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September 22

Multiple things on my mind tonight.

I've been getting an inordinate amount of religious spam this week. I don't mean the sick-sweet forwards from well-meaning friends. I'm talking about spam from some interest group or another, puporting to want my opinion on school prayer and don't I want a Christian mortgage to go along with that?

Frankly, this stuff offends me more than porn spam ever could. I don't like "Christian" used as a selling-point adjective, for one thing. If a business owner wants to live up to Christian ideals, that's a fine and wonderful thing. Attempting to flaunt it, and gain by that flaunting? Not so wonderful.

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Something that has surprised me more than the question of whether or not Cat Stevens has any ties to a terrorist organization in light of his recently being denied entrance to the United States is the amount of truly impassioned speech against him. I haven't followed his story in a long time, so some of the information people were presenting (with appropriate reference) was indeed news to me. All I know for sure is that I always liked his music. And I still do.

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I'm having to rethink some things in regard to my freelance work. I've come up against a client whose pay habits are slipping, and while I do expect the client to pay me for the last work done, I'm going to have to establish some concrete expectations.

I'm not an unreasonable person in terms of payments; if a client needs to take extra time to pay, I'm not likely to get upset about it, if I'm told in advance there will need to be a delay. But to fail to pay when the bill is presented, and to fail to comment on the need for delay, is not acceptable.

If for no other reason, a delay without comment makes me feel that my work is being undervalued. In this particular instance, I don't think that's the case; I think the client has forgotten to write a check. But it still makes me feel bad.

Okay, it makes me feel a little bit used and a lot taken for granted. I don't like either of those things.

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