Tuesday, October 13, 2009

RTT: "Oh what a tangled web we weave..."


When first we write so randomly.*
Or something.

- I don't get why I'm having what amounts to a writer's block whenever I sit down to write a post here lately. I don't seem to have any problem writing in general - I just seem to have a problem writing what's on my mind.

- Maybe it's time for me to work on that post idea I've had lying around for awhile - tentatively titled "The limitations of transparency" - about the decisions we all make concerning how much we want to reveal of ourselves. Not just on blogs, in life! And do the boundaries we establish make us dishonest in our dealings with other people? When does choosing not reveal something about yourself become dishonesty? (I get a few more good ideas together on that one and I'll have a new "Meaning Of Life" post...)

- This weekend, I edited down about the first half-hour of what I expect to be a great new instructional video on Chi Sao demonstrated by my good friend and teacher, Sibok Rocco Ambrose. If you live in the metropolitan Detroit area and are interested in the finest training in self-defense and martial arts around, for yourself or your children, you need to check out Ambrose Academy.

- Later this month, The Girl and The Boy will celebrate their 20th and 18th birthdays, respectively. Good God, I am old.

- So Pamela (from the dayton time) emails me today. She started reading Life of Pi on Friday - and finished the d*mn book in a day. Who the h*ll has time to read a whole 400-page book in ONE DAY? Doesn't she realize the kind of pressure that puts on me?!?!
(Pamela, it's just a joke, sweetie. I don't want to cause trouble again just because I don't know how to write stuff so that it's funny...)

- I don't feel old.

- Did I mention that it's really cool when your kids get older and they're not home all the time and you don't have to wait until they're asleep to have sex?

- I'm not advocating that anyone has to wait until their kids are asleep to have sex (but that is pretty much how the Middle-Aged Woman rolls, if you know what mean). But when one of the parties whose cooperation is essential in these pursuits generally has difficulty staying up much beyond 9 pm... I'm just sayin' - absence makes the heart grow fonder.

- Other things may grow as well.

- Have you ever noticed how underused the word "engorged" is?

- Since becoming a freelance writer, the Middle-Aged Woman has been making a lunch for me to take to work every day and preparing many fine evening meals. Tonight, she had a little mishap with some pork chops (I'm not a big pork chop fan anyway - she likes them though) - and so I had to leap into the breach and salvage dinner tonight. And, though I don't like to brag, I think it's fair to say - that I buy make a mean Crispy Strip**.

Bon app├ętit!

Take care.

PS: Did I mention that you are supposed to visit Keely at the Un-Mom immediately.

The Un Mom

If not sooner.

* Apologies to Sir Walter Scott.
** "Crispy Strip" is a registered trademark of Kentucky Fried Chicken.


Middle Aged Woman said...

You are kind. I called the martial arts studio where Jim Styro was training and asked our friend Ellie to pass on the message that dinner was "an epic fail" and that he should stop on the way home if he wanted food. This was shortly after I attempted to walk into a very dark room, and discovered it wasn't actually dark, the door was closed. I have a bruise on my knee to prove it.

Joanie M said...

You know what's REALLY great? When the kids are away at college and aren't home for months on end. You can have sex wherever you want too!

I am Harriet said...

I've got my baby turning 18 in a few weeks. I'm with ya.

Have a great Tuesday!

Ellie Belen said...

Wow, how long have you been a knight in shining armor? You leaped into the breach at the school too and saved the day.

My heart is engorged with gratitude.

Tammy said...

My hubby and I are still at the "wait until they are asleep" stage. I so love it when my parents take them for a whole weekend. It only happens a couple times a year, though.

Anonymous said...

I like your post idea about transparency. Its funny because while in the car this morning, I was thinking about a topic I wanted to write on my blog than though against it for fear that someone in my family would read it.

Sometimes I regret telling my friends and family (hubby excluded) about my blog.

Grant said...

You just need more suffering in life to overcome your writer's block. I recommend getting really drunk and running naked into an all-girl boarding academy screaming "PENIS GOOD TIME NOW!!!" Then you can write some great stuff about your time in prison. Dr. King's Letters from a Birmingham Jail backs my proposal. (I assume that's why he was arrested)

Sprite's Keeper said...

I don't think I ever really use the word engorged. I also don't think it would be wise to try and use it in a sentence being that my next stop will be daycare.

sunshine said...

"Life of Pi" is one of my all time favorite book and I can complete understand why she read if 24 hours, once you start it, it's hard to put it down... I'm glad you are back to posting, being missing ya'

Jim Styro said...

MAW: My view of the thing was/is - your cornbread was awesome. Sorry about your knee though. Want me to kiss it and make it better?

Joanie: I'm only allowed to have sex whenever my wife wants to.

Harriet-I-Am: Yeah, how in the world did these kids get so old so fast? I feel that I was not properly consulted on the whole "growing up" issue.

Ellie: Shucks, ma'am - it weren't nuthin'. (I've been waiting my whole life for someone to refer to me as "a knight in shining armor". Thanks, truly.)

Tammy: It may seem like their childhood lasts forever - but, trust me (and Joanie and Harriet), it doesn't. Do your best to enjoy each stage of the process. And sneak away to have sex as often as you are able.

CWMs: It seems contradictory to be concerned about privacy when you've made a decision to write stuff down and post it where anyone in the Whole Wide World/Web can read it - but there it is. Thanks for reading and commenting. Come back soon.

Grant: It seems like a radical move just to deal with writer's block - but if it's good enough for MLK, it's good enough for me. (Those who forget their history - are liable to do what Grant suggests...)

SK: I'll admit - "engorged" would be a tough one to finagle into normal daycare discourse. But did you even try?!

Sunshine: Thanks for sticking with me during the lean times. I am enjoying Life of Pi - but if I don't put it down sometimes, I'll probably get fired.

Jess said...

LOL awesome RTT! My father e-mailed me on my birthday this year and the subject line said "You're Old!". The body of the email said, "Nope, not me. YOU. And not to burst your bubble or anything, but you are going to be 30 soon..."

LOL! Nothing like Dad to rush me out of my 20's right on to a new decade!

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

This post made me lol!

Jim Styro said...

Jess & SDC: I love to make a woman laugh. Glad that you dropped by and were moved to comment.

One more thing: If Jess in going to be OLD at thirty, what does that make her Dad? "Overdue for the grave"? "Unbelievably decrepit"? That boy better watch out! People with glass birthdays shouldn't throw stones.

Jess said...

Ah, well you see, Dad doesn't believe he ages! He just made a comment about he and Mom's 30 year anniversary that just passed, he said, "I never intended on being married to an old woman!" Oh, how I giggle! He is a funny guy!