Initially I wrote the below back in 2012; however, I never published it. Here we go:
Friday the 13th! A good choice of day to start my blogging; if I do a bad job I have an excuse 🙂
I read on wikipedia that fear of Friday 13 is also known as ‘friggatriskaidekaphobia’, where frigga comes from Frigg, the Norse godess, Odin’s wife. Frigg, in addition to giving Friday its name was “foremost among the goddesses”, the only person allowed by Odin to sit in his chair. And ‘triskaideka’? That is ancient Greek for 13 (τρεισκαίδεκα). Oh, and phobia comes from Greek phobos (or φόβος): fear! So Frigg+13+fear! (I am sure Frigg was a fearsome woman, being that here husband was the chief God. Who knows, maybe she was the boss of Asgard.
Not bad, my first post and I am already delving into ancient Greek, and Norse gods! (BTW: that I call my blog Midgard – the Norse mythology’s name for the human – or “Middle World”world – and the fact that I start it on a day named after Frigg is pure coincidence, seriously (or is it magic!?).
I was inspired to start blogging first and foremost by my friends Johna and Vlad’s exciting Wind Against Current blog. They always have great stories with great photos to match. I will probably be most inspired to post about kayaking and other outdoor activities in and around Manhattan (that’s what I get most excited about) but I may also post about other exciting experiences, my daughter, good and bad movies, some of my favorite photos and so forth. And on a rainy day I may even blog about sad things – a blog is also a place to air the difficult stuff, right?
I will leave it at that today. Now I have to muster the courage to go outside…. Luckily no chance of an icicle hitting me, NYC has been way to hot for that lately. But errant taxi drivers is another story…