Confession of a casual blogger

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Clay Adams | October 3rd, 2016

 

CA: “Forgive me dear Athena for it has been a long time since my last blog.”

Athena: “Um, okay. How long?”

CA: “I dunno. A few months. Something like that.”

Athena: “That’s not good, but a person your age has to understand that such things don’t happen as often as they do when younger.”

CA: “Oh. We are talking about blogs, aren’t we?”

Long, silent pause

CA: “Yo, Athena? You still there?”

Athena: “Yeh. Sorry. Was distracted there for a moment. Did you know there are 1,025,109.8 words in the English language?”

CA: “No. And how do you know that?”

Athena: “Because I’m the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and the Arts you cockalorum pillock. That means I am the creator of all the words and stuff we scribe so of course I know. I am the wisdom upon which the English language is based. Besides, Google said so.”

CA:  “Pardon me then! Considering the poor French and Spanish get by with about 100,000, maybe you should have been a bit more picky. No wonder we can’t understand Donald Trump.”

Athena: “Excuse me!”

CA: “Nothing. Anyway, I’m supposed to be confessing that I haven’t produced a blog for a while and feel guilty about it. You’re supposed to help me I’m told.”

Athena: “Fine. But why is it when people can’t write they come here and expect me to have some miracle cure?”

CA: “Because you are the Goddess of Wisdom, remember? At least that’s what your sign said. Besides, Lugh is off at a Gaelic football game they tell me, while Kvasir is off binge watching Season Five of Vikings. Said it’s like watching home movies or something. Basically, you’re all I got right now.”

Athena: “Sigh. Okay. So how are things? Anything going on lately?”

CA: “Hmmm. Let me think.”

Athena: “Sorry? Oh, no. Not you. I was on the phone with Minerva. Those Romans are a funny bunch. Told her I’d FaceTime later. You were saying?”

CA: “I suppose a few things have been going on lately that are worth talking about.  But it’s just work stuff and I think people sometimes find that boring.”

Athena: “So what about the summer? Go anywhere? Do anything?”

CA: “Well I did go to Vegas for a few days for sun and heat. Don’t really gamble but still lost a few bucks though.”

Athena: “Bummer. Should have called me first. Could have put a word in with Fortuna beforehand. She knows a few tricks if you know what I mean. So what about work. Anything going on there?”

CA: “Well we did do a really stellar job in Accreditation the other week. That was cool. A 94 percent pass mark and they told us we were ‘world class’ in some of the things people do across VCH. That was darn good.”

Athena: “Felicitations. Oh, and did you know that word comes from the Latin word ‘felicitare’ meaning ‘to make happy’? I could also say ‘mazel tov’, which began as a congratulatory greeting in the 1600’s as ‘missal tob’. Did you know that?”

CA: “Um, no but I get the whole ‘I’m the words expert’ thing already, okay! You see, the problem is I think I need to write things that are a little different. I don’t want to just do that corporate blah, blah, blah stuff because I believe people want to be treated as people, not just as part of an organization. I want people to enjoy what I write and feel the time they spend reading it is worthwhile. That’s tough but is it too much to ask?”

Athena: “Noooo, not at all. Sorry. Give me a second.”

Sounds of typing

Athena: “Aaand hashtag ‘delusional’. Send. Done. Now, you were saying?”

CA: “Never mind. This is not helping. I think I need to find someone whose comments are truly astonishing. Whose words evoke laughter and astonishment. A person nobody takes seriously and yet everyone wants to listen to. Any idea where I can reach that Donald Trump guy?”

Athena: “Funny, he is coming to see me later. Am still trying to work him through this whole cultural awareness thing. Tough case that one, I tell ya. Drive a goddess to drink, although Dionysus beat me to it, lucky bugger.

CA: “Sounds like we’re done here. Not sure this has been much of a confessional.”

Athena: “Hey, I can only do what I can do. Knock me out five synonyms and five antonyms, then read the dictionary from ‘mutation’ to ‘octet’. Good luck.”

About the Author

Clay Adams
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Clay Adams is vice president of Communications and Public Affairs and has extensive experience in strategic communications and planning, media relations, issues management and stakeholder communications in Australia and Canada. Clay writes on communication related topics with a wry humorous style and has an interest in discussion about how we want to be understood by others. View all the posts by Clay.

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4 comments on “Confession of a casual blogger

  • Kirk says:

    Clay, have you been at the nector again?

    I miss your blog posts!

  • Jillian says:

    This was a fun blog to read, thank you Clay. With the storm blowing outside right now I think Zeus and Lugh are battling it out up there in the sky!
    I am thinking that this was a premonition by you!!! Thanks alot!

    • Gilllei tregidgo says:

      I needed that on a rainy and overcast friday morning Clay. Thanks for the smiles and inspiration.This will help me work more productively today methinks!!!

  • Brenda Wagner says:

    Clay thanks for introducing some literary wit into our blog.

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