Friday, March 25, 2005


Who remembers "3-2-1 Contact"? I used to watch it when I came home from school (Forest Ave. Elementary to be specific) while waiting for Mom to cook dinner. If I remember correctly, it came on after "Reading Rainbow". It was part of my allotted hour of TV watching before the local PBS replaced it with "Square 1 TV," also an excellent show that amused and educated me for many episodes. Those shows are perhaps a good topic for later discussion, but today I'm just interested in a specific piece of a specific episode: when Paco went to Space Camp. I was fascinated and decided that someday I, too, would go to Space Camp.

And I did, Christmas break my sophomore year of high school I attended Space Academy Level II in Huntsville, Alabama (I was by then too old for the actual Space Camp but this was the same thing, albeit a little more thorough). My brother also went (Level I) and we both had a good time. It was, I think, the first time we had flown anywhere by ourselves. It was significant for other reasons, though - "Go to Space Camp" had been on my mental list of things-to-do-someday for a long time. It was, I think, one of the first concrete realizations I had that things could actually come OFF that list. It was a goal that had always (when I thought of it) felt whimsical and unreal. "Wouldn't it be nice if..." became "Look what I did..." and it was every bit as fun as I had hoped (it's been a long time since I've even tried to deny my geek nature).

It's an odd feeling, approaching the Reality version of something that's long been in Daydream status. It's fun but I tend to let things sit in Daydream status too long. I need periodic reminders to check my Someday List for those eureka moments of "Hey, I can actually accomplish this!"

Dave Hauver provided the most recent reminder. At the end of this month, he will be setting out on the Appalachian Trail with the intention of walking its entire length from Georgia to Mt. Katadin in Maine. It's something he's wanted to do for some time and now, he's actually doing it. Go Dave. It's quite a leap. He has also, while we're at it, had dreams of documentaries bouncing around in his head for some time. He's addressing that, too, by carrying a camera with him as he hikes. I'm sure we'll get some very interesting footage from Mr. Hauver. I look forward to it. For those of you who want to follow along in his adventure, he has a trail journal set up already. You can find it here (and I'll put a link in my sidebar). Check it out. And applaud Dave for taking this leap, for checking this item off his Someday list.

Now you'll have to excuse me, I have a novel to write.

Friday, March 18, 2005


Joy to all and happiness to the rest: the Internet and I have reconciled after our long (and admittedly painful) separation. It started with the move.

In February I was driven from my last home and the wonderful Internet connection I had found there. Boldly I set forth and my journeys carried me far and wide before finally I found haven in Arlington. There I began to rebuild that which had been torn down. I fear I focused on other priorities while the Internet languished.

I, fool that I was, left it alone for no small span of time. Oh sure, we found small joys in the occasional encounter, but it was not enough. I would sneak off to my brother's house and meet it there, or make excuses to travel to my girlfriend's dwelling where I would seek a brief moment of happiness with the Internet. Alas, those flashes of connection were all too rare and far too brief.

Tonight, for the first time in more than a month, I welcome the Internet into my home once more. It brings with it the email, blogs, and webcomics I have long missed. Soon, though I do not perhaps deserve the reward, there will even be a new bundle of electronic joy - Xbox Live.

What this means for you, dear readers, is that you get to resume your role as readers once more while I take upon me the mantle of blogger. I once more have access to the tools I need to serve you the best and wittiest commentary I have to offer, more or less. So be content knowing there is more to come (at least until I get the Xbox Live hooked up - after that all bets are off)


Comments I Know You Are Going to Make But Which I Intend to Preempt Here:
- You were gone?
- You do realize that this absence isn't significantly different (statistically speaking) from your previous absences when you DID have internet connection?
- Excuses, excuses
- While I appreciate the "best and wittiest commentary [you] have to offer" I was hoping for something a little higher quality - like, perhaps, monkeys with typewriters.
- I'll believe it when I see it.

And that's it for now - I'll let you come up with the rest.
(It's good to be back)