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Staycation Observations

As I mentioned on this blog yesterday, I have returned from a week’s staycation/news fast.  It worked for me and I suggest it to you with Walt Crawford’s general observation that YMMV and that what works for me may not work for you.

During the past week I avoided all sources of news, which included not checking my e-mail because I have people who like sending me political commentary and staying off of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites because people often post news items. This and not going to work allowed me to:

– Upgrade my internet connection. I’m now getting an official 3 Mps at home. It only cost me about $25 a month more and I now see why Netflix “Watch Instantly” is a big deal. I think it we may break even on DVD rental fees.

– Discover the unintentional humor in Dragnet 1967 with Jack Webb.

– When I upgraded my internet connection, I also got caller ID. Now I can let all of the Unknown Number/Unknown Name telemarketers talk to my machine. Yay.

– Work on my photography, which you already know if you’re subscribed to my RSS feed.

– Feel reengerized about my work, both official and unofficial.

While I didn’t get to hike as much as I wanted to because of weather, I did a lot of walking which I need to log into the President’s Fitness Challenge.

I think the biggest benefit came from cutting out news for a week. Worrying and/or gnashing my teeth about news takes up more energy than I care to admit. Without that emotional investment in news following, I felt like I’ve been able to focus on the parts of my life actually within my control.

I’m thinking about cutting back on some of the work and home RSS feeds that I subscribe to, but we’ll see.

Anyway, I felt like I got a rich reward staying home from work and exploring my neighborhood for a week. Try it and see what happens. If you don’t like it, you never have to do it again.

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