I've been overtired, for no particular reason. I still feel lost, or stuck, or something. I'm not motivated to do much, although I push myself to aikido and work is going pretty well. In my spare time I frustrate the loved one and watch TV, really. And it's not that I can actually get un-stuck: I have to stop caring that I'm stuck. Somewhere in me there is a simplicity of speech and being that sets me free.

There is no past, there is no future. Every moment is new, every feeling the first time. I don't have to get down about the repetition of my moods. I may be down in the mood, but it is what it is.

On the other hand, I got to call someone a "tech pubs sub-commandant" in a nice restaurant, and that's always fun.

I highly recommend picking up the September 2003 issue of Business 2.0, just for the cover article talking about, of all things, a labor shortage coming up in the next several years. This seems incredible to those of us who have been in the job market over the past few years, but in fact the endless millions of Baby Boomers are going to be retiring (they hope) over the coming decade, and the subsequent generations are neither large enough nor trained enough to replace them. The Forrester Group published a worst-case estimate that 3.3 million US jobs would be exported overseas, but apparently that number is in great dispute, and even that is a fraction of the imminent baby-boomer gap. Great article, well-researched and laid-out.