Writing at the park

**Not edited for typos or fragments**


Don Fox Park

12:07pm central time 

So, today’s “entry” is going on the blog also. I haven’t shared anything over there in a little bit so I might as well do something – a virtual wave, of sorts. And today is a special day as it is the first day I am out of the house writing in a long, long time. Today I am coming to you from the bench swing in our local park where people are walking the walking track by me and I am not too far from the traffic going by on the bypass. 

It’s a little warmer than I expected it would be and the sun peaked out almost immediately as I started typing which has made things a bit hotter and brighter than I was expecting. I will need to sniff out a better shaded seat for the next time I do this. I think there used to be more shade here at one point but we’ve had plenty of storms over the last few years and had quite a bit of tree damage over here.

I could also bring a blanket and sit under a tree in the middle of the circle but it’s a bit too wet for that today after all of the rain we had yesterday.

Someone just walked past me reading. I don’t know how they read and walk the track at the same time like that. I am sure it is an intellectually healthy thing to do but it seems like a tad distracting. I can see listening to music while I walk but I want to be able to see not only where I am walking but also the scenery around me when I am walking.

Today also marks the first time I have been out with the new-to-me writing laptop bag, the bag that made me realize I am done with the bag search and able to move to just three bags, as I discussed on the most recent episode of the podcast. That’s right – all of the extra bags are in storage to be dispersed at a later date and I am down to three backpacks:

  •         My work backpack (SwissGear – had it for years)
  •          My big personal laptop backpack (also SwissGear – just ordered it off eBay and it will arrive next week)
  •          My writing laptop backpack (High Sierra Everyday Backpack in bright green and gray and visible in the picture attached to this entry)

Of course, I still have my coronabag for when I leave the house and don’t need to take a laptop with me. That is an OutdoorMaster Sling Bag from Amazon that I have had for several years.

So, that’s four bags. Having four of anything still feels excessive but each of these has stuff in them and serves a unique purpose.

This High Sierra bag I got because it fits the 13.3 inch laptop perfectly, has a pocket for my Kindle and two nice sized water bottle pockets. It’s not bulky or heavy. And most of all, I love the color. It’s not plain like most backpacks. It’s a little loud. 

The green color is florescent in real life. Very bright. Almost obnoxious. It’s exactly what I wanted. I want something a bit, I don’t know, irregular? Unexpected? Not the typical bag for an almost 47 year old man? Anyway, it works for me. I am quite happy with it.

Speaking of being almost 47, I wore a baseball cap yesterday and noticed in the mirror that only gray/almost white hair was visible sticking out of the hat over my ears. I looked about 10 years older wearing the hat since all of the remaining brown hair (which gets fewer and fewer) was hidden. Not that I care about these things but it was kind of surprising.

That new lap desk I bought with the legs would have been perfect for this bench. Writing using a real lap desk that just sits on my lap is a total pain. I keep shifting my legs because my feet are falling asleep.

I think I’m going to have to walk the walking lap at least one time when I am done to work out the stiffness from sitting here like this.

So, I write like this every day now. My goal is 700 words (just passed 727) and I keep it in a never ending Word document typically (I am writing this one in its own document) and when I am done I put my word count out on NaNoWriMo where I have an August writing project to keep myself accountable and I add my count on the Los Angeles NaNoWriMo Discord where I have been welcomed in by some great people willing to answer my questions and get me up and going with my own region by November and really I hope to have things going much sooner than that, maybe even in the next few weeks.

The trouble with having an only 700 word goal is that I want to keep writing some days and I only have so much life to share. There is not much interesting happening here that justifies daily huge documents. For example, my wife went through the kids bathroom this morning and we tossed a lot of old, unneeded stuff. After that, I took some of the newer meds and stuff we found and put it with our stuff and found a tube of Walmart-branded Benadryl cream that expired in 2010. I was tempted to keep it. Does it really ruin? But I have newer tubes and who wants to rub cream on an itchy mosquito bite expecting relief and get none because the ingredient became inactive when Obama was president?

That’s was this morning’s real excitement aside from me having to go to Walmart because our pickup order got messed up. There was an app problem, at least on our end, this week and items I put on the list disappeared plus we had multiple items they either left out of the order or gave us the wrong size or type of. It was our first real pickup goof up aside from when they left the Charmin out two weeks in a row and still charged us for it. Leaving out my Charmin is a NO NO. I need my Mr. Whipple.

Pickup is convenient and wonderful when it works. I had to go through Walmart in person (yuk!) and get all of the stuff we needed while wearing that hot mask which makes me sweat and look like I have a Corona-fever. People do get out of your way when you look like that so I guess that’s a good thing. I did not wear my hat this morning because I wanted to look 10 years younger than I did yesterday.

I think that’s about it. I am over 1,000 words now and at some point later today I will upload this and the pictures I took for your reading pleasure. I will also get on the sites and register my huge writing accomplishment. LOL.

At some point, I need to think about fiction and I have a ton of real-life stories that sound like fiction so maybe I can morph some of those into a tapestry of NaNoWriMo –worthy storytelling. We shall see.


P.S. After I finished writing my 1,225 words (my goal was 700), I put the laptop in the car and walked two miles. Right as I closed the door getting back in the car, it started raining a bit. Good timing!