Well, for those of you who don’t know, I leave for the weekend tomorrow morning. I’m headed over to Central Oregon (Redmond area) to go “camping” with my father. I say “camping” because it’s in a 42-foot 5th-wheel trailer with running water, sewage, and electricity. We bring a couple computers. Basically, it’s just a get away from the city more than a “camping” trip. My grandparents have owned the property for probably close to 25-30 years now. It’s nice. I like Central Oregon… it’s like a little desert that isn’t just sand (don’t go arguing the meaning of Desert with me, I know full well that there are Snow/Ice covered Deserts… but I prefer those as Desserts. ha ha ha).
Unfortunately, there’s no net access over there, so I will be giving up SOMETHING to go spend time away from the world. ‘s okay though… haven’t really talked to anyone at length in a bit now, so I doubt I’ll be missing anything besides my regular posts. I suppose if I’m really anxious to post, I’ll just write out a post, and then when I get back I can post/post-date the entry so that it appears when I wrote it. But don’t count on that. I suppose I could also frequent a netcafe over there… but again, don’t count your chickens. It’s nice to get away from the net now and again. I have done some of my deepest and best thinking in that trailer… though it’s also plunged me into some of the worst depression of my life.
A vacation is healthy. Gives a chance for a change of being. Getting away from the people you’re around all the time. I really don’t know if others can sympathize with this, but I’d imagine you all can. The feeling you get when you’re around someone too often, and don’t have a chance to be alone. Starts as an itch in your mind, then grows to be a great bothersome canker. You just want to scream “go away and leave me alone for a while”. Well, I can’t say I’m that bad, but time away does a body good. Makes you appriciate what you have when you come back to it. Unwinding time. Eh, you get what I’m saying.
A good portion of the time over there, anyway, is going to be handyman work. Fixing this, repairing that. Should be fun… hands on stuff is really liberating when all you do all day is sit at a computer. I relish the idea of splitting wood, or spreading gravel, or pouring concrete, or breaking up a driveway with a sledgehammer or jackhammer. There’s just something… I don’t know, physical about it (dare I say, masculine). It’s nice to have an outlet for otherwise hardly expressed testosterone once in a while. You can’t really beat on a computer and have it survive… nor your friends. I need to work out more and maybe start climbing or paintballing again. SOMETHING. eh, probably won’t happen… I’ll just want to do it, and not. What I really am going to try to do is start up working on Bonsai and my carnivorous plants again. That was a nice outlet of creative juices (at the time I couldn’t write though… so maybe I won’t be so interested). Eh, we’ll see.
On the “required” geek note, I’ll be redesigning my home network on sunday night I think. Subnetting off the wireless network, and organizing the switch to better reflect the way things are. My network has grown since I first set up the switch… so I really just need to update it. On that note, I may not be online Sunday night. Depends on how things go… I only expect a 30-60 minute outage of net connectivity. Wish me luck.
Well, with that, unless I decide to post again tonight or butt early tomorrow, I wish you all a Wonderful 3 day weekend (some of you, a 4 day). Don’t hurt yourselves (much) playing with Fireworks (a little hurt is never a problem. You have to start somewhere… I was playing with a lot of fireworks when I was much too young… and now look at me! 😛 ), and spend some time alone or with a friend, whichever is the greater vacation from “normal” life.