Piddle is a skill my partner Sara has been honing for years—-if not decades. In fact, for some, piddling can take a lifetime to perfect. Sara could claim that longevity itself is directly related to the pursuit of piddle perfection.
In the event that you are not piddle-literate, the activity of piddling is closest to, perhaps, dabbling. However, piddle is neither goal-oriented nor task-driven. It involves doing nothing in particular—neither this nor that—neither here nor there—at no set speed and with no particular timeline in mind.
Sara, however, is not your average piddler. She’s not a piddle purist, if you will. You could call her a master dabbler—a piddle champion. She doesn’t merely play at piddle; she takes it seriously. And in this regard, what she does may not qualify as pure piddle at all, since she attaches actual goals to simple piddle pastimes. It’s this purpose-driven piddle that distinguishes my partner.
In other words, Sara likes to do what she wants, when she wants. She likes to do it at a pace she herself sets. But, above all else, she wants to do it well.
Sara starts out a dabbler—a taster—dipping her well-manicured (but never polished) toe in some seemingly meaningless task—an indifferent doing, of sorts.
But far be it from her to fiddle with piddle—or any task, for that matter.
Take ironing, for instance. Sara is one of those people who likes to get the wrinkles out—to apply heat—to even the field of fabric—pressing it properly—creases in all the appropriate places. In other words, she applies heat; she applies pressure.
Most recently, Sara has piddled with pictures, taking a photo-a-day since January 1st, beginning a micro-photo blog (Que Sera Sara) once March rolled around. BlipFoto may have begun as a piddle project for Sara, but eventually her daily dabble, done with diligence, has morphed pastime into passion, even an obsession of sorts.
Today marks Sara’s 100th Blip—100 photos in 100 days—an anniversary of piddle turned pastime and project turned passion. It also marks the transformation of passion for pictures into a renewed passion for people—the morphing of photo-taking into friendship-making.
I’ll explain the friendship connection in a moment, but first—a few of my favorites photos Sara has taken recently.
But for Sara, as for both of us really, any activity, piddle-related or otherwise, any foray into blipping or blogging, is about people, in the end. And Sara and I have buddied in both the Blip and blog communities. In fact, many readers of “Reinventing the Event Horizon” now follow Sara’s site, also, sometimes becoming Facebook friends and in-the-flesh friends, as well, as with Tori (The Ramblings) this past spring and Lisa (Woman Wielding Words) and Emily (Hey from Japan) last summer.
We may have gone to Nashville two months ago for Tori’s “Very Bloggy Wedding,” but this coming weekend blogging buddy Miranda (of scatteringmoments) and her husband Jim are coming to Kentucky to meet Sara and me and are actually straying in our 100-year-old, falling-apart house (another piddle project). We’ll travel the Bourbon Trail together, touring the distilleries Central Kentucky is famous for, as well as explore equestrian sites around the city—all at a piddle pace, of course. We’ll eat the perch Miranda and Jim bring from Lake Erie. We’ll sip Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark. We’ll piddle with people. We’ll piddle with friends.
Some say practice makes perfect, when, in fact, piddle (with blipping or blogging) transforms faceless comments and nameless subscribers into piddle-perfect friends.
What’s your favorite piddle pastime? Has your piddle with blipping or blogging helped you make real-life, in-the-flesh, beyond-the-blogosphere friends?
(Note: Due to Miranda’s visit and the 4th of July holiday, I will be away from the blogosphere June 29th until July 5th. I’ll be back reading your work and back with more memoir posts, as well as ones about Miranda’s encounter with Kentucky, after that. If you are new to my blog–I’m writing a memoir about growing up in an organized crime family. To read chapter 1, click here.)
If you don’t already subscribe to Miranda’s blog “scatteringmoments,” I can’t suggest highly enough that you do. It’s one of my favorites. Also check out her recent article about bullying in the Christian Science Monitor.