Friday, October 15, 2010

We Chase Misprinted Lies, We Face The Path Of Time


Sometimes I just wanna rip out my hair.

Do you guys ever get sick of it? Internet, Facebook, emails, messages, Twitter, forums, cell phones, texts, BBM, blogs, etc, etc...

It can be too much; sometimes we're just too connected by technology.

It's hard to escape, and information is overly accessible. You end up finding things you wanted to avoid, seeing things you don't want to see, and knowing too much. Or, you give away too much of yourself (yeah, yeah - I have a blog. I know I'm guilty.)


A part of me would welcome the chance to get away from it. All of it. Head up north and disconnect. No TV, no internet, no cell phone. No updates every five seconds from friends and strangers alike.

I'd love to sit by the lake and write in a spiral notebook. Go fishing. Sit around a bonfire with an acoustic guitar and good friends. Go on hikes all afternoon without worrying about missing phone calls and messages.

It'll happen.

Maybe I won't ever move away indefinitely. But one day I'll have had enough, and just need to run away for awhile.


And, of course, I'd bring my best bitch.

Who's with me?



31 comments:

taxnerdatplay said...

Totally with you on that. I love to disconnect. My favourite times are when I'm out in the middle of nowhere hiking or climbing. I've thought about moving to make that easier to do... not yet, but someday I'm sure I will. I'm feeling less and less like I belong in an urban setting; more and more I need to be outside.

In the meantime, back to Twitter, FourSquare, texting, emailing and all that...

Kris said...

Heh. All those things are so addictive, but it gets to be too much.

I wish I was independently wealthy so I could have a place in the city, and a cottage in the middle of nowhere on a lake. Best of both worlds! I should start trying to write books again...

(Is climbing really hard? I've never tried.)

RealSuperKeith said...

Agree with your post Kris - when I was on my 3 week overseas vacay a couple of months back (man, has it been that long already?) it was a relief to be rarely connected to ANYTHING 'cept to make everyone jealous via my tweet-a-day foto program ;) and that was only in areas with Wi-Fi (which was interestingly enough available in ONLY one of my hotels and a park with a merry-go-round next to a beach - weird?).

I get back to the 'world' and my online activity multiplied exponentially (don't know how but it did). Now I've got a twitter addiction and commenting on a blog at least thrice a week (alright it's a great blog but still).

Anyhow can you arrange for me to go back there and start over so I can get my life back. Can you rev up the Delorean, fuel up that flux capacitor and hit 88mph 'stat'? Thanks. Oh and if you really do go offline, please, please take me with you. My stream of consciousness begs you for it.

peterdewolf said...

I love writing in a notebook/on a notepad. I do it a lot. Old school.

Kris said...

SuperKeith - The Delorean is revved up and ready go!

Peter - I still do sometimes too, but most of mine are packed away until I move. :)

Masuka said...

I posted a comment but it went MIA..
I digress

I'm not with you at all on this. I'm waiting for the day they implant something on your brain to connect you directly to the internet. I'll be first in line when they offer those babies!

Kris said...

That's fine, friendo. You're not invited to my remote cottage ;)

Ah, you can visit!

PatZ said...

when I'm sitting next to a bonfire tomorrow with an acoustic guitar and hotdogs and marshmallows by a lake I'll probably lapse on remembering this, but then on sunday I'll read this again and say that I had a marshmallow for you.

RealSuperKeith said...

Masuka - I don't know you at all but for some reason that sounds like a very Masuka-like thing to say (non?)

Kris, keep that puppy revved up (the car that is) - everyone I got *shotgun* on that Delorean, ya hear! And if that doesn't work a couple of slaps and "hey stupid, snap out of it"s should help do the trick.

Kris said...

Pat - Don't forget. And make sure that marshmallow is burned on the outside.

Keith - Michael J Fox borrowed it for a commercial, but it's back and ready to go!

RealSuperKeith said...

Last post (I promise) - did I tell you I've got a short 'script' in the works - ties in to this discussion a bit. It's about a twitter-addict who hits rock bottom-tries to go cold turkey (fails) and then gradually weans his way to recovery with much hilarity ensuance along the way (Ms. Editor is that even a word?). FG style cutaways included - ripoff? yeah so - besides isn't imitation considered to be a great form of flattery.

Three guesses what the working title is.

bonus: you can have a cameo in it as the voice of reason blogger who 'counsels' him part-way to recovery. Kinda like Dr. Melfi in Sopranos or George Burns in Oh God! :)

PS: you'll laugh at this - my wife now peering over my shoulder saying - 'your mind runs at 100mph and you've got a weird imagination you know' 'it's just too much - time to get offline' - guess that's my cue - lol...

Masuka said...

RealSuperKeith:

No man.. Masuka would be like "I'll follow you anywhere in the world as long as I get to watch you undress at night"

or

"you can go cuz i have a naked image of you tattooed in my mind"

so this was actually very UN-masuka like...

screetus said...

I do enjoy taking a break from it all. But I look at all this technology as the new normal, to use a cliché -- technology has replaced the market square, and at the same time expanded that market square worldwide.
Of course I need to do all this techie connection stuff for work, just to stay relevant. Sigh.

Kris said...

Keith/Masuka - Nope, it was VERY Masuka-like. Just add "boobs" to the end of the sentence, and it's perfect.

screetus - Yep. Most jobbies revolve around it. I don't hate it, I just get overwhelmed by it sometimes, especially when I realize how involved in it I am. That, and frankly I just really miss going up north! ;)

Mike D. said...

What's with the microphone or whatever that is?

Kris said...

Oh - I visited the radio station. Threw me back in the booth and put me to work briefly.

cole said...

i would give almost anything to never have to deal with a computer/phone ever again. i LOVED this post. unreal how much it suits how i feel about life at this very moment.

Kris said...

Gets to be too much sometimes, eh?

Abigail said...

Last weekend I did exactly this. Went up to my cottage on lake huron, away from everything. I didn't have any choice but to be disconnected. I don't get a signal up there and no internet. Just a landline. I was SO looking forward to it. Except I was up there for no more than an hour before I missed being "connected". Fuck, I dunno what I want! PS: check out my blog, i had a fight with my dog this afternoon and as a fellow blog lover I'm sure you'll thoroughly enjoy it.

ghost said...

i am. if we can bring a solar powered player and jar of flies.

Kris said...

Abigail - Yeah, I could see that happening. Especially when you're so used to being online and on the cell all day, an hour without it is friggin' weird! I want both worlds! Ha.

ghost - Well that's just a given. Let's go!

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Kris said...

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Your bitch looks cute but sleepy.

Kris said...

She was sleepy. She promptly curled up and slept on me.

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