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“Lost” Keys

Another vote for deleting the “Not” in my Blog title….

Last night I was rather busy, coming home. I put down my laptop case, unstrapped my backpack, and then headed outside to hunt slugs. (I’m all for the minimal suffering, so I hunt them and stab them with a steak knife. No, I am not next in line to be a serial killer, I just think it’s the humane thing to do!)

Then I called my highschool best friend I’ve recently reconnected with. During our chat, I wondered about my keys. I can’t remember why, but I looked in the little bowl by the door and only saw the spare car key in there.

I began to shuffle through the things on my desk top and table, mentioning to Jennifer that I couldn’t find my keys. That led to a discussion on¬†Alzheimers, and then on to more fun filled topics.

I have to get to bed very early as I need to rise at 4:00 every work day morning, so at 7:45, I sorrowfully said I had to go. I finished up my blog post, then cast about for my keys again.

I looked over the desk and table again. I searched my backpack. I upended my backpack. I searched the bare kitchen counters. I looked in my coat pockets four different times. I looked in the bathroom. I went back outside, covering my hunting path (found another slug to kill).

I was sure I would find it outside, because my car key is one of them fancy dancy electronic remote start keys that cost $$$ to replace, but no, I did not find them out there. I went back in the house, through the whole routine again. I pleaded to the universe for mercy. I was going to go crazy in the near future.

I checked the top of the dryer, and I found the spare car key.

Wait a second. Wasn’t the spare in the little key bowl? I look again. After spending a half hour frantically looking everywhere, I find that I mistook my bunch of keys for the spare key. I had put them where they are supposed to go, after all.

D’oh!

But I assure you, I am not a complete idiot.

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Yikes!

Hello, WordPress public!

I created a poll a couple posts ago, and got some lovely responses from family members! (Thanks a bunch!) I wanted to find out what the appeal of my blog might be to strangers, though. How does it work?

I’m sure the answer is as varied as the people in the world, but I’d like a clue. I spent a whole day creating a blog that was seen by very few people, even my facebook crowd. The ones that did see it, liked it and decided to follow my blog, for whatever that’s worth.

I’m not a real ambitious person, but I would like to see some reaction from my blogs. I started it to create a presence on the web, so that when I publish my book, I can reach a broader audience. In the mean time, I just ramble about things that cross my mind, and hope to start a conversation.

Up till a second ago, I was going to title this blog gagalicious. Just did a google and I definitely don’t want to do that!! I shudder to think of the followers I would get from a tag like that. But I was trying to come up with a catchy word to describe a gagging impression a person might take from a title or content or perceived personality.

The blog I worked so hard on which got very little traffic, was titled, “We’re the Best that We Can Be” Ironically enough, the blog talked about my own gagging response to this, our high school class motto.

I also get a bit of a yikes response to people I perceive to be falsely, or ignorantly, bright, peppy, optimistic, or new age. I believe I will write a blog on my views of new age. They will certainly be typically contradictory. But hopefully, it will help sort out my own prickly feelings.

Because here comes the contradictory bit of this blog. As I worked through my blog about my class motto, I came to realize that the problem I had with it was all in my head. When viewed from a different perspective, I could see that this motto had something to teach me, something to help me, something to believe in.

Why do you decide to read my blog? (A poll)

A) Interesting Title

B) Interest in the Tags or Categories

C) Curiosity

D) Got some time to kill

E) Support the Blogger

Do comment, be honest, and just type the letter, or make your comment as lengthy as you want. Just comment!! ūüėÄ

Web Log

I got an e-mail today from WordPress. It was urging me to make a new post, and one of its ideas was: “What change would you like your blog to make in the world? Start a blog post and tell us why you’re here.”

Really, I want to change the world, eh? ¬†Well, it would be great if I somehow inspired readers to be nicer to themselves and others, but with the¬†likelihood of that, I won’t press the point.

I remember the first blog I looked at, during and about the making of the TV cult hit “Firefly”.(How long ago was that?) ¬†I wasn’t captivated by it, though I totally dug the show. But that is where I learned that the word blog is short for web log. How many of you knew that?

My WordWeb (http://wordweb.info/free/ absolutely great tool)  defines a log as, among other things,

Noun: log  lóg

  1. A written record of messages sent or received
    “they¬†kept¬†a log of all¬†transmission¬†by the¬†radio¬†station“; “an¬†email¬†log”
  2. A written record of events on a voyage (of a ship or plane)

Now to me, this naturally translates into their definition of Blog:

Noun: blog  blóg

  1. A shared on-line journal where people can post daily entries about their personal experiences and hobbies
    postings¬†on a blog are¬†usually¬†in¬†chronological¬†order“;
    –¬†web log

So, no ¬†changing of the world here. You want that, you better check out someone else’s blog. Have at it, and have fun. But right here at “I’m not a complete idiot” you will be subjected to my random thoughts and possibly accounts of significant happenings in my life. We clear, WordPress?

Right.

I’m not a complete meanie

When I was in therapy, we decided my biggest obstacle was my inner meanie. Now, I wonder if the coyote collaborated with the inner meanie to create a blog dedicated to outlining the ways I am sometimes foolish. I intend to contrast this with ways I am clever, or exceptional, even. So what does that leave you with, dear reader? An illustration of how self absorbed I can be, I suppose. Wait, was that you, inner meanie?? Yeah, it’s tricky.

The truth is, I’m learning all the time. Sometimes, I learn things the hard way… In other words, I am unique, just like everybody else. My next blog will be about my life’s work, which is equal parts foolishness and brilliance. I know you can’t wait!

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