Happy weekend a little early, everyone! I hope you all have fun plans. Personally, I am taking a break. I am heading off to a “digital detox” where I go completely off the grid for the weekend. No email, no smartphone, no blogging/instagramming/tweeting/ facebooking/screentime of any kind (they even are prohibiting me from using my 1960s analog film camera if you can believe that – it doesn’t even have batteries!!). I read about this digital detox in the New York Times one fine Sunday (I tend to read the NYT every Sunday) and I was intrigued. (I think the NYT has quite a fascination with the Bay Area, but c’est la vie, they do find things to do here and report on them, and color me okay with that.) I got email on the later side of it’s invention – sometime circa 1999, a few years after everyone I knew was already making plans that way, and I became instantly hooked. The internet has remained for me the proverbial blessing and curse — I love that I can look up anything and find anything and I don’t need to actually really know anything, it’s all online. Everything. That said, I haven’t “turned it off” in over a decade. Every single day since my first dial-up moment, I have looked at the internet. Some days I’ve been too busy to do much with it other than take a passing glance at the messages that come in, but I have always looked. I am quite curious to find out what happens when I don’t look for a few days. My friends think I’m bananas to do this, and they have all offered to let me pay them to take away my phone for the weekend. But I know that won’t work. I need to go somewhere quiet, somewhere where I really will be away from it all. So that’s what I’m doing. If you need me, I’ll write back next week, and I think we’ll all survive a few days of being disconnected. In the meantime, if you’re still reading the internet this weekend, here’s what’s interested me lately:
* Breakfast Club trivia! (Don’t you forget about me . . . – it’s in your head now, I know it!)
* I so want to stay at the Madrona Inn – huge fan of over-the-top kitsch I am.
* Finally, giving Sex & the City the respect it deserves. Best show on television of all time.
* The 16 habits of extremely happy people. (Good stuff.)
* The world just keeps getting better and better. Now there is a company that is combining the “cool factor” of staying in an apartment when traveling with the “nice factor” of staying in a hotel (fluffy towels, nice sheets) and getting rid of the potential for being scammed with vacation rentals. I am definitely bookmarking this site.
Have a great weekend, everyone! See you on the flip side.