My writing could be defined as: “What I See is What You Get”. I may see something on the TV in the family room that I end up writing about in my chair with wheels in the office. Or, I may be speeding down the New Jersey Turnpike and observe a little slice of life that gets the creative hydraulics moving. With the miracles of modern science at my disposal, I can pull over (safety first), make some notes on my BlackBerry, and review them when I get home and park myself in front of the computer. Any information I want, any questions I need to answer, it’s all only a click away.
Even my radio show is done from this rather uncomfortable chair with wheels. It is uncomfortable because I bought it for my husband, who is a lot taller than I am. Actually, everybody I know is taller than I am, with only a couple of exceptions. (Yes, even if I am wearing heels.) And I am a complete idiot when it comes to things like adjusting adjustable chairs. Which is probably a good thing, because then my husband would come home, and log into work after dinner, and he would be muttering “What the #$%& is wrong with this chair?” The dogs would dash off to the bedroom to hide, and I would have to admit that yes, I did change his chair. Which is almost as annoying to him as when I drive his car, adjust the seat, and forget to put it back.
Have you ever adjusted the driver’s seat, gotten it just where you want it, and then someone else drives your car and it takes you a half hour to get the seat right again? This is so generally annoying that some cars even come with a program that remembers your settings – provided you remember which setting is the one you like, and can put the seat back to where you want it with a touch of a button. (I don’t think it will re-set the mirrors, but that is another story…) So you see why he might be a bit testy about my little changes. (OK – not little changes. If I forget to put the seat back and he tries to climb in, he is in danger of singing soprano for a month. I’ve got shorter legs…)
Anyway, I digress. I can do all my interviews with guests on my show from my own office. On the phone. While managing the studio board online. The wonders of modern technology have made it possible for me to get to know almost anybody while sitting in my jammies and fuzzy slippers, drinking my 7th cup of coffee for the morning. And if I don’t use Skype, they aren’t even scared!
I have the best deal in the world. I actually see the world from my easy chair, so to speak. In reality, it is a number of chairs in my house, in multiple rooms. It is also from the driver’s seat of my Jeep, the back yard, pretty much everywhere I am.
Even though I love meeting people, the reality is that I would never be able to do what I do without the Internet. I can travel anywhere I imagine, while enjoying the comforts of my own home. My own coffee pot and bathroom and work I love doing. No airport delays. No TSA pat-downs. No screaming kids on the plane (not to be confused with “Snakes on a Plane”). No worry about bed bugs or lousy food. No traffic jams, no parallel parking (Thank God), EZPass lanes, rest stops or messed up GPS directions.
I guess I am just high on the world we live in. Just me, my mouse and my French Roast, kicking back and saying “To Infinity … and Beyond!”
Sandi Tuttle is the host of the Blog Talk Radio show “An Average Woman in a Superwoman World” (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sandi-tuttle).