Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Every once in a while, I hark back to the columns of the late Blackie Sherrod, probably one of the best sports writers in this area. He did one periodically with the lead line of "Scattershooting while wondering what ever happened to..." (He'd fill in the blanks depending on his recollections and whatever was on his mind.)

My thoughts today are scattered, and I really don't feel like gathering them into coherent paragraphs. I've just gone through the process of changing our TV/Internet/Phone carrier after tiring of the constant service interruptions by bad weather, inferior equipment (often poorly installed), and other factors. I've watched my local pro football team play an absolutely abysmal game. The season is finally (mercifully) ending for the local pro baseball team. I'm concerned by the current political climate in our nation. And this morning I emptied the rain gauge again. making a total of over six inches in the past several days. (But fortunately we've been spared the flooding that the news has showed us from other parts of the country). And, of course, I continue--despite being "retired"--to work on the products of my second career, writing.

So, that's where I stand. Ever have a time when you were supposed to do something and your thoughts were scattered? If so, you have my sympathy.


carrie said...

I like that-scattershooting. Far too often lately my thoughts have been scattered. Life has thrown me some curveballs. Things do have a way of working themselves out. Meanwhile, I'll just give myself grace. Sounds like you are in the same place.

Jackie Smith said...

I like that word, Richard! LOL I am that way especially with new techy things!

Priscilla Bettis said...

Yep, I've had scattershot days. I have 3 strategies for dealing with THOSE days:
1) Free journal. Sometimes I discover I'm mad at something and just need to vent to clear my mind.
2) (From Lou Holtz), Don't let a one loss streak turn into a two loss streak. In other words, this morning may have been unproductive, but this afternoon might be great.
3) Whittle down my to-do list, like down to THE most important thing or the hardest thing (because eating Twain's frog may make other things on the to-do list a piece of cake).
Okay, make that four strategies:
4) Eat chocolate. Dark, dense, intoxicate-your-tastebuds chocolate. Seriously.

Right now, I'm going to turn off the irritating national news and work on the premise of my NaNoWriMo novel.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Carrie, Jackie, and Priscilla, for vindicating me when my thoughts were too scattered to put together a coherent blog post. I'll do better next time.

Patricia Bradley said...

Oh, man, Richard, anyone would be scattered after changing their TV/Internet/Phone carrier! I have those kinds of days all the time. It's one reason I'm behind on my deadline. lol And I'm with Priscilla, especially #4.

Richard Mabry said...

Blessings, Patricia. It's got to get better. (That's what I keep telling myself).