A caviat first. When I was a fundamentalist, I belonged to the “holiness tradition” (that link is to a really interesting article – I learned a lot. I was, in case you are interested, a Nazarene) which is a different sort of strand than most fundamentalists in this country. Some would actually argue they are not really fundamentalists, since the focus is on ethics, not doctrine, but I would beg to differ, since at least in my church, there was an emphasis on scriptural inerrancy.
I have decided I love the idea of shared open wifi. I am right now at my parent's abode in New York (Long Island, actually), and, as I suspected, they didn't install their wireless. But, their neighbor (who knows which one) has wonderfully provided password-free wireless. Yay! It's a bit flakey (seems to be much better outside than inside,) but it seems to be working, for now.
So, I give a big anonymous blog thank you to the neighbors, and to anyone else who provides free wifi to people who they might not know.
After a horrible hour or so in Chicago traffic, I arrived in Indiana (I actually don't know what town I'm really in – just east of Gary.) Another night, another Comfort in. They are predictable, at least, and not too expensive. But I'll be in NY at my parent's house tomorrow, my first east coast destination.
I think it may well be the only state with wifi hotspots at every rest stop. Whodathunkit? Iowa ahead of everyone else? I'm on a brief stop for a rest and lunch, crusing through Iowa on my way to … ? Don't yet know how far I'll get today – we'll see how long I hold out. There isn't a whole lot of traffic today, going through Omaha was a breeze. We'll see what Chicago is like (if I get that far today.) I know that there will be a lot more traffic the further east I get.
At one point, I got out of my car, and I could swear I was in a furnace, it was very windy, and very, very hot. I thought "gee, it must be that I've gotten soft from all that wonderful Bay Area weather." Then I heard that it was 104 degrees where I had been. No wonder! It was a blast furnace! Seems a bit hot for June (actually, it is pretty hot for June, although not a record for Nebraska, from what I can tell.)
I'm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Home of many Mormons, and a friend from PSR, who can now prove that there is life after PSR. I'm comfortably ensconced in her house, and online (once I fixed her wifi.)
As I was driving into Salt Lake City, it was raining, and Great Salt Lake was on my left, and I could definitely smell it. Then, all of a sudden, there was an amazingly beautiful rainbow that emerged out of the clouds, against the hills right before the city. Beautiful, and a funny juxtaposition with the stink of the lake!
I discovered the blog, Radical Torah a whille ago, because one of my favorite bloggers, Rachel Barenblat (of Velveteen Rabbi), is a contributor. Radical Torah is a blog that, for one thing, takes the week's Torah portion (one part of the Torah is read each week, for a whole year in Jewish communities) and gives a social justice perspective on it. In their words:
Just as I was thinking about my blog (I promise, this blognavel-gazing is coming to an end with this post,) I was clued by Beth onto an interesting post on a blog I never read, called MarketingProfs (yes, it's obvious I never read it,) about posting frequency. I had always kept in my mind the idea that I would try and post something everyday. As you well know, I rarely manage that target.
I'm leaving to drive back to the East Coast on Tuesday. The floor of my room is filled with bags of various sorts, in various states of filled and unfilled. I've got my list of things to remember, and things to do. Luckily, the list isn't too long, and I've got two more days to get things done. I think I'll basically be prepared.
As I said in my post about writing, there have been several things in the past few weeks to make me think a lot about what this blog is for. One of the things that has happened quite recently is getting into a bit of a argument with the folks over at Talk2Action. The gist of the argument is covered in the discussions on my post on Street Prophets. There's no point in going over it here.