While the rest of the world enjoys the rarity that is sunshine and warm weather, we Phoenicians crank up the air conditioner and retire to a three-month stint of aggressive indoorsiness.
Well, those of us who don’t have a pool anyway.
I’ve decided to pack it in, too, but with a greater purpose.
Since things are finally quieting down in my post-divorce, post-multiple-layoffs, post-total-life-upheaval the last few years, I’ve decided to take the summer off.
I have in mind a summer spent not bronzing by the pool, eyeing others enviously as they down barbecued hamburgers WITH A BUN. No, no! From June 1st until my birthday mid-August, I will be traveling the best way I know how: by reading.
It’s the ideal vacation. Here is why:
1) It’s free.
I don’t have money to spend on a fancy trip to the French Riviera. What money I do have is already committed to much nobler goals (like, you know, saving and investing) I already own piles of books and if, by some miracle, I read all 30 of them before mid-August, the public library is just around the corner.
2) It’s easy.
Again, the books are about 6 feet from me now. They are books I really want to read but always seem to avoid because, “I’m just so darn busy!” All I have to do is shut the door for some quiet and pick one up.
3) I get to sleep in my own bed.
4) I will grow from it.
Much like a trip spent backpacking China, these books will expand my mind and make me a more interesting person. Amongst the authors: Erica Jong, H. G. Wells, George Eliot, Thomas Friedman, the Dalai Lama and so on.
5) I won’t come back with a lame photo slideshow.
One picture of me reading books is exactly the same as the next. I won’t bore you with the details.
Unless you’re into that sort of thing..?
My life will look basically the same: work, gym, sleep, repeat. But in the hours between, rather than cramming the free time with outings, happy hours, dates and Facebook I am going to address the growing pile of books and projects I have been sidelining in favor of weekend festivals and parties.
When I get burnt out on books, I will be spending my time:
- Studying for the GRE
- Interviewing my grandma about growing up during World War II
- Outlining my book for NaNoWriMo and
I apologize in advance to friends and family who think I’ve gone all Emily Dickinson. I will be back and plan to return smarter, more worldly and only slightly paler than you remember.