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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  • Please enjoy your vacation! And I will be here when you DO feel like coming back to blogging!

  • In my house, immediately after someone says something like this:nnWhen I opened my laptop today, I was disgusted to realize that there was a crushed earwig on the keyboard.”nnWe say this:n”Luckyyyyyyyyy!!!!!”

  • Jepeto

    I hear you man. I am currently “fishing” myself. Bye bye job for awhile. Dealing with the *guilt* of doing such a bold move is the hardest part. We define ourselves by what we do. If you meet someone, first question (or second) is always Ohhhh and what do you do? well I am a blablabla assistant senior vice-versa president blablabla (those titles!) instead of saying Well i am actually talking to you now, that is what i am doing :-)rnWe should present ourselves like in Tolkien’s books…I am Jepeto, son of Gepetto and Angelina, from the eternal city of Montreal. What do i do? I seek to get drunk, on wine, poetry or virtue, u00e0 votre guise.rnLike Dreyfuss said to Bob, take a vacation, a vacation from yourself 🙂

  • Two weeks vacation. I can’t even imagine. Lucky, lucky you. Of course, the last time I wished for some time off, I broke my neck and ended up hospitalized for nearly a month. Clearly, I need to be more specific when expressing my desires to the Universe. Have a lovely, relaxing time, my friend. We’ll be here when you get back.

  • enjoy your hiatus. life, work, the kids, the pets…it all has a way of taking a toll on us at some point and time. stepping away is healthy for your body as well as your mind. i’m so glad i found your blog and you found me.nni’ll miss checking out what’s going on in the land of cheese. but i look forward to your return.nnhey, careful with that kayak =D

  • You can always come to Alameda, Mike. I think Katy Perry moved in up the street. Bring Nicky! Or just go fishin’ if you wish, but have fun doing it, Dear!

  • You can always come to Alameda, Mike. I think Katy Perry moved in up the street. Bring Nicky! Or just go fishin’ if you wish, but have fun doing it, Dear!

  • HELLO EVERYONE! PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE MIKE WILL BE FISHING, WWFC WILL NOT COME TO A SCREECHING HALT!! rnrnYou may not have noticed, but Mike has a co-blogger. She will pick up the slack for him. As usual.

  • Enjoy the vacation, Mike! We’ll be here when you’re done fishing.

  • So, you wet your bed, eh? I used to read Stephen King before I went to sleep. Yeah, not a great choice.rnrnAnyway, have fun on your time off, and be good! But, if you can’t be good, be good at it!rn;-)

  • Nicky, Uhmm, I’m glad you will not abandon the ship (or the cheese as the case may be), but keep in mind, you could post from here.

  • Nicky, Uhmm, I’m glad you will not abandon the ship (or the cheese as the case may be), but keep in mind, you could post from here.

  • Anonymous

    Well, hello, Nicky, and welcome! I don’t remember reading any of your posts, but we all love CheesyMike’s stuff and I’m sure your stuff will be adequate enough while he’s gone. I look forward to finding out all about your life, what you care about and what you find funny, etc. Nice to have you on board!

  • Anonymous

    I read that story, folks. It’s one of the very best blog posts I’ve ever read anywhere at anytime, and I highly recommend scuttling over to Jayne’s blog, finding it, and reading it.rnrnSeriously, I’m not kidding.

  • Anonymous

    Jepeto, this is an awesome comment. Though tongue-in-cheek, the underlying message here is that we tend to define our self-worth by our jobs. And if lose those jobs, or don’t do as well at them as we’d like, we can really suffer inside. I’ve been there, and it’s hard, my friend. From now on, though, I’m going to tell people that I’m the son–I think, anyway–of Margaret and Clarence of Oxnard, California, and that I’m seeking to find more happiness and peace in my life.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, CheesyMike, pardon me for asking, but I’m a little slow on account of the fact that I got kicked in the head by a mule when I was young, and does this post mean that you lost your job?rnrnI hope not, because that sucks if it’s true, and I don’t want to say “Happy Break!” and leave it at that.

  • Thanks so much, Michael. That’s so dear and sweet of you. And not a mention of my ass either. ;)nnIf anyone is interested, here is the link:nn

  • Oxnard, California? Seriously? That’s like right down the 101 from me. Do they still live there? You must let me know if you plan a visit.

  • Because a woman’s work truly is never fucking done. 😉

  • Actually, “octopuses” is the preferred plural form, but “octopodes” is also acceptable. The word “octopi” is not generally accepted as being correct.nnHave a great vacation. But don’t go camping — way, way too much nature there.

  • Good post Mike and great comment Jepeto. And of course, Nicky is still on her marketing kick and pushing the blog.nAnd Mike, perhaps you are not the earwig but the laptop itself, crushing the pest. Think on that. Or don’t.n

  • You’d think I’d be used to picking up after all the men in my life…rnrnlazy bastards.

  • Thank you mikewjatoomanymornings. I appreciate the warm welcome. My stuff is obviously not as good as Mike’s, but I’ll do what I can to fill the void left by his absence.

  • Thanks Meleah! The hiatus is mostly from my actual job, so I’ll probably still blog and comment since blogging never feels like work 🙂

  • Lucky for me. For the earwig, not so much 🙂

  • Yep, I’ve read that one and it’s a truly great post, Jayne!nnI’ll still be around, just in a more relaxed state (from my side of the keyboard anyway).

  • Thanks Roschelle! Not to worry, cheese never actually sleeps, it just gets riper.

  • kind of like that “aromatic” french cheese everyone turns their nose up about… well, let the ripening begin

  • Thanks Ziva. I’m sure I’ll still be peeking in from time to time.nnSigned,nnYour 1/8 Russian Friend

  • Those are words to live by.nnNow I gotta go wash my sheets.

  • Does that mean that the correct plural of Hiatus is Hiatodes? Hiatupodes?nnCactipodes?nnExcuse me while I butcher the english language.

  • Oh no, it’s just 2 weeks off. I still ‘have” to go back afterwards.

  • YAY!

  • Mikewj

    No, they live near me here in Denver. I don’t have any memory of Oxnard, which is partly why I’m suspicious about their story. Next I go there to confirm my birth records, I’ll definitely stop by to say hello. I’d love to meet you, and see your horses.

  • Mikewj

    Whew! What a relief. But it sucks that you have to go back. Do it, though. Being unemployed really sucks, as I’m sure Jepeto would agree.

  • Mikewj

    What she said.rnrnSorry, but I do blame you for making that one so easy.

  • Being the laptop is better than being the earwig. Or is it…?

  • I concur!

  • Jepeto

    Oh no! It is fucking GREAT!!! I left my work, i wasn’t fired.

  • PADDLE, MIKE, PADDLE. I feel like a squashed bug right now. Life kicked me down the stairs a few weeks ago, so I took a bit of a break from myself. It does wonders. May your vacation be happy and real… like you actually feel refreshed afterwards.

  • Thanks, Jenny! I hope you’re getting on your feet as well. Life isn’t always kind, but we don’t often have much choice but to accept it. Sucks sometimes though 😉

  • No matter what I do, it’ll be fun. For example, I pretty much slept like I was in a coma for the last 3 days and it was the best thing ever 😀

    And now, back to paddling 😀


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