Apr 5, 2010

If I could be like Mike

When you spend 8 hours (or more) of your day reading and writing, the last thing you want to do is come home from work and read or write more. By the time I'm off the clock, all I want to do is hang out with the family, ride my bike, or watch Jeopardy. Writing a blog even seems laborious. My eyes are tired, my brain is fried, and my daily dosage of creativity was spent on a story lead about how Culver City uses GIS software to help its economic development program blah, blah, blah…

This type of thing happened to me when I worked in the motorcycle industry. I spent my entire adolescents through college age, obsessed with motorcycle racing. It was 24-7. But then I turned it into a career and it wasn't long before I was burned out on motorcycles. I think I'm burned out on writing now.

And then there's the fact that - and this is hard to admit - I'm growing out of my angry youth. Thus, I'm not as inspired and influenced as I once was to spew thoughts and ideas all over a page. I'm still pissed off. I'm just too tired to do anything about it now. In recent interviews, even the prophet Bob Dylan has admitted that with age, he's lost some inspiration and ambition to write like he used to. At least I'm in good company.

So, here's the deal. In an effort to keep this hack blog from completely flatlining, I'm just going to throw up random stuff of interest and quotes from music, movies, books, etc. Maybe I'll even put up an occasional photo or painting too. Something, anything, to keep things fresh.

Here's the first one. Anyone who knows me well knows I love the Minutemen, the Stooges, and of course, Mike Watt. Heard this on NPR yesterday. For me, Mike Watt defines punk rock: http://bit.ly/azcju6

1 comment:

Aly said...

I hear ya. You could always work your way through Julia Child's cookbook to keep you on track. And then give me the food. ;-)