Friday, January 21, 2005

In with the old

One of the people I work with told me today that my car "gives off more emissions sitting in the driveway than any Honda does while running". I laughed and dismissed the joke instantly, but after a while, I began to think about it.

Why do we keep older cars, such as Corvettes? Why not just junk all the old cars so that everything is cleaner and more efficient?

Nostalgia. History. That's why.

Just think, if it hadn't been for the 'new' technology in my 1979 Corvette, it wouldn't have been the biggest seller ever in Corvette history, and the next generation of Corvette might never have been built. If they had never built a fourth generation Corvette (my '79 is a third generation, although that's a disputed fact - that's another post sometime), then there never would have been a fifth or sixth generation.

Corvettes have been a part of the American culture since 1953. Almost everyone either has owned a Corvette, taken a ride in one, or at least known someone who owns or has owned one.

Plus, you just can't dispute the fact that older engine technology is art in and of itself...

Art? I think so...

And who could say that art is something that should be destroyed in order to make the world a better place? It's worth a few extra emissions to preserve a small part of American history.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Know your passions

Well, after spending most of yesterday working on my writing, I came to a realization; I'm just not that into writing anymore. I love working on my blog, and I enjoy writing about Corvettes and other random things, but not fiction. Strange - how something that you used to enjoy so much can become such a chore...

That said, there's more snow on the ground today - and the way the weather has been lately, I was thinking about backing the car out of the garage and washing it today, too. Guess there's always another day.

In my next article, I'll have a comprehensive history lesson regarding the Corvette and it's appearances in video games. Once I finish it, that is. Take care, and stay warm.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

A day alone

Well, my wife is heading for IKEA in Pittsburgh today, so I have the homestead all to myself today. It's going to be a quiet day, full of rest and relaxation - I haven't really had much time off of work lately, and with the office move we just went through, my body was really looking forward to recovery time.

Today gives me a chance to do something I've been considering for a while - I'm really going to dig in and take up my pen again - I will continue my story. I'm over forty pages in right now, and I think I've picked up the thread of my storyline again.

We'll see what happens.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Winter driving

The weather in Ohio has been terrible as of late, with major ice storms destroying power lines, and record snowfalls in other areas of the state. Still, when the weather broke this weekend for the first time in a few months, I managed to take the 'Vette for a cruise.

Actually, it wasn't so much a pleasure cruise - our office moved into a new building over the weekend, and I decided to take the 79 to the new place. The office itself is far more professional-looking than our old office, which was a converted warehouse. Not exactly the best building for a law office - plus it was always cold and drafty or hot and stuffy. It always seemed to be the exact opposite of what everyone wanted.

There was (and still is) much work to be done to get the new office up to speed, but it'll happen soon enough. I enjoyed my winter ride in the 'Vette, but it was actually kind of sad - it just reminded me that I can't really drive it all that much until the spring. So - here's hoping spring comes early this year!

Take care, everyone.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Fresh start to a new year

Well, it's officially 2005 now - time flies when you're having fun, eh?

This last year has been an interesting one, at least for me. Full of ups and downs (but usually more ups) and lots of changes. I'm not so much of a believer in New Year's resolutions, but I do have a few goals for the coming year.

1. First, I resolve to update my blog more frequently. I know not that many people read it, but it's therapeutic, if nothing else. I have quite a few more stories that I can post, which also leads me into my next goal...

2. I'm going to focus more on my writing this year. I'm not very good, and can admit that to myself, but I'm coming to realize something. I enjoy it much more when I write for myself, not worrying as much what other people think. I like input from others, but ultimately - I need to make myself happy. Leading to...

3. I'm going to be a bit more selfish this year. That may sound strange, but I've spent a lot of my energy over the past few years making sure everyone around me is okay. I need to focus a bit of that energy on myself - finish my degree, move farther along my career path, improve my writing - I want to be a better, happier person. I've kind of been in a rut regarding my own happiness lately.

4. I'm also going to try to be more giving this year. It may seem like this is in direct contradiction with what I just said my third resolution was, but I realize I could do more for those around me. I'm just not going to cause myself unnecessary harm by doing so.

These are my goals for the upcoming year. I have a few other smaller ones, but they fit into those four rather neatly, or in some cases even into multiple categories.

As for my friends, I'll do what I can to help them, and hopefully they'll wish to be involved my successes as well. Maranie - I know I can be a pretty major annoyance sometimes (cookies, heh... :) ) but thanks for putting up with me anyway. I hope you know what our friendship means to me. Rachael - it was nice meeting you this year, and hopefully we'll get together again soon. It's always nice to meet new (interesting) friends. Andrea - it's been a pleasure getting to know you. You're still a total goofball, but I wouldn't trade you for the world. I'm not sure what the coming year holds, but I'm going to try to make it a wild and interesting ride. Cammie - you're a dog. Seriously. If you don't stop licking my leg right now...good dog. *pets dog, looks up, resumes typing*

Finally, to my wife - as we travel towards our third wedding anniversary (has it been that long already?), I just can say this. Hold on - I have a feeling it's going to be a bumpy, entertaining ride.

With the 'Vette tucked away for the winter, I'll have plenty to work on until the spring. Here's to the start of a brand new year!

Brandon C. Kerlee