Annoyances in New Beginnings

My refrigerator is dying, or at least only working under protest. A few weeks ago, it started making this horrendous buzzing. I had an appliance repairman come look at it. He said the condense...


When I started this job, I was cautioned that some students may get a crushes on me. I suppose I didn’t disagree with this statement intellectually, but being the recipient of an infatuation was...


On any given day, it feels like half my body has expired. If it’s not my calf, it’s my knee. If it’s not my knee, it’s my other knee. If it’s not my knee, it’s my back. If it’s not my back, i...


Students come in all shapes & sizes, not to mention attitudes. I currently have one student with an attitude I’m amazed his parents haven’t corrected. His name is Eli, and he is the most co...


I went to Houston today. The dean is sending me & a coworker to something called the ACBSP Conference. Even after doing some research on the event, I’m still not quite sure what it is, or a...


May 05, 2019

Future Plans in New Beginnings

I feel kind of weird grieving about the following. One of the bigger draws about moving back to Athens was the potential of reconnecting with my old TKD club. It’s just, a while ago, I arrived ...


The odometer rolled over one more time. I turned 37 last week. My birthday’s aren’t typically pleasant. Not that they’re bad, they’re just not particularly good. So many people have parties o...


I spent so much of my youth being completely romantically inept around women, I had no idea how much guilt dating would entail. I think about Erika constantly, though I haven’t heard from her sin...


Last Saturday afternoon, Erica sent me the following email. “Hey there, You said if there was anything that I could ask you that might soothe my soul to any degree that I could ask. So, I would ...


It’s been a week. I talked to Erica last Saturday for about five hours, and I think we resolved most everything. It looks like there was a love-language miscommunication. For anyone who may no...


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