8.08.2011

like dickens

Today we were driving on the interstate and we passed some old apartment building called Pickwick something or other.   I remembered being 12 years old, moving from my little town to Indianapolis, driving on the interstate and seeing this place.  Pickwick.  I thought it sounded romantic.  Like Dickens.

There is a building along the side of the main apartment complex, a big talll building with aluminum siding all over.  I don't know what goes on there, something sportyish, but to me it was ajsdjkal-- excuse me I just killed a fly on my keyboard, for real-- but to me it was a landmark and it was given value, this aluminum building, because I knew it was a place I would never go and that people there play a sport I'll never know how to play and live in apartment rooms I'll never enter. It was like a place I didn't belong.  And I could feel that when our car would pass.  I don't know why.

I was an only child until I was 15 so there are a lot of things I don't know about.  Dumb things.  Board games.  Bowling.  Dumb things.  But things.  I have never ever played checkers.  When people try to tell me how to bowl better, I have a panic attack and a meltdown.  I remove my bowling shoes.  I threaten to walk home.

I think I used to feel like that about BlogHer and Blissdom and Conference Time Season on Twitter and all that.  Even though I went to Blogher in Chicago a couple of years ago.  I still felt like I didn't belong.  Like it was this place I didn't quite get.  But I just heard that the 2012 Blogher Conference is in New York City, and I swear to you, I will find a way to go.  I think I might even belong.

24 comments:

  1. Yes!!! You must (ok must is a bit strong) go & you SO belong. And we'll totally play some checkers :)

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  2. I actually currently live in Indianapolis and almost moved to the Pickwick Apartments. :)

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  3. Oh my, amazing. I would love to go to Blogher in NYC. But I'll have to keep up with my blog to do so. :) So, we'll see.

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  4. Hey Little Dickens,
    I don't know anything about BlogHer, but I'm willing to bet there are a lot of women who feel the same way about it that you do. Women who would be really encouraged to know they are not alone. Who knows who God might put in your path?
    Love,
    Someone who is better for having been "put in your path".

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  5. you are a great writer.

    and the past two days I have been thinking about blogher too. I'm not the greatest blogger, and probably don't belong, but i really really want to go to new york next year.

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  6. Looks as though a whole ton of us will be making the trek to NYC. Assuming the fates (babies, husbands and bank accounts) align. It would be SO awesome to see you there.

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  7. I know I don't belong at BlogHer for the blog part of it, but the people part of it intrigues me. But also completely overwhelms me. I doubt I'll make it to NYC, but maybe one of these days...

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  8. I soooo want to go to Blogher in NYC.
    I have not idea how I can make it work, but I sure would LOVE to!!
    It's a cross country trip for me, but I have always wanted to go to NYC...got close last month while flying through Newark...I even saw the Statue of Liberty while we were taking off to head back to Portland.
    Oh, and the bloggers and information and fun at Blogher...it would be amazing!

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  9. Or we could just have a NYC girls weekend, hold the conference. :)

    Kidding aside, I like how you wrote this.

    xo

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  10. Oh yeah, in response to Elizabeth, and my own comment, I actually CAN'T do BlogHer next year! I noticed the dates and I am in a pin-up style wedding in Chicago! WOO! so we will have to arrange another time!

    Steph

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  11. It makes me pout so much that BlogHer dates are now in August. It's not feasible for me to travel in August, but I wish that BlogHer Chicago had been in August so that I could have gone--instead of sitting at home, so very nearby, with a six day old baby. Not that I would trade that for anything, but you know.
    This was the rambliest comment ever. Anyway. I wish I could go, but you so totally should. You belong there.

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  12. I'll be going next year (you know, probably dragging my bebe with me). We can go together. You do belong there.

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  13. Oh, if you're going to go next year I HAVE to, too. We'll not belong (or, maybe belong, whatever we feel like!) together.

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  14. i know those apartments. and you are a lovely, unique blogger. and when NYC beacons, you gotta go :)

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  15. That would be awesome. You'd be loved. I'm sure. How could they help it? :)

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  16. You should go. I think everyone should try to go at least once. Like some sort of sacred pilgrimage or something.

    And I will tell you this - even though I just wrote about zen I was all through my first BlogHer, there were definite moments of just - I don't know - these aren't my people. Just that MOST of my bloggy friends aren't BlogHer kind of people. But you know what? I met some people I would never have met otherwise.

    Overall, I think it is a very good thing to go and experience and meet and do.

    It is NOT exclusive when you are there. Or it wasn't for me, anyway. There was not one moment of rudeness or Big Timeness or anything like that. Everyone I met was SUPERTY friendly.

    Plus, you'll want to meet Morgan. You two are like peas and carrots. ;)

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  17. I will completely stalk you at BlogHer'12 until I get to hug you and hang out and compare stories about all of our kids.

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  18. I think that I should go with you and your brothers and I can take your kids on fun adventures while you go do your thing. We will go to Toys R Us, and take them to meet their cousins in Brooklyn! Am I invited? Maybe I could start a blog first. Maybe not.

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  19. BTW your brothers took tennis lessons in that odd looking athletic building when they were like 2 and 3. It was strange to actually go in it and have a reason to be there.

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  20. I wish I could have gone with you to Chicago... I'm not so sure about NYC - it's never lived up to my expectations

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  21. I remember meeting you at BlogHer in Chicago!

    What if you brought your arborist husband to NYC, and I hung out with him? Sounds like a plan? I've enjoyed the last 3 years of BlogHer and wouldn't miss it! I just felt like I was always missing another arborist. =)

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