The last post on this blog may have puzzled some readers.
It was written by a cockroach named arnold who has taken up residence in my computer keyboard at work.
Normally, for computer bugs, I just run a Norton or Symantec scan, but I have decided to coexist peacefully with arnold.
I kind of like the little guy. Being a cockroach, he forces me to look at life from a different perspective, and sometimes that can be a good thing. He takes things a little more seriously than I do, and has little patience for my usual buffoonery.
Things around O Dock have gotten more hectic lately and I've had less time for blogging than I used to. Allowing arnold to guest blog has taken some of the pressure off me. arnold and I have never actually met, face to antennae. But I have enough confidence in him that I've sent him an e-mail asking if any of his friends might also be interested in guest blogging here. I'm not sure where that might lead.
I've been writing this blog for about a year and a half, now - long enough to take stock of just what the heck it is I'm doing. When I started, I had no idea what I would blog about. It's not like I go sailing every few days and could write about that. And I'm an expert on practically nothing in the world of sailing. Any sailing subject you can think of already has six bloggers writing about it who are better informed than I am.
Nevertheless (how often do you get to start a sentence with 'nevertheless' anymore?), I seem to have found a precarious niche in the sail blogging world, judging from the response to most posts. I will still try to fill that niche if I ever figure out exactly what it is.
But I will also keep trying new things, too. And considering my unstable mental state, those new things could turn out to be downright shocking.
Consider yourself warned.
Arnold took on quite a task for a cockroach in his last post, writing about a serious and potentially delicate subject.
Maybe some people were offended by a cockroach discussing such a subject. I guess you could see that as trivializing or demeaning the memory of a man who is respected more than most of this country's political leaders, and who managed to accomplish more than most of our presidents have. For me, arnold's unique perspective helped me to see a few things I might not have realized about a great man, so I let his post stand. I'm still responsible for everything that gets posted here.
At any rate, arnold has asked me to apologize to you if he stepped on some toes.
With six legs, it's a lot easier for him to step on toes.