Monday, December 19, 2011

I'm a sorry excuse for a blogger, eh?

Yes, I have allowed a full eleven months to pass since I posted "the first post of my new blog". I really ought to have written at least a couple of posts since then. For example, back in June I should've posted something about the death of Maria Gomes Valentim. She was born on July 9th of the year 1896, and between November 4th of 2010 and her death at the age of 114 on June 21st of this year she held the title of  "Oldest Person on Earth".  Naturally, upon her death the new OPOE was immediately crowned, and that person is the still-current OPOE  Bessie Cooper, who was born on the 26th of August in  1896, just a few weeks later than Maria. 

In addition to promising to blog about the OPOE's, I also promised to report about any earthquakes that I experienced. Well, I am very pleased to be able to report that I haven't felt anything all year. Lots of big quakes around the world have been making news, but here in SoCal it remains pretty quiet.

I also mentioned in my first post that I sometimes do a little doodling in a sketchbook and also strum the guitar a bit. Well, over the past eleven months I have indeed been doing some of both. Well ...... actually I haven't touched the sketchbook. I have instead switched to "drawing" on the computer. It's nothing fancy or impressive. Just using the rudimentary program "Paint". Drawing with the mouse. I've been posting a lot of my "art" on Facebook. I suppose I could've posted some of it here as well. Most of what I've come up with have been crudely drawn comic strips featuring a couple of young women sitting in a coffee house, drinking lattes, surfing the internet and discussing current events such as the Congressman Weiner scandal and the conviction of Dr. Conrad Murray (Michael Jackson's physician). None of it has been particularly insightful or clever or even funny, but I'm entertaining myself with 'em, and also deriving an enormous amount of satisfaction from being creative on a regular basis.

So perhaps I'll start posting some of that on here in 2012. Or maybe I should start a new blog -- maybe one just especially for that comic strip about the two coffee drinking 'net surfers. Or maybe ---- just maybe ---- I shall again forget about blogging of any kind for another eleven months or more. I know not. We shall see.

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

The first post of my new blog

Hello. My name is Dave and this (trumpet fanfare: da-dada-daaaa) is the first post of my new blog. For the past few years I've had a blog over on MySpace, but I figured that I'd better find a new venue, considering the following factors: (a.) the mass exodus from MySpace to Facebook that's been going on over the past couple of years will soon be complete, leaving MySpace a complete and utter ghost town; (b.) every time I do log on to MySpace I find that everything has, once again, been changed, rearranged and screwed up in a bizarre rush to make it even lamer and less user-friendly than Facebook; (c) what with no users and everything suckin' I really won't be surprised to see the once fabulous MySpace completely disappear some day soon --- sinking beneath the seas and into legend like the lost continent of Atlantis.

It really is a pity, and it's a mystery to me. MySpace was seriously fantastic for a few years there. Why everybody decided that they preferred boring, oppressive ol' Facebook is simply bizarre to me. But I won't go off on a rant about that. That's old news. Onward now! Onward with my new blog, which I have decided to, as you can see, entitle "Throwing the ball to Naturally".

So what do I blog about? Well, let me try to compile at least a partial list of topics that I'm sure I'll be writing about:

1. Earthquakes: Every time I feel an earthquake here in southern California I'll post a little bit about where I was, how long it lasted, how strong it felt, what sort of damage there was, etcetera. HOPEFULLY, none of my earthquake posts will contain much drama.

2. OPOE's: Every time the "Oldest Person On Earth" dies, a new "Oldest Person On Earth" is crowned, and I'll be posting about it here. I am inexplicably fascinated by the passage of time, and the way that whole generations pass away and are replaced by new ones. Do you realize that as each OPOE dies their "living memories" pass away into the realm of "history". Bit by bit "living memory" is passing away into "history". Fascinating, ain't it?

3. Health & Fitness: Amongst the most boring of my posts will be the ones about how much I weigh, what I've been eating, how much I'm exercising, how I feel, blah blah blah.

4. Vacations & Trips: I always mean to write up detailed accounts of our vacations and excursions, illustrated with plenty of pictures. I rarely get around to it though.

5. Politics & Culture: Occasionally I'll ramble about politics or the state of our culture, or maybe some specific "cultural event" or some current news story. I won't claim to have anything profound to say. I just sometimes feel like putting my thoughts and opinions about stuff into writing.

6. Movie Reviews: Very often I have pretty strong opinions about movies. But I rarely get around to writing them down. I might do so, though. Could happen.

7. Little anecdotes from daily life: Every now and then I experience or witness little events that I feel I simply must share. I'm sorry to say that these are usually very negative -- people being particulary rude or stupid, for example.

8. Dreams: Yeah, sometimes, if I'm able to remember a dream I've had, I'll write about it.

9. Gettin' Stuff Done: Even more boring and repetitive than the "Health and Fitness" posts will be the ones about what sort of stuff I'm gettin' done. I'll write about how I'm making time for reading or yardwork or whatever. Frightfully boring stuff.
10. The Arts: Occasionally I do a little doodling in a sketchbook or a little strumming on a guitar. And, although it's been a very long time, I did at one time try my hand at writing fiction. So the possibility exists that something artistic could at some point find its way into this blog. But don't hold your breath for that.

Well, I think that that's a pretty thourough summary of what I'll be blogging about. That's the sort of stuff that I put in my MySpace blog, anyway. To sum it up and put it in a nutshell: It's stuff of interest to me; much of it probably of interest ONLY to me.

And ... well .... this concludes the first post of my new blog here on Blogspot. Uh ..... blogger? Where am I?

Monday, January 17th, 2011