Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The "LDub Blog" Story
It was an ordinary day. We were visiting our friends Jerry and Sue in State College. Our mission for the day was to head to Whipple's Lake for some sunning and swimming and then to the Grange Fair for the evening. Well, the weather didn't want to cooperate so we missed the swimming and opted to go to a matinee movie. We decided of "Julia and Julie". A movie about a frustrated temp secretary (Amy Adams) who embarks on a year-long culinary quest to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog. Loved the movie!! On our way out of the movie theatre I said to everyone, "I'm going to write a blog!" After the laughing had stopped, Carol said, "about what?" "How about I write it about my life's experiences? Everyone always says 'You should write a book sometime about all that has happened to you.'" I reply. So there you are! Instantly, I'm a blogger. Now all I have to do is write a few stories. By the time we get back to Jerry and Sue's house to change for the Grange Fair I have a list of about 10 stories I can type. By the time we get home from the fair the list has grown to 20. See, I told you I did some neat things in my life!! I bet I could write a story a day for a year and still not run out of neat tales to tell. We travel back to Lancaster and the next day Carol and I are on our daily 2 mile walk and still thinking about stories. After coming up with half a dozen more I tell her, "Stop thinking of more. We didn't bring anything along to write down the ideas and I know I'll forget them." She says, "How about you remember a couple and I'll remember a couple." "OK, but next time we need to bring a paper and pencil. So it begins....... paper and pencil in the car, paper and pencil on our walks, paper and pencil on the snack tray by the TV, etc. Carol helped me get started in Blogspot and I'm really enjoying myself. I'm reliving my life! Making me feel young again!! I have a colored folder that I add the stories to and it has grown so much that I can't believe I lived this long and did so many things. Dug out all the old photos to see if they offered any clues for stories. I had to start crossing out the really dumb stuff and start concentrating on just the interesting tales. All the stories are true, but some names have been withheld to keep them from getting embarrassed. Even took my laptop along on our recent trip to Antigua so I could enjoy writing on the beach. It did cut into my nap time though. Figured out a few weeks ago how to add photos to help show what really happened and figured out today how to add a counter to the blog to see if anyone other than my kids are reading my stories. To my amazement, within a few hours half a dozen people had viewed my blog. Just as my son said to me, "This is going to really take off Dad when they see all the dumb things that have happened to you." It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.