April 27, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Sunday Night Ramblings

Let's see... it's late in the evening on Sunday. Today, I swam 1500 yards, played racquetball, then stuffed myself with two steaks, two sausages and a plate of portabella mushrooms. Do I feel inspired to write? Not really. Crawling into bed seems irresistible right about now. And after writing nearly 50,000 words in this daily column since January 1, I'm sure all three of my regular readers would forgive me if I took a day off.

But my stated promise is to "write something, anything" every single day, so I can't go to bed without jotting down a few thoughts. Perhaps I'll announce that I accepted a job offer last Friday to work as a water quality diver at Sea World. Essentially, the position will involve cleaning the tanks (from underwater, obviously). It may not sound glamorous, but I've been told the animals (dolphins, sea lions, etc.) will be in there with me as I'm working, so that should prove exciting. And it certainly beats sitting in a cubicle for eight hours. My near-term goal is to boost my freelance writing clientele sufficiently to be able to keep the Sea World gig as a side diversion.

Before I start this job, though, I'm traveling south of the border with my newfound Total Escape friends. Next weekend, we're hitting the back roads of Mexico for a two-night stay at Mike's Sky Ranch, a haven in the mountains of Baja California. If we have half as much fun as we had in Joshua Tree, it'll surely be a trip to remember.

For now, though, it's bedtime. I try to rise above the typical diary-style blogging by writing something worthwhile every day, but tonight you'll just have to accept some ramblings from a happy but exhausted writer.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year, I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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4/26: Hair Band Nostalgia
4/25: Consequences
4/24: Lemon Curry?
4/23: My Father Midas
4/22: Earth Day
4/21: Joshua Tree, Part III
4/20: Joshua Tree, Part II
4/19: Joshua Tree, Part I
4/18: Royal Flush
4/17: A Long Strange Trip
4/16: A New Line to Back
4/15: Still Writing
4/14: Conspiracy Theory
4/13: Los Coronados
4/12: Y2K in Y2K3
4/11: Slow Glass
4/10: Freedom of Speech
4/9: Why We're Fighting
4/8: Eucalyptus Memories
4/7: Sleep
4/6: Writing, Just Not Here
4/5: Sci-Files Trivia
4/4: Sobering Up
4/3: Great White Hope
4/2: Entropy
4/1: Peace on Earth
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