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Nothing changes if nothing changes

Friday, March 25, 2011

The problem with having a job that you absolutely despise is that it's toxic. The last five years of working in computer repair have turned me into this bitter, Gollum-like creature that drips bile and acid wherever he goes. I don't like the person I've become, and I don't like inflicting that person on my wife and child. So I'm done:

I'm going to concentrate on something I love doing from now on, and that I have great passion for. I'm going to do so in a positive way that lifts up those around me, and I'm going to carry this enthusiasm into finishing what I started all those years ago with fixing my health.

I can do it, I will do it, and it's gonna be great.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEDICATED2HIM 5/28/2011 10:57AM

    How is the career change going now Sean? Your work , esp. your latest work is amazing...Keep it up , even if you have to supplement your income.

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AJDOVER1 3/27/2011 7:19PM

    Awesome! I wish you the best

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CATSPANK 3/25/2011 4:15PM

    Good for you! Life is too short to spend it doing things you hate. Live with passion.

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WALLAHALLA 3/25/2011 12:25PM

    Great first step! Hope you can find a job that is a joy.

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My new photography interview is online

Sunday, February 13, 2011

One Stop Poetry -- an online art publication -- was kind enough to publish an interview with me about my photography this past week. The interview is split into two parts:

Part one:

Part two:

The interview showcases the area I live in, and also my philosophy about photography. I figured I'd drop a link so my fellow Spark Shutterbugs could have a look.


Sean M.


Attitude Adjustment

Friday, February 11, 2011

I've spent the past two weeks annoyed over various things in my life that are getting on my nerves. The small computer repair business I run and my customers are usually at the top of the list of stuff I kvetch about.

Here's the thing....

I'm celebrating 19 years of living clean and sober on Feb 15th (this coming Tuesday). This means that at this exact moment 19 years ago I was living homeless on the streets of Calgary. I was penniless, begging, and spending what little change people gave me on booze. My food came out of garbage cans in food courts when mall security didn't chase me away. I had to compete with other homeless people for warm places to sleep.

Nowadays I've got a wonderful wife, and awesome kid, a home of my own, and a business and customers -- who while they may drive me crazy -- I'm still darned lucky to have. Not to mention that I'm clean, sober, and pretty healthy now.

Next week is going to be about squeezing in a few more reps on the weights and a whole lot more gratitude for what I have the rest of the time.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEDICATED2HIM 3/8/2011 2:02AM

    This is an awesome change! Congrats on the results of all your hard work....My life too, is a life that has gone through significant highs and lows...Hard to think back on those bad times....But that's why I don't think about them too much. Better to focus on the here and now and on improving the future..

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JAMESGIRLLL 2/11/2011 5:17PM

    you are SUCH an inspiration to me........ all the obstacles you have overcome...


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It's not Bally Total Fitness, but it'll have to do

Monday, January 31, 2011

Here's the workout area I've managed to cobble together in a corner of the heated shop we store our farm equipment in:

There's a basic weight bench, some decent plates, bars, and spin-lock handles, a good club-sized aerobics step, and a combo elliptical trainer/exercise bike that I picked up for 75% off while bargain hunting. The computer in the back was built out of bits other people had discarded. I found the stereo at the electronics recycling depot and everything on it works but the CD player -- not a problem as it's strictly used as a sound output for the computer.

I've connected the computer to the home network where it can access all of our media content stored on a central server. My step aerobics vids, TV shows, movies, and music are there, so I can watch or listen to what I need to while working out. Total cost for everything in the pictures? $190.00 CDN. :-)

It'll do for now.

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CATSPANK 1/31/2011 2:48PM

    Hey that is awesome!! And you can't beat the price!! Wish I had a workout room. You should be able to blast off those few remaining pounds with ease in there. Looks great!!

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GALSAL59 1/31/2011 5:07AM

    Boy, that is just great!! emoticon

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FRAN0426 1/31/2011 2:48AM

    your home gym looks like it will keep you exercising just as well as going to a gym. Enjoy many happy hours in the gym.

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PAMNANGEL 1/31/2011 1:27AM

    Impressive. Well organized and economical. Nicely done.

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MARLINDA5 1/31/2011 1:08AM

    Wow - that is great - emoticon

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IGSBETH 1/31/2011 12:55AM

    Looks great! Enjoy. :)

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Dance Dance Revolution for the Wii

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Well, I bought the game and I've started playing it. I've made my way through the entire "DDR School" and am working on the training mode now. I spent over an hour playing tonight and only noticed it when my legs had burned out so badly that I couldn't hit the correct arrows on the dance pad.

Exercise that's so much fun you don't realize you're doing it until you can't any more is the best type. I wish I'd bought this game two years ago.

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AJDOVER1 1/24/2011 2:47PM

    How cool! Dancing? Sounds like you've made a lot of progress with your knee!

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NEUTRALHILLS 1/19/2011 9:35AM

    @ADUPRIE: I've tried JD2 and it was a lot of fun, plus you don't have to cope with the darn dance pad slithering around. :-)
@CATSPANK: If you don't have a game console, you can download a free PC version of the game from and buy a USB dance pad that works with it for approx $30.

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CATSPANK 1/19/2011 12:03AM

    Way to go!! You will reach your goal in no time.

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ADUPRIE 1/18/2011 11:22PM

  I have Just Dance 2 not the same as DDR but just as fun and I will go for over an hour before I realize it. An easy way for me to get some calories burned! Keep dancing :)

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