5 things you’ve missed in 6 months

I took a six-month break from blogging because I decided no one cared about my life or opinion on anything—I barely care about my opinion on anything—so why bother writing? People are bombarded with opinions all day, and I didn’t feel like adding to the noise anymore. Plus, it’s not like I’m getting paid to do it.

So just as I was developing a following and hitting a groove, I stopped. Occasionally I would think that some random event would be great for a post, though I quickly snuffed out those thoughts with self-doubt.

But I have to write. It’s part of who I am. And if no one reads what one writes, what’s the point of writing to begin with? So here’s five earth-shattering events that have happened in the time I’ve been gone:

The power went out for a whole day one time after a big storm rolled through here. My dog, Katniss, and I were stuck in the heat for 21 hours. Luckily my wife was out of town, so she didn’t have to endure the lack of electricity. When the power came back on, I promised myself I’d never take it for granted again. Whenever something crappy happens now, I usually think, “Well, at least the power isn’t out.”

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If you’re not sure of what this is, it’s a 1/24th-scale car seat.

I resumed scale modeling. I used to build little plastic models in my younger days and decided it was time to try again. It’s really easy to get frustrated, though. Primarily I am into cars and World War II aircraft. The thing that gets me is no matter how hard I try or what I accomplish, it never seems good enough or detailed enough. We’ll see how long this hobby lasts.

I conquered my fear of dining alone at sit-down restaurants, as in the types of places you’re supposed to leave a tip. I always felt dining alone would make me look like a loser, but now I don’t care: Just feed me—preferably with meat. Ironically I conquered this fear during the power outage, as I wanted to dine somewhere with air conditioning. And no it wasn’t too hot to leave the dog at home. But it was hot. I otherwise stayed home with her so we could suffer in the heat together.

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Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves released a great new album, “Golden Hour.” I bought the CD. ‘Member that time I wrote about country music? Or this time? And yes, I still listen to CDs on occasion. Stop laughing.

My dog grew a single gray whisker. I like to refer to it as her “careless whisker.”

And that’s what you missed. To read more in my “5 things” series, click here.

Did you miss me? What’s happened in your life so far this year?

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7 thoughts on “5 things you’ve missed in 6 months”

  1. Of course, you were missed, Andy! Sometimes it’s necessary to take a break (I did that, too, not too long ago), but it’s always good to come back. When in doubt, you can always write about the dog. A lot of us do that.

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  2. Definitely missed you and I am glad you are back. I love “careless whisker,” too. I am still laughing at that. I don’t mind dining by myself at a restaurant at all. If I have a newspaper to read, or even a book, I kind of like it sometimes. I don’t blame you for taking a break, and I wonder about many of the same things with writing. At the same time, I hope you keep writing if you enjoy it. Your stuff is always interesting and well-written.

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