too tired for a title

It’s one in the morning and I can’t sleep.  Perfect time to write the first entry in that blog I keep meaning to start…

This blog is intended to organize and develop my advocacy and ideas about transportation in Minneapolis.  That’s the goal anyway, but I expect to take many detours into local history, politics or urban planning due to my inability to draw a straight line between two points and the high likelihood that I will write most of the entries in states of insomnia or procrastination.

Back to the point of the blog:  transportation (1) advocacy and (2) ideas.

Advocacy is a fancy way of saying I want what I want not what you want.  But I like to think that what I want is the right thing to want.  So I write lots of cranky emails to various people who have gained the right to get what they want professionally.  Not sure that makes sense – but it always seemed like I spent a lot of time digging up old cranky emails I’ve sent and connecting them to links that support my crankiness.  Maybe a blog will help me dig?

Also it seems like a blog will help me focus my reaction to the things I encounter in my online or intellectual life.  Like the cheesy discussion questions at the end of the chapter in a textbook – regurgitating what you read really does help with comprehension.

The ideas are the fun part.  It will be rare when an idea I have has a chance of being brought to the attention of someone who is in a position to do something about it.  But the point is more to put my thoughts into words and thereby develop and focus them (and hopefully make some cool maps).  And a boy can dream – maybe someday more than I and one other person (hi mom!) will read this thing and will give me feedback on my idea.  At the least, I hope someone at some point will stumble upon one of the ideas I present here, think that it is an actual proposal, and leave a radioactive comment bomb.  Then I will know that I am truly making a difference.