Radiogurl a la Carte

Sunday, May. 22, 2005
Sea of Tranquility

I have all of my photos uploaded but given that there are so many and given a past history of sometimes being unable to see linked pictures here, I have them loaded to my domain page here. I went this morning to snap more pictures around town and added those to the aforementioned page, too. I'm enjoying the heck out of myself with the photography binge, though I haven't written anything except this journal the past few days.

Hopefully in the next few days I can focus more on commercial writing and get a respectable portfolio put together to submit to an agent.

I probably should have gone to church this morning. Instead, I enjoyed the opportunity to get out and drive, take pictures, and drink in the scenery. I have to watch my money, in terms of not using up all my gas, but thank God Suzi the truck is a 4-cylinder so she doesn't cost me an arm and a leg to drive. I barely noticed a dent in my gas gauge during the 70-mile round-trip to the top of the rim and back, and that's allowing the fact that the drive there is literally all uphill.

Besides, getting out has been good for my soul in a way that church can't be. The peace and quiet and tranquil surroundings melted away layers of stress that I didn't even realize I'd built up. My attitude is vastly improved, I feel healthier overall than I have in God only knows how long, and I'm planning to get my bike back and start bicycling locally while it's early enough (or late enough) in the day to still be comfortable.

I'm sleeping more, too - something equally needed. There's very little of the insomnia that plagued me before. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that I am not constantly braced for a middle-of-the-night phone call from an old man who wants me to spell a word for him, or remotely fix some computer screw-up he initiated and can't figure out how he did it.

For the moment I'm still functioning on the throwaway cell phone I bought when I first moved up here. I have my old number forwarded to it. Hopefully in another three weeks or so I can disconnect the old number and get a cell PLAN that will give me more talk time for less money. Those stupid pre-pay things are nice in a pinch, but ridiculously expensive.

I have also thought about setting up a land line with Vonnage. My sis just signed up for that and it sounds like a reasonable deal. I'm just not sure that I can get a local number through them. I'll have to see.

So far, though, I'm still leaning toward a cell phone. I've never lost the signal anywhere in town here, which was my biggest concern. I know that service varies a little from one provider to another, of course. I think, though, that the throwaway deal is from the same company that offers the plan I'm considering.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )