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With summer sun's dimning, a journal's renewal? Or, who is this guy, anyway? [Aug. 18th, 2013|11:47 pm]
Young Geoffrey
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Despite appearances, I am not about to be beaten to a bloody pulp by fellow inmates of a correctional institution in the photo shown above. The photo was in fact taken on the soccer pitch at Carleton University on the 27th of July 2013, during a lull in a 7-on-7 match. And I am most likely gasping for air, not hurling invective at opposing players.

Yes, it's been a long time since I've posted here. A long time since I've posted much of anything anywhere, pretty much, beyond the delay blurts on Twitter and occasional comments here, on Livejournal or Facebook.

As those of you checking in on my Facebook or Twitter postings might know, I've been cycling a hell of a lot and holding my own (see above) in 7-on-7 soccer with and against players who are mostly 20 or so years younger than I am. And yes, I'm feeling good about that, even if my belly seems to show little or no signs of changing in response to the workouts my body's been getting.

I've also been working quite a lot, both at the Transportation Job and on various word and word-related projects. But not enough with the latter. In truth, when it comes to actually sitting down to write, I've been blocking more often than not; and when not blocking, my long-overdue ghost-writing project has been taking priority.

I'd like to change much of that (really I would!) and as a bit of self-encouragement, I am writing this post to re-introduce myself to whoever among those listed here and on LJ still have me on their reading lists. To that end, "A Memeish Thing", freely modified from one posted by LJ's earlier this month.

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Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out.

FIRST NAME: Geoffrey, but answers to Geoff quite willingly. Some who know me well might have other appellations, but I prefer those remain between you and me.

AGE: 48. I know, I find it nearly impossible to believe also. But, as some wag once put it, getting older is better than the alternative. And yes, I realize that calling myself Young Geoffrey might strike you as hubristic, or worse. But I'm happy with it still and I figure that's what matters most.

LOCATION: The nation's Capital, not much more than a bom — stone's throw from Parliament Hill. Speaking of which, if you've never been, take the tour of the Library of Parliament; it is a remarkably beautiful building and well worth an hour acting like an actual tourist.

OCCUPATION: No thank you, I believe in personal, local, and national autonomy and self-determination.

Ahem. Driver, editor, writer and fledgling small-press publisher.

PARTNER: A wonderful woman who values her privacy. I am permitted to refer to her only as Raven, to admit that she hails from the Orient and that I have a few years on her. I count myself lucky to have that much dispensation.

KIDS: Not yet, but we're contemplating. And I like to think I've had some good influence on my brilliant, now 20-something, niece.

SIBLINGS: Two, a younger brother and older half-brother via my mother.

PARENTS: Both turning 80, both still alive and kicking. I help Dad with his online newsmagazine and Mum is about to go back on air with CBC Radio doing once-a-week commentaries.

PETS: Not just now.

Politics: In my blood, going back generations. Best described, perhaps, as an anarcho-socialist cynic who dreams of peaceful transition even as the psychotic thugs running our world seem hell-bent on provoking a global bloodbath. Normally an astute observer, I sometimes get taken in by soaring rhetoric; I was briefly fooled by Obama, among others.

3-5 BIGGEST THINGS GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE: (1) My relationship with Raven. (2) All this exercise; slap me if I turn into one of those ex-smokers who can't ever shut the fuck up about how awesome it is to get healthy ad nauseum (slap me if I'm already there). (3) The aforementioned ghost-writing project. (4) Getting my hands on the proof copy of The Old Man's Last Sauna, which I hope will be the first of many works of fiction published by the BumblePuppy Press. (5) Finding a way to influence the world, rather than just bitch about it to the quire.

Right. Let's see if that jumpstarts anything here — or even elsewhere. Meanwhile, how 'bout another hit of Montreal's Grimes?

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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2013-08-19 04:39 pm (UTC)
So glad you're back! And, wow, you've been getting into top form, huh? Kudos!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2013-08-19 05:34 pm (UTC)

I'll try to stay, too

Thanks, I can't remember ever feeling this good physically, despite the ageing.
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2013-08-19 08:06 pm (UTC)
Young Géoff!
That first sentence was hilarious. The photo does lend it's self to a prison story.
Welcome back. I'm going to be here. I've decided it's a good place to be.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2013-08-20 04:51 am (UTC)

I like it too

"Géoff"? Actually, when I was a kid, a couple of teachers insisted on calling me Geoffrois (pronounced, roughly, jeff-roi).

I'm glad you're back, and sticking around too.
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2013-08-21 03:25 am (UTC)
I believe it! I like Geoffrois. I have always read your name as "Young Géoff" because it feels youthful like your spirit and it rolls off the tongue.

I've decided that it's important for me to be here. I need a journal to let go of all of myself so I can read my life back to myself and realize what is important, how I really feel, etc. I also think it's important for my development as a creative individual. :)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2013-08-24 07:38 pm (UTC)

Hmm ...

Young Géoff, eh? Well, coming from you, I think I like it. But like a few other nick-names I've picked up over the years, I rather hope it doesn't spread too far afield. (It's funny how a nick-name from one person can be just fine, while the same word from someone else's lips can make you cringe.)

I also think it's important for my development as a creative individual. :)

Spoken like a true archivist; Young Gé approves.
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