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Today In Oz – October 14, 2009

Here is a new “Today In Oz”




New Oz LayoutI KNOW that I have only had “Gray In Oz” open for less than a month, but I decided that it was time for a new look for summer.

I live in Alabama and it is HOT here.  The highs everyday for the past few weeks have been close to 100 and it is sometimes almost unbearable.  Last week at my brother’s wedding (which was outside) we all got way too hot and almost got sick.  But luckily the ceremony wasn’t too long and we went inside where it was cool.

Anyways as a result of it being such a HOT summer, I decided that the look of the blog should have more of a summer look.  This is a WordPress layout, because I will never be able to make my own.  It is called “Sunburn”  What better choice?

Everything is pretty much the same with the exception of the menu.  This layout didn’t have a set menu on the top of the page like the previous one did.  So what I did was add a widget in the top right corner of the page.  here you can find all of the various pages that are part of the site.

I hope that everyone enjoys the new look.

Now I realize that unless you have watched my TAKE A BOW archive, or visited my Facebook, then some of you unless you know me have no idea what I look like.  There is a good reason for this.  haha  When I opened “Gray In Oz” it was right after I had had major surgery on my jaw.  I didn’t really want to post a pic of the “old” me because since this was a new thing, I wanted to be able to post the “new” me.  Now that it has been a little over three weeks since the surgery, and my swelling and stuff has gone down a lot, I have decided it is time to share a new photo that was taken earlier this week.  So here is it is.

The "New" Me

In the coming days I hope to finish my blog about the surgery and post some before AND after photos, so that you can see the adventure that I have been through with this operation.  It has definitely been an experience to remember, and it is still not over.

Enjoy the new look, and I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!!

The Adventures Begin

Hello and welcome to Gray In Oz – The Adventures of a Guy in a Big Strange Place!!

I am so excited to finally have this new blog and this new location here on WordPress.

This new opening is a result of a move from my old blog “Just A Ride” over on Blogger.

This change came about over a bit of thinking. I know it is not a life decision, but because I had put so much of myself into “Just A Ride” I was really unsure whether or not I wanted to make a change to a new format, a new title, and new content. After spending some good amount of time away from “Just A Ride” because of so much happening in my life, I decided that now that I was able to come back, I should make a change. So the result is “Gray In Oz”

Origin of the Title

With this new change I decided that I wanted to have a more creative and catchy title similar to that of a book.  My favorite series is and will always be the “OZ” books by L. Frank Baum.  I have loved anything OZ since I was a kid and will always have a passion for it.  I have felt a lot lately that my life is almost like that of one that travels to that strange and adventurous place.  Today’s world can be fun, magical, scary, crazy, adventurous, and everything that is OZ.  One of m best friends, Danielle has always called me Gray as a nickname.  It is something that I have really taken to and wish that more people would call me, but that is another subject.  Anyways, so I was like this world is a big strange place like OZ and I love the thought of “Gray.”  So came about “Gray In Oz – The Adventures of a Guy in Big Strange Place.”

The WordPress Move

You may ask, “why did you decide to change format from Blogger?”  I personally loved Blogger when I was over there with “Just A Ride” but I decided to change and here is why.  I am currently entering into a new chapter of m life with a lot of changes going on.  In August I will be starting my fourth year of college.  I will no longer be traveling with the group IMPACT there that I have been with for two years.  I am starting a new Music Business emphasis with my degree, and I recently just had jaw surgery to correct my under-bite, so I will be returning to Mobile with a new mouth too.  I could also mention that my brother is getting married in a week, but that is only slightly related to me.  So with all of that going on I thought that it would be fun to move from Blogger to here on WordPress which a couple of my friends have done, and have been happy with it.  I too am thus far.

The Content

I personally believe that a blog should be more than just daily rambling and journal-like entries.  I am a musician and artist.  I love music, theatre, photography, and almost anything related to the entertainment industry.  So I use my blog almost like a television station and an outlet for myself to try share my interests and talents.  I will be bringing two elements from “Just A Ride” here to “Gray in Oz.”  The first one is my “…Of the Week” series.  On the old I posted four times a week.  There was a photo, a song, a music video, and a random video.  One was posted on four different days throughout the week.  I am going to change it up a little bit from the way I used to do it.  I am going to merge the song and music video and let that be one so that I am not taking up too many days.  This way there will be room for new content.  I will also be bringing my show “TAKE A BOW” for a second season beginning in July.  This is a variety show that I do and it appears on the blog during the summer when I have time to do it.  It features me talking about all the hot topics in music, movies, and television during the summer months.  I also occasionally have special guest friends and celebrities that join me.  Last year I had Danielle Ussery, Melissa Greene(formerly of Avalon), and Jamie Sharpe from Rush of Fools.  Who knows who we will have this summer.  I would have already begun it but I have got to wait til my jaw heals a little further so that I can talk better.  In addition to these two things I will also be starting a new show called “Today In Oz.”  On “Just A Ride” I had a short lived series similar to this called “Caleb’s Topics” but I decided that now I wanted to change it up a little bit and make a more creative name.  Every few days I will talk about some of the hot topics in the news.  I like to keep up with what is going on in the world.  So “Today In Oz” will feature me sharing some current news topics every few days and giving my opinion on them.  In addition to these three things I will also blog about my life and other varied topics that interest me.  Be checking back on the Schedule page to find out what days things will be posted.  I am going to try to do better with keeping up with everything this time.  I didn’t do well on “Just A Ride.”

I will be building and adding something new as much as possible over the next few weeks.  So bare with me as I get everything worked out.  Also I spent almost three years over at “Just A Ride” so if you want a little preview of what is to come go over there and check it out.  Here is a link

So again welcome to “Gray In Oz”!!  I think it is going to be a fun journey, and I hope that you will come along on it with me.

Many Blessings!!

Caleb 🙂 🙂