Posts Tagged ‘fun’
I have to start with saying how lucky I am. I moved to Nashville for the job opportunities, low cost of living and ability to have some land but still be in a neighborhood. After three months of getting used to a new place, I ran into an old friend at church. He’s married to another old friend. And sitting next to them was yet another old friend. Yes, toss in a few more and there’s a circle of eight of us here which I luckily wandered back into. Add in another two who stayed closer to the Knoxville area and their significant others and you have a circle of twelve. The last magic ingredient is: Andrea, Queen of all Organization. What you get is a yearly, three-day weekend retreat at a cabin in the woods.
Cabin rules: No kids allowed. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. Cook one meal for the whole group. And BYOB – plenty of it.
We’ve hit different state parks through the last four years, but this year Andrea found us a private cabin. No neighboring cabins to be seen. And this time: a hot tub.
In the past, we’ve often gone on hikes or just walking about the state park as a group mid-day on Saturday. But not this year. This year our isolation was partially responsible for the sign that graced the front door: “This cabin has been recently visited by Black Bears”. We were asked to follow certain rules pertaining to putting our trash out and to also follow certain safety procedures when walking in the woods.
Then, they start calling. We don’t need the Birds or the Thing or Jaws anymore. We have telemarketers! It’s downright scary answering the phone when caller ID won’t tell you anything. Then you’re stuck. No, I don’t want a new cellular service. I have no desire to remodel my house. There is nothing – nothing! – you can say to make me want dish TV. And I don’t owe you an explanation why or another minute of my time.
My personal favorite thing to say is something I saw eons ago on TV. I think it was Ellen DeGeneres who was asked if she wanted to subscribe to the paper. She enthusiastically said ‘yes!’ then promptly hung up. The caveat here is that I think they can call you back.
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