Joe Crawford makes many interesting web things and can be found in San Diego, California, USA. · email: joe@artlung.com · twitter: @artlung

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What have I been doing?

I’ve been taking photos with Instagram. It’s iPhone only. I want it for my kids on their Android phones.

I’ve been working with I’m using jQuery Mobile and the jQuery tmpl library and Underscore.js and Backbone.js.

I’ve been reading JavaScript Web Applications from O’Reilly. I now understand why and how to use delegate() properly. The book is well structured and I’m learning much more than that.

I play a little Plants vs. Zombies and a little Words With Friends.

Leah and I are properly moved into an apartment in San Diego. My stepdaughter is staying with us for the summer. We have beds and a couch and a loveseat. We don’t have a table or a television.

I had to ask my neighbor and his friends 3 times to stop yelling hateful stuff at the Rock n Roll marathoners at 8:30am on a Sunday. Large quantities of beer and cigarettes on Sunday morning? Loud yelling? Insulting? That makes me want to punch you in your stupid face. You are on my list. I am middle-aged, I get to have a list, and you are on it. I am not afraid to state my needs and screw with your life if you are actively being an asshole. I believe strongly in Christian Charity, but it’s Sunday morning, and Jesus thinks you’re a jerk.

The death and services for my Grandmother, Jean Crawford are over now. I am not happy to have no living grandparents. I am even less pleased not to have a Mom who is living.

I have a mother-in-law and an ex-mother-in-law though.

I understand now how the death of loved ones can cause embitteredness. The bile flirts with me and sometimes we dance about with angry glee. The dances are thankfully short. Sometimes I ask grace to dance too, and sometimes she agrees.

I’m working a contract for a large company building frontend things. I’m classified as an engineer. This is being very kind to me, title wise. Calling me a frontend designer and developer and programmer is more correct.

Work is secondary for me.

I am happy to be a Swiss Army Knife. I am not meant to be critical infrastructure. Except for family.

The large company has a library. I am learning new things.

My wife and I have health and dental insurance for the first time in nearly a decade. What this means I’m not sure.

I am commuting by bus. I even have a bus pass for the first time in a long time.

My flurry of beach swimming last month terminated with more rainyness and more family events. Swimming is queued up in my activity list.

I live in San Diego. I sometimes miss aspects of Roanoke and Virginia. There is family, and a few wonderful friends who I largely neglect. Come to think of it, I neglect my friends everywhere. Maybe I can improve that. Add it to the activity list.

Virginia is green. It has a certain warmth. People look you in the eye there, and seem to wish you well. Here, it’s eyes front. People would rather not know you. I don’t act that way here.

People ask me for directions. They always have. I must look like I know where I am, and where I’m going.

Sometimes I do.

fourteen comments so far...

Well, you’re missed.

I have a book recommendation for you that I’ve really been enjoying. Do you have it or have previously read it? Wild at Heart by John Eldredge?

a) thank you for the update

b) i think i’ll be in SD several times this summer. maybe we can all do dinner?

c) wild at heart is… a book i kind of hate. with a passion. would like to hear your thoughts if you do read it.

Reply:b) we would most love to see you for dinner!

Reply:c) that is interesting. I know both you and M to be pretty thoughtful people of faith. Now I’m curious too.

That is interesting.

I’d be interested in knowing what it is Abigail passionately dislikes about it. Not wanting to start a big debate, just curious because I found it personally inspiring and spot on with but especially the followup book “The Way of the Wild Heart”. It could’ve been written specifically for me.

Always open to the ideas of others. 🙂

Hi Marty, on the base level my problem with the book is that it claims to be delivering the Way Things Are and the Way Things Should Be in regards to gender and relationships, when really JE’s observations and advice pertain to specific people (like yourself) who find them very very helpful and inspiring. His observations (and his wife’s in their follow up books) have never applied to me or helped me but instead preached to me as though I am living in community the wrong way, viewing beauty the wrong way, and am still single because I’m doing it all the wrong way. If they were more humble in their philosophy it would be a lot more swallow-able because I know that there are lots of people (like you!) who gets lots out of it.

I like getting this update! I’m not sure whether the plants are supposed to win or the zombies…but either way, I hope things go well for you.

Hey there. I LOVE the line:

“There is family, and a few wonderful friends who I largely neglect. ”

I think it’s a two-way street, seeing as how I’m reading this about a month after you wrote it. BUT, I wanted to reach out and say… let’s hang out!

Hope to see you guys sometime soon!

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