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A tech time-out

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

I've been on vacation the past couple of weeks. I need a break, from everything and everybody, including Facebook, texts and news. I put my phone in the glove box and left it there, then resisted every urge that happened in moments of boredom to check in on the world

It's not that easy really, but with a job as a news web editor, I spend ginormous amounts time online. I know everything that happening anywhere in the whole world at any given moment. It's my job to make sure that you also know everything happening anywhere in the world at any given moment. But, it's a job that follows me from work to home to play, from sun-up to sun-down. So on vacation, I vowed to take a break from it all.

At one point, I plopped myself into a lawn chair in the elusive Washington sun and sat. I was thinking that I should get a book, maybe grab my phone (?), because this feeling of boredom is very uncomfortable. Isn't it? Do people ever really get bored anymore? I know that for me, boredom often leads to great ideas, big projects, self-reflection. Or at least it used to. By grabbing a device all the time, I'm sort of robbing myself of valueable time, right? And, the word boredom could easily be substituted with relaxation. So, I pushed through the uncomfortable feeling caused by cutting myself off from constant entertainment. It felt weird. I listened to the stream running nearby. I thought about what the moles must look like under the piles of dirt scattered across the lawn. I looked at the boys playing and wondered if this vacation would stay in their memories. I wondered what I could do to make their childhood better.

Marty walked by and said: "What are you doing?"

I kind of laughed and said "nothing" because at times explaining it all is neither possible or necessary.

I did nothing. I haven't done that for a really, really long time. It felt so good.

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