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Thursday, August 26, 2010

I Have Been.....

Under a rock?

Trying to find my password to the blog?

Fighting 3-legged cyborgs?

Smelling dog breath?

Doin the dang thang?  Yep.  That's it.

I guess that's what it all boils down to--DO THE DANG THANG.  Well the summer has been upon us and we've been doing a lot.  And now there is much to be said.  Some good, some bad.  All is real and vibrant in the world when we have the great professor EGB holding her daily class.

Basically it's gotten to a point that there is too much to share so I don't know where to start for fear that it will sound like this, "adilsjajbsv aoidlsvh ousahe oen woiueh soviu eobn coo alnd cvpone ooco."  This quote actually reminds of this kid in high school who claimed he could speak backwards.  So we'd all try to stump him with sentences that he'd proceed to say some mumbo jumbo back and claim it was backwards for what we just said.  No one ever fact checked his work, but it sure sounded funny as hell.  I wonder what he's up to these days?  He's probably got a blog that's really hard to read, but also funny as hell.

Anyway, you know that feeling in life when you want to do so many things at once you do nothing?  Well this summer I got a case of that.  I'm gonna beat it though.  One story at a time.  One lesson.  One experience.  One memory.  One.  At.  A. Time.  That's always the best advice in these situations.

So you want to be a writer, a rock star, a mom, and a triathlete?

Can you?  Or should you?  It's like in the movie Adaptation...I don't remember everything from the movie other than it was a movie about a guy trying to write a movie about a book.  That kind of stuff always messes me up, but I'm usually up for a challenge when watching a movie.  You ever seen Memento? Anyway, I remember Meryl Streep's character is the author of the book about the dark underbelly of the world of orchid thieves, that Nicolas Cage is trying to write a movie about.  On its face a book about orchid thievery isn't the the most titillating subject for a movie.  Regardless, the one thing that stuck with me was how Meryl Streep's (character) really wanted to write a book about what it means to have a passion for one thing like her orchid thief character.  I can relate to that.  I think a lot of us can.  And those that can't--your world seems more manageable than it is for the rest of us.:

There are too many ideas and things and people.  Too many directions to go.  I was starting to believe the reason it matters to care passionately about something, is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size.

I suppose I do have one unembarrassed passion.  I want to know what it feels like to care about something passionately.

But I don't think it has to be one grand thing and that's it forever.  It just has to be about passion for the one thing at one time.  Or it can be about the passion of discovering passion.  Whatever it is, that's a life worth living.

In the spirit of these thoughts, I'll try to get caught up in this blog and in this world-one "whatever it is" at a time.  I will try not to be paralyzed by the data overload that life has become.

Side note--I don't want to go off on a tangent, but it is fitting here to mention an article I read this morning on my phone in between experiences.  If you read this you'll understand why the previous sentence has its relevance. .  We've created a world of action without time for reflection.  And that makes a brother tired and without the strength to get back to blogging--which is really a modern way of reflecting and processing the data of life.

Time to slow down a sec and look at my one thing.  EGB.  If you want to know about passion and one thing spend some time with a two year old.  Their wants are strong and focused, but fleeting at the same time.  It's a beautiful thing that we can all learn from.  Want something really bad.  Get it or maybe not.  Then move on.  Start the cycle over.  It's raw and efficient, but somehow romantically primal.

So yes there is lots to share.  It's been a sweet summer on the trail, in the house, in the mountains, and with my blessed family.  It will flow over time.  Until then, check out this video of EGB going after her one thing until something more powerful takes over.  I'm not really sure what she wants.  She's not very clear about her desires.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

It's Friday In The Jungle

A big summer recap is due.  Later.  It's always later.

One day I'm just going to open my eyes and it's going to be EGB's wedding day or something crazy like that.  And I'll wonder where did all the time go?  It all got bottled up, sold to cyborgs, and is being traded on the interplanetary memory exchange black market.  I'll just have to deal with it then.

Until then.  I'm memorializing memories right here on this humble space.

Happy Friday!

I hope you party with the dogs and sleep with them.  EGB does.