There are basically two ways to learn things in life. You go out and do things, or you read about people's experiences. When we do things our self, we ought to put a lot more weight into what we learned because we were there and saw what happened. This kind of evidence, empirical evidence, is the hardest to get, because to really be fair, you have to know what you're doing to play today. On the other hand, it never hurts to try.
I am not a professional writer. I am pretty sure that this surprises no one. Another non-professional writer is Glamourpuss who is on the Blogroll to your right. She is quite adept at both Existential and Zen Philosophy as well as Pole Dancing. You get to see Puss comment here periodically, and often down at the Laff-O-Rama that Mist runs. And for those of you not in the know, when Mist runs away with Bruce Willis for one of those rejuvenating weekends, she goes to Chez Glamour where Bruce won't be recognized. Puss relocates to Leeds Castle, she' such a dear. You really have to read these blogs daily to be in the know, you know.
Well, I got Rachel From North London from Puss. As we have 9/11, the British have 7/7. Rachel was on a subway the morning of the terrorist bombings in London. A bomb went off 7 feet behind her that killed 26 and maimed 340 in that particular blast. I am paraphrasing her profile. She managed to walk away from this disaster, and started writing about it. She is currently writing about the U.S. mid-term elections. She has also written about pole dancing, and a huge variety of other subjects. Did I mention that she is a professional writer? I read her every day too.
Which brings me to the Crankster. I know I have mentioned him before, but this week he has outdone himself. Missing his deadly serious dissertation on douchitudinously explained behavior is to be missed at your own peril. Rarely is such creativity laid naked to the light of day as this author has done here. It has all of the finishing touches, like trimming the crust off the bread on your cucumber sandwiches for high tea. I could go through every post Crankster did last week, but I spent two days thinking about this one that he has written about a guy he knows who is now in jail for murder. This is the second post The Crankster has written about him. In fairly short order we have seen the confusion over how this could be the same guy that he knew, the fear he felt when the guy committed the second murder and escaped in the neighborhood, the confusion over what happened to cause this guy to go so wrong, and the realization that the society he lives in had changed radically, and that his friend hadn't been able to change with it. How one person can cover so much ground, so clearly in the ever changing interplay of man and society is astonishing to me. Graduate students and researchers try to break out the issues to study that are offered up with a precision that makes me want so much more. Would you all please go over to the Crankster's blog and encourage him to write. He needs to publish. And make sure he's drinking plenty of water. Cindy, show him your Wax Poetica stuff. See, this is what I'm good at.
And then there's CMHL and this one post. I have been reading CMHL's blog for a year. I was her 1000th visitor or 10,000 or something like that. I'm not going to go through what's happened to her for the last year, you can read her blog for that. If it had been me, I wouldn't have been in a 5K. CMHL makes me and Rocky look like wimps. Not that I have an opinion, mind you. I wouldn't mind growing to be like her, but the hair is such a problem for me.
And most important, if you go to Rebecca's blog, she has the pictures up from her wedding in the Bahammas! Stop by, and say hi! Stay tuned.