The Troll Under the Railroad Bridge

Email from a school buddy: “School’s out. So what kind of trouble should we get into next?”

My reply: “Let’s go hang out under the railroad bridge and ambush potential [web design] clients.”

Okay, so we decided that meeting for breakfast would be safer. But what *is* next? Last year, when school got out, I spent about the next six weeks in a total fog. I had only taken one class that winter (long boring story) and I had quit The Craziest Job On The Face Of The Planet the fall before. That was all good for a while because as it turned out I spent most of the winter commuting to either the Henry Ford Hoosegow or the Yoop. For a little while, I thought I might have to actually drop that one class but I stuck it out and, in the end, I was glad I did. But then school was over and I had no job and my dad and my brother and all kinds of other people and aminals I loved were dead and I couldn’t focus on anything except driving and the only reason I was still getting out of bed at 0-dark-thirty and walking every day was because I am *programmed* to get out of bed at 0-dark-thirty and walk every day. Sheesh, was that sentence long enough?

Anyway, after a summer of shuttling back and forth to the beach, a year of *intense* classes, and a dream trip to California, I am moving along under my own steam again. Er, sort of, but “sort of” is a definite improvement. This was a very successful school year and not only in terms of grades. What’s next? I’m not completely sure but at least this year I have a *list*:

  • Dredge up Jason’s old lectures and regain fluency with javascript and the DOM.
  • While I’m at it, I should probably do the same thing with the CSS positioning lectures.
  • Work on my internship.
  • Learn php.
  • Learn more than the basics of flash actionscript.
  • Tear apart the wordpress file structure and style sheet and attain fluency at designing themes.
  • Redesign my blahg. Or maybe I should say *design*, since I did the current “design” in about five minutes.
  • Work on my business site.
  • Create a web and/or powerpoint presentation of the Twinz of Terror’s north-country trail trip from L. Michigan to L. Superior.
  • Shuttle up and down the I75 SUV Speedway to Houghton Lake and the beach (duh).
  • Figger out how the heck to get my beeyootyful new Macbook to connect to The Internets up there on The Shores of Gitchee Gumee since it doesn’t have a modem. Um, Apple? What were you thinking?
  • Keep on working on The Landfill. Five minutes at a time if that’s what it takes.
  • Flute, beads, fabric collage, finish knitting my socks, keep up with The New Yorker, read Harry Potter 7 and who knows what else, etc., etc.
  • Hang around under the railroad bridge and ambush potential [web design] clients.

4 Responses to “The Troll Under the Railroad Bridge”

  1. Webmomster Says:

    Love you, and “SKOAL” to having drinks together via email!!

  2. Sam Says:

    Proposal: shake things up with a short trip SOUTH on I-75, not MERELY to party, but to investigate other aspects of html and design and cocoa and the like. PS Don’t ever use powerpoint when you can use Keynote!

  3. Pooh Says:

    If you follow Sam’s advice, it will take you a lot longer to get to the end of 1-75, but you will see new and different things! Stop in Berea KY and you can get a taste of Appalachian hospitality and crafts. (At least that’s what I remember from our trip SOUTH on I-75, oh back in 7th grade??, when we drove to Florida.

  4. Kathy Farnell Says:

    Hey Anne! If you go far enough south on I-75, you can get to the point where the signs read East-West I-75. I took a picture of that sign. (As you probably know, North/South Interstate Hwys. are odd numbers and East/West Interstate Hwys. are even numbers.) I don,t know how often that happens on other Interstate Highways. I thought it was interesting.