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April 13, 2005

Mesa Refuge

Just a few more days until I head off to the Mesa Refuge to write my book on Joshua trees.

That means two weeks with no work other than my book, no television nor internet, just the slow grinding of the San Andreas Fault beneath me and the slow grinding of words from my nervous system through my fingers onto the hard drive. And a few miles of hiking each morning.

It kinda figures this blog would go silent for two weeks just as traffic starts to pick up. My writing here is so quirky and all-over-the-map-like that I wonder if a guest blogger system would work.

I shudder to think how many texas holdem mortgage viagra trackback pings I'll come back to. I shudder to think how many fundamentalist Christians will have left comments criticising my heathen family and praising the fine soul of a serial killer while I'm gone.

Maybe I'll find a wireless hotspot in Point Reyes Station.

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A slight but meaningful detour:

Hiking is fine for the exercise, and to satisfy that puritanical Protestant Work Ethic which dictates that we need to accomplish something measurable at regular intervals. (Of course, this only applies if you believe walking from Point A to Point B is a measurable accomplishment.)

But it's worth considering an alternative. Allow yourself to wander. Wander around the refuge. Wander without time or destination. Leave the "need tos," as well as the "could haves" and "should haves" behind, get off the trail, and let your heart lead.

You might be surprised where you end up.

Posted by: tost at April 13, 2005 04:35 PM
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(Of course, this only applies if you believe walking from Point A to Point B is a measurable accomplishment.)

Dude! Stop messing with my worldview! It's the only accomplishment, metaphorically speaking.

The "refuge" is actually a building. Aside from that little clarification, you've captured my writing process rather exactly.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 13, 2005 04:38 PM
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If you want, I can take care of the blog spam while you're gone. Not sure if I want to be making value judgements about the "Culture of Life Except For The People We Like To Kill" comments, though.

Posted by: Paul Tomblin at April 13, 2005 06:40 PM
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you could always set it up to run a feed or two in the meantime.

Posted by: craig at April 13, 2005 10:13 PM
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