Posted by: doctornuke | December 15, 2010

Where do I start?

Where do I go?
Getting started

I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a blog for quite a while. Last year I sat in on a course for getting started as a writer, taught by Brad Zockoll. He suggested making a habit of writing in order to develop one’s skills as a writer. I started a blog shortly after that (maybe the third or fourth such attempt at blogging), but I just never made it into a routine. So here I am trying again.

Why now? Why not? My wife Leigh started one, and I thought “well, if she can do it I can too.” I get myself into all sorts of trouble thinking like that. 😉 So we’ll give it another try and see if I can make this into a routine.

I think part of my problem is not knowing what to write about. I’m a pretty boring guy, and often don’t feel I have anything worth writing about. That’s not quite true – I have had many unique experiences in my life, and have traveled all over the world. And I have a lot of different interests. But I am pretty much a two-dimensional guy. I feel I don’t have a lot of depth. So maybe this will help me fill in some of that depth, or understand where I hide that depth.

Yet I sit here typing feverishly but with no particular theme in mind. So for now, I’ll just go with that.

Big day today – we bought a Jeep Liberty. We have found since we moved to Idaho that getting around town after a snowstorm can be challenging. My Z4 is about useless – not only is it too light on ice; it is very close to the ground, and can easily get hung in tall snow or in the snow channels that happen when a few truck drive through the snow and make ruts. Leigh’s Honda is not much better. We need to put some snow tires on it – that would make a difference, but still I felt we needed a 4WD vehicle. Plus with Kyle driving and going across town to school, we are short on cars on a good day when the Z4 is able to drive. The Jeep is a very clean white 2004 with low miles – just under 64K. Kyle will probably be the primary driver when my car is drivable (I miss driving my car – Kyle has been driving it a lot lately). When the weather turns, we’ll see how things go.

Speaking of weather, it has been unusual here this year. We got hit by about a foot of snow around Thanksgiving, over a 3-4 day period, but it has been pretty dry since then. We’ve had a couple of dustings, but most of the initial snow has melted. At the same time, Knoxville has been hit with a hard cold spell and a couple of inches of snow. But we are getting some snow tonight – they are predicting about an inch of accumulation tonight. I’ve learned, however, that the science of weather prediction is more of an art around here, and that there aren’t a lot of good artists. So we’ll see what we have in the morning. We should get some use out of the 4WD on the Jeep tomorrow though.

Hope we get some use out of the Jeep. We really can’t afford it at this time, but we also can’t afford to not be able to get out of the house to get Leigh to school. I can work from home, but as a teacher Leigh really can’t. And Kyle has to go to school. Apparently schools are rarely closed here. The city is actually pretty good at moving snow, and heavy snowfalls are rare. Idaho Falls and the Snake River Valley are a high plains desert – not a whole lot of moisture. We get about 14″ per year, or around 1″ per month.

Well, I’ve done okay in this stream of consciousness writing thing, but I’m thinking this would be a good time to wrap it up. I’ll try to add more tomorrow.

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” –Robert McCloskey

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