Can you say “rubber baby buffer dumpers” ten times real fast?
It is not without reason that this blog has not been updated regularly for the last year. I apologize to all zero readers who have missed it.
Once an author being interviewed on NPR mused that the truly great authors, a group from which he excluded himself, seem unashamed about baring their souls. He said they write for God. So it is that I’ve had much on my mind of late, but have been reluctant to share it in a public place. I have been writing as much as ever — for God — but have been unwilling to publish.
Meanwhile, my mental buffers are as full as a hair-choked drain. How’s that for a disturbing mixed metaphor? Now you know why I haven’t been sharing stuff. It’s time to dump just a few things so I can move on.
There have been changes to my once mundane but stable life. Persons who know me are aware that I moved from Phoenix, Arizona to Columbus, Ohio in mid-November, 2007. The overriding impetus that caused me to trade a happy life in my beloved Phoenix for Columbus was economic need; so I risked my future for one reason: to accept a promising job for which I had been recruited. The move was not the result of being driven by some irrational urge to live in Ohio, which thought had never crossed my mind.
Current economic conditions being what they are, that job lasted only sixteen months. As jobs go, while rewarding in some ways, and certainly challenging, in others it was a disappointment and not what I had hoped for. In my adult life I’ve held five primary jobs. In terms of satisfaction, benefits, and pleasure in doing, I cannot rate my most recent one as being among the top four.
Nonetheless, here I am, still in Ohio. This in itself is not a bad thing. Ohio, and Columbus in particular, has rewarded me with experiences I would not have wanted to miss.
Inevitably, I’m impelled to make comparisons between life in Columbus and Phoenix, but have discerned that allowing the analysis to move me to conclude whether it has all been worth it is an exercise of little value to me or anyone else. Phoenix was then, Ohio is now and where my future will be, and there are good and bad points to both. Above all, it is my goal to remain where I am for the rest of my days in this life. Whether that is possible remains to be seen.
So hello to Columbus, with its river trails, Whetstone Park, Wexner Center, The Ohio State University, Franklin Park Conservatory, Bexley Library, Columbus Zoo, Germantown, Short North, and as yet untapped advantages. For better or worse, you now belong to me.