The Struggler’s Shameful Return


I returned today to my site for the first time this year and was appalled at what I found: cobwebs everywhere, dust on every surface, some pizza crust on a paper plate (still edible!…which is to say, I ate it) and a general sense that the place had been abandoned in short order, like a Chernobyl kiosk. Now that I’ve tidied up a bit (note said pizza crust), it feels good to be back. I’m sure you’ve all missed me terribly. What?…well, I didn’t miss you either, then! How rude!

I doubt this is the beginning of any sort of consistent writing. Admittedly, I’ve been kicking around the thought of starting up again for the past month or so, and have given no small measure of time to what I might wish to say. Some of my “best” ideas in the past were conjured up during happy hour, but as it’s recently been expanded (now 5-11p.m.) at my customer’s (my) request, those little seedlings are less likely to be sprouting with the same springtime fervor. Furthermore, cultivating any during this critical time of reflection would first require writing them down, lest they be lost forever; this would necessitate at least some effort on my part, not to mention the organization of pen and paper beforehand. The whole process would seem to defile the very purpose of happy hour; frankly, at present I see no practical way around this conundrum.

It may also be that I’ve nothing left in the tank; after eighty or so posts, perhaps I’m spent. It seems odd that after an almost four-month hiatus I seem to have so little to say. What’s going on between the ears, anyway? Well, picture a mostly barren desert, with no discernible movement among a few tired weeds and scraggly bushes….wait: a lone tumbleweed rolls slowly past; we focus hopefully upon it, wishing for some visual transition to something more interesting, only to watch it slowly disappear out of frame.

And so it is. What goes through my mind at any given time? Well, with the top down, it is the wind; whilst frolicking in the surf, the sea; between you and the nearest lamp, it is the light; and with furrowed brow, chin in hand and pensive in countenance, it is Judas Priest’sΒ Victim of Changes. If you want to dip your toes into the depths of my mind, you’ll have to jump off the dock and go straight in. Careful to go in feet first; you could break your neck.

I look forward to visiting those who have followed and whom I’ve followed in the past, and if you’re new and pay a visit, I’ll check out your site as well. After all, I might find something worth stealing and passing off as my own….Oh, look! Almost five hundred words; that’s a post in my book. Woo-hoo! I’m back, baby!

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About Thestrugglershandbook

I'm a middle aged (if I live to be 100) guy, married, father of three, from Tucson, AZ. I'll write about almost anything. Though somewhat bent, what I write is always true(ish). It won't change your life, however. Unless that would preclude you from reading...
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17 Responses to The Struggler’s Shameful Return

  1. Andrea Smith says:

    Nice to have you back. You’ve been missed here but glad for the hiatus because you were an awesome basketball coach! We had great season. Thanks!!

  2. Chris Macy says:

    Yay! You’re back. I, for one, actually missed you. Had to ask my seester what had become of you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Glad to have you back. It has been quiet lately

  4. The Guat says:

    Dude I don’t think your tank can ever be empty … maybe you’re just cruising on neutral until you your gears going. πŸ™‚ It’s all good. I’m glad to see you back!

    This one is for you. πŸ™‚

  5. Missed you sorely, Struggler! So glad you’re back. I hope you and your family and friends are greatly blessed this Easter Weekend. (hugs) Adrienne

  6. mybrightlife says:

    Woo Hooo to you!!!!! My favourite blogger – “Back in The House” – as they might say, on your side of The Planet. Can’t wait to read your stuff….no pressure!

  7. Arizona girl says:

    Nice to have you back! And don’t worry about the lack of ideas – life will inspire when the time is right πŸ™‚ I hope you’re doing well!

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