Well, I’m almost proud of the fact that I went seven days away from a computer. The salve for the hives that broke out actually worked pretty well. Acadia and the White Mountains certainly provided more than enough distraction from work and Weblogs, and there was a point there where I hardly even wondered about what was happening in the real and blog world. Really. I mean it.
Some quick observations: The Maine laptop program worked as advertised, at least from the couple of teachers I ran into. And, if Maine and New Hampshire lawn signs and bumber stickers are any indication, John Kerry will win in November. Seems that every town in Maine no matter how small (and we a blue highways sort of family that drives through a lot of small towns) has a Subway or a Curves, which I found quite ironic. (Many of them were next door to each other.) And finally, on a very personal note, I have the two best kids ever made. They hiked and biked and camped their little behinds off and despite having to administer a blind, over the shoulder “dope slap” on occasion in the car, they made this the first really memorable family vacation we’ve had. (And, um, oh yeah, my wife was pretty great too…)
Now having said all of that, here I sit at a computer (on a dialup connection, the horror!) looking out at the Connecticut River valley in Bellows Falls, Vermont just wanting to take a few moments to check my Bloglines account (which by the way has, no lie, 1,874 posts awaiting my perusal), and one of the first posts I read is Alan’s about what is and what isn’t blogging, and not so subtley I feel the synapses start connecting in my very rested brain, and I get itchy for the keyboard once again. I want to write about Alan’s thread, I’m sorry I missed it when it happened, and I realized how much I missed reading and writing here. I’m not sure if I can get the time needed to get to it before I officially get back home on Tuesday. But some initial thoughts are dredged up here and in here somewhere.
So anyway, it was nice to get away, but it’s nice to get sorta back here too…