Sunday, 27 September 2020

What Is This Blog About?

'The Other Side of Will' is Will's second blog. Why a second blog? In Will's way of thinking, there is a logical reason.

There's an interesting passage in the Bible attributed to Solomon that says, "There is a time for everything ... [including] a time to laugh" (Ecclesiastes 3: 1,4). So, just as Dr. Jekyll had a Mr. Hyde, so too Will's rather eclectic personality includes an other side, a side that includes plenty of laughter and jokes. It is a side that he often calls his "twisted sense of humour." Since these other interests do not always lend themselves well to the overall theme of his other blog, Will decided to create this blog. Essentially The Other Side of Will is a menagerie of all non-faith related topics that interest him. The Other Side of Willis primarily about enjoying life and is generally not to be taken too seriously, as depicted by the picture above.

The source of this photo is unknown to Will, and he takes no credit for it. However, that's not to say that it doesn't have a "Will Story" attached to it. There was a time in Will's professional career in which he provided non-ambulatory transportation, mostly to wheelchair-bound seniors. When Will discovered this picture he sent it as an email attachment to his superiors stating that he had to take his vehicle out of commission for a few days for maintenance and servicing. He then mentioned that he made some alternate transportation arrangements for the interim. For the most part, the humour was well received, but there were a couple questionable glances.

However, such is the nature of humour; not everyone will appreciate our jokes. One man's humour could potentially be another man's sacrilege, and Will tries to be sensitive to that, purposely not posting content that, while perhaps humorous in his views, may cross that line and offend another. After all, if we have deliberately offended, then we probably have also not acted with love and respect, and that would be unfortunate.

"Get busy living, or get busy dying" (Andy Dufresne, 'Shawshank Redemption'). What a classic line! Having said that, there is more to The Other Side of Will than just humour. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful things in the world that interest or amuse Will which he blogs about here. Things such as his foodie experiments, craft beer discoveries, and motorcycling adventures. One such bucket list adventure was when, with friends Barny and Tim (plus an estimated 600,000+ other bikers), Will took in the Sturgis Rally in August 2009. They were even featured on How cool is that? There is even a more serious side that sneaks out as in a mini-series of posts Will shares a few lessons he learned in becoming a new grandfather for the first time.

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