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If you're looking for Matthew Appleton -- loving husband and father, Phillies fan, science fiction buff, geek/nerd of all trades -- you've found him... sort of. This is his former blog, and he has a different one he writes to regularly under a pseudonym (who could've guessed that companies would start using what their employees write on their own personal pages again them).

Anyway, you can contact him at mattapp_at_gmail_dot_com. If you're really nice to him, he'll gladly reply and tell you the web address of his current blog.
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Closing Time

Three years ago today, I started this LJ page. I started a new LJ page a month ago, for reasons I've detailed previously. At the time, I thought would just turn this page into a generic message board for my friends and family to keep tabs on what's going on in my life. Instead, virtually all my posting has occurred there -- it's just easier for me that way.

So, thinking it offered a nice bit of symmetry to the life of this page, this will be the last post I make to it -- #1,378. I'm a little sad about doing this, but the necessity for anonymity and the ability to say what I want on my own page are vital to me. Furthermore, I don't have the time or patience to properly go through the archive and either redact and or make "Friends List"-only the posts that contain too much identifying information. However, this page will remain standing as it is currently constructed -- I will not delete it nor make any additional changes.

If you're an LJ user and have friended me, please take the time to add my new page to your Friends List. You can find the LJ name here. To everyone else -- especially those who are searching for me by my real name -- contact me via the email address on my User Info page and I will send you its name that way.

I won't think of this like I've moved -- rather, it's like I've changed my phone number and made it unlisted.
  • Current Music
    "Thanks, That Was Fun," Barenaked Ladies
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Old Injuries Revisited

Ten years ago, I tore my left calf muscle playing softball. When I fully recovered from the injury, my doctor told me to make sure that I fully stretch out in the future so I can avoid a repeat of the injury. I've generally done so, but since really messing up my right ankle a couple years ago I've made a special effort to make sure I do so before and during every game.

So last night, much to my chagrin, I tore my left calf muscle playing softball -- just minutes after I had stretched that muscle before an at bat.

A trip to the ER last night to confirm my suspicions (having experienced such an injury before, I knew almost immediately what I had done), I'm already on crutches and will be on them for the next 2-4 weeks.

Last year I decided to stop playing softball because of a lack of playing time, but I got sucked back in this year because of the team sponsored by nannygirl's company and by the lack of able bodies for my firm's mens team. After what happened last night, I'm thinking I might want to stop playing softball to protect what remains of my decreasing agility.
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Thank You and a Reminder

Thank you to everyone who congratulated me on the new job. Just as a reminder, most of my posting is now happening on a new LJ page. If you are on my LJ Friends List, you can get the name of it from here. If you're not on it, send me an email and I will forward it to you that way.
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The Time Has Come

Part of the reason why I started an LJ page was that so I can use it as my own little soapbox for whatever little thing I wanted to openly write about. The whole point of such an exercise was to make my opinions heard -- no matter how outrageous, badly reasoned or barely formed. However, with an increasing number of employers and prospective employers going online, looking at people's blogs and using what individuals have written against them, if you use your real name (which I initially did when starting this page) you are asking for trouble. As a result, I've had to post more and more protected access entries.

I won't do it anymore, and I refuse to use another special filter anymore... with one exception that I'll get to in a moment.

Starting today, I'm using the front page of The New York Times rule. If I'm comfortable with the information I'm posting being on the front page of the Times, I'll put it up here.

All other posts, are now going in a new LJ page I have not yet setup. There will be no filters on the new page, but I will only reveal the existence of that page to a very limited number of people. Please do not be offended if I do not include you on that list. It's not that I don't trust you, but rather that these are the only people I feel completely comfortable about exposing myself so honestly to. I will make one last special filtered post later today that reveals the name of my new LJ page. If you do not see this post, but you think I may be wrongly excluding you from its content, add a comment to one of my other posts asking me to please pass on the name of page and I'll gladly reconsider.

I hate doing this -- I wish there was another solution, but I see no choice in the matter.
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Hulk Hogan

I have the WWE on Spike on right (it's my yearly check back in on the wrestling world), and not only is Hulk Hogan still wrestling and using "Real American" as his theme music, he has also somehow become "The Immortal Hulk Hogan."

Does this mean he'll be wrestling until Tank is old enough to comprehend professional wrestling?
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Very Briefly

  • Someone stole my lunch out of the freezer at work today -- I was hoping to rush headlong into going back on a proper diet today. Deflated, I replaced my lost Cheeseburger Lean Pocket with leftover timesheet candy. The fight begins anew tomorrow.
  • There's a possibility of four softball games this week, two of which are tonight.
  • For those of you who haven't already seen it, here's another reason from The New York Times why I'm glad nannygirl is no longer true to her LJ moniker. The nanny mentioned in the Times piece lays the smackdown on her former boss in her blog. Guess whom I am siding with.
  • Issue #5 is going online tomorrow. Very happy with it and am already looking forward to compiling #6, which will be the First Anniversary Issue.
  • The Phillies are once again trying to tease me into believing that they are a playoff contender. As a wise acquaintance of mine once said, "When you get kicked in the head too many times, you buy yourself a helmet." I'll believe they're for real when they actually appear in a playoff game.