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Today is cold. I am waiting on the bus to take me back to my home/office after the first weekly meeting with the client for 2016. The meeting was more of a formality than anything else since everyone was more interested in holiday events than in actual work. It is just a way that people have of gradually easing themselves back into the normal routine after taking time off work.
As I wait on the bus I cannot help but wonder where everyone else is going or what is occupying their minds as we huddle together for warmth against the cold. Sadly, there is no conversation amongst us, I suppose that is mainly due to everyone being strangers to each other, although there are pockets of people traveling together who whisper in order to keep their exchanges secret from the rest of us. Another factor is the social disconnect that we all seem to suffer from. Communication with people we don't know is rapidly becoming a lost art. We feel that those who try to interject themselves into our own private space must have some ulterior motive, and we generally accept that those motives must be no good.
And so we wait for the bus. When it arrives, we board in an orderly manner, without conversation and take our seats. I can almost see the walls instantly going up, especially from those who are forced to share their seat with a stranger. I am able to pass the time admiring a young girl seated directly in front of me with her mother. The ice is broken and we connect on the most basic level for a few minutes. Others seated nearby watch us with curiosity but are unwilling to join in. I enjoy the humanity of the moment as my stop gets closer and closer. I have no idea if the mother and child will exit the bus before I do, or whether I will be leaving them.
The innocent conversation helps the time to pass more quickly. I note that there are other tentative conversations starting to take place on the bus now. The ice is melting around us. We begin to sense our common humanity at last. The mood on the bus lightens considerably and it only takes an instant and a few kind words from one person to another.
I write for the most basic of reasons. I want to share my experiences with others. It is a strange affliction that some of us suffer from. It comes from a variety of causes.
I think that one of the earliest memories I have is of my Dad fiddling with his old HAM radio. He talked to people all over the world, he kept notes on who he spoke to and I know that he had many friends that he never met. That didn’t lessen his enthusiasm for the task. He kept at it until he was too ill to continue.
I wasn’t interested at the time to continue his hobby. I didn’t want to go through all of the hassle to get a new HAM radio license, and the set eventually was sold to someone after Dad died. Perhaps it was one of his friends from the radio, I honestly don’t know.
As I grew up, I became enchanted with the idea of traveling and meeting people from all over the world. I went away to college (University of Kentucky) and graduated in 1987. I had my first real taste of life outside of the small town where I grew up and I wanted more. Financially, I wasn’t able to do much more than to join the Navy. I did so, and I saw parts of the world that the people I grew up with could only dream about. I enjoyed every place that I went to or was stationed for the 10 years that I served in the Navy.
When my Mom’s health deteriorated, I left the Navy because I was due to be stationed overseas and I knew that she wouldn’t last for that 3 year stint. Sadly, I was right. She passed away a few days short of her 76th birthday in early February 2001. By that time I had come to terms with my life and who I was. I had nearly married twice, but neither worked out. I was very lucky that things fell apart prior to the weddings because that would have made things really messy as anyone who has gone through a divorce can attest to.
I met Hal (person) in early 2000. Soon I realized that this was the person I was meant to be with. I had no fear of my choice and now almost 16 years to the day later, we are still together. Life has been good to both of us since that day. We are happy and content with our life together. I think that for too many people, they forget to be happy as they make their way through life.
Anyway, I began blogging and I have met people from all over the world who want nothing more than to share experiences and stories just like my Dad did back in the day with his old HAM radio. Whenever I think back I remember one of my favorite songs and it makes me smile. I hope you enjoy it.
The first week of 2016 is here and I am back at work this morning. Part of me wishes that I was on vacation because I know that at some point today the floodgates will break loose, and all of the Type A personalities will lose their minds because they took time off for the holidays. I am steeling myself against that eventuality as I begin my own day here.
I am feeling great this morning, although I did not sleep as well as I would have hoped for. Perhaps this is due to the exercise I got yesterday on the mountain bike plus all the walking that I did, I plan to continue to exercise as much as possible from now on although the mountain bike will probably remain a weekend-only event until the daylight lasts longer in the evening after work.
So far, the morning has been quiet. The avalanche that I fear will probably begin soon when people show up to work on the West Coast around 1200 my time/0900 Pacific time. I will plan my lunch and measure my BG in the next 30 minutes or so as I prepare myself for the daily meeting and for the afternoon meetings that will follow. The meeting was uneventful and I am waiting to see if any last-minute meetings pop up on my calendar this afternoon. I am hoping that there won’t be any.
On a personal note, I have done some walking throughout the morning as I take breaks from work and I am almost at 4,000 steps towards my 12,000 goal for the day. I should have no trouble getting there since I will have more time after work. A bike ride is out of the question, it is just too cold today and it will be dark by the time I finish work anyway.
I just walked through the apartment to check on things and found Hal (cat) in this wonderful position
Hal (cat) was on top of a table that is filled with plants. I almost didn’t see him, but when I did, I just knew that this picture had to be taken. Sadly, right after I finished he saw the reflection from my iPhone screen on the opposite wall so he jumped down and tried to catch the moving light. Hopefully he will go back to this little spot later.
I just spoke to Hal (person) about plans for the evening and we seem to be all set to stay here. I won’t rule out ordering dinner for delivery, but there is not a real reason that we need to go out tonight. Chinese food sounds good, so I’ll check Eat24 later today.
The afternoon has been remarkably quiet, and I am grateful for that. It is nearly time for my 1-1 meeting with my team lead, but that always goes well. After that I will wrap things up and start preparing for tomorrow at work. At least I don’t have to get out in the cold to drive home after I am finished at work. Working from home does have its advantages. Staying home this evening will be no big sacrifice for me. I hope to get a great night of sleep as well.
I did sign up for the Blogging 101 course offered through WordPress and I completed my assignment. I hope to get some feedback on my writing. This is not the post that I submitted, but I did invite the other participants to view my blog if they are interested in doing so.
I am finished with work for the day. I just took another walk and am at 10,000 steps towards my goal of 12,000 for the day. One more good session later on should get me past the goal.