My Brain’s Gone Fishin’

Cover of "Happiness"

When I opened my laptop today, I was disgusted to realize that there was a crushed earwig on the keyboard. It must have been sitting there without me realizing it the night before, and when I went to shut the lid…CRUNCH.

I kind of saw that as a parallel to my life and my job. Maybe I’m the earwig and I’m being crushed under the weight of our technology heavy world. Or perhaps I’m a crappy programmer, destroying bugs swiftly and without grace…

Or maybe it just meant that some hapless earwig was dumb enough to take a nap on the 5 key.

Anyway, this week over at Tribal Blogs, Cardiogirl had asked the question, “Do you announce a blog hiatus to your readers?”

Well that got me thinking about hiatuses in general and how I need to take one (By the way, is hiatuses the correct plural? Should is be hiati? Like Octopus/Octopi?).

Come on, come on. Focus.

Right, so hiatuses, vacations, breaks, checking out, gone fishin’ and ‘fuck it’. These are all ways of saying that you’re temporarily or maybe permanently relieving yourself of your responsibilities.

Speaking of which, have any of you read ‘Happiness’ by Will Ferguson? Pretty much everybody ‘goes fishin” in that one. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. It’s a bed wettingly funny read (I like to read in bed).

Boy, I’m scattered today, but there’s a point to all this if I can just focus for 3 seconds or more.

Oh yeah. Cathy Mumford. I caught this article about her yesterday, and basically this quote pretty much sums up what I’m talking about:

“My kids were grown and gone, I’d been laid off from a job that I loved and was sending out resumes but getting no response,” Mumford said. “So I said, ‘You know what? I’m going camping.’”

So camping she did. For 58 days. Alone. With a kayak.

Yep. She traveled the whole 740-mile Northern Canoe Forest Trail alone, and she became the first woman to do it solo. At the age of 50.

Pretty incredible.

After this week, I have 2 weeks of vacation coming to me. Whether I split town or not remains to be seen, but I think I’ll ‘check out’ for a bit. Maybe I’ll just jump in kayak and start paddling.

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