Thursday 12 November 2015

Travellin’ Ken

I wrote this a while back before Louise and I drove out east. For some reason it never made it into the blog and I’m not going to wait until the next trip to post it. I have hopes that it will be at least a few months before I set out again. We will see though…

Like a fine wine, I don’t travel well. Okay, I don’t know if that is true about the wine, but it sure is about me.

I have no idea what my problem is, I suspect I suffer from a phobia that secretly wants me to stay in one place for the rest of my life. I kind of like the idea, but if I have a psychological defect then I would like the defect. My phobia has to be better than those whack-a-doodle adrenalin junkies who seem to be bent on their eventual destruction.

I saw on the news that young dare devils have taken to climbing construction cranes to get a rush. Some will even parachute from the very top. They are often caught, but seldom do they pay more than a fine and community service. The community service ought to have something to do with climbing to the top of electrical towers and doing whatever people do at the top of electrical towers. Make them work off that excess energy they seem to have.

I suppose there are adrenalin junkies who try to outrun trains for shits and giggles. Of course you don’t hear a lot about them other than when the six o’clock news reports a mysterious death on the train tracks just outside of town. There is a long history of these crazy buggers, I suspect that ten thousand years ago someone tried to swing on the tusks of a mammoth or throw rocks across the smallish canyon at a sabre tooth tiger. None of us are descended from them of course.

I guess I am just getting old and I like to have things remain the same. I like the same. I spent years trying to get to a point in my life where I could do what I wanted and if I wanted to do nothing, then so be it. Somehow, I married a woman who wants to do things. Hrrmmph!

Well, I will be known as Travellin’ Ken for the next few weeks. I will have my horizons broadened, meet some new people, meet some old people and see some things that I have never seen before and tell some tall tales. It will be fun and I will tell stories about my travels for months to come, sitting in my comfort zone, drinking coffee and solving the world’s problems.

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