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LiveJournal observations and techno-administrative frustrations

Yes, I did that LJ Match thing. No, I will not be posting the results.

Sometimes I read the grossest stuff on LiveJournal. Ew. There's a difference between censorship and restraint: the former can be oppressive, but the latter (if more people exercised it) could be a blessing. Just because one can think/write/post something doesn't mean it's good to do so. Then again, these are journals and I make the choice to read them.

But...ew. Yuck.

Today has pretty much locked in a seven-day work week this week. One of my first delegated tasks, the layout of our weekly Order of Worship, came back remarkably well done for a first time. "Remarkably well done," however, still took me the entire morning to fix. Delegation is always an investment of time, energy, and patience with the hope of a greater return. I often balk at the initial cost.

The machines are also rebelling. My PowerBook got testy and required a directory rebuild for the hard drive to mount (I just like how geeky that sounded). The copier's oh-so-cool saddle stitcher refused to recognize that I had reloaded the staple cartridges. And let's face it, I just plain don't like the phone.

So odds are I'll be in tomorrow and Saturday to catch up and prepare for Sunday's Finance Team meeting. When a committee has lain dormant for six months, bringing it back up to speed requires a lot more effort. Areas I've neglected just exacerbate the situation and devour my margin. Glad my week is structured with cushion at the end, for just such an occasion.

Dinner with Nate soon and Community Group after that. I'm tired but able to accept the necessity of finishing the race this week.

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One of my first delegated tasks, the layout of our weekly Order of Worship, came back remarkably well done for a first time. "Remarkably well done," however, still took me the entire morning to fix.

Did it really have to be fixed, or was it just not done the way you would have done it?

Delegation isn't worth anything if you aren't willing to trust the person/people you are delegating to. I'm slow to learn this.
Did it really have to be fixed, or was it just not done the way you would have done it?

There were style inconsistencies, places where graphic elements didn't line up, and leading that was too compressed to be clearly legible. "Have to" is a tricky phrase: no one would have been killed or injured if I had allowed the errors to remain, but there was no point in doing so. Better to fix it up right and give feedback by putting them side by side and walking through them next week.

Honestly, it was a great first effort. Our Order of Worship is simple to read, but making it so requires some complicated style elements and tricks. Baby steps.
Forgive me for asking again, but what denomination are you associated with? When I think of your church, usually the pub outreach is the first thing that comes to mind and stays in my mind.
We're PCA (Presbyterian Church in America)– just funkified.
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I very intentionally avoid wandering too far away from my Friends page. I'm safe with the people there... not so much with the rest of the world. I don't really know what that says about me... I figure the people I have to deal with in real life are hard enough, my Journal is my haven.
Um . . . it wasn't me, was it? If it was, let me know at toxic_belle AT yahoo. I don't mind changing the filters around so you don't have to see the kind of thing I was talking about.
Oh good heavens no...I can't even imagine what you've posted that might make you wonder! Fear not!
Here's an obvious rookie comment: surfing around in LJ is still novel & interesting in that so much of the writings are the same. Lots of stuff about music. Lots of posing & look-at-me-i'm-bold-&-shocking entries. I know I'm going to run into stuff that's naseating, but I know so little about real people-- opposite of querido-- it's insightful in a pretend kind of way.
Thus the reason I haven't been posting recently.

I just figure people have heard enough of the bad stuff that's been going on in my life, they don't want more...

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Well, I've never felt that way reading your journal, just so you know.