A number of WordPress bloggers have visited our house in recent weeks, beginning with Miranda (“Scatteringmoments”) in late June and continuing with Tori (“The Ramblings”) and Lisa (“Woman Wielding Words”) in the past few days. This has been fun, informative, motivating, and, in fact, vital to my writing life.
Both blogger visits–a literal crash course in the community many discover in this form of social media– have also, ironically, coincided with two of the most monumental accidents either my partner Sara or I has experienced since, say, the Eisenhower administration.
During Miranda’s visit to Kentucky, some of you might recall, my falling, head first, down our back stairway, and landing in a Lexington emergency room with slurred speech and serious head injury—a fall that launched my “Rumble with the Tumble” staircase restoration project.
Well, this week’s visit with Tori and Lisa has somehow managed to happen along side yet another news-worthy event. It coincided, in fact, with what Sara on her photo blog has called a “news crash”—quite literally in this instance—landing me this time on the evening news and leaving Sara, Lisa, and me in the dark—again, literally so.
The story is this—
Just hours after Tori and her two-year-old Thomas had left Lexington on their way back to Nashville, a freak summer storm crashed a massive maple tree on our 100-year-old Victorian—taking out our electricity, cable, and internet, and damaging our roof, chimney, siding, and gutters—launching my 15 seconds of fame on the evening news—not just on one network’s evening broadcast, but on all three—NBC, ABC, and CBS.
So, below, I’ll let the photos and video tell the story; I’ll share the best images from our visit with Tori, Thomas, and Lisa, as well as the video that aired on our local NBC affiliate.
I swear, it doesn’t get any weirder, any more wacky and news-crash worthy than this—a literal tree-for-all, at least as far as this blogger’s concerned.
It all started off mildly enough, with Tori sipping wine through a drinking straw and the next morning meeting Lisa for the first time on our, then calm and quiet, back deck.
We chatted about blogging and Sara shared some of her most memorable adventures in international disaster response.
We ate lunch at Third Street Stuff in downtown Lexington, and Sara cooked an amazing dinner of pad Thai—the best combination of hot, sweet, and spicy this side of Chiang Mai .
Soon after Sara had cooked breakfast for us the following morning, soon after Tori had left for Nashville and Lisa for her day at a national theater conference being held in Lexington, said summer storm blew through.
And, in fact, the photos of its aftermath tell the tale.
You’ll notice in the video below that I’m carrying my terrified Maltese Lucy in a black, backpack carrier and leading an equally frightened Ralph on a leash—a video that aired on NBC that night, one Sara’s father said ran three times during a single evening broadcast. Must have been a really slow news day.
Networking with other bloggers may not cause trees to fall on your ol’ Kentucky home, but if you feel uninspired, doing so can crash your comfortable, if sometimes boring, blogging style. And if you can’t meet other bloggers in person, begin by commenting on other posts that speak to you, that cause you to cry or laugh or try new things. You’ll make new friends, if not the evening news.
So why not have fellow bloggers visit your home and launch a tree-for-all on your, once calm and quiet, writing life? In lieu of literal visits, how have you welcomed other bloggers onto your WordPress home page? How have other bloggers inspired you?
Sorry these blogger visits and tree accident have kept me away from your amazing posts for nearly a week. I should be back to regular reading tomorrow. I’ve missed you!