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Driving and Biking in the Big City

When the grind gets me down

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It’s been a tough couple of weeks in the life of this intrepid commuter, but I’ve continued to drive and bike through the days and nights. When the grind gets me down, the biking balances me out — mostly. As a writer by trade, I find the creative writing that is this blog is harder. I’ve used it up in the umpteen stories and proofs I’ve done for my paying job.

As I say in my autobiography, this is the only job I ever wanted and some days I’m very pleased to know I’ve made a living at it for my entire life. Other days, I feel like I’m just going through the motions for a paycheck.  As Malcolm Gladwell says in the book “Outliers,” poor artist types like me typically had patrons.

The truly interesting aspect of my skill is that my best stuff is also my easiest. The writing is less readable when it comes painfully and after staring at a blank sheet of paper, a computer screen or after the pressure of a deadline.

For instance, I did an interview a few weeks ago and then got sidetracked with deadline work, proofing, research, etc.  The  interview  got stale enough that I was dreading the writing. It got to be lunchtime one recent day and Vinny was almost out of gas. As a hardcore commuter, I spend a lot of lunches at gas stations near the med center. I’m listening to a book on tape — probably something trashy and crime-based — when I can’t listen any more. The lead for this story pops into my head and I can’t get a sheet of paper fast enough. The rest of the story springs fully formed from my head like Athena from  Zeus. Done and done.  Thank heavens!

I remember  a ghost writing adventure for a heart surgeon that I was dreading. After all, I’m not a doctor much less a heart surgeon. In this case, the story attacked me on a bike ride. Luckily my Sansa has a record mode or I would have been looking for sidewalk trash for my  notes. In the end, the doc loved it, changed nary a word and proclaimed it good enough for his signature.  Whew!

Maybe soon my brain will get back into blog mode. After all, the MS 150 was last weekend. The biggest bike ride in my neck of the woods so your commuter must chronicle it.

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Written by commuterchroniclesdbh

April 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

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