Yep, here I am in Blogging-101 again. This time my intentions are good, but that is normal…and we all know what they say about good intentions.
It occurred to me once when I was embarking upon a “reality trip” to Mexico, that I would soon be meeting a whole new group of people who had never heard of me before. “This is my chance,” I said to myself. “I can be anything I want to, change my demeanor, background, speech, and present an entire New Me.”
Right. No dumb comments, no Shy Me hiding in the shadows…New Me could be sophisticated, well-spoken, and always in control of my cool personality. In fact, I could buy a new jungle-adventure wardrobe, and wear head-bands, pretty flowing tops, and jeans with zippers instead of Mom-jeans.
First, at the airport, I had to accept a stranger’s help in hoisting my backpack into position. I could not get into that baby without help. So there went Cool Me with the airport-crowd.
At the Mexico City airport, changing to the domestic terminal, once I found where I was supposed to be I stood around with the crowd, my backpack perched on top of my suitcase, on one of those folding carrier things. Cool Me trusted the luggage to stand up by itself…and it did not, crashing to the floor within an inch of a man’s foot. He had to help me stand it up again, and was really very nice about it.
The Cool Me cover was blown, and although I had flown many times before, and traveled in Mexico before, I still managed to convince on-lookers that I was an inexperienced, naïve American who had no clue whatsoever.
I think that was the time I dropped my ID card (driver license) onto the rolling conveyor while passing through Security, and it rolled under the scanner and it had to be retrieved by an employee.
So the point is that the New Me is the same Old Me. No matter how hard I try no one in Blogging-101 classes will ever believe that I actually have traveled numerous times to foreign countries, and to jungle cities, as well as to professional conferences and research trips to various US cities. I have been a newspaper writer/reporter, university History instructor. I hold a Masters Degree in History, and ABD (all but dissertation toward a PHD.) Love auctions, writing, books, gardening, working on my blog, beading. I am 81 years old (which is not remarkable, anyone can be old AND productive… with a lot of ambition and a bit of luck.)
So–I am what I am, and (like Popeye,) nothing else.
I love blogging, and have been working on my blog, Sometimes, for awhile casually and for the past six months more or less regularly on WordPress University classes. I write casual humor, occasional fiction, news commentary, class assignments, and other pieces.