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Erm, Hello Everybody; It's Me Again [Aug. 27th, 2009|09:32 am]
Tony Grist
So- metaphorically speaking- I went  as far as the street corner, hung around till it got chilly and then came home. There are, I believe, marriages in which this kind of thing happens all the time.

I hope I've been away long enough not to seem a complete fool.

Besides,  I proved to myself I can get by without having the computer on all the time- and that's good.  For the best part of a week, I switched it on for an hour in the morning and an hour at night- and all the rest of the day I did housework, tidied the attic, cooked plum crumble, socialized, read books, watched Ghost Whisperer- and did crossword puzzles.  It was a return to basics. I enjoyed it.

But crossword puzzles or LJ- which is the better use of my time?  No-brainer, that one.  Besides I was lying in bed, composing LJ posts in my head, and it seemed pretty silly not to be writing them down.
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From: mamadar
2009-08-27 02:00 pm (UTC)
It's good to get offline sometimes--the Internet can suck you in like a black hole--but I am so, so glad to have your musings to read again.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Yes, I was getting sucked in. I needed to pull back and set myself some rules of engagement.
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2009-08-27 02:08 pm (UTC)
Good to see you this morning. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's good to be back.
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[User Picture]From: silveredmane
2009-08-27 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you've returned. It was only a week, but I missed you and was anticipating missing you a whole lot more.

Welcome back.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That means a lot.
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From: sculptruth
2009-08-27 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see you'll keep writing here (of course)! This is a place for stories. Balance is important too, and I'm happy you have found yours.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Going away, coming back- it's all part of the narrative.
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2009-08-27 03:33 pm (UTC)
We love you, tony!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I love you too.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-08-27 04:29 pm (UTC)
Nice to have you back.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: wlotus
2009-08-27 05:15 pm (UTC)
Were you gone? I am kidding. :-) I'm glad you're back.

We all need a break, sometimes. I do wonder, though, why some folks think blogging is somehow a less valid way to relax or process the ups and downs of life. I get the impression that when we think that way, we are taking ourselves far too seriously. That's a bigger problem than blogging, if you ask me. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I was getting obsessive about posting every day- sometimes spending hours over a couple of lines. I needed to step away to get my sense of proportion back.
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-08-27 06:54 pm (UTC)
welcome back!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-08-27 11:17 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Tony! Just for the record: you dont have to feel an obligation to post every day - or every week - or ever, for that matter. I go through times of not posting, followed by spates of two or three a day. Everyone has his or her own posting style.
You are my favorite LJ friend. I would miss you terribly if you left for good.
You have so much good to say!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-28 08:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much.

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[User Picture]From: suemars
2009-08-28 12:03 pm (UTC)

yikes...

i haven't read in a couple of day and saw your return. 60 comments, must mean lots of people are happy you're back. i am. so welcome back, funny, once my son ran away, to the corner and back. i was glad to see him return.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-28 07:38 pm (UTC)

Re: yikes...

Thanks.

I did think of going and taking a picture of the street corner- with the paper shop on the far side of the road- but decided that would be taking the metaphor too far.
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From: tf_1
2009-08-28 12:50 pm (UTC)
I would say welcome back to your flock, except they're more like a herd - how come everyone's so fawning? :)
Anyway, I'm pleased your posts aren't stopping, I somehow knew you'd be back for more ;)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-28 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I guess they must think I'm a nice person or something. You, of course, know me better :)
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2009-08-29 11:40 pm (UTC)
For some reason your post about the street corner brought to mind my nephew, who ran away from home at six, going a block or so.

My sister found a note on his pillow:

"FARWEL FAMBLY."
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2009-08-29 11:41 pm (UTC)
I meant to say, We are your FAMBLY. So welcome back home.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-30 07:48 am (UTC)
Thanks.

That's a great story.
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