mi_mwpm 51M
1175 posts
7/20/2005 10:24 am

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When I asked for some suggestions on what to write about BarbieBunny69 and Papyrina both came up with the same suggestion... "What are you passionate about?" Since that was the only topic suggested by two lovely ladies, I decided to tackle it first. Although the ideas from Philosophy_N_Sex were intriguing I deemed them inappropriate since the math involved would destroy the remaining brain cells of several of our fellow bloggers.


1. Capable of, having, or dominated by powerful emotions: a family of passionate personalities.
2. Wrathful by temperament; choleric.
3. Marked by strong sexual desire; amorous or lustful.
4. Showing or expressing strong emotion; ardent: a passionate speech against injustice.
5. Arising from or marked by passion: a teacher who is passionate about her subject.

Given the definitions above, the third one is pretty obvious as a match for me... you've read the blog and I think HG and J would agree (or at least I hope they do). That would be a cop out though.

Number two definitely isn't me -- wrathful? Not unless "Don't get mad, get even" counts -- and number five is just using the word to define itself. That leaves us with one and four.

Almost all of us are capable of having powerful emotions, but few are dominated by them. I'm not one of the few, most of the time. Love will thrust itself to a dominating position on occasion, but other emotions seem to be brief... suppressed by my logic circuits. Sadness... people die or change, that's life. Hate... lasts only moments to be replaced dislike and a chance at redemption. You get the idea... I don't hold onto most things all that long. Life's just too short to retain negative emotions, they'll tear you apart and make you a bitter old man.

OK, so what am I passionate about, besides sex and love? It's probably still a bit of a cop out, but as I think about it, I'm truly passionate about living life. We've all heard about people who live as paupers and die with millions in the bank. What's the point of that? I save for retirement and my daughter's education, but not to the detriment of enjoying now. Having fun while I'm young enough to enjoy it seems to make a whole lot more sense than skipping vacations in the hopes that I'll live long enough and stay healthy enough to travel when I retire, if I can actually afford to retire.

When my wife and I went on our first (and still only) cruise, I insisted I was going to learn to scuba dive. She was dubious, but joined me in the experience. It's one of the best things we ever did. The world under the ocean is wonderful. We even did a "shark dive" of Palm Beach, FL a few years back. Nothing like watching several species of shark swim within 6 feet of you while they move in to "kill" the chum ball floating 50 feet away. Gorgeous, fascinating, and wonderful only begin to describe it.

We've flown to England to meet with online friends from the States, Ireland, England and Wales at a Babylon 5 convention... I have the coolest photo of the station signed by almost the entire cast that we obtained one signature at a time that weekend. (sorry, geek moment )

We've been to Grand Cayman and Aruba and we're off for two weeks in Hawaii come September 25 - I'll celebrate my 40th birthday on the Big Island. Some day, not too far in the future, I'll get to Australia, for at least a month.

And, if things work out, I'll be visiting Chicago come October to meet with fellow bloggers from this friendly site. Hopefully, with one particular blogger on my arm for the weekend.

I don't say all this to brag... I've been fortunate in my career choice and realize that it's provided me with opportunities that others will not have. It's about living... for some going camping or just visiting the next state over would be just as fulfilling. Don't let life pass you by... grab it, embrace it, shake the shit out of it, and make sure you know that you've been here enjoying every minute of it.

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

7/20/2005 11:14 am

In an announcer voice
Coming soon to a theatre near you, a Mel Gibson film, the Passion of JF.

Good write up, very enjoyable thank you

badgered69 48M
40 posts
7/20/2005 11:18 am

Bab 5! The greatest Sci Fi series ever!!!!
It's easy to come across as a bit geeky if you spend too much time talking about this sort of stuff!

rm_major259 50M
101 posts
7/20/2005 1:25 pm

Damn good post.

ProtonicMan 47M

7/20/2005 7:05 pm

MI, It sounds like travel is another of your "passions." Good for you. I'm glad you are passionate about life. I can't think of anything better to be excited about. Keep living it to the fullest.


Barbiebunny69 43F

7/21/2005 10:48 am

Keep goin!!
Honestly i love to hear about the life and times of Jrs day
Honey im home!! LOL

Barbiebunny69 43F

7/21/2005 10:49 am

Fuck i ment JF...i cant type sowwr y lmao

FrndsWBenefits 53M/52F
56 posts
7/21/2005 4:55 pm

I spent a couple months early in 2004 watching EVERY B5 episode from a friend's recently purchased DVD collection, having missed it when it was originally one. What a GREAT series!

Traveling is a wondrous passion - apparently we share that one. Tea is another one I have. I reallyneed to take a few moments and see what else I *am* passionate about - there has to be a few more things.... (Nice job on the blog entry, btw)

mi_mwpm 51M

7/21/2005 6:02 pm

Thanks everyone. Appreciate the positive feedback.

mi_mwpm 51M

7/21/2005 6:03 pm

Bunzy, is your Freudian slip showing?

mi_mwpm 51M

7/21/2005 7:54 pm

FWB... as I've said before, we must have been twins that were separated at birth, and a couple years.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/22/2005 12:11 pm

I wondered what was going on here?

But if you want to know about JR's day, well I worked this AM, got an oil change, had an interesting conversation with my mechanic, and am now going to take my dog to the vet.
Then I'm going to come home and take a nap then go to Fed ex and pick up a package but I don't remember ordering anything.

Apolybear 54M

7/26/2005 1:57 pm

JF and FWB, make that triplets seperated at birth. Babylon 5 rocked!

I'm with you JF, my passion is making life playful, exciting and meaningful.

mi_mwpm 51M

8/18/2005 4:18 pm

Obviously some things have changed since I wrote this, but the thoughts are still valid.

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