A Cabin, a Canine and a Car: A Week in the Woods to Write

A Dude learned an important lesson about posting to WordPress today:  don’t go back and forth between your cell phone and your computer.  While trying to upload photos, my whole post was deleted.  It was going to win me a blogging award, no doubt.  JK.  But now I have to try to re-create it from memory late at night.  Which isn’t going to happen for the most part.  Oy, how I suffer for my art!  Such is life.  Let’s move on.

Who’s a Good Dog?  You Are!  Yes, You!

Mr. Buddy Willis, Esquire, looking all present and correct.  Or Dapper Dan.  Let’s go with cute as a button.

A certain four-legged terrier mixed with something else, one Mr. Buddy Willis, Esquire, was entrusted to my care by a friend.  Included in the package deal with his spooky (at night, at least) Cabin the Woods is the use of his car for a week.  That’s a pretty sweet deal for an unemployed, car-less, aspiring writer such as A Dude Abikes.  I’m happy to help out and get some solace from the stinking, siren-laced, mostly non-spooky city.

My main job is to keep Buddy alive, and especially to not let him get eaten by a certain Mr. Wile E. Coyote or his bobcat friends.  They are like nature’s teenaged hoodlums playing a game of Ding Dong Ditch, in that they come very close to the house and leave their scat, aka poop.  Not nice.  But then, the area is surrounded by a nature preserve, and it’s really their habitat.  Like the old commercial said, “You shouldn’t mess with Mother Nature.”

Nap time on the futon.  It’s a dog’s life.

Buddy is a good dog, very social, always wanting to be nearby, especially if food, playing or petting is involved.  Like most dogs, who aren’t that far away from wild canines, they also like to eat weird crap, lick themselves, and then try to lick you.  Gross!  But notice the word “try” in there.  No tongues are allowed.  Licking is for popsicles and 50 Shades of Grey, amirite?

I have already started to talk to him because, face it, there’s no one else to have a chat with.  Well, I guess I can plug in my Google Home Mini and talk to her/it.  She’d fit in better out here in the country if she had a Daisy Dukes, Minnie Pearl or Dolly Parton accent option.  But she don’t, dag nabbit!  Sorry, country living has brought out the Texas twang and slang in me.

Having a Car is Weird

As readers know, A Dude has not had his own car for 13 years.  While they are expensive and pollutey, they are also quite handy for getting around when you have alot ot stuff, there’s no bus, and it’s pretty damn hilly, cold and wet.  Out here a car is necessary to be able to get into town for job search activities, which continue apace.  But mostly that’s something I do on the internet, which we do have out here.  We’re not savages! But also driving a car can make it easy to forget to walk or bike, puts you in a bad mood in traffic and isolates you from others.

wile ecoyote.pngOther thoughts:  KMFA 89.5 Classical Radio for Austin is my favorite radio station, and it comes in fine.  (You can listen online or on I Heart Radio.)  I hit my head on the car’s bike rack — once.  And after last night’s brake replacement at Yellow Bike Project (if you didn’t read Monday night’s blog, here’s the link), I am just waiting word from the doctor if I can try to hit the hills again.  Meanwhile, I brought my rusty, trusty trainer and hope to put in a few sessions if the weather still stinks and as my nerve and energy allow me to ride, or rather logic has me not ride the scary road.

A Dude Abikes:  The Book

After bicycling 5,306 miles, an average of 100 per week in 2016, I started writing a book.  That stalled quickly because I got bored making it a chronological record of my rides on Strava.  That still makes sense as one approach, but I could definitely benefit from a class, mentor, online resources or a Meet Up group to figure out how to go about it.  For now, though, my goal is to reach 100 blog posts, and that is taking some time.  (Longer when you delete your own posts!)  But maybe I will take some steps in that direction this week while I have fewer distractions.

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“You think you know the story.” (SPOILER ALERT:  Every horror movie villain / way to kill people ever is in this.  Spooky AF!)

Being here in the woods is certainly fertile ground for writing, reading, and being alone with one’s thoughts.  And it’s not all spooky, even with the dead silence (mostly), intense darkness and predators lurking about.  (As I said, they poop in the driveway, so I’m not making it up.)    But with remote traffic noise, heaters, running clean though water is hard tasting due to the minerals, electricity and gas heat, it’s not like I’m really roughing it.  I have to drive a bit back to town for job search stuff anyway, although most of it is online.  No one has offered me a job so far anyway.  Life goes on.

For now, my goal is to get myself organized, think about working on the book, keep blogging, read more, catch up on sleep and also some of my picture stories, cook, walk the dog twice a day, do my daily yoga, and hopefully get out there on the bike.  It’s a pretty hilly and windy road and although I once did ride on it, it’s dangerous.  Of course, I could be squashed by a drunk driver on a hairpin turn while going downhill at 40 mph on the two-lane road with no shoulder.  If I do, don’t be sad.  Be happy I was doing something I liked.  Like my dad’s dad who died playing golf.  And then I got a graduation card from him two days later.  Now that’s spooky!


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12 thoughts on “A Cabin, a Canine and a Car: A Week in the Woods to Write

  1. Nice one man, and nice work on that blogger name – clicked through on the pun-strength alone 😀
    I got my first car a couple years ago and it’s crazy how addictive they are! Now I’m in a good place with it, only driving once or twice a week, when I actually need to.
    But for a while, I was driving literally everywhere. I was doing drives that took 15 minutes through heavy traffic and stop lights to shops I could have walked to in 10 minutes! Once or twice I actually woke up in the middle of the night and found an excuse to go driving, just because I love it so much…
    Anyway, great post – hope you got some good writing and reading done out there in the deep dark woods, and I hope the predator’s scats were as enjoyable as Louis Armstrong’s… God, I hope you get that, otherwise I’m gonna seem like a total creep

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    1. Hi Kinchski! Most fun to read comment I’ve received to date. Thanks! You may enjoy my posts 11, 12 and 13 Years (Not) a Slave to Cars. Glad you’re trying different modes of transport. Much depends where you are, health, weather, time. Yeah, the pun was inspired. Hoping the Forms Sue me – need more press. Yes I get scatting. Reminds me of a Seinfeld line, George complains about someone bebopping and scatting all over him or something. Any tips on blogging, WP, if I need to be in social media, monetizing? Regards, A Dud Abikes

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      1. Glad you enjoyed it! I’ll check out that post, sounds like it could be helpful to me. I’m currently saving for a bike, can’t wait to get cycling around Melbourne again!

        I don’t really have any tips, I’m still getting the hang of WordPress myself! Only thing I noticed is it was hard for me to follow your blog – I added it to my reader, though… not sure if that’s just me being blind, though, or if you need to make it more visible 🙂

        Have a great…evening? Whatever time it is in Texas, enjoy that time!

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  2. Loved the post, thanks for the WP info regarding mobile/online posting. I will do my best not to make that mistake but you never know. 🙂


      1. No not at all, If you are not honest with yourself, then its not possible to be honest with anyone else.
        If an employer uses something you were honest about, against you, its more likely that he/she feels threatened by you (or rather you are reflecting to her/him their own insecurities), hence, challenging or belittling you makes them feel powerful and masks/shields their unfaced secrets. They are not worthy of your employment…:)

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