I used to go out and meet people. I used to play team sports. I used to draw.
My Great North American Baseball Road Trip (GNABRT) is going to allow (force?) me to get back a little of that old mojo. I’ll be meeting all sorts of people, new and old. I’ll be watching team sports (not quite the same as playing, but still cool).
And I’m going to start drawing again.
I’ve mentioned before that I might take my sketchbook with me in case the urge to draw is reignited by the awesome sights I will be visiting. A recent thought came to mind, spurred by a memory from my biggest previous trip, that perhaps that sketchbook could prove more than just a sideshow.
That special trip, to Spain, is almost ten years old. During the time on the trip, we were guided to various locations and shown various sights (and sites). As the others went to a wine tasting in an old Spanish city, Mijas, I stayed up top (in the quite hot sun) and began to sketch out the surrounding countryside. I don’t know how long I was there (I lose track of time when drawing), but it was not enough for me to finish the sketch.
It came to me, what if I took the sketchbook along with me on the GNABRT. I am not particularly time-constrained at any stop. Why not sketch some caverns in Carlsbad? Considering how long baseball games are, couldn’t I also sketch each stadium in which I attended a game? And the national parks?
It’s not as if I haven’t already filled my plate with the crazy travel plans and nerve-wracking scheduling. What’s another labor-intensive item? It could be taxing, mentally, but what a wonderful addition to my future album of trip memories and, who knows, perhaps if I do write a book about the trip, maybe it won’t be only photos that illustrate it.
Because of the GNABRT, I am going to be doing a lot of things I haven’t in a long time. I’m going to get out and meet people. I’m going to see a whole bunch of baseball games. I’m going to be drawing again.
There’s something else I haven’t done in a long time, but I think that makes more sense right here locally. In my past life in Corporate America, it’s been suggested that the road can be a better place for that, but it always sounded like a sketchy idea to me.