Nothing but one-pointers!

I like to play Scrabble.

Some games, though, I just can’t seem to get a break.  You know what I mean? It’s those games when all you get are one-point letters.

It seems to happen the most when I play on-line with an old friend from high school — she beats my socks off regularly.

I’m convinced she plays with a Scrabble dictionary at her fingertips. If she doesn’t, I’m in deeper %^&@Q$% than I thought. She also gets all — I mean ALL — the letters with higher points. She’s the luckiest Scrabble player I’ve ever come across and I’ve played a lot of Scrabble.

She’s pretty smart too, so there’s that.

I beat her every now and then, but it ain’t easy.

Sad. Very sad.

I did catch a break a few days ago, while playing at my sister’s house. Somehow, I managed to get a 7-letter word with an X on a double letter and the last letter of the word on a triple word for a total of 125 points.

It will never happen again — promise.

When I was younger, and much more innocent, I thought Scrabble was all about making neat words and having fun.

Un-uh. It’s all about the points, baby!

Maybe. Maybe not.

Anybody out there?

Can you hear me?


Blogging is interesting.

It takes a bit of time but, so far, I’ve gotten enjoyment from it too so the time is worth it. But, will it always be? That is the big question. I guess I’ll find out sooner or later and, in the meantime . . .

Blogging is such a personal thing. I like that. Tech writing isn’t so personal. Not sure if I like that or not.

My job title is Technical Writer but I spend almost all of my time managing content on a website. There are a lot of other people at my company who write and, well, somebody has to make sure all those words get on the site and look okay. That’s me.

Writing isn’t my strength and I enjoy poking around on the site. I was a graphic designer in another job a lifetime ago, so it works for me. I get the best of both worlds — most days I play with html and some days I write a word or two.

I guess that’s why I’m here, though. Writing a word or two doesn’t seem to be enough anymore. I like to write even when I don’t know if anyone will ever read it. I started writing a book once upon a time but lost track of where I wanted the story to go and got stuck after about a 100 pages. It’s in a drawer somewhere. I might finish it someday.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Blogging is a different animal. It doesn’t require all the care and feeding of technical writing and it doesn’t live with you as long as a book. It’s a brain dump and, as Martha would say, that’s a good thing.

Getting all those things out of your head and into a blog is sort of therapeutic — like talking to a shrink without the hefty fee — and makes room for more thoughts, newer thoughts, bolder thoughts, sillier thoughts.

I think I like it.

The hard part for me is all those new thoughts coming at me 90 miles an hour when I’m supposed to be doing something else — like working. That’s why sticky notes are also a good thing. Right now my sticky notes are:

  • Blogging
  • Tech Support
  • The Music Man
  • Aging
  • Nothing but one-pointers
  • They don’t make them like Cary Grant anymore
  • Game of Crones
  • Pennies
  • Light bulbs

Will I get to all those topics anytime soon?

Maybe. Maybe not.


Four down and five to go!

(Updated March 3, 2012.)

Some pics are worth more than a thousand words!

I piddled around with photography in college – decades ago – but never really got the hang of it. I mean, I could point and click, but I just didn’t get all that business about f-stops.

I guess that’s why when I see a picture that stops me in my tracks I want to share it with the world. I came across a cache of such pictures recently, taken by a former coworker from another life.

I knew he was a talented cartoonist, but hadn’t a clue he was a talented photographer as well. Anyway, rather than wasting your time trying to describe his art, I’ll just point you to it:

Thanks, Brad, for the wonderful view!

A few of my favorites:

Green Bench


Children's Painted Horses