I ask "How fast does it go?" and he said "Fast enough". On further questioning I found that it went 6 knots. "One hundred and forty four nautical miles in a day" he said "during which time I sleep, read and eat. I also do repairs and keep watch. In 21 days I can be more than 3000 N miles from here". I had never thought of it that way. Breathing in and out, sleeping, reading and just living and letting the wind take me away. I fell for it and went sailing. -Tom Swaim-


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Old Fools Journal: My Nest

When I go here it's to shut out the world outside my head. There is a very small aperture between here and there that I close on a temporary basis but never for very long. I am not ready to close it permanently yet. When I say I am hiding under the bed this is the space I am talking about. Hiding under the bed is just a name for it left over from childhood. Everyone seems to know what I'm talking about.

I like it when I go here with a clear head and small troubles I can shut out. I like it when I have drugs that will help me shut out imagined big troubles for a while so I can gather strength to deal with them. Nothing shuts out the disappointment, grieving or longing that we all have to deal with but it can at least be dulled until it is just annoying and not overwhelming. Sometimes during those rest periods the mind heals itself. Sometimes not. Sometimes I go here to travel as it is a time/space gateway to the multiverse.

This nook is in the back of the old Greyhound Bus I call home. It ain't much but when I close my eyes and I'm warm it is a place of safety and great comfort.

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9 comments:

Big Oak said...

Wow, after watching the video, I think I'm going to hide under my bed for a while.

Von said...

Totally understand, everyone needs one of these.Some of us are lucky enough to have them.

f said...

I have a cave, portable, collapsible, dark and mine. A two-person tent, that I've long been known to set up (and leave set up) in my bedroom. There I can get away from virtually everything but the mental churn.

All the very best wishes to OF, SWMBO, and readers in the new year to come.

Johann Rissik said...

Time in your cave is YOUR time, and it's sacred time.

Gwen Buchanan said...

oh yeah, everyone needs a nest, a getaway, a free zone...... when things get too much, I always say "it's time to crawl back in the cave" ...

John Romeo Alpha said...

Mine is like that, but has a bookshelf, and a nice bright reading light, for escaping with my eyes open.

C. S. said...

Sounds like propaganda to me. I especially don't like the word he uses to describe opponents of reaching phase one. It is only the US that uses such an ungodly amount of energy, and why is he talking about economy? When the world as we know it ends, it's about survival, not business. With his doomsday scenario humanity may survive, for some time, but that's not us, the common people.
Excuse me for spoiling your day, CS

Gwen Buchanan said...

Happy New Year, Richard!!! clink!

Lord Wellbourne said...

A man's nest is his safety hatch and the open valve on the pressure cooker of his mind.