I love traveling, I just don’t like to travel . Let me explain…


“Traveling” is all about the end-game. Where are you going, and what are you going to do once you get there? The end-game is usually (let me re-iterate that… USUALLY…) worth the headache of whatever it took to get there.

Example:  I am traveling to Denver so that I can watch the Broncos destroy the Oakland Raiders! I love to watch the away team start gasping for air midway through the second quarter. Most people believe it is because when playing in Denver they are actually a mile higher than usual, thus the air is thinner. Not true, though… The reality is that the air is much cleaner. Less smog… Them Oakland boys aren’t used to breathing in fresh air and it hurts their fragile smog coated lungs!

To Travel

“To travel” is the act of getting from point A to point B via flight C with Layover D. Not to mention other means of transportation. Ugh.

Example:  To get to Denver, we will have to travel by car to the airport. Once there, we have to find a parking spot and then we will need to travel by foot to the TSA checkpoint. Once through security, we will need to travel by foot to the appropriate concourse and gate. Then we will need to travel by air through multiple layovers with various concourse changes, hoping for no delays. Once we make it to our final destination, we will need to travel via hotel shuttle to our “home away from home” for the game. We have secured a local party bus to travel from the hotel to the game and back. We will be there for a few extra days so we will need to travel by Uber to get to Casa Bonita and the other places we want to visit.

So, as you can see, there is a very distinct difference between the two. Traveling can be fun, exciting, and at times exhilarating. Having to travel though, can be arduous, painful, and even treacherous. Do you agree, or disagree with me? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

What does this have to do with Hodgepodge you say? Visit my Why Hodgepodge page to find out.


Let me preface this by saying that I know it is not very good. It does, however, follow the 3 basic precepts of Modern Haiku, and it was inspired by my immediate surroundings.

  1. It adheres to the 5 – 7 – 5 rhythmic pattern.
  2. It includes a seasonal reference.
  3. It contains a juxtaposed idea (subject shift).

Cat mewing softly,

Tiny dog asleep on couch.

Cool start to hot day!

If you would like to learn more about Haiku, check out this post on how to write a haiku poem. If you are trying to figure out how haiku has anything to do with hodgepodge, visit my Why Hodgepodge page.

I just want to do a quick shout out to a few VIP’s, without whom my Welcome to hodgepodge post would not have been possible:

  1. Claire Diaz-Ortiz
    • If you haven’t heard of her, click the link above. She has a fantastic blog and is the reason I decided to dive back into the world of blogging. She has a great post about how to start a self-hosted blog. If you are interested in the world of self-hosted blogging, check out her post here. In fact, the next two VIP’s for my blog are a direct result from that post. The last VIP listed here is a result of another post from Claire concerning how to find free images. Thank you Claire for the inspiration and the tools to make it happen.  :)
  2. bluehost
    • This is the hosting service I use. As mentioned earlier, I found bluehost because of a post from Claire Diaz-Ortiz. I did a lot of research before I finally took Claires advice to use them, but ultimately I found they had the best combination of price, support, and features. Thus far, I am very happy with my decision…
    • If you are self-hosted then you have to have to have a way to build your website, right? Right. I had previously heard of WordPress, but had never used it. Claire convinced me to give it a try. I am still learning the in’s and out’s, but I can say without a doubt that it is better than the free service I had previously used.
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    • Last, but certainly not least, is morgueFile. This is a free photo archive that is absolutely free. All of the images from morgueFile are completely free, with no expectation of link backs, no copyright issues to worry about., nothing, nada. They are F-R-E-E… “free”. (I love that word!) They have a lot of high-quality photos to choose from and the banner for my blog was created solely from images found at this site. Once again, I only new about this site because of Claire.

Once I get everything figured out, all of these VIP’s will have a place of honor in a sidebar. For now, however, they will all have to live on in infamy as part of the very 2nd post of Hodgepodge.