A good start to the day today, despite the cat almost getting me away from Operation Don’t Get Up and getting sucked into the internet on my phone. It’s rare that I can recall what EXACTLY leads to these fugues. But this morning, it was checking Facebook re. a survey for this podcast I put up there yesterday. From there, it was “holy crap, Charles Manson is dead.” From there, a story on the Internet about Charles Manson dying. From there, remembering my dumb adolescent fascination with serial killers (like every slighlty gothy teen, right?) and reading Helter Skelter in high school. From there, looking up Helter Skelter on Amazon to see if there are any $1 copies. Then realizing I was being a dumbass and putting the phone down and getting to it.
It’s so easy! There’s so much information! It’s right there!
I mean, the mistake was obvious. Nothing needed to be done at 5 a.m. on the Internet. Literally nothing. Even now, I’m a bit late doing this because I was delayed doing that. And I could have Mansoned at 7 a.m. as easily as 5 a.m.
It’s a constant challenge, right? Not a “make a decision and you’re done forever.” A constant rear-guard action against your not-great self.
Some interesting results already from my little survey, which is right here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSen5ocQV1hYyzxtbQt7jRi80aRTj4GC-daAezQGHaM05MOGrA/viewform?usp=sf_link
I suspect that putting “interviews” on there may be setting too high a bar for myself to clear, but it’s good to know there’s interest.
The good news is I pulled myself out of the Internet Death Spiral and managed to get a good workout in, personal best at a 6k row (not great by “real rowing” standards, but good for me, wheee) and I’m back on track for the day.
But yes. THE INTERNET IS A DEMON OF DISTRACTION THAT MUST ALWAYS BE FOUGHT. That is all.