My Journals, 2015

I hand-wrote 467 pages in various journals during  2015. This is actual pen-to-paper stuff. For years, I have been keeping five separate journal types going at any given time. I number each of the journals in order (Health Journal #14, Work Journal #46, etc.) and I try to be as honest and contemplative as possible as I write. Here’s a page breakdown and a general take on what I wrote:

Health Journal

I’ve kept this journal since I started my recovery from alcoholism. It’s where I write down facts about and what I think about the status of my physical, emotional, and financial health. I put everything from raw recitations of weight to plans for less spending. Over the last year I spent, believe it or not, circa $1,000 less of coffee than the year before. Just by planning and writing. I fucking love coffee.

Health Journal 14

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Me in Baltimore (How to do Business Tourism)

I have long been a practitioner of what I call “business tourism”. I love to work, but I also have other passions, like art, poetry, cities, and photography. I have been lucky enough in my technology career to have taken lots of trips to lots of cities for lots of reasons.

I disdain daytrips— I think it’s deeply disrespectful to a city to present oneself at the local airport, hire a chariot to take you directly to a conference room, and scoot out of town before the late night news is over. Moreover, much of my work is on the Internet, so I can conceivably do it anywhere. Lastly, I hate being late or stressing out about missing a commitment.

All of this has lead, over the years, to a particular mode of business travel. Here’s my day in Baltimore, to see it in practice.

Morning flights win

A 9:20AM flight out of O’Hare— not too early to lead to an insane wakeup time, and not too late to have the day escape me on the other side.

I arrived circa noon, and headed straight to the hotel. First step is to snap a shot of the room— I have a vast collection of hotel interiors.

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The Public Library + Me

I was born in the Northview Heights Housing Project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh is where Andrew Carnegie made most of his money and he built nine out of the 2,500 libraries that bore his name. At one point, the “Carnegie library system” was responsible for 75-80 percent of every library in the nation. In Pittsburgh, there was no such thing as the “Pittsburgh Library System”. It was the “Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh“. I went there always. When I moved to Chicago at 12, I was stunned to learned you could have a library that didn’t have a prefix of “Carnegie-“.

Walking into the main branch, one walks beneath the words, “Free to the people”.


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Here’s Some Info on Crime in Belleville, IL Yesterday

You’re welcome.

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Date: 08/07/13 Time Period: 0600 – 1800 (Day Shift)

DISTRICT 6 13-06331 (0703 Hrs) GRAFITTI – 1400 block of Rose Del and 1100 block of Dawn Dr. While on patrol an Officer discovered graffiti painted on the roadway.

DISTRICT 4 13-06335 (0946 Hrs) STALKING/CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY – 500 block of Sunrise. The suspect (B/M/45) was arrested for stalking and criminal damage to property. He was taken into custody.

DISTRICT 4 13-06345 (1541 Hrs) ATTEMPTED BURGLARY – Southside Improvement, 800 S. 6th St. A window on the building was broken out, possibly in an attempt to gain entry to the business.

DISTRICT 6 13-06346 (1637 Hrs) CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY – 1000 block of S. Charles. The victim reported the paint on her vehicle was scratched.

Total number of calls for service – 97

Date: 08/07/13 Time Period: 1800 – 0600 (Night Shift)

DISTRICT 6 13-06347 (1657 Hrs) CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY – 500 block of S. Charles. The victim reported his vehicle was damaged while parked in the roadway.

DISTRICT 3 13-06350 (1821 Hrs) DECEPTIVE PRACTICE – 100 block of N. 40th St. The victim reported the suspect (W/F/22) obtained his personal information and opened several charge accounts hi his name without his permission.

DISTRICT 6 13-06355 (2136 Hrs) CURFEW VIOLATION/IMPROPER SUPERVISION – 1000 block of Cool Valley Dr. A juvenile (B/M/13) was arrested for curfew violation. His mother (W/F/34) was issued an NTC for Improper Supervision of Children.

DISTRICT 1 13-06358 (2250 Hrs) SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT – 9700 block of W. Main St. The Victim B/F/23 reported that while she was standing at the bus stop a blue or black Ford Crown Victoria, very shiny with a spot light on either the driver side or passenger side turned on to S. 98th St. She stated that the registration started with “M.” The B/M driver asked if she needed help, she told him no and waved him on. The subject backed his vehicle on to W. Main St. and yelled, “Expletive deleted if someone asks you if you need help, you better take it.” The victim started to call 911. The suspect reached down as though he was going to take off his seatbelt. The victim fled on foot from the roadway and called 911. The suspect yelled, “Expletive deleted I ain’t doing nothing to you” and left the area driving east on W. Main St. Officers searched the area with negative results.

DISTRICT 4 13-06360 (2354 Hrs) BATTERY – 1100 block of West A St. The victim reported being battered by three unknown subjects (B/M’s 16-18).

DISTRICT 5 13-06362 (0008 Hrs) TRAFFIC STOP-POSS. OF CANNABIS – 800 block of Carlyle.
Darnell A. Conner (B/M/29) was arrested for possession of cannabis and taken into custody.

DISTRICT 6 13-06363 (0147 Hrs) CURFEW VIOLATION/IMPROPER SUPERVISION – E. Monroe at Wabash. A juvenile (W/M/16) was arrested for curfew violation and taken into custody. His mother (W/F/50) was issued an NTC for Improper Supervision of Children.

Total number of calls for service – 79