Life goes on. We all know this. It’s my hobby to document this very change both as a reporter and columnist and as a a local history author. There’s so much going right. And yet instinctively, we all want and strive to see things go even better. We get caught up in debates, in arguments, and hopefully it’s all good.
But sometimes we forget to step back, spend a couple of hours in the park, and take it all in. I did just that today.
I began my day with my kids with a stop at Coney Island Hot Dogs, where we enjoyed the ritual of hot dogs (No. 2s, of course), followed by chess with Bill. We then spent the next three hours at the Myriad Gardens, where clothing got wet (under the new rain forest fountain) and the children’s garden and play area was fully enjoyed.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be ambitious. I’ve done my best to adapt with the times, going from an old fashioned newspaper beat reporter to a new media journalist who embraces (and respects) the best of the old way while also fully plunging (though not always eagerly at first) into blogging, social media and social media.
I mentioned the other night (on Twitter) I am a husband, father, son, brother, reporter, columnist, author, blogger, social media guy and community volunteer. Sometimes I pull it off. Sometimes I don’t. Quite frankly, the past few weeks I’ve felt as if I’m gearing toward the “I don’t.”
So forgive me. But it’s time I take a break. To keep all of you entertained, I’ll be posting some fun photos here at OKC Central this week (all done in advance), and I’ll be shutting off the comment fields to allow me to truly “stay off the grid” and not have to worry about spammers, flame wars, etc. In terms of blogging, social media, etc., unless events dictate otherwise, I’m going off the grid for the next week. Yep, I’m taking a vacation.
In the meantime, have a great week, and be sure to spend an afternoon in the park!