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History Behind the Scenes: August 2022

Vlogging is a thing and I did it! I was able to break out the camera for a little behind the scenes history and honestly, it's becoming fun.


My week was heavy on the training side. For folks new around here, I'm a certified personal trainer and while I no longer work in a gym, I do still train some clients (in person and via video.)

I'm certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and to maintain my certification, I have to complete a certain number of continuing education hours. Although my recertification wasn't technically due until September, I thought I'd get ahead of the game and wrap things up this month. I had one last test to take and submit and I would be done. The technology gods had other plans. What should have taken an hour tops, ended up eating into the better part of two days. And to add to my misery, my submission was "randomly chosen" to be audited. Everything ended up working out just fine, but the delay was annoying.


Recently, I spent some time reviewing the first 10 chapters of the book to see what needs work. It turns out as I've been writing, the story I'm telling has really evolved so that it's nearly unrecognizable from what I started writing. So now I'm working through everything I discovered in that deep-dive. I'm cutting out some things, adding in things I've written but wasn't sure I would use, and rewriting sections that are no longer relevant. After a spell of feeling fairly meh about the book project, I'm now feeling energized again and I'm back to enjoying the creative process. The path to a final draft definitely isn't linear.

Government Affairs

What wasn't annoying was a fantastic trip to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. Yes, you read that right, it was fantastic! The appointment system that the MVA created during the pandemic is a game changer. Gone are the days of fighting for a parking spot, standing in multiple lines, dealing with cranky people. This was completely different. I got a nice, shady parking spot (important because it's been hella hot), checked in on my phone, and didn't even have a chance to sit in the waiting area before my number was called. The guy who helped me was so fun and he was very proud of the picture he got of me. (It actually may be the best driver's license photo I've ever had.) Got a cheerful "have a nice day" from the security guard at the door on my way out. All in all, it was pretty great.

Museums and Musings

I wrapped up the week at the museum scanning 19th century weigh tickets for hay deliveries. In the video, I mention that I need to put together an editorial calendar for the fourth quarter of 2022, and while I haven't done that yet, I might at least get started on something around the museum where I've been doing some digitizing and transcribing. Stay tuned.

A glimpse of the rink round things out for the week. It was a good training week both on and off the ice, but I didn't record any of that. Maybe next time.

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