I've been trying to get some kind of rhythm going when it comes o reading my email. I used to live in front of my computer, read email, view websites, and read the email again. Some how, I lost the ability to keep track of all of the conversations. Maybe I'm busy keeping the face-to-face conversations fresh in my mind, and letting the email conversations just skim the surface of my brain.
Anyways, busy days in the Brideau-Case household. Between Neighborhood Council activities, church, church building, UMW, interviews, work, friends, family - last night was the one night we would have time to spend together, and we fell asleep at 6:30, reading our mail! We don't have a night alone until next week - barring any helicopter landings or emergency Rotary events. We'll figure it out.
Here's the funny part about how busy we are. Alex and I used to be very active in the Green Party. We were national delegates, on multiple committees, and we spent most of our spare income on traveling to Green Party events. For a couple of reasons, we had to step back from all of the travel, but we really didn't see a change in available free time. We are still missing "spontaneous free time" that every one talks about...but does it exist?
One night, when I lived West Hollywood-adjacent, and Alex lived Santa Monica-adjacent, Alex called and left a voicemail - "Hey, if you aren't doing anything this weekend, want to go to Las Vegas?" And, within the hour we were on our way east. I'd never been, so I didn't know what to expect. In any case, we played slots, we went to different casinos, and went back to the hotel room at 4 a.m.
Next day we get up and head out for breakfast. On our walk there, my cell phone rang incessantly. And, after ignoring a couple of calls, I finally picked up on from the State Party co-chair. He recapped all of the email in less than 5 minutes, and asked - "So how's your day". My reply: "Oh, Alex and I are in Las Vegas, can we talk about all this later?" His reply was a disappointed-simple: Sure.
That was a sign. Alex and I attract talkers (or maybe we are the talkers and we hold people hostage). No matter where we go, what we do, what we say, it's hard for us to keep a low profile. Inevitably one of us meets someone who's very excited we've stepped into the picture, and wants us to be a part of this that and the other. And, I have to admit - I buy into it, and then drag him along.
However, the Neighborhood Council thing....all his fault. :-) We went to one public works committee meeting, and for all topics to be discussed: Toilets. It took me all of 5 minutes to get sucked in. For Alex, it's all about the trains: Light rail, Amtrak, Metrolink, Subways...if it's got a fixed-guideway, he's on it.
In any case, Las Vegas was first spontaneous trip. The second was the Catalina day trip. His birthday trip to the W doesn't really count, because it was his birthday. And, maybe at that rate, Catalina doesn't count either, because it was Valentine's Day. Oh...WTF...it all counts.
Now I totally want to go on a trip, but my next free weekend...isn't for a couple of weeks.