Friday, February 25, 2011
Helloooooo, Blogosphere! It's Me, Susan.
Yay, me. Finally got the gumption to jump into the blogosphere, proving that it IS possible to teach an old dog new tricks. Guess I'll be typing to myself for quite a while, but I sure am looking forward to that glorious sun-drenched day when something other than a sad little goose egg shows up under comments.
In the meantime, I'll entertain myself until you guys join the party.
My name is Susan, and I'm an amateur radio operator. Sounds like a greeting at one of those "addictions anonymous" kinda meetings, doesn't it? Funny you should mention it, because the wife of a ham I know claims that ham radio isn't a hobby... it's a disease. Addiction, disease. You say tomato, I say to-mah-to.
Okay, so I admit it. Many a ham radio operator has deserted his warm bed in the middle of the night to tiptoe into his shack and fire up the radio. After all, how can he possibly sleep when there might be a pipeline opening to Mongolia, or to some other remote part of the world? And, yeah, a ham might miss a party or wedding every now and then. But only if it conflicts with a worldwide contest, hamfest, or with that once-a-year all-important field day. (He usually makes it to his OWN wedding.)
Writing is the same way. Countless writers crawl out of bed in the wee hours of the morning, because that's when their inconsiderate muses decide to tap them on the shoulder. The words start rolling around in their heads, the voices start talking, and they have no choice but to grab a pad or fire up the computer. It's a passion, and a compulsion. Writers don't always write because they want to write; they write because they HAVE to write. There's simply no peace to be found until they put form to the words churning in their heads.
But it's all good, because it's all about passion, and passion, my friends, keeps the giddyap in our steps.
How about you? What lights a fire in your furnace? Whatever it is, I sincerely hope your significant other shares that passion with you. That elevates the enjoyment to a whole 'nother level.
And by the way, if you're interested in learning more about amateur radio, check out http://www.arrl.org/ It doesn't matter how old you are, where you live, or what you do in life. Amateur radio is FUN, and offers many opportunities to serve your communities.
No trees were killed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.