It turns out that the whole family is in a funk. I called Alex today as I was walking to Hawthorne to return "Grind" and "Johnny English" and we ended up talking for a long time. A good, long, depressing talk. It made me sad. Then I had a bagel with Shauna's housemate Isaac and his friend who had been out thrashing. They lead lives that don't appeal to me at all. Alex said that I shouldn't just waste my time serving, that I should do something. But I am doing things. I do lots of things that I don't get paid for. But these are things that I love. His point is that I don't want to wake up one day and be completely behind my peers. I guess that's how he feels. I take his words into consideration, but "after consulting all your friends and neighbors, you have to decide for yourself" as Grandma used to say. I'm supposed to go out tonight but I think I might stay in after work and catch up on sleep. Then, I need to start an exercise regime. It might be because of this cold that I'm so tired. It might be because of all the news and the schedule and the hard drinking. I don't know. I need to go to the Dentist and do my taxes. At least the weather is nice.