November 10, 2012 · 10 comments

Thanks for coming along while iRode this wave.

Between your most valuable feedback in the form of comments here, personal notes, and the statistics that show us that people continued to come to the blog in spite of the sudden uptick in the frequency of posts (“Again?!”), the reduced number of images offered per posts, and the quality of cell phone snaps versus high-end camera “art,” I’ve learned some valuable lessons this week.

My iPhone 4 takes a good enough shot for a decent post.

This is a critical factor in thinking about the whole blogging schtick for me as it completely negates the rationale that I need to have brilliant images from a highish-end Nikon in order to have fodder around which to think and write.

Of course, everyone loves a nice piece of eye candy, but it turns out that what I actually need in order to write is brain candy. If I can get a post and new national holiday out of a bag of dried bonito, there’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

This means that no matter where I am in the world, or what I’m doing, or whether or not I have the honkin’ black camera bag along, I always my phone camera handy.

I can take pictures.

And since I’m a blogger who usually starts with the images and builds a story around them, I’ll just have to suck it up and write with the discipline I would love to think comes with the job… except it doesn’t. Neither does knowing what time to post, or when most people check Facebook, or what day is best to catch people at their computer, or how all those things line up best so when you put your life blood out in the public, people read it. (Not you… other people.)

I took a lovely iPhoto of the tiniest moth I’ve ever seen, sunning itself during its 20 minutes of life on our bathroom wall today, just to prove my point. I’ll blog about it later this week.

I hate it when a cherished excuse to procrastinate gets shot to pieces, don’t you?

I took these iPhotos on our walk yesterday on another favorite route: the path that runs behind Teton Springs Resort, a beautiful golf and fly fishing resort less than a mile from our house.

I had no idea there could be so much new growth so late in a season, did you?

Rick is a HUGE supporter of the writer who is me.

When I’m wailing and gnashing my teeth in the midst of a creative crisis, he brings me fermented fruit and murmurings of comfort. (I don’t really wail and gnash. I mostly just weep quietly into my keyboard when I can’t think of the word that means how an image is composed and begins with a “c”and ends in “omposition.” Still, the pain is real.)

Can we all collectively be a HUGE supporter of the cartoonist who is Rick? I think his cartoons deserve space in the New York Times, and he’s actually won awards for them. I don’t mean to bludgeon the poor man, but we have had repeated conversations of late that start with me saying, “That was so funny! Will you cartoon it?” and him saying, “Yes, yes… I will cartoon on that, honey punkin dimples,” but when was the last time you’ve seen a cartoon around here? Just dog pile him in the comments section, ‘kay?

If I have to give up my procrastination blankie, so does he. This is what makes for a good marriage.

Having a good doggie makes life pretty sweet, too.

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rickandkathy November 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Thanks, friends!

Rick has been traveling, but once his gorgeous Levis find their way back home to his office chair, I’m confident we’ll see the return of his comic genius to our screen.

Meanwhile, everyone sing along!

Rick’s sitz bone’s connected to his… head bone.
His head bone’s connected to his… funny bone.
His funny bone’s connected to his… Wacom.
And we’ll all be a’smiling along!


Jan Jewell November 16, 2012 at 1:06 am

Can I come for a visit…. PRETTY PLEASE???


Louise November 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm

love that you have been blogging with great frequency
comics would be like the icing on the cake!


Gail Gauvin November 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

Those pictures make me pine for the ol’ country. But what makes me even more misty-eyed is the lack of cartoons from Rick. I need my fix of chortles and guffaws that they always bring… (please, Rick, please?) :-}


Debra November 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

oh! AND…Rick, how about some comics over here!? or there! Everywhere would be wonderful! Thanks and looking forward to the inevitiable chuckle!


Debra November 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I’ll send you some pics that’s currently inspiring me…


Kristie Pham November 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed your “brain candy” this week! Keep it coming. And can I use that term if I attribute you to it? 🙂


rickandkathy November 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Kristie, you know the rule, right?
The first time, it’s “As Kathy once said….”
The second time, it’s “As some have said….”
The third time, it’s “As I’ve always said…”
Three times said and you own it.


kathy p. November 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Hi Rick, yes I LOVE your comics! They’re drawn with great talent and they make me laugh — Kath’s “male” ID story is a perfect case in point. : )


Jackie Ann Patterson November 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

Yes, comics too please! 🙂


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