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Have I Worn Out my Welcome?
It's an old-fashioned expression for sure but it might be one that many people should start thinking about.
On 16 Sept 2010, I purchased a new mat for the porch where my front door is that resembled pebbles and was quite gray and granite looking. (See the upper left photograph taken on that date). [Blog post about that!]
That first winter here was a harsh one. This past winter was not. But, with the condo I live in, they are supposed to maintain the outside of the house and we asked for the porch floor to be re-stained and the railings repainted. I found the Welcome mat on the ground after they left and it looks so worn out, I decided I'd better replace it. (See the upper right photograph taken this morning)
I couldn't find the exact same mat and it is because I bought it at Target, not Walmart. Is my brain wearing out that I didn't remember where I bought it?
Well, I like this new one too! Not everything can remain the same. Some things wear out faster than others.
Even blogging changes. I have tried to "roll with the times". In this, the last year of my professional time as a genealogist, I look forward to retirement in December. I don't want to be one of those that "takes up bandwidth" as the younger people say.
I am finding it harder and harder to be part of the crowd. Some aspects of the social side of genealogy are counter to my goals. I tend to keep to myself and do my research and gravestone photography. I am not much of a conference goer. I like the online webinars and the community of Facebook and Twitter better than face-to-face.
I think I tend to wear out my welcome. We'll see what shakes out in the coming months.
In the meantime, the Welcome mat is out. Let me know what you think....