Approach Every Day As An Experiment

Some posts just are not meant to be written.   A few days ago I got an idea for a post,  wrote the title you see above and  downloaded the image at left,  though honestly I’ve forgotten what the image has to do with the title.   I’ve never been twitterpated about memes,  although I have occasionally come up with some clever ones.    My friend Holly,  who will be turning twenty-two on Saturday has a Scavenger hunt contest up on her blog this week.

Honestly,  I want to participate,  although I am finding it quite a challenge.   While I have become known for pictures of pie and other food porn that appear in the background images on this site,  the fact is that I can’t shoot a decent photo to save myself.   (And for a woman who primarily identifies herself as a writer,  Holly is certainly looking for a lot of original photos in this hunt.)     I’m not especially frightened of most bugs and wouldn’t mind all that much having my picture taken with say a doodlebug  (or even a zyzzyva).   But Ron is working intently on the story he is writing and I don’t even know where Joel’s old camera is.  (And it didn’t seem to work properly the last time I tried to use it anyway.)

The link in that last sentence is in fact to a picture of a plate of food I prepared,  albeit a horrible photo.  (The crawfish etouffee was quite delicious.)   I don’t know any guys named Simon,  so I’ve honestly no clue at all what “Simon says…”.   I certainly am not going to do an entire post of Vogonic poetry*  although once I did almost,  kind of, sort of write about National poetry month.   I’ve never made a physical scrapbook,  although I have enjoyed pinning lots and lots of photos on my Pinterest boards.  Honestly,  I’m pretty darned sure that I’m not going to win the $25 Amazon gift certificate that Holly is offering,  nor even the prize I really covet– a one month ad on her blog.    But I am hoping that I will get at least a few points for creativity with this entry.

Alan Jobe is the author of Walking Down The Avenue and consults with #indie writers and entrepreneurs about social networking and self-publishing.

*this is a reference to Douglas Adam’s  The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy– the Vogons were a blobby race of people who were known for composing Extremely bad poetry

And an aside to Elza– that is a vegan brownie in the background picture today.


46 comments on “Approach Every Day As An Experiment

    • It’s actually a real English word, Anne, that has nothing to do with the micro-blogging site 🙂 Here’s a paste from a dictionary:

      1)to be completely enamored with someone/something.
      2) the flighty exciting feeling you get when you think about/see the object of your affection.
      3) romantically excited (i.e.: aroused)
      4) the ever increasing acceleration of heartbeat and body temperature as a result of being engulfed amidst the exhilaration and joy of being/having a romantic entity in someone’s life.

  1. Hi Alan,
    As I have no choc cookies or ic-cream in the house, so your dessert image sent me desperately seeking a straw and that 6 month old bottle of choc topping I have been meaning to throw out. And then “Simon said’ if I didn’t leave him some he’d leave. So it’s goodbye Simon.

    Actually Alan, I thought the Crayfish Etouffee looked delicious, and although I may struggle with the correct pronunciation, I am sure I wouldn’t struggle with the aroma.

    I hope your friends meme hunt turns up a treasure trove fit to position her as the the Academy Award Queen of Pinterest .. a victory to be celebrated in true red carpet style, ala Crayfish Etouffee followed by this delightful dessert that engulfs your page and been responsible for emptying this sticky plastic bottle I hold.. which could in fact make an interesting meme.. shall I… ?

    Have a great day or night Alan 🙂


    • It’s pronounced /AY too fay/. I will be posting a happy birthday to Holly post tomorrow, which is to say in just a few hours from now. And after that I promise to try real hard to make more sense to All of my friends and readers. (And chocolate IS universal I think.)

  2. Okay, I was giving you points for creativity the moment I saw what looked like a star-shaped chocolate chip Pizookie covered in bananas, ice cream, and chocolate sauce – but now that I know it’s a Vogon–er, Vegan–brownie, that doubles it! LOL Nicely played, Alan. Nicely played!

  3. Like Srivatsan above my experiments continue, but not because I’ve finally attained the Zen goal of seeing everything as new. No my experiments continue because it seems I’ve forgotten that I’ve done it before… 🙂 Peace Alan…

    • Craig that sounds remarkably similar to something my friend Tiffany said a while back. We are all constantly learning the same things over and over 🙂 TYSM

  4. Ha fun post Alan. I tend to work on the same experiment every day until I get bored with it. Maybe tomorrow I’ll try a new one. Like those chocolate waffles in the background

    • Sometimes, Daria, it seems to me if you can have fun with it, every experiment is ultimately a win. So glad you like the vegan chocolate chip brownie 🙂

  5. Hi Alan

    I thought i’d join in without the mission benefits (I’m not a member of the community) because I appreciate the contact we have had on twitter lately.

    Now at first glance the post is entirely insane 😛 (I say that in the nicest possible way and with a big smile) however this makes me wonder if there is something more going on behind the scenes.

    Upon inspection and the following of your nicely embedded links it all starts to come together quite nicely.

    I must say though I was hoping to see your head in the freezer.

    • Sorry. There is actually one, count it one face picture of me that you can find if you do some looking in my Facebook profile, but as I’ve tried to explain, taking pictures is just Not my forte and the one thing it is almost always safe to assume is that I did Not take any of the pictures I post and that they are Not of me 🙂

  6. I don’t know every person appeared in your blog, whether it’s real or fictional. I just read and relax, like walking in a park, no one to talk, just listen to nature – the sound wave behind a tree, the music played by a creek, and go on and on …

    • Nicolas, so long as my rantings on this site draw you back to read and comment again and again, I’ll know I must be doing something right 🙂 Hope it’s a great weekend for you my friend.

  7. #definethis Pescetarianism ( /ˌpɛskɨˈtɛəriən/) is the practice of a diet that includes seafood but not the flesh of other animals.

    #definethis strict vegetarian
    Etymology: L, stringere + vegetare, to grow, arius, believer
    a vegetarian who consumes no animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, dairy foods, or eggs. All foods consumed are plant-based, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, grain, and soy foods. Such diets, unless adequately planned, may be inadequate in many essential nutrients, particularly vitamin B12. Also called vegan.


  8. I will say this one time only – the backgrounds have to have calories in them because I just put on a few lbs. looking at it! I say however, you are very correct in saying each day is an experiment, and if it isn’t, how boring life must be! Life is about exploration and expanding boundaries – whatever they may be. I came for the food porn, I left with some Jack handy style deep thoughts. Excellent post today!

  9. I don’t know about your weevil, Alan, but I do laugh every time I think of the last time I played Scrabble with my daughter and a couple of her friends – one of them invented a word just to use up all the tiles in her hand, and it entered our lexicon: “Fahajasuck.” Try it – it’s a very useful word. The definitions are almost endless, but most often, I think it’s a verb or a noun.

    • Somewhere I posted about and linked to an article about zyzzyva and other made for Scrabble words. I can’t seem to find it today. Hope you are recovering from all of the birthday hoopla today, Holly.

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