I just want to say a quick word about the title of this blog, “Turn All The Wheels”.
Since it’s going to be a driving blog, sort of, I originally wanted to call it “Hands On The Wheel”, but I found there were too many variations of that already. In pop music, there were titles by everyone from Willie Nelson to Aimee Mann, and others.
Ditching that title, I tried to get something from Kerouac’s On The Road, but nothing really stood out. I knew I wanted wheels in the title, because that’s what this is all about.
Steering wheels, drive wheels, wheel hubs, wheels throughout the engine and transmission. I thought about “Keep The Wheels Turning”, which is a fine title, if a bit dry and utilitarian. However, I wanted to this to be a bit more than just about my effort to merely keep wheels turning.
Wheels are important imagery. From The Bhavachakra, or the Buddhist Wheel of Life (or, probably better said as the Wheel of Becoming) to the vision of wheels within wheels from The Book Of Ezekiel, wheels can mean many things, to many different people.
That’s getting closer to what I wanted this to be about. Don’t get me wrong, at the end of the day I understand that is about me trying to find a job, something that’ll pay the bills and keep a roof over our heads. I have no illusions about the primary motivation for this massive career change.
But, then, there are ulterior motives. This is about a journey, after all, and not all journeys take place on highways.
Turn All The Wheels addresses that nicely. Wheels were made for turning, otherwise they probably shouldn’t be wheels. And in my life there are wheels that need to be turned, wheels that have probably been neglected for too long. Gotten rusty.
So, let’s not just sing how the wheels on the truck go round and round, and then leave it at that. Let’s make sure to turn all the wheels.
All of them.