The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012

June 4, 2007

Living In Dana Point Is Affecting My Blogging

So much of blogging, particularly political blogging, is to find a way to vent. Venting, of course, implies that pressure builds up that needs to be released. When I lived here a few years ago, and had to deal with freeway traffic and live in Irvine, I always needed ways to vent. When I lived in Georgia, I had a lot less stress, but still didn’t have a release. In addition, at my job I’d listen to political talk radio, giving me plenty of fodder.

That didn’t make for a very happy person, but it led to some excellent blogging. It’s not to say I wasn’t a happy person, but getting a chance to rail against the system was a great way to relieve stress at the end of the day.

Things are changing, though… I live close enough to work that I don’t have to deal with SoCal freeway hell. I’m busy all day, and work in a cubicle, so I can’t listen to much radio. On the way home, since I live near the beach, I open the windows in the truck, crank the tunes, and relax as the air turns from warm Irvine air to cool beach breeze.

Normally, I’d still have some stress to work out. After all, my job involves dealing with customers who only call me when something is going wrong, and it’s my responsibility to make sure it gets fixed. Sometimes that means they’ve got a backlog of shipments and if we don’t fix their problem, they might lose thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars… And if that happens, the engineers I’m talking to might not have a job. They’re understandably worried. So I come home with some stress.

But then I go for a nice 2 mile walk to the beach with Guinness. Up and down hills, past a beautiful golf course, the St. Regis and Ritz Carlton resorts, eventually ending up at the beach, where I get to watch the sun falling out over the Pacific Ocean. I get back, have a wonderful dinner prepared by my wonderful wife, sit down, have a beer, and relax. The stress is gone.

How in the world can I come home and have something to blog about after that?

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:20 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || Trackback URL || Categories: Blogging, Personal Life, Ponderings


  1. Brad,

    Enjoying life in California huh ?

    I’m really having a hard time feeling sorry for you ;)


    Comment by Doug Mataconis — June 5, 2007 @ 9:53 am
  2. Brad, sounds like you have it made in the shade….

    Comment by Lucy Stern — June 6, 2007 @ 11:41 pm
  3. Well, here at the beach, I actually prefer the sun, Lucy ;-)

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — June 7, 2007 @ 10:18 am
  4. You aren’t considering retiring from blogging are you?

    Comment by Stephen Littau — June 7, 2007 @ 1:16 pm
  5. No, not on the agenda… I have thought for a while that I might end up closing this blog and doing all my blogging at The Liberty Papers, but I’m sure I’d have too much non-political stuff to say.

    I may end up turning it into a beer blog (it’s been trending that way recently), but we’ll see.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — June 7, 2007 @ 3:47 pm
  6. Some baby blogging please.

    Comment by VRB — June 7, 2007 @ 6:04 pm
  7. How about this?

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — June 7, 2007 @ 8:00 pm
  8. You’ve just turned to mush and at the same time I realize what an angry person I have become. Blogging has fed that as I read more and more every day looking for something to blog about, like a frustrated writer.

    Got to rethink some things here. Thanks for making me see that.

    Comment by Uncle Jack — June 9, 2007 @ 7:52 am

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