Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Whew! It's been almost a year since I last wrote in a blog. And the reason why? I read all these articles about how bloggers change the world, and nobody reads my blog. Why? Because I haven't even the basic wherewithal to make the sight interesting because I don't know how to use HTML. What I want are permanent links to my favorite web sites and news and travel resources, photos, artwork. But, no. I haven't the time or inclination. So instead of doing this half-assed journal I just let it be while it moulders here on the world wide web.

My current situation is not much different than a year ago, except now I'm unemployed and living in my parent's basement. Desperate? Hardly. I've got a good excuse for my destitution, having just returned a little over a month ago from a 2,616 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. You can check out our journals from each day at Trailjournals. We've got about 600 photos and you can also read about our thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2000 and my hike on the Superior Hiking Trail in 2002. Yeah, we only work even-numbered years.

My wife Esther and I are both looking to live and work in Madison, WI, a wonderful progressive/liberal/eco-minded metropolis in central Wisconsin. Rockford's been my hometown since birth, and it will always hold a special place in my heart, but, hey, it's no Madison. It's kind of like a blue collar hick-ish approximation of Madison. But I'm stuck here in Rockford, or, to be more precise, Loves Park, a north Rockford suburb, until work comes through. Esther wants to work in child care, either at a day care or as a nanny. I'm looking to get a full-time technical writing job or work some crappy part-time job while I work on my novel that takes place on the Pacific Crest Trail (which is what I should really be doing right now). So, that's where I'm at. It's a partly cloudy cold November 3, post-bullcrap Republican control of the Senate and House, what kind of crazy country do I live in? Better pundits than I have written ad nauseum (you gotta love Latin and barf) about this election. I'm as woefully removed from the political loop as I am about HTML applications. We'll see if this post is the start of more entries or a continuation of a long pattern of neglect.

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