Archive News: Thanksgiving Wishes and Blessings From The Agent

So, as I’m sure many of you may have guessed, I’ll be off with family tomorrow for Thanksgiving meaning that I won’t have new material for you this week. That said, I do want to share some brief thoughts with you before I head out.

Thanksgiving is notorious among families as the day when, while trying to enjoy our day, someone will often pipe up with some sort of opinion or religious/political view that starts a HUGE argument that puts everyone off the meal. And given the tumultuous and nerve-racking events of the past year, especially in the past few weeks, that tradition not only seems much more likely to happen but seems likely to be more heated than usual. And that’s an even bigger problem for those who already don’t feel welcome in their own families (seriously, who’s the genetic defective that thought it would be a good idea to place Election Day so close to a day of family gatherings ?).

I feel that’s part of the reason the recent ‘Friendsgiving’ trend has gotten so big; I already know a lot of people who are much closer to their friends than their blood relations. Hell, even I refer to one of my best friends as ‘my little sister.’

But, in regards to the topic of uncomfortable conversations at dinner this year, I want to urge you to not diffuse or distract from those dialogs. Instead, encourage civil discussion on the topic. Encourage free-thinking from all parties involved (that means you as well) and try to clear the air. Turn the heated debate into a friendly problem-solving session.

And just to be clear, I’m not saying you should LOOK to start something. But, if something comes up, be the one to defend yourself IN A CIVIL MANNER and try to make peace while working out your differences.

Say what you will about this year, but everything that has happened so far has made for fertile grounds for a new golden age of pride, discourse, and activism. In other words, this could be a world where people like me who thrive on civil debate and discussion can be at our best. Go out, be proud, say your peace with grace, and stuff your face in joy and self-respect.

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Archive News: Thanksgiving Break

Mellow greetings, Field Operatives!

As you may have guessed from the title, I’m taking a week off from writing for Thanksgiving. It’s rare that I get to spend time with my family now that I live so far from them, so I wanted to take what little time I had this week and spend it with some of the people I love.

Naturally, I’ll be back before too long and writing again. See you all soon!

100th Post Celebration: The Agent’s Mental Health Day in Maine

Well folks, as promised, I celebrated this – my 100th post here at the archive – with an impromptu vacation with my family in Maine. And now, to make up for my earlier laziness/”f*** this s**, I’m out” moment, I present you with a short photo log of my day out.

The day started early with us arriving at Wells Beach around 9 AM. My parents prefer low tide because of all the neat things that wash up, but I enjoy the serenity and emptiness of the beach at high tide when there’s only the sound of the waves on the shore.

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It was nice to be out of the house and away from work and my usual time wasters. My parents seemed content as well.

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Even the local Comorants were having a good time.

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That’s not to say that there weren’t tragedies on the shore. This poor little guy just didn’t make it through the harshness of the sea.

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Unfortunately for us, the tide came in faster than reported and we quickly had to make a run for cover to a nearby (read: inconveniently out of reach) access ramp.

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But, even this wasn’t so bad. Now we had an excuse to take in the neighborhood…

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… relax by the tidal flats…

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… and get the biggest surprise of the day; a chance encounter with an albino Blackbird.

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Again, not all was well by the shore. This unfortunate soul is gonna have a big repair bill for that bike.

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We found a spot where we stopped to rest a while and take in the environment. The sight and sound of the waves crashing against the flood wall was oddly soothing.

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After browsing the gift shops and grabbing lunch, we made our way to York. Because no trip to Maine in my family is complete until we go to The Goldenrod.

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This place has been pumping out great ice cream and salt water taffy since 1896 and it’s been a childhood tradition of mine to stop by every time I go to Maine. The best part is being able to watch the taffy making process from the store front window.

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And to cap off the day, just as the storm clouds were rolling in, we stopped by the Nubble Lighthouse to catch it shining out in the mist.

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And that’s my vacation in a nutshell. If you liked these photos, I’ll be attempting to make full size copies of these and others available for purchase on my Foap store later on. I’ll be getting back to the regular string of entertainment analyses,  three-second brainwaves, and sharp-tongued criticisms next week. Thanks for supporting me for 100 posts, everyone!

Archive News: Unscheduled Mental Health Day

Mellow greetings, Field Operatives!

So, a lot of stuff has been going on lately up my way. I recently suffered a huge financial headache. I’ve been juggling my duties to work, family and friends. I’m still struggling to make this new computer what I want it to be.

Basically, I lack the creative energy and drive to wax philosophic on the everyday things that I hold dear to me this week.

So, to save myself from a potential psychotic break and hopefully ease the anxiety-triggered muscle spasms that are currently wrecking my neck and shoulders, I’m taking some sound advise and treating myself to an impromptu vacation.

So yes, you can take this to mean that I won’t be doing an article this week. Sorry about that.

But fret not, my loyal Field Operatives. During my time off, I’ll be in Maine and you have my word that I’ll be sharing the details of my trip on my return – with photos.

I just feel that, as I draw closer to my 100th post here at The Archive, I need to take a brief mental refresher to ensure that I can give you my absolute best work. After all, I can’t think to my fullest capacity if my mind and soul are weighed down by other issues.

See you all later this week!