Saturday, August 29, 2009
I try to adhere to a philosophy that one should make the best of whatever challenges come up. I think I'm doing a good job with this so far. Instead of paying to go to school, I am being paid to go to school. More than I've ever been paid before. I'm working in a location that many people would love to even visit. The weather is great, I'm always minutes from a beach, and there are rainbows every other day. I'm being trained in skills that I can take anywhere in America and have job. And I get to commute every day!
Why is commuting awesome? So many people complain about it, understandably, having to deal with traffic and wasting up to twenty hours a week just to get to and from work. Few things can be more infuriating than a daily commute. I'm all about it, though. It's my favorite part of the workday, because of audiobooks! With my severe deficit of "for-me-time" this past year, I've gotten more reading done on the road in the last two weeks than I have in the last three months. Audiobooks have given me a book to read at a rate of about one every week and a half, at no cost to my studying or free time. This is good not only because of the removal from the commute, but also because I love reading, and, as a writer, reading is one of the most important things I can do to tacitly improve my own craft.
Sure, audiobooks are about three times as expensive as paper books, but this is why we have libraries! Oh, what a wonderful place, the library. I hadn't been to a public library for years until today. Now, I have a brand spankin' new State of Hawaii Public Library card. It feels good. I've only got one caveat with the audiobooks: Many are cut. Abridged! Why? I can't come up with a good reason. Pillars of the Earth, for example, was a very enjoyable story, but entire sections had been cut that made the ending feel a little like it was from a different book about similar events. I suppose I'll just have to make the best of what I get.