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.