blog carnival: from the beginning

Posted by susan on June 23rd, 2009. Filed under: everyday adventures.

This post is a part of 20SB’s Looking Back Blog Carnival, and Ben & Jerry’s is awarding free ice cream to lucky bloggers and readers! This month’s theme is “Looking Back” and we are to post something from when we first started blogging.

It’s always strange to go back and read things you have written in the past, in some cases I smile at the actual memory but in most cases, I cringe. This time was no different. I did however, manage to find a post that somewhat meets the requirements of this carnival, which is to find a post that shows your mentality and outlook from the onset of your blog.

So, here goes nothing…

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March 16th, 2008

just one ticket, please

Last week I went to the movies alone on a Saturday night. Almost all of my friends had seen Juno and I decided it was time to stop putting it off. While waiting in line for the automated ticket machine, I was cut in line by a couple of giggling mothers with coach bags. I don’t think they meant to cut me. At 5′0, I either wasn’t in their line of sight or the fact that I was alone made it seem like I was waiting for someone and not a ticket. The situation made me so insecure that I put my debit card into the machine backwards. When I assumed it was rejected, I fumbled for my credit card and added to a balance I swore I wouldn’t touch for some time.

I entered the theatre with confidence though, and I planted myself in a semi-empty row – the last one. For a few minutes I thought I would get through the previews without a strange look, but then an entire group approached me and asked if someone was sitting in the seat next to mine. I said “no, I can just move over here” and as the group quickly filled every seat except the handicapped one, my insecurity held me back from trying to find a single seat toward the front. So I illegally sat and hoped security wouldn’t notice.

They didn’t and the movie was great. When it was over I peeled out of my seat and walked swiftly out the door so that the people next to me wouldn’t catch my face in the light. As I walked through the parking lot to my car I felt invigorated. I can’t say that I am proud that something as simple as going to the movies alone would become such a fiasco, but I am glad I did it.

I have always thought that traveling somewhere alone would be cool. Last summer I even contemplated taking a weekend at a bed & breakfast in Maine to clear my head, but my life became too busy and it turned into more of an afterthought than a reality.

It has recently come to my attention that traveling solo is a bit of a trend. According to a recent article in USA Today, the “surge in people traveling without partners has companies making accommodations for them in a number of ways.” I have yet to travel solo, and though my trip to the movies began boldy, but then transformed into an awkward experience, I think it was good practice.

I didn’t realize there were so many resources for solo travelers and I think it is such a cool concept. In addition to the great sites to which I have been recently introduced, I looked into some other resources:

Wanderlust and Lipstick

Boldy Go Solo

Connecting: Solo Travel News

Women’s Travel Tips

Solo Travel

Hopefully a future post will track one of my own solo travels.

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