15 12 2021

WordPress tell me they’ve been hosting these humble scratchings on my behalf for a whole decade now. I’m a little taken aback by that, to be honest. It seems only a couple of weeks ago that my very good friend suggested I write a blog as a means of expressing myself and dealing with what Capote’s Ms Golightly calls the mean reds.

Gratuitous photo of VanDusen Festival of Lights 2021

We were on a business trip to Brazil at the time… my first time to South America, and where I discovered caipirinhas. And so, on 13th December 2011 I put finger to keyboard and became a blogger… whatever that meant!

My fist tentative toe-dip was called So Many Opinions, So Little Time…, and re-reading it just now I am embarrassed. Yes, by the arrogance I displayed and still share with any blogger: that someone else might actually read their musings; yes by the clumsy anti-French jibes so common of those jealous of others (especially their skill in bread baking); but most egregiously… for the typo. Yup, I misspelt “metric” 10 years ago and never noticed. Perhaps if someone had ever actually read the page in the intervening decade, I might have felt the pressure to address the issue! Now, I think it needs to remain – a testament to my total lack of sexual encounters given. But shorter.

But hey – this is therapy, so blog on I did. For a total (thus far) of 1,101 postings, or about one every 3 days. Which, considering I “dried up” from February 2018 to May 2020 isn’t that bad as a method of self expression (though often the expression was one of total confusion and denial)! I guess COVID was a factor in my 2020 rekindled interest in self-expression, but who knows? Who, for that matter, cares?

The interwebs, we are told, are kitten-powered. I loathe cats. They’re vindictive little buggers and would smother you and eat you for breakfast if they thought they could. In fact, here in BC, cougars can and occasionally do.

Cats – see? Give me a dog any day… and talking of that, here’s a gratuitous photo of my ex-dog back in Christmas 2012 when the idea of a clown being president or a return to the horrors of a global pandemic the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Spanish Flu 100 years ago seemed laughable.

If you got this far – I thank-you. It’s strangely comforting to know that there are others out there who will read almost anything, just on the off-chance they may learn something new or have an opinion changed or at least questioned. Here’s to the next decade… if we haven’t set the world on fire by then!



3 responses

20 12 2021

Ah! Caipirinhas! Definitely one of our favorite parts of our four-month stay in Brazil Astounding how cheap the good cachaça (sp?) was! And the limes!

And I hear you re: the arrogance of early blogging. I, imagined a huge following, ad revenue — I mean, there are some pretty crappy blogs out there with a huge following — and I wrote some good stuff. One heartfelt post raised the ire of some members of my family and I kind of lost the taste for it.

I also find that, as I get older (so much older!) I care less and less if other people know what I think. Good for me, perhaps not so good for my 165 or so blog followers. 😀

I was muttering to the radio just yesterday that our planet is melting and millions are dying of a somewhat preventably-ongoing pandemic, but let’s keep fighting over Afghanistan and whether women do or do not have the right to maintain control of their bodies or even get an education in some countries. That’ll help.


p.s. I always read to the end.

20 12 2021
Quieter Elephant

I’m always glad of the company – thanks for all the visits over the years.

21 12 2021


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