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The Necessary Year – Day 68: And That’s A Wrap

August 7th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


A few of you have written to say “Hey – you’re not posting!” To which I’ve had to reply; “I’m not sure what to do about TNY, now. I mean, it’s not an exercise anymore – it’s reality! Plus I’m totally distracted with my personal life at the moment.”

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The Necessary Year – Day 61: Second Month Down

July 31st, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Whew. What a month.

It started out normally enough but, by the evening of the third, there was a fundamental shift: for all intents and purposes, I was rendered homeless by divorce.

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The Necessary Year – Day 59: The $1,278.00 Jawbreaker

July 29th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


I used to watch a PBS show called Connections, hosted by James Burke, in which they would follow a trail of interconnected events from past to present, necessity to invention, obscurity to ubiquity, explaining things like how the chastity belt lead to the modern miracle of aerosol cheese.

I loved the show and, though I retained none of the information it imparted, I still reflect on the general concept from time to time; the gestalt of cause and effect, like a butterfly’s wing causing a hurricane.

It is a fascinating way to ruminate over circumstance and, that being so, one can always find examples in their own life over which to ponder, for instance:

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The Necessary Year – Day 55: Damn It All

July 25th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 

[UPDATE: I just learned that the entire new Melvins album is available, streaming for FREE at this site (as of 7/27/08, anyway). Gawd I luv the innernet!]


*sigh*

I’ve been avoiding internet sites and stores for this very reason: to not be tempted.

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The Necessary Year – Day 51: My Daughter the Beard

July 21st, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


When I began TNY, one of my intentions was to avoid going places and doing things that cost money.

Early on, however, I realized that this would be easier written than done as I am not alone in this life.

Consequently, I ended up taking my daughter on a few trips to Seattle and various venues there that featured, among other things, entry fees.

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The Necessary Year – Day 48: Hello Dolly!

July 18th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


I up and went and done it. Yessir. I purchased myself a dolly (or hand truck -or even hand cart, if you wont have any truck with the former) for my impending move.

Said truck has an adjustable handle, pneumatic tires (which is good ’cause the oldmatic ones tend to blow out at high speeds in the curves), an 850 lb capacity, and it can be converted into a flat cart.

First I will tell you how long I have wanted one of these things, then I will attempt to justify buying one, now.

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The Necessary Year – Day 46: A Close Shave

July 16th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 

Ah, fashion.

It used to be the height of good taste and breeding in our culture to sport a full, luxuriant beard. Now such a thing is typically seen only on those who hearken to our society’s more colorful periphery.

For those of us who can grow such a personal decoration, and whom wish to stay within the bounds of fashionable taste, this means shaving.

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The Necessary Year – Day 42: On Hold

July 12th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Good grief – how the worm has turned.

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The Necessary Year – Day 37: To Own!

July 7th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Here’s a poem I wrote a number of years ago that fairly successfully (if also hyperbolically) outlines knee-jerk consumerism and some of its effects. All it needs is a little frantically paced music and it could be The Necessary Year anthem …

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The Necessary Year – Day 33 – Progress

July 3rd, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


The other day I was listening to some random music with my daughter when a track by a certain group came on (Tin Hat – used to be Tin Hat Trio) which led to a discussion about the vocalist (and violin player – Carla Kihlstedt), which led to a discussion about another band said artist is in (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), which was followed by a serendipitous email from a Seattle venue that is hosting a concert by the latter (tonight at Neumos – no, I’m not going: TNY), which led, in turn, to me doing something I hadn’t done in seeming bloody forever: seeing what, if anything, said groups/artists have put out in the last few months or so, not to mention others.

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The Necessary Year – Day 31: First Month Down

July 1st, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Wow – that first month went fast, eh? Well, for me it did.

What have I learned so far?

A lot, actually.

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The Necessary Year – Day 25: And There’s the Rub

June 25th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Do you ever rub your eyes?

You know, balling up your hands and working those knuckles gently but firmly into the muscles of your eye sockets until the skin is red and tender? I also use the sides and pads of my thumbs, even the heel of my hand to work away a fatigue I often don’t even know exists until I begin massaging it away.

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The Necessary Year – Day 23: How Not To Eat.

June 23rd, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Have you ever been physically addicted to anything?

If not, pat yourself on the back for having avoided one of the more annoying pitfalls of corporeal existence and continue to endeavor to stay addiction free because breaking the chains of a physical addiction is a pain in the butt.

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The Necessary Year – Day 22: Defining the Parameters (part 4) Social Obligations and Family

June 22nd, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 

As mentioned previously, no man is an island and further, being a family man, there are certain financial obligations that are simply unavoidable but that would otherwise seem to be flying directly in the face of The Necessary Year.

Certainly I could play the immovable object and insist that the earth and everyone on it revolve around my whims but I don’t function like that. I believe that one can hold true to their core ideals without being a pain in the ass to those around them – and that the world is often a better place when you do.

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The Necessary Year – Day 20: Defining the Parameters (part 3): Home Sweet Home

June 20th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 

Ah. The residence. Shelter: one of my base three requirements. Talk about a necessity – especially up here in “dang, is it raining again?!?” country.

For the past ten years, I have been living near and working in a community that has a lot of folks living what the rest of the US would consider alternative (if not just outright whacked) lifestyles. I don’t mean same-sex partnerships or tinfoil hats (although there is plenty of that around here, as well) but living with a concerted emphasis on being “green”, with “green” meaning everything from how they try to live in harmony with the environment to the color of their teeth.

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The Necessary Year – Day 15: A Father’s Day Epiphany and First Blood

June 15th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


I had a pretty good weekend – I hope you did, too.

Sunday was Father’s Day and, while my dad was out of town, I was still able to call him and chat for a few minutes. It was great to hear his voice even if it was over a lousy cell-phone connection.

I wasn’t too close to my dad while growing up – much the opposite to be honest – but now, with both of us adults and decades of experience between the was and is of our lives, we’ve grown to not only respect but like each other.

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The Necessary Year – Day 13: Knee-Jerk Consumer

June 13th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


And I thought cutting back on fluids was hard.

Zappa.com just announced a new CD and I’m sitting over here having a hard time with the reality that I’m going to have to wait a year to order it.

I’ve never done that before. Waited, I mean. Not for a new Zappa album.

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The Necessary Year – Day 12: Some Great Questions and the End of the Tea

June 12th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Here are some interesting questions from one “Ms Sunshine”:

Since you took it a step further and seriously rationed your coffee and food, have you also curtailed your driving (i.e., only going to grocery store on way home from work, no joyrides, etc.)?

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The Necessary Year – Day 11: Defining the Parameters (part 2): Employment’s Necessities and To/From

June 11th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Employment’s Necesities

I am presently employed as a graphic designer at a magazine, though it was not long ago that I was manager of a bookstore and, given the nature of our economy and the general stability of periodicals, there is no telling what job I’ll have when next I post to this blog – or if I‘ll be lucky enough to be employed at all.

But the question is, what does my job – or my career – require me to have?

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The Necessary Year – Day 10: Why?

June 10th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


I thought I was pretty clear in my opening post and in the “About Me” portion of this blog, but obviously I wasn’t; too many people keep asking me the same question.

“Why are you doing this?”

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The Necessary Year – Day 7: Disturbing Revelations or Am I All Wet?

June 7th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Just one full week into The Necessary Year and I have already begun to miss something in an “uh-oh, am I gonna be able to do this” kind of way:

Fluids.

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The Necessary Year – Day 6: Defining the Parameters (part 1)

June 6th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


Necessary.

MerriamWebster’s online dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary”) defines it thusly:

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The Necessary Year – Day 4: It’s the Little Things

June 4th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


How many cups of coffee do you need a day?

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The Necessary Year – Day 3: “Ouch” and Points To Ponder

June 3rd, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 

Well, my first day out of the house during The Necessary Year (yesterday) saw me spend a total of $147.28. As I drove home I eyed the groceries and gas gauge thinking: “Is all this really necessary?”


A good friend of mine just sent an excellent email regarding The Necessary Year and I’d like to share parts of it with you:

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The Necessary Year – Day 1: Butterflies and Vcolor

June 1st, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 

I’m feeling optimistic but also a bit nervous. Thinking about doing something is one thing, committing to it publicly is another. This reminds me of when I told my daughter I would quit smoking, right then: well, you’re committed now! Here’s to hoping this goes off as smoothly as that did.

As a kind of “last supper” I walked down the hill last night and picked up a bottle of Sheaf stout and some Toll House ice cream sandwiches. I drank the beer with supper (so good and creamy!) but became so embroiled in getting this blog up that I forgot about dessert! I guess I can save them for later – unless my daughter beats me to them.

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The Necessary Year: June 1st, 2008 to May 31st, 2009

May 31st, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 

Prologue: Necessity is the Mother of Invention

It is crass to have this concept in a world where so many need so much but I am about to embark on an attempt to have a year devoid of pointless consumerism: The Necessary Year.

What do I mean by that?

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The Necessary Year

May 31st, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

In the spring of 2008 I saw the handwriting on the wall for my decaying marriage; it was not long for this world and I knew, after a decade of living quite comfortably, of buying music, books, and toys – oh, yes: lovely, expensive, new and vintage Japanese toys – and not worrying abou the debt I was wracking up doing so, that the impending divorce meant a major lifestyle change for myself.

From thence was born the concept of my blog (and maybe a book): The Necessary Year – 365 Days of Fiscal Restraint ~June 1st, 2008 to May 31st, 2009 ~

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