28 May 2009

Shotgun No Joust

Current mood: content

Is it just a car?
Or is it so much more?
It’s a superstar
With the gas to the floor
~ “K Car” by Relient K

There is something remarkable about being able to sit and converse with someone without distraction. Living in a house with 4 pets and 3 other people, I don’t get a lot of privacy. Don’t misunderstand, I can sit by myself in a room in the house – but there is always a distraction waiting to occur. Someone will walk into the house or make noise or Elizabeth will want to play or Gracie will want to lecture me in her strange cat language, which I do not understand, though I am pretty sure she curses A LOT!

Yesterday, non-boyfriend and I just wanted to spend some time together without going out to eat or actually having a destination in mind. We ended up on a gravel road which looked abandoned. We parked Marcus Aurelius, rolled down the windows, and enjoyed the quiet of the country. There were beautiful flowers growing in the field next to where we parked. There were birds flittering about. A cardinal landed on the fencepost in front of the car. I put my feet in non-boyfriend’s lap, and relaxed. We sat and conversed for over an hour. No cell phones ringing; no radio on; no deadlines to meet.

The whole situation happened because I had forgotten my cell phone at home in the morning. Had I had my cell phone, I would have been responding to text messages or watching the time. Technology has robbed us of leisure time.

At work, I have been issued a laptop – supposedly for my convenience – but we all know that it is so I am accessible to work, 24 hours a day. Granted, I need the laptop or else I would be in the office an extra 15 – 20 hours a week. This way, I can go home and work on projects, etc. There used to be a time, though, when I would leave work and forget about it until the following morning. This is no longer the case. It’s sad really.

And for those poor people who have Crack berries and iPhones . . . good Lord . . . they are forever connected to everyone and everything. I love the interwebs too, but there is a point when we need to disconnect from the virtual world – for our own sanity.

I challenge you to turn off your cell phones, radios, televisions, and laptops. Find a loved one; go somewhere random, whether that is the park, the backseat of your car, or even an abandoned rock quarry, and just talk. Don’t have an agenda or a planned conversation. Let the moment inspire you. Make a memory. In the end, that’s all we have – a lifetime of memories. And I will cherish this one.

PERSONAL NOTE: See you this weekend! Woo hoo!!!!!

Eidetic Vision

Main Entry: ei·det·ic Pronunciation: I-'det-ik Function: adjective : marked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images - an eidetic memory Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.