So I’m back after a long hiatus from my still nascent blog that had a total of, oh what, 6 posts before I decided to abandon its nestling, hatchling self for other endeavors? It was such a lovely blog, too, talking of chocolate and apples and other sugary things the kind of which I try to eat every day (no, really, I can’t go a day without eating a sweet of some kind, and yes, fruit counts).
So, what were you doing Jackie? You may wonder. That’s a good question. I could have been off gallivanting in the southern reaches of Mexico, honing my finer Spanish skills while studying the inner city culture of Mazatlan. Or, I could have been fulfilling a long-awaited trip to the east coast to pilgrimage, with my brothers, back to our childhood roots in Sunbury, backpacking through Tioga State Park and the Pennsylvania Gorge along the way. I also definitely could have made a trip to Canada, to visit friends, and to visit my graduate school of choice, the University of British Columbia, where I’m thinking of pursuing an MFA or some other arguably useless but nice-looking degree I can tack onto the wall alongside my other ones. I could have gone nomadic, traveling some godforsaken lands and donning a pith helmet like in Rudyard Kipling stories, or had just gone completely bonkers, instead. Maybe I was just working a job like any other bloke in this country, making ends meet, trying to save for a future home, with future down payments – a future in general. Maybe I did all and none of these things.
I suppose my point is whether I engaged in truly glamorous or pedestrian things, my past year was, without a doubt, exceptional. In the past year I enjoyed plenty of coffee, appreciating both the black, unadulterated kind, and the more cozy cafe au lait, and I truly enjoyed reading voraciously, more voraciously in some ways, than I ever was in college. I have a puppy in my life – more on her later – and I’ve developed a taste for canned sardines, of all things.
In any case, I hope to continue this excellence into my writing, and my writing into a day-to-day activity for this blog. I look forward to corresponding with any and all of you, and I hope you enjoy the direction Adventures in Paradigm will take. It may just shift you into a whole other paradigm.