A Brief Absence  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
3484 posts
10/14/2005 8:53 am

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A Brief Absence

Time for my summer holiday!

Okay, it's October so technically it's not Summer any more and I'm only going away for a weekend. Even so it's the nearest thing to a holiday I've had for a while - all together now: "ahhhhhhhh".

I'm really looking forward to it. I'm travelling down to the south coast this evening and spending a couple of days with my closest male friend. He's promised to pamper me as much as possible (without overstepping the bounds of platonic heterosexuality, naturally) and I am very much looking forward to a couple of days of doing ... well, very little actually.

No doubt at some point we'll tramp across the countryside with his insane golden labrador. I'm sure that beers will figure in the story somewhere down the line. Beyond that? Well, he has told me to take it easy and relax as much as I can ... and who am I to argue?

I think it's going to do me the world of good.

However, there's a flipside to this that I wasn't, perhaps, expecting.

Back in July, I opened my blog with a piece called Me? An addict? in which I was wondering, oddly enough, whether I was an addict. I should perhaps add, dear reader, that the matter under discussion was addiction to this site.

I'm not sure the issue was ever really decided.

But I now find myself looking forward to a few days away yet already starting to feel a certain reluctance to abandon the PC, this site and all those things connected with it. It's not going to stop me going away but even so ...

Maybe I really am an addict.

I've realised one crucial thing, though: I'm not addicted to a Web site. I'm addicted, if that's the best word, to the people I know via the site: those wonderful people who I've started to learn about (or be amused by) through their blogs or their comments on mine; the people I chat to or exchange emails with; and those few - those precious few! - who have my phone number.

I'm not for one moment even starting to consider contemplating the possibility of beginning to think about cancelling my trip in favour of being online. But, all the same, I will wonder what I'm missing, which stories are being told in my absence, what everyone's up to.*

It seems appropriate that I end this with the same words I used to end that first blog: I have started to get to know some wonderful people in this place - they surely know who they are and they have my gratitude and love. May our friendships blossom.


* And, yes, I realise that this means I'll go at least one day without posting a new entry in this blog. It's becoming a habit. I know that at least is reprehensible behaviour. Will you forgive me? Will you notice?

brightblonde3 58F

10/14/2005 1:59 pm

All of what you do, Q...blog, chat, email, take little weekend jaunts...all fall under the heading of "experiencing life."

So have a good one and return recharged and ready for anything,


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
10/14/2005 5:16 pm

Enjoy!!! We expect stories when you return!


GB_Cple 66M/55F  
3042 posts
10/14/2005 11:28 pm

relex and enjoy it

rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
10/15/2005 12:21 am

Q have a great time.... Enjoy and we'll be expecting 2 blogs a day the week after.. to make it up! lol

rm_dizzyandfun 48F
752 posts
10/15/2005 3:21 am

You deserve the break - enjoy...chill out...sounds such a wonderful place to do just exactly that.

M xx

saddletrampsk 54F

10/15/2005 8:23 am

Sounds like a dream come true for me..a lil weekend away with a dear friend..relaxing and beers..enjoy sweety..

sweetalyssum 47F

10/15/2005 8:26 am

I know exactly what you mean Quietly. It's rather soothing to see others going through some of the same things, with similar thoughts.

"I" cannot promise not to write anything too amusing or daring though, but...

Think of all the fun you'll have catching up, like one smorgasblogging feast!!!

hotandhorny107 58F

10/15/2005 9:15 pm

Had to chuckle at this one, since I too have been computerless for up to a week at a time. However, I did not really miss it once I left it all behind me. More important was the fact that I was away from all the stuff at home, work and real life. Taking time to relax and refresh and recharge the old batteries was great as well as making new memories..

Hope you have a great time...

AlbertPrince 57M

10/16/2005 2:10 am

TQ - forget about this and just enjoy those beers!

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
10/17/2005 2:42 am

BB3 ... Recharged? Hmmm ... maybe ... though I'd appreciate it more if I'd let myself have more sleep Sunday night As for ready for anything ... well, I certainly feel more ready for things now!

Duststormdiva ... This wasn't really the kind of trip to generate stories. Not racy ones anyway. It was more the laid-back, doing very little type. And none the worse for all of that, I assure you!

Saddletrampsk, GBC, Albert ... Thanks for the wishes ... and the beers were very enjoyable - as was the wine and vodka ... and the ouzo ... and the kahlua

EE ... Oh I enjoyed, I enjoyed. I'll see what I can do about the double-rate blogging. Especially since I am now painfully aware that I've missed an important deadline

Dizzy ... It would have been perfect if it had been snowing and I had been staying with a special female friend Even so, it was delightful and whether I deserved it or not I certainly did chill out x

Sweetalyssum ... You make a good point! The only problem with smorgasbords is I have a tendency to eat so much I get stomach ache!

Hotandhorny ... I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes it's nice just to be able to leave everything behind for a few days. It's so easy to get bogged down in the everyday. Ones horizons can become so limited. Getting away can sometimes let us lift our eyes to the sky and start dreaming again

djmuggy 39M

10/17/2005 12:31 pm

So long as it doesnt become an unhealthy addiction, where you are seeing what States will marry you to your computer.

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
10/24/2005 1:20 am

Nip ... Yep! You know, I could get quite used to it too!

Djmuggy ... No problem like that is likely to occur. I really don't like my PC that much. Now, if it were one of those sleek, black, media centre numbers ...

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