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How I Spent Three Days Away From the Machine

February 22, 2010

I’ve been taking a leave from computer work since this past Thursday evening due to the hard drive crashing on my computer. In the interim while it’s in for repair I thought about picking up a new desktop to hold me over. I hesitated for a day or so in consideration, and what I found instead was that this break from my daily toils over the keyboard has been quite a blessing in disguise.

I’ve had an incredibly productive few days, but not in terms of menial work accomplished, rather in terms of my own satisfaction and pursuit of personal interests.

Here are just some of the things that over the past three days I’ve done to occupy my time away from the machine:

  • Nearly cleaned my entire apartment
  • Adjusted the neck on my acoustic guitar
  • Started a backyard garden
  • Read a book for leisure, getting most of the way through Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Played Ultimate Frisbee at glorious Zilker Park
  • Talked to my sister in New York for an hour on the phone
  • Accompanied a friend to get a new kitten
  • Spent time with friends!

Despite the bullet points none of this seemed like merely a list of ‘to-do’s’. ¬†Faced with neither computer nor television, which is to say no work and no distractions, I was forced NOT to take that path of least resistance and turned to discover what was most fruitful that I wanted to do with my time otherwise.

Don’t get me wrong though, I do miss domaining already but I will be back to work soon enough, and with a wider view to what I want to accomplish that the past few days of ‘stepping back’ and the accompanied retrospection have afforded me.

This morning I stopped by a friend’s place to attend to the transfer of a domain which I’ve sold last week, and see about any important emails that may have graced my inbox, and of course to dust the cob webs off this old blog and recant the triumphs of the weekend (in a voice that as you may note is affected by Shelley’s 17th century prose that I’ve been immersed in).

By the way, did you know that in the original Frankenstein there is no Igor? True story.

That’s it for now, I’m heading home to plant some carrot seeds and onion bulbs in my new garden. One of my first tasks on returning to work will be to transfer this site over to its new home at DomainAnimal.com so look for that coming soon.

Till then, if you have the opportunity to drop the remote control in the toilet, kick your monitor out the second story window, or whatever else you might do to unplug for a few days, it might be just what you never knew you needed..

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