Friday, April 24, 2009

What's all this then?

I've been considering a blog for quite some time now, but today is it. I will procrastinate no longer. I realize that the internet (or is that The Internet?) has paved the way for all sorts of self-aggrandizement and egotistical brainvomit, nevertheless, it seems that if there's something to be said, there's got to be an audience for it. The title is a phrase that's been pretty descriptive of my life for almost all of it. I used to love when my favorite aunt would clean out her jewelry box or drawers, casting aside things she felt she no longer needed. It was like a treasure hunt, with me rescuing various and sundry items from the garbage pile with an excited, "I can use that!" Once, when I was about seven, I was walking down Main St. in Orange, NJ with the aforementioned aunt, when we came upon a cardboard fireplace that some store had discarded. Yes. We carted it to my house, much to my mother's chagrin. Why did she even ask me why we'd dragged it three blocks when she knew what my answer would be? "Mom! I can use it!" It became part of our Christmas decoration display on the back porch for several years.

To this day, I'm a sucker for yard sales and flea markets, always on the prowl for some discarded item that I'm sure I'll be able to use. But it doesn't end with junk. There are many experiences, thoughts, and ideas that perhaps someone else can use. Think of this blog as my own personal mental yard sale. The best thing about it though, is that in sharing what's in the veritable storehouse of useless information that is my brain, I don't have to lose any of it. I get to give it away and keep it at the same time! What an awesome concept for a collector of treasures.

I've got another motive for being here though. Perhaps this will give me the discipline to actually write as often as I would like to. The stuff in my head is crowding me out and I figure I've got to write myself free. So here I go...wanna come along for the ride?