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June 2nd, 2003

Isolation

Sometimes, it’s nice to think about “getting away from it all”. For some people that means getting on a plane and leaving the country; for others, it means driving down to Taco Bell. But if total isolation was an option, would you go for it?

I’m thinking a secluded cabin in the woods, without a slew of electronic goodies. No phones, no net access, no person-to-person contact (well, outside of the grocery store)… like Robinson Crusoe, as primitive as can be.

I’m in the camp that thinks it might be nice for a day or two. But then, I’d start thinking, “How am I going to get my clothes dry cleaned?” and it’d be all over.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 2, 2003 -- 9:08:56 am
I think I define "away from it all" as anywhere I don't have cell phone coverage. The mountains, in a tent, often is good. Cell coverage at the Outer Banks is weak too. I hate it when I'm at the beach at the office can't reach me. :)



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday June 2, 2003 -- 9:12:41 am
I like occasional isolation... but not for more than a few days. Sometimes the only way to recharge your batteries is to be away from everyone and everything... until it comes time to actually recharge your batteries and you need the electricity...



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 2, 2003 -- 10:11:22 am
I enjoy the occasional isolation..that's why I enjoy having no cell phone, no pager. However, I really don't enjoy it as much as I used to. When I was engaged, it was cool every now and then to have a quiet day, or day "with the guys"..but since it went sour back in January, I'd give up every quiet day to have her by me again.



FROM: jk
DATE: Monday June 2, 2003 -- 10:26:18 am
Easy: drive through the Anza Borrego desert. If it's not summer, get out of the car as often as possible to take pictures and appreciate the silence.



FROM: Monica
DATE: Monday June 2, 2003 -- 12:57:56 pm
I think silence is the best part--and you can pick which kind (away from people/tech/cars) depending what kind of isolation you need.
I could go for total Robinson Crusoe isolation, but not for more than 2-4 days, I think, before I'd want someone to interact with at least a little.



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 2, 2003 -- 5:54:12 pm
"Isolation" is my favorite Joy Division song.

Mother I tried, please believe me
I'm doing the best that I can
I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through
I'm ashamed of the person I am


Bummer.



FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Monday June 2, 2003 -- 8:46:06 pm
Great song. No words necessary.



FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Monday June 2, 2003 -- 9:58:53 pm
Total isolation for at least a week or two. The whole summer with my family is what I could call peaceful. Its getting away from the city and the phones, pagers, computers, and all those folks who want something. I have two perfect spots. One is a A frame house on the beach at Newport and the other is way out in the mountains near the Sandy river. I hate to leave to come back home.



FROM: vlm
DATE: Tuesday June 3, 2003 -- 8:55:08 am
Unemployed in Berwyn does the trick.



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