“And now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the ‘well-rounded man.’ This isn’t just an epigram—life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.”
My name is Orvie. Oh you’ve never heard that name before? Yeah, I get that quite often and if we’re being totally truthful (we probably won’t throughout this blog) then I’ve already lied to you. My parents, having a particularly sadistic sense of humor, saddled me with the name Orvie Lee Loyd Cantrell III. “Oh but you’re so lucky to have a unique name!” You may be thinking to yourself. You’d be an idiot, but you may be thinking that. That was rude, you aren’t an idiot. You are probably just lucky enough to not have had to call five different people each time you need to sign in for any activity with your “legal name” to decide if you needed to use Orvie, Orvie Lee, Orvie Lee Loyd, or any of the other variations. You also probably don’t have to carry five forms of ID is since they all have different listings of the name. My drivers license couldn’t hold the whole thing so instead of being the third (III) I was the second (II) for three years, which was just marvelous for trying to board planes after 9/11.
Back to my original point and the title of this post. Fitzgerald happens to be my favorite author, partly because I like to imagine myself being Jay Gatsby when that could not be further from the truth, but also because his storytelling just fits with me. I would hope however, that he wrote the quote above during one of his bad days and that there may be hope for a man who looks out of many windows. My high school basketball coach described me as “above average at everything, great at nothing.” This was not on account of a lack of effort. My entire soul is given to the effort to make people happy by doing what I am supposed to do. This leaves me back at my coaches description. Good at many things, an expert at none. I feel like I have no direction, because I want to try them all. I am a bodybuilder/personal trainer who runs a small, but endearing YouTube video game channel while carrying an artists sketchbook every where I go. I have three guitars and a very nice keyboard that I can play all to various extents, I am always reading new books, and now apparently I blog. I have about 4 chapters of a book written that I started approximately six years ago, and two VERY good scenes of a screenplay.
Do you remember the scene in Office Space where they are talking about what they would do with a million dollars? That situation hits me right between the eyes. I don’t have an answer. And that scares the crap out of me.
If you’ve made it this far into my whiny introduction then that’s awesome! Thank you for sticking around. I promise they won’t all be self defeating and cry babyish. I also know this blog would probably do much better with a direction. If it was primarily a sports blog or fitness posts. I think by now we both know I’m going to write whatever I feel like writing at any given time. This will range to any of these topics:
- Things / People that annoy me
- Video Games
- Wrestling (the fake kind)
- Bodybuilding / Fitness
- Cooking / Recipes
- My fantastic bad luck with women
- And best of all, ME!
Hope you enjoy the ride!