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Beginnings are always hard



I like it. I’ve been doing it, to all intents and purposes since before there was an internet.  I started doing the sorts of things I do on my livejournal  in 1984, or so; when one used the mail to distribute the conversation.

And I like Livejournal, but it’s not working for me as a platform.   So I’ve started this.

What is this?  A blog.  A place for me to talk about things I like, my life, photography, books, music, conventions, science fiction fandom, food, beer, wine, work, politics, woodworking, knives, whatever strikes my fancy.

The rules here aren’t going to be all that different from my Lj:  Be nice to one another.  Doesn’t mean you can’t be heated.  Strong language may be used; but don’t forget there is a real person on the other end of the conversation.  You can be anyone you want to be, so long as you have a persistent identity. I don’t need to know who you are, but community requires accountability.  I’ll be moderating things.  I practice disemvowelment.

If you want to know who I am… Hell if I can tell you.  I’m in my 40s.  I’ve been a machinist, a soldier, done some catering, and worked in pizza. I played the cello, and play the penny-whistle.  I’ve acted.  I was a studio projectionist, and a security guard.  I’ve sold books, and games and cookware. I’ve been a model.  I spent 15 years teaching people how to do interrogation.  I’ve been to Korea, Ukraine, Germany, Scotland and Iraq for the US Army.  I’ve lived on both coasts, and in the middle of the country.  I love deserts, and mountains and oceans.  I eat meat, and grow plants.  Like Nero Wolfe I don’t think anyone should be hungry, so when I can, I feed them.  I’ve several hundreds of thousand of words about it, and asides and the like, at the aformentioned Lj, from my “liveblogging” my time in Iraq (which I sent home to be printed in an Amateur Press Association, the aforementioned “blog before there were blogs) to the present election; and all sorts of points in between.

I am a liberal and while it took a while I’ve become much more willing to say that out loud.  I think Obama is the best of a bad lot; and I’d like to see a much more liberal president.  It saddens me to think that I might be happier if Nixon were in office again; because he was more liberal than anyone who’s been elected since I gained the franchise.

I like people.   “Be good to one another” is probably the guiding principle I’ve taken to heart.  So that’s a lot of what I talk about, when it comes to politics.  I see people who aren’t promoting that idea, and it pisses me off.

And, for good or ill, a lot of what spurs me to write is that something has annoyed me.  I don’t like living in a state of frustration, and I recall the sense that I was alone in what I thought.  The Net has ameliorated that, given me (and a whole lot of others) a place to vent, and share, and talk; to find that we aren’t alone.

I like people, and the world we share.  I should like to think there is a lot of Boomdeyadda to be had.


10 thoughts on “Beginnings are always hard

  1. I suspect anything I write will be an enlargement of the “Cool!” I left on ManBoobz.

    Except I was crushed to see you didn’t make up ‘disemvowelment’. 😉

  2. If it makes you feel any better, I know the person who did. 🙂

    It’s a really handy thing, and a large part of why I finally made a wordpress blog.

  3. I see you mention photography amongst your interests/blog subjects. Is that crab pic one of yours?

  4. Yes. I took it in Galapagos in 2007.

  5. Oh look, another blog to subscribe to 🙂

  6. Ah, disemvoweling. I fear if I comment here regularly, I’m going to wear out William Carlos Williams’ plums on trolls. I really should get some new material.

    I wish I could remember the name of the comm where the moderators write (or used to write) a haiku after banning someone ….

  7. Not likely. It’s the pointlessly rude, or personally mean (for want of a clearer way to explain it) which will cost people their vowels. It’s sort like Potter Stewart on pornography, I know it when I see it. In my time on manboobz I’ve not seen many comments which justified it; and those were the one’s Dave took down. If I were you, I’d not worry. In part because I expect to get different trolls.

  8. Love, love, love that crab photograph.

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