Detox begins. My personal detox, in addition to being a recovery from the debacle that was my last night in Portland, is about getting some time away from… well pretty much everything. Detox from too much food, alcohol, technology, big-cities, high-stress lifestyle, and constant connectedness. What better place to do this than 9 miles outside of the sleepy burg that is Jacksonville, Oregon?
So, the couchsurfing continues. However, when your couch is a private room, it’s not really roughing it:
When I tell people that I will be staying outside of Jacksonville, what I really mean is I’m staying at the end of a dirt road, in the middle of trees, dirt and not a lot else.
You know you aren’t in Kansas anymore when you pass signs like this one:
Staying at D&J’s (no affiliation with the housemasters D+J) means a few things:
- No cell service.
- Clean, clear air and unpopulated places to run or walk in.
- Dial-up internet service (yes, that still exists. Yes, it is actually WORSE than you are imagining)
However, this affords me time to focus on a number of goals I have for this adventure:
- Writing. Not just this blog, but also novels and some short stageplays.
- Drawing. I used to draw incessantly. Once I “went corporate”, all that stopped. Do I still have any skills in this? Will I still enjoy doing it?
- Eating right. I have learned a lot about the right foods to eat in the last few years. However, in my high stress, fast-paced life I frequently succumbed to eating things that I knew were terrible for me. And you have only to reference my Portland catastrophe for some very recent evidence.
- Exercise. I have run a marathon before, but I didn’t run it well. I’ve always carried too much fat and not enough lean muscle. Between eating right, exercise, and low stress, perhaps I can change that.
So, lofty goals. These are things that people often work their whole life at, not things that you figure out in one week spent in the rogue valley. The point for me is to begin some good habits that I can carry with me on my travels. Six months into the adventure I hope to see a change in many ways.
However, I anticipate there will still be the occasional food and drink catastrophe along the way. After all, I believe in the saying “everything in moderation. Even moderation”.