What it Might Be
Adversity, misunderstanding/s, misadventure, ungainliness,
stumbles, slips of the tongue, wrong turns, righteousness, inappropriate
attitudes, bullheadedness, ego, the wrong questions, bad timing, guilt,
failure to forgive, being too poor, being too rich, stubbornness, reading
the map upside down, petting a mad dog, betting on a sure thing, thinking
you are always right, not admitting when you are wrong, not asking for
directions, always following directions, greed, obsessive clarity, having
bad breath when leaning in for the first kiss, missing the point, missing
your turn-off, making a joke of the wrong thing, not seeing the joke in
what you hold most seriously, spilling your coffee in your lap while talking
on the phone while driving your car while changing the tape. Anything that
makes you take a second look.
What is on your list? Share it with your fellow
Bumpintheroad is open to submissions about your
journey, your learning, your moments of awakening. Submit to the path,
and the path shall lead you joyously astray!
to Navigate on Your Journey
is a place and a journey, a state of mind, and a destination. Some links
will take you further along the prearranged pathway. Others will take you
sideways, linking to other pathways that began through a different Gate.
If you encounter an Unexpected
Journey Gate, (See the next column, over there
>) you will depart from BumpintheRoad, and find yourself "slant-wise" on
another site somewhere in the Great Web's embrace. If you see another such
Journey Gate on another site somewhere, it
could well lead you back here, along one of the many-branching pathways.
Or, it may lead you.....who knows where?! But then, that's half the fun!
Have a great trip!
If you know of other interesting
places on the Web that would make truely unusual vistas along any pathway,
please let us know. We will seek them out, draw them into our journey,
and make the road ever more interesting for all adventurous souls who pass
it Might Lead
on a hot day,
A bump in the road wakes the sleepy driver. What wakes
you up, what moves you off your spot, what shakes you to your core, what
beats your drum and makes you dance? This many-branching path is a journey
about journeys, real, metaphoric, spiritual, sordid, candid or vague. Share
it, link it, dream it.
Linking with bumpintheroad
To link with bumpintheroad, we offer a different approach
than the conventional - no links for commercial purposes, or to commercial
sites; links must be placed at random locations within the linked sites
- for example, I am open to linking, but I have a
somewhat different idea about linking than other sites
out there do. As you can see, the site is about journeys - actual and metaphoric,
and the paths
we follow through life, both planned and unplanned.
It is the Unplanned that I find most compelling. What I would like to do
is plant links using a labyrinth icon
as a sort of unnamed linking to other sites,
also put a similar link on theirs, leading to sometimes
the front, sometimes the middle, sometimes "slant-wise", if you will, on
their site. A sort of randomizing factor to one's journey. Instead of a
links "page", it becomes a divergence in the path, leading to unexpected
surprises along the way.
For example, I might place a labyrinth link from the
middle of one of the six
(currently) gates/paths to somewhere on your site
that makes an interesting
"bumpintheroad" impact on the travelers journey. You,
in turn, might make a similar link either back to this site at a point
of your choosing, or to someone else's site that carries the journey deeper
and across more surprising terrain.