Jul 10th, 2009
It’s funny how fast change happens. I think of that credit card commercial about how fast life comes at you. One minute you’re holding a new life in your hands, the next you’re watching her graduate. Geez, it went by fast.
So now I’m sitting here musing on the state of things since December when I sounded smug about not working for The Man. About how cool it is to get up at a reasonable hour — 8 a.m. is reasonable — have a leisurely breakfast, take the dogs out for their morning constitutional, and then tackle whatever work came rolling into my inbox.
Something happened in January. Something bad. Now I’m almost thinking The Man’s not so bad. Paid vacations, health insurance and a regular paycheck sound ok. But at least for this summer, I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel.
Maybe that’s because summer is special in Oregon — one, maybe two solid months of sun. I’d hate to miss that by being in an office. Plus we’ve found there are some cheap thrills that do more for recreating us than the more expensive variety that we must admit we love. Canoeing is one. On the 4th of July we decided to forgo the war zone for canoe/camping on a quiet lake in the Cascades. It turned out to be our personal lake as no one else camped there, and the one group that fished it when we arrived was a godsend — they had mosquito repellent that we’d forgotten. The next day we swam in a nearby lake that had been similarly overlooked. The time together away from the house, computer, cell phone, etc. was therapeutic in a way I couldn’t have predicted.
In all it was one of the best — and cheapest –vacations we’d ever had. And that’s a good thing because it looks like cheap is going be describing our thrills for some time to come.