Blogpourri: Etymology, Resolutions, Been Awhile, ADD…

I’m Blogging This T-ShirtOkay, so it’s been a while… awhile… Actually more than one while… What the heck is a while anyway? Apparently it’s probably related to an Old Norse word for ‘bed’ or ‘rest’ and became it’s own word around the 13th-14th centuries, when is when it became a compound(ish) word.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way… This is the year of taking seriously the idea that my physical health must actually be managed. “Yeah, yeah, yeah…. anything else you say to me about your resolution is going to register with me as “Blah, blah, blah!” Nonetheless, my (probably) permanently damaged ankles will never permit (Let’s here it for alliteration!) me to run and jump as much as my gut needs me to. I used to depend on being perpetually active in sports: soccer, basketball, softball, running. But my ankles can’t support 240 pounds anymore. So… No pop (Yankee for soft drinks. See wikipedia, the online oracle, for naming conventions. Or check out You think I’m kidding?!) I digress: No pop. No fries. More water. We’ll see…

Sorry that it’s been a good while since I’ve blogged. I know that is certainly not something that pretty much anyone in the universe is staying up late wondering about, but I feel guilty nonetheless (How did that one become one word? Hmm…) Mea culpa.

BTW, I used to think language was static and followed well-defined rules, which of course, is not really at all true and not very postmodern of me (apologies to Foucoualt, Wittgenstein, Levi-Strauss, etc.) Now, I think it’s pretty cool when I come across made up words… blogpourri, e.g., I’m sure someone else has already used this. I saw a good one yesterday describing Michael Moore’s filmmaking… “shlockumentary.” That’s creative. (Never seen him, though. Can’t speak to its accuracy.) It’s akin to “mockumentary,” attributed largely to Rob Reiner’s “This is Spinal Tap” and, more recently, the awesome filmmaking of Christopher Guest. Which reminds me, I need to rent his last couple “joints” (vernacular for ‘film,’ thanks to Spike Lee.)

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Blogging and Doddling on Pee-Chee Folders

Pee-Chee FolderFor many today, blogging is the modern equivalent of doodling during English class… Not so much Math or Science because you usually had to actually listen in those classes to ensure you didn’t have to study later. English was a doodling class because it could be fudged quite easily. I mean, really, how hard is it to come up with another phrase to replace “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” But, I digress… Blogging can too easily be just a sophisticated version of what teens into The Cure in the 80s used to do during English class, namely, draw dark and quasi-scary epithets about being morose on their Pee-Chee folders. They thought they were being profound in a very sophisticated, adult sort of way. But even then everyone knew they were playing at being adults and were acting as if their narrow breadth of experience warranted outright misery. They were misnaming their experience because, well, teenage angst in a vacuum is easy and is more fun than measured analysis.

That’s how I feel at the beginning of making public my thoughts and opinions about the world, like I’m an 80s teenager who thinks drawing skeletons and wearing black makes me meaningful. That can also be quite scary. I hope that by sheer tenacity of the discipline of regular writing I can learn to accurately express where God has led and is leading me. That is, I want to write, not as a poser who just wants to be heard, but as someone just trying to use God’s gift of communication to honestly and wantonly negotiate the vicissitudes of life. (What the heck is a vicissitude anyway?!)