I have sat here at my keyboard for awhile tonight gathering my thoughts on what, if anything, to say about the last 4 days. Should I talk about the depression that had a hold of me or should I just cover that up with ‘happy smiling thoughts’. Some folks choose to talk about that ‘half empty glass’ and some do not. I have a habit of writing about that side of things here in the blog from time to time because the empty half of the glass is just as real as the full half. And, every bit as important. Maybe….even more so.
It has been 4 days since I last posted, turned off the computer and never turned it on again until tonight. No blogging, no blog reading, no checking the weather report or latest news items, no email reading, no Google or Map searches, no nothing. I had no idea I would be completely away from the computer this long when I shut it down. In fact, it has been the longest time away from the computer since we bought our very first Pentium 2 back in 1997. I didn't plan on a 4 day absence, it just happened.
Many years ago in the 'not so good old days' I had problems with depression but over the last 32 years or so I have managed to get a controlling handle on that for the most part. Aside from a day here and there it has been rare for my old Nemesis to wrestle me to the ground for more than a few hours or a day at a time. However, over the past 6 months I'm afraid this wrestling match has gone back and forth between us for too long and my old foe did manage to get me down for a good pummelling these past 4 days. Relieved to say I awoke this morning with a clearer mind, regained control of the situation and battled my way back up onto my feet again.
I think my age coupled with my ever present restless personality and my lack of purpose and challenge at this stage of life have conspired in a type of overall ongoing frustration that I have been having difficulty dealing with. Couple that with some of life’s usual weighty stuff and the canoe gets a little low in the water sometimes. And yes, I have to admit this last change and delay in our travel plans has added some challenges to that frustration as well. I still have no idea when we will get on the road. For a 'hitch itch' fellow like myself, sitting on the starting line with engine running, map in hand, one foot on the gas and two eyes on the horizon it's been a real stretch to keep a lid on my patience.
Also wanted to add that despite what my ‘anonymous commenter’ may come back with this time I did not drop out of these past four days to purposely attract attention to my blog, gain sympathy for myself or fish for a whole slew of additional comments. I do thank the folks though who expressed concern over my short absence.
ALWAYS SO NICE ALONG OUR MORNING TRAIL
Ok, so what has been happening the past 4 days. Well, basically not much. I watched a lot of television and practically wore the remote out flicking through the channels trying to find some interesting programming. No easy task I can assure you. Watched way too much depressing news and found it difficult to find any kind of intelligent humour. If it wasn't for biographies, documentaries, and the history channel there would be absolutely no reason for me having a television. And why sit in my recliner day after day watching television? It just seemed that was all my mind was capable of doing for those few days.
OUR ROAD (LEFT) AND DRIVEWAY (RIGHT) ARE NOW HEAVILY COVERED IN PINE NEEDLES AFTER SATURDAY’S BIG WINDS
It was one year ago today we here in Blog Land lost two of our own. Margie and Bruce Mallin, fellow RV’ers and bloggers tragically lost their lives while out for a quiet morning walk. This is a link to my post when I found out the news a year ago on October 17th…..WE HAVE JUST TRAGICALLY LOST TWO OF OUR RV'ING BLOGGER FRIENDS. This is a LINK to the circumstances surrounding this tragedy and the sentencing of the man responsible for their deaths.
A SLIPPERY PATH OF WET LEAVES IN THE FOREST
A fellow RV'er, blog reader and occasional Blogger himself, Alex (RUNNING LINER) from Guelph Ontario had emailed me awhile back saying he would like to get together for a coffee sometime. Friday morning I met Alex at a Tim Horton's coffee shop in downtown Goderich. Of course always a lot to talk about and Alex brought his older mint condition Leisure Travel Van for me to have a look at. Alex is another one of those fellows who can do anything he turns his hand to and of course has made many great renovations and improvements to his rig. I managed to install a towel rack in ours once. We spent a couple of hours talking about things and then Alex surprised me with a gift.
Being involved with the aircraft industry for many years he has traveled extensively and been a part of the buying and selling side of things. Helicopters being one of them. In that sales oriented hi tech business there are often perks that go back and forth with sales and one of those perks Alex had at his disposal were YUKON DIGITAL NIGHT VISION Ranger devices. Although looking like binoculars they actually have an electronic screen inside and are used for seeing in the darkness of night. You sometimes see versions of this type of technology on soldiers helmets. How nice of Alex to give me a pair of these and they should be great for spotting ‘activities’ in the darkened desert nights this winter:))
While I had dropped out of Blog Land for a few days I noticed upon returning tonight we have two new Bayfield Bunch blog followers. A big welcome to RV Travelers as well as Gene, Judy and Peanuts the cat from BLUE ROADS TO HIKING TRAILS. Thanks for your interest folks and appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Also just noticed a third follower but I’m afraid I do not understand any of the language on the blog so I do not know what the website is about. Welcome WS.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Three lawyers and three engineers are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, each of the three lawyers buys a ticket while the three engineers buy only one ticket.
"How can the three of you travel on one ticket?" asks a lawyer.
"Watch and you'll see," answers an engineer.
Aboard the train the lawyers take their respective seats while all three engineers cram into the restroom and squeeze the door closed behind them.
When the conductor comes around collecting tickets, he knocks on the restroom door and says, "Ticket, please." The door opens a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The lawyers are impressed with this clever idea. One the way home from the conference, they decide to copy the engineers' technique. At the station, they buy a single ticket for their return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers don't buy a ticket at all!
"How in the hell are you going to pull this off?" asks a lawyer.
"Watch and you'll see," answers an engineer.
They board the train. The three lawyers cram into one restroom and the three engineers cram into the other restroom.
Shortly after the train departs, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and knocks on the other restroom door. "Ticket, please!"
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