Lowcountry Bloggers is a site here in Charleston, SC, that does a round up of local bloggers. On Wednesday of last week, they announced, “Dave Moulton breaks from his hiatus.”
Hiatus is an interesting word. I remember many years ago on a first date with a woman. When I asked where she worked, she replied, “I’m on a hiatus right now.” I remember thinking, but of course didn’t say it, “Oh, so you’re unemployed, and I guess I’ll be picking up the tab.”
A hiatus usually refers to a voluntary break, as opposed to being canned, sacked, given your cards, or a pink slip. I guess in my case I did take a hiatus. What made me emerge from my hiatus? Mainly the Tribute Bike. It made me wonder, “Why me?” And why do I deserve this?”
I had a business in Southern California during the 1980s and early 1990s. I hand built racing bicycle frames. There was a lot of competition at that time, and in order to succeed it was necessary that I produced a good product. I was paid and rewarded for what I did, so my thoughts are, “Why am I being recognized and rewarded again?”
I likened it to receiving a bike “Oscar.” It got me thinking me thinking about the Oscars. Movie stars are paid handsomely for what they do, and yet they are rewarded when they do it well.
My point is that many ordinary people do what they are paid to do, and do it extremely well. Yet they never receive any recognition or reward for what they do, other than a paycheck; neither do they expect more.
There are doctors who save lives, firefighters who save lives, humanitarians of all kinds. Right down to the average working man. If you do a job well, you are after all, doing what you are paid to do.
Doing a good job is sometimes like peeing on yourself in dark pants. It gives you a warm feeling, but no one notices.
No one, least of all me, expects a reward. However, when it comes as this one did, it is a wonderful but humbling experience. When I quit writing last August there was no criticism, just an outpouring of love and well wishes from the regular readers.
A lot has happened during my six month hiatus. A lot of water has passed under the bridge as the old cliché goes; and unfortunately a lot of turds floated by. The world’s economy is in a far worse condition, and people are loosing their jobs.
I had a very nice little part time job; I worked three days a week in the engineering department of a large manufacturer. I enjoyed working three days, then taking four days off. I also enjoyed the extra cash it brought in.
I was laid off from that job last October. Luckily, it was not my entire source of income so it has not affected me greatly. In fact, I have decided to take advantage of the extra time to ride my bike more, and get myself in the best physical condition I can.
I have decided not to participate in this recession. It is beyond my control, so therefore there is no point in my worrying about it. In an article I read the other day concerning the news, was the following quote:
We all know the news is bad; it makes us feel like crawling under a rock.
The cure is simple; quit watching the news. I haven’t watched TV news in years. It always dwells on the negative, it is depressing.
People who have followed me in the past know that I usually try to place a positive slant on things. What is needed right now is more love and compassion for our fellow man. I try to look on my neighbor’s situation; there is always someone worse off than I am.
We are all in this together. So humbly, if my sometimes-inane Internet postings entertain, make you think, or simply distract you from what is going on in the world. It is the very least I can do, and it is actually all I have to offer at this moment in return for the love and recognition that has been shown me.
As the water flows under the bridge, I will do my best to replace the turds with beautiful swans.