December 18, 2007

The Day Has Come

Posted in road trip



I’m sure you’ve heard the popular expression, “One day, you’ll look back on this and laugh,” right?

Well, I’ve decided to take you on a road trip back through my past so we can all have a good laugh reliving the horrendous, hallucinating, violent, degrading, humiliating, boring, ugly little moments that made me who I am today. (No smoking in the van.)

We’re bound to enjoy a few more chuckles once we start pinpointing the numerous unfortunate events that splattered my life, and then we’ll have even more fun connecting the dots to see how this game ends up proving yet another popular expression, “Everything happens for a reason.” (I may conduct a poll for this one, so get ready to participate.)

Though I’m telling you this with a wink and a smile, be advised that we are embarking on a serious mission. There are certain things I wish to understand, and many secrets need to be unearthed and revealed—once and for all.

You see, I wasn’t always this passionate person infused with positive energy who’ll be driving you down memory lane. Au contraire. I used to walk through life feeling as if I was captive inside a mammoth boil, and this putrid mass of blubber totally blocked the way out of the tunnel—the famous tunnel at the end of which one sees the Light. Thus I dragged my sorry self for decades, in total darkness, wallowing in puss.


But it’s all over now, Baby Blue. Because somewhere along the way, something snapped! And when I felt that snap, I knew the boil had burst and that from then onwards, I would be surfing on the waves of happiness.

So one of the things I’ll be seeking an answer to on this journey—and you’ll have the chance to witness the amazing discovery—is how the puss turned into happiness.

Now this could be big…
See you tomorrow!

Warm hugs and lots of love,
Oza a.k.a. Mudd
(and vice versa)

P.S.: Hope you’re not allergic to dogs—my faithful Daisy is coming along for the ride.

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you.
Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you.
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore.
Strike another match, go start anew
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue.

– Bob Dylan

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  1. Allison Reynolds says:

    Hope you don’t mind if I pop in the back and tag along Oza. Sounds like you have a fascinating take to tell, and I am here to learn what I can from your experiences.

    Good luck along the way.

    p.s. I love the layout and the illustrations…and daisy!

    December 18, 2007 at 5:54 am

  2. Marilyn Robertson says:

    Woooo Hooooo!! Got the motor runnin’ – better move over and make room for me too ’cause I am definitely along for the ride.
    Hope someone brought the harmonica because we are going to need to do some soulful singing on this ride.
    Sing it out girl!

    December 18, 2007 at 7:41 am

  3. Di Chapman - the fool on the hill says:

    W00T – this sounds like fun – a VW Camper (My fav vehicle) and Bob Dylan. I am only small and rather round so can you squeeze me in and sort of find a place for a happy little ball of fun. Oh, can my Popsie come too, he is a rescue dog and would love Daisy – he is also small.

    Onwards and Onwards. Oza your art is fantastic.

    December 18, 2007 at 9:11 am

  4. Kirsten says:

    Hi Oza,

    what a great design!! I love it. And I can’t wait to take a ride with you and your dog. May I bring mine along, as well?

    All the best to you

    December 18, 2007 at 10:00 am

  5. MuddLavoie says:

    Hi Allison!

    Wow…my first comment…thanks 🙂

    And yeah, hop right in, the more the crazier.

    Glad you like the place, I feel like a kid in here, so it should be fun.

    Big hugs always xoxo

    December 18, 2007 at 6:23 am

  6. Melanie says:

    I’ve been waiting for the trip to start! Sittin’ on my suitcase by the curb all week.

    Looking forward to it, Oza! You’ve done a great job so far.


    December 18, 2007 at 5:44 pm

  7. Pauline says:

    Oza Oza Oza! How I do love thee!!

    I love dogs too but they make me sneeze so please make room for me where I can get lots of fresh air.

    This ride holds a lot of promise for unlocking the disgusting boils in all our lives, but I am where you used to be inside a nasty boil. So don’t mind me if I sit by myself with my shades on in the dark. I’m secretly trying to find lots of reasons to smile.

    It’s such a long haul to find that happy place when you don’t know where to look. I’ll be glad to let you drive.

    Love your site! I haven’t done much to mine yet as I’m still trying to convince myself that I have a reason to believe.

    Hugs and all,


    December 18, 2007 at 10:33 pm

  8. MuddLavoie says:

    Hey Marilyn!

    So glad to have you aboard. Harmonica is sitting on the dashboard, so grab it whenever you feel inspired.

    Woooweeeee, the gals are already rockin’!

    Big hugs always xoxo

    December 18, 2007 at 8:27 pm

  9. MuddLavoie says:

    Hey Di Mon Amie!

    Hop right in and bring that Popsie with you. This is a magical van — it can hold the World…and we’ll all have plenty of leg room.

    Thanks for your kind words about my cartoons. Hope they give you a smile. 🙂

    Big hugs always xoxo

    December 18, 2007 at 8:32 pm

  10. MuddLavoie says:

    Hi Kirsten!

    Get yourself comfortable…yup, you can bring your dog too. So glad you could make it. Let’s get this show on the road!

    Big hugs always xoxo

    December 18, 2007 at 8:36 pm

  11. MuddLavoie says:

    Hi Melanie!

    Jump right in…and thanks for being so patient. What? No dog? I guess we’ll have to find you one on the way.
    Sit tight…we’re off!

    Big hugs always xoxo

    December 18, 2007 at 8:41 pm

  12. MuddLavoie says:

    Comment to self: Where are all the men?!!!

    Come on guys…don’t be scared. Then again, maybe you should be. 🙂

    Big hugs and a few tugs…xoxo

    December 18, 2007 at 8:45 pm

  13. Chumworth says:

    Hey Oza!

    The site looks great!

    Starting off with a classic Bob performance is guaranteed to bring you and your site good vibes. Brilliant choice!

    I look forward to seeing more…!


    December 19, 2007 at 2:30 am

  14. CreativeNerd says:

    Hey Oza,

    I’m SO-O-O-O-O Happy! You are just one wonderful gal!

    I have been waiting for this ride for a while and would love to join up! So, move on over and let me in!!!

    (((H))) Big Hugs

    December 19, 2007 at 2:47 am

  15. MuddLavoie says:

    Hi Pauline!

    Oh but sneezing is good for you, mon amie. It will burst that boil in no time at all. So I say sit with Popsie, Daisy, and Kirsten’s dog, and sneeze your blues away!

    But keep the shades…you gotta look cool!

    Big warm hugs xoxo

    December 19, 2007 at 1:37 am

  16. MuddLavoie says:

    Hey Chumworth!

    Thanks for dropping by. Next time, I’ll be sure to have pizza and beer.

    Hugs always xoxo

    December 19, 2007 at 5:06 am

  17. MuddLavoie says:

    Well Hello Mizz Nerd!

    I brought a hammock along just for you…so you can relax and enjoy the trip. Now take your shoes off and have a margarita, chiquita!

    Hugs always xoxo

    December 19, 2007 at 5:12 am

  18. George Kedourie says:

    Congratulations Oza!

    I thought to check if you were already here on the web et voilá!

    Off to read your first article…


    December 20, 2007 at 11:46 am

  19. MuddLavoie says:

    Bonjour George!

    Gee…sorry…I thought you knew. I guess I better start sending notices, eh?

    Thanks so much for dropping by. Hope you’ll enjoy the ride.

    Big hugs and lots of love xoxo

    December 20, 2007 at 8:14 pm

  20. Diane says:

    I am astounded by your creativity in your compelling writing and your gorgeous art design! I’m definitely signing up for the ezine so I can join the journey! The site looks fabulous, and you are sure to attract countless readers who will surely benefit from your wisdom. Love you!

    December 21, 2007 at 2:04 am

  21. MuddLavoie says:

    Hi Diane!

    Thank you so much for your kind words…I’m truly touched.

    Hope to see you around…and maybe even have you aboard for the trip. 🙂

    Big hugs xoxo

    December 22, 2007 at 6:11 am

  22. Tina Stephen says:

    Even though you refer to me as you Sage, I know that I will be learning a lot from your own experiences and our friendship. I look forward to reading all that you are posting with ease now 🙂

    Keep up the great work! What you have started here is most amazingly awesome.

    December 28, 2007 at 10:14 am

  23. MuddLavoie says:

    Hi Tina!

    Thanks…you’re the greatest. I’m so grateful that you were put on my path to help me out…through thick and thin, we sure had fun!

    And yes, our friendship is carved in the concrete that holds this whole place up. I love ya, ma belle amie.

    Big hugs always,

    January 1, 2008 at 1:08 pm

  24. Tracey aka thinkingal says:

    You are so talented and beautiful and knowledgeable and wise and grateful and…I could go on forever. It is a blessing to have you as a friend xx

    January 6, 2008 at 8:01 pm

  25. MuddLavoie says:

    Dearest Tracey,

    Such beautiful words…I am humbled…thanks!

    You, my dear amie, are one of a kind…and I am proud and blessed to have you in my life also.

    Love and hugs xoxo

    January 7, 2008 at 1:47 am

  26. MuddLavoie says:

    Hi Hammock Stand Person 🙂

    Popsie can come along… but Daisy has since died (April 1, 2008).

    Bringing along a hammock is a terrific idea — cool!

    Peace & Love

    June 1, 2009 at 12:51 am

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