Thursday, July 14, 2011

Travel Without to Look Within

I'm back from a very nice vacation. I have to confess, however, that I'm not intrinsically a traveller. I get comfortable in a routine and I like to stick with it. Vacations force me just a little outside of my comfort zone. And this is a good thing.

There is a quote from Frank Herbert's Dune that comes to mind as I think about this topic: "A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep within, allowing them to grow. Without change something deep within us sleeps, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken."

I didn't write too much while I was away. This was largely due to spending most of the time with my family. But I think that there will be indirect benefits to my writing from this vacation time. Hopefully my sleeper (third eye?) has been awakened. And I hope that I will be able to craft some good, elegant writing and tell the story that I am so excited to get onto (virtual) paper.

I hope everyone had a great week (it's almost over). I plan to do some writing tomorrow, and I should be tweeting about it then.

One more quick note. Soon after writing my last blog post about my arcade games, I went down into the basement and fired them all up. They still all work (phew). You need to run these old electronics from time to time to keep them free from decay and atrophy.

My recent vacation was to the NJ shore. And during my trip I realized that the boardwalk arcades, which were the final bastion of some of these tired old gaming warriors, have either gone away or changed over to redemption games. No wonder the arcade collecting hobby has slowed down in recent years. There simply aren't many more old machines coming out of arcades, any longer. And the machines that are left are starting to need repairs and restorations, as they enter their fourth decade of duty. So, my last post was probably hasty. At the very least, my perspective on the arcade collecting hobby has changed.

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