So what about me? I’m an ex-Cold War submariner in my early fifties (gack!) who spent most of his life in computers, peripherals, R&D and anything else technical that they could throw at me. The rest of the time was spent writing, working my own small, mobile sound production studio and riding around on Harley Davidsons.
Then one day that life ended when family duty called (assisting my sister in the care of my aging parents) and I moved to Vermont and eventually to minimum wage jobs, working in less than wonderful conditions in order to be close to home as it were. I came out a bit worse for wear when it was all over. I joined the VA shortly thereafter and found out exactly how worse for wear I actually was.
Note: In 2003 I met the women of my dreams and we’ve been together ever since. Life is good!
Currently, I’m living with 3 service-related disabilities (one which has made me legally deaf) which have taken advantage of my getting older to start causing trouble (the rotten buggers). These aforementioned disabilities plus a couple of major surgeries eventually took me out of the work force completely late 2007 after working full time and better for 30+ years.
I’m still getting used to that part.
No regrets though. I’ve had a full and eventful life and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ride so far (and hopefully learned from my mistakes along the way).
So where did Just Thinkin’ come from?
Once upon a time there was a blog that went by the name of “Conversation Lost” that was born and raised at a place called Blogger (the old Blogger that is). This blog was named after a short story/article (one of 15 or so that remain unsung and unpublished) I wrote years ago about how two people just don’t seem to have the ability these days, in my slightly less than astute observation, to hold an intelligent conversation for more than say, 24.437 seconds without their brains seizing up and their mouths along with it.
This, of course, resulted in a lot of long embarrassed silences where each of them blindly searched about their tongue tied brains for anything to say at all until the something brilliant like “Okay…well…see ya’ later” comes draining out. The two then part company knowing that any future conversations that might possibly occur between them should they ever meet again are highly unlikely. And so was born “Conversation Lost”.
I figured that I not only could hold an intelligent conversation for a greater period of time than stated above but I could bloody well hold it with the entire world while I was at it. Tall order you say? Well, you could be right. However, my safety valve was the fact that I knew that I would only have to hold up my end of said conversation only with the ones who:
- Found the blog in the first place.
- Bothered to really read anything and…
- Actually left a comment behind.
So as it stood, I felt reasonably safe in assuming that I wouldn’t have to hold my end of that conversation up while the majority of the entire Blogosphere beat down my door. I was of course, correct in my assumption. Nonetheless, I stand by my original statement.
The blog went from Blogger to WordPress.com with only a few minor lacerations, a couple months of lost posts and had it’s name changed to “Just Thinkin” because someone else had the complete audacity to come up with a WordPress.com blog called “Conversation Lost” before I got there. The nerve of some people.
Anyway… The time at WordPress.com showed me what was really available out there for a new blogger who intended to stick with it (ie: stubborn and thick headed) and through a few theme changes, a bunch of questions, a boat load of posts and achieving a decent rank/rating which was improving as the days went by, I was ready for the big move to “doing it myself”…so I did. I wasn’t too sure where the blog would end up but now it was all mine and that’s what counted.
So what is the purpose of this blog? Good question—thanks for asking. When I first started out this blog was a learning tool for the future. My classroom for learning as much as I could about the ins and outs of a WordPress. It didn’t however, mean I was out to be an expert in PHP or HTML or CSS but I did wish to be able to hack my theme templates and whatever else that needed modifying and be comfortable doing so. I wanted to spend my time writing up posts, not worrying about upgrading or wasting time trying to figure out why this or that didn’t work. Seems to have worked.
As far as where I personally wanted this blog to go (what category, style, niche, whatever) I didn’t have a clue….and I still don’t to this day.
Just Thinkin’ has wandered about from one topic to the the other like some lost soul in the deep woods for the past 5 years since it’s inception and has never managed to settle on one thing or another since then and probably never will (I know, the archives only show somewhat over 4 years of posts but remember what I said about lacerations and a couple months worth of posts?)
So here it is in all it’s glory (or lack thereof). Enjoy it as you will and…
Welcome to Just Thinkin’!
Have a great day.
This blog is best viewed using any browser you wish to use except for Internet Explorer 6. I absolutely refuse to cater to that nasty, old, un-secure browser. If you’re still using IE6 I heartily recommend you upgrade to the latest version or better yet, Firefox or Google Chrome. Anything but that horrible old IE6. As far as any other version of Internet Explorer is concerned, you take your chances.
As far as mobile devices go (smart phones, tablets, etc) I have no idea. If and when I ever get one of these devices for myself I’ll let you know.