Yeah, just what the world needs . . . another blogger. But what the heck, blogging seems like it could be fun. I’ve been thinking about it for months, and I think I’ll like it. As always, though, time will tell. Like a blogger-in-training, for years I’ve been spending a whole lot of time on my backside, so I’m ready to spend some additional seated hours each week actually donating to the blogosphere. The launch month is April 2015. Here we go.
Music, movies, food and beverages (good pizza! good beer!, the former a whole lot harder to find than the latter), art, traveling, theater. Much of my adulthood over the decades has been devoted to investigating these and other interests, and I’ve had a blast in the process. I’m not an expert on anything, which I suppose makes me a dabbler, but I bring an open mind and open ears and open eyes to the subjects I love. And I probably know more than I realize. One thing for certain is that a blazing rock concert, or a tense movie drama, or a great museum exhibit, gives me the same bang now, well into my boomerhood, as ever.
A few months ago, one of my nephews asked me and my wife what we had been doing recently, and we reeled off a list of movies, concerts, plays and such that we’d been to. My nephew had had this kind of discussion with us many times before. This time he paused for a second after my wife and I stopped talking, and then said that the two of us are culture vultures. I think that the idea had never fully dawned on him before. Funny, I had never thought of us that way either, but he was right, sort of. Culture enthusiasts is a better term for us though, because culture vultures can be obsessive and pretentious, and we’re not that.
And so, this blog will be an excursion into many of the things I love, cultural or not. I’ll throw in some gripes, too. I’ll review, reminisce and expound. Hopefully the blog will help get my thoughts and feelings into some sort of tidy order. And hopefully my take on things will connect with at least a few readers out there in cyberspace.
Name’s Neil Scheinin (SHAYnin), by the way, reporting from suburban Philadelphia, PA.
Of course, a special tip of the hat to Sandra Cherrey Scheinin, who is proofreader, editor and chief photographer for this blog. Her contributions are immense.
UPDATE: Hello, and welcome to my blog. Today is January 22, 2018. Pretty much everything I wrote above (in April 2015) remains accurate. But it is time for a bit of an update.
First, my range of topics has expanded since the opening months, which is all to the good, I think. And the nature of my stories has changed somewhat. Some of them are pretty loopy, which wasn’t the case during the first eight months of this blog’s life. I seem to gravitate towards loopiness.
Also, I take most of the photos for the stories these days. My wife, who now is the former chief photographer, remains incredibly valuable to me as proofreader and editor. I hate to think what the articles would be like without her eagle eye and nimble mind.
And I want to mention that this is an award-free/tag-free/challenge-free/etc.-free blog. It’s very nice of people to nominate/tag/challenge/etc. fellow bloggers. But I have to decline any participation in those processes. It would take me away from the time I need to write my stories. I’m an old guy who writes slowly!
That’s about it for now. Thanks for stopping by.