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Reflections on 200 Entries

September 22, 2001ish - 2:15ish

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Dear Diary,


September 22 is ... Hobbit Day and Dear Diary Day (Yeah. Appropriate, ain't it? Woohoo! The Hobbit!)

Today is special. There was a reason why I have been frantically updating lately. I had a specific goal in mind you see. When I first thought of my goal, I only had to update once a day and twice on the final day to reach my goal, but I was lazy a lot, so instead I had to update something like 5 or 6 times in two days to get where I wanted to be.

Why is today special, you may ask. Well, due to my specific goal thing, there are actually two things special about today. Today marks the 200th entry I've done for this diary, as well as 11 months to the day since my very first entry.

This being my 200th entry means that I've neglected about 135 days in this year, assuming that I update daily for a month. Otherwise, the number could theoretically be as high as 165 or 164 days, but not less than 135 days. Likely the number will be higher than 135, but lower than 165. I don't have a mystical number I'd really like to hit, so I'm not going to try to do anything like that.

Besides, things like mystic numbers kind of creep me out. numbers are just there...there really shouldn't be anything too special about them to anyone except mathematicians.

More Foreign Words in the English Language

veld (n. VELT or FELT)

: a grassland especially of southern Africa usually with scattered shrubs or trees

Veld (also spelled veldt) comes from Afrikaans, the language of the Afrikaners, the descendants of the Dutch and Huguenot people who settled in southern Africa in the 17th century. Literally, veld means field, and is akin to feld, the Old English predecessor of field. English speakers adopted the Africa-specific sense of veld in the 19th century. Veld refers to open country in southern Africa. Different regions of veld are distinguished by their elevations. There is the Highveld, the Lowveld, and the Middle Veld, each with different geographical characteristics. Another term associated with veld is kopje (pronounced KAH-pee). Kopje came to English from Afrikaans (and ultimately from a Dutch word meaning small head or cup) and refers to a small hill, particularly one on the African veld.

So what have I accomplished in this diary over 200 entries and nearly a year? How have things changed? Well...I don't really know. Somehow I think I've become more open about daily life stuff, whether to the detriment or amusement of others, I have no idea. I guess I got over the whole fear of people on the internet finding me who actually knew me and reading things deal. This diary has gone from something I did to procrastinate in my spare time, to something that I feel like I *have* to do in order to vent about things I don't understand. And even when I don't have anything puzzling me, I feel compelled to put something here anyway. Maybe it's become an addiction of sorts. Features have been added, deleted, become a regular thing...it's all been rather interesting actually. I'd reflect on this some more, but it's now 2:15 in the Central time zone, so I really need to post this.

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