I’ll start with a simple answer – I’ve been taking a “vacation”, doing a lot of online reading and searching for information, in hopes of overcoming a problem I’ve been having. I’ll explain in a little more detail later on. Please note that this is going to be a multiple-points post, with something quite literally for everyone, so bear with me, here goes.
First off, a big “Thank You” to the number of folk who have subscribed to my blog since my last post. I am truly grateful (and quite stunned) to find people continue to find something of value here. Thanks, and welcome aboard!
Second, for those of you who aren’t aware of my health issues, my 13-year struggle with my ongoing “cluster headaches” continues. (Think of them as migraines, without the sensitivity to light and sound.) For a few years recently, I’ve had an additional minor-to-moderate symptom of not being able to find the right word when talking or typing replies. (My longer-term reader will know I try to write my responses as if I were just chatting, to make the replies “friendlier”.) I’ll come back to this in a moment.
Third, those whose blogs I’ve terrorised for the past few years will notice I’ve been very-much absent for the past few weeks. I’ve been going through some “personal stuff”, the details of which I won’t prattle on about. Suffice to say, with my mother’s 80th birthday having recently passed, “bummed out” has been the mood du jour. (I’ve managed to shove the date of her death, and the date three weeks later when I finally found out about it, out of the front of my memory. Her birthday is harder, as I always fretted for weeks about the “perfect” present, despite her treating even the crappiest gift as a treasure.)
Now, throw in that my “can’t find the right word” problem has gotten dramatically worse. Not only do I get frustrated and angry just trying to talk, but it’s been creeping into my writing as well. Simple quick witticisms have become a struggle. Even my little “teaser” about my “Lady Be Good” post took far longer to write than any previous attempt. The net result has been to turn my previously enjoyable romps around the Net into a struggle.
So what’s the point? Well, for the new folk, it means I’ll be writing more here, as therapy for my word-searching inabilities. The posts might sound a bit more formal, but I will attempt to avoid dropping $64 words like “erudite” and stick with “learned” or “educated”. I ain’t no Harvard lit grad, and they’s no way I’m a startin’ now! Don’t worry, they’ll be lighter tales of my various car-based adventures, insane pet stories (about insane pets), and whatever other oddities that might catch my fancy.
Now for the bad news. You’re gonna see a LOT less of me out on the comment rolls. I’ll try to drop by periodically, or whenever something triggers a pithy comeback, but otherwise, the silence will continue for a while. Believe me, I’d rather be out among you, making your lives miserable, but not at the risk of becoming crazed trying to find the proper words. (I get pissed when that happens, and more than once, my wife has ended up the unintentional target of my anger – and that will NOT do!)
So that’s the story. I will miss the (in some cases) daily interplay, but hopefully this will get my internal lexicon back up and running. Until then, enjoy the silence and lack of annoyance. But remember – I’m still out here. And you never know when I might strike next…… 😉 😀