...and the footnote-y bits will take up much more space than the basic list!
My good friend* Mr Ballistic** suggested, in his own low-key way, that four of his friends -- including Yours Truly -- should dilate on this subject: "Seven Things I Like to do Alone."
This made me stop to think for a moment. Are there seven things (aside from certain bodily functions) I actually like to do alone?
What I quickly realized is that many, if not most, if not all of the things I like doing while flying solo -- including sleeping, showering, eating, and all activities listed below -- are also things that can be wonderfully satisfying when shared. Probably all are better with the right company around and/or involved.
I've been doing too many things alone lately*** as it is. I'd even welcome company when I'm cleaning my damn apartment, and the visitor wouldn't even have to help. These are lonely times in the Scribbler household....
But I digress. On with the list!
1. Driving. Not talking about runs to the supermarket here. Those are just necessary, and are hardly ever fun. I'm talking about long jaunts on the open road****, with a purpose and/or destination in mind or otherwise, or my occasional forays onto a race track*****;
2. Working with my hands. One of my top pleasures is making, repairing or restoring solid objects, using my own skills and an assortment of tools. No audience is required during the process;
3. Writing. There have been a few instances when I enjoyed putting words on paper while someone else was around. I know I'd feel that way again if the right person wanted to hang around during the so-called "creative process," and promised not to laugh too loudly as they perused my raw copy. But it's a perfectly satisfying thing do do -- when it is satisfying, mind you -- on one's own;
4. Music. This is an odd one. Ham that I am -- or was when I had the chops to perform in public****** -- I enjoy just laying down sounds for my very own self to appreciate. I'm more adventurous without an audience, more inclined to stop after a mistake and learn from it, rather than try to cover up;
5. Walking. A great mind-clearing exercise. I can focus my thoughts on good things******* and block out the bad. Endorphin production helps, too;
6. Reading. A really good book demands concentration. Anyone in the room distracts me******** and it seems unfair to subject either the book or the person to that;
7. Photography. When I am in full-serious mode with a camera, no one else is there anyway so far as I notice. It's just me and what I see through the lens. Of course if what I see through the lens is a person********* that changes the dynamic in a big way.
There! Got to seven**********! A good thing, too, as the "*" key is starting to emit strange little puffs of smoke; must be due to overuse....
I won't lay this "seven things" task on anyone. If you want to do it, you're on your own. I'll hunt you down and read it, though....
* and I don't mean "good friend" in the way cheap politicians do, which is "potential voter/donor" or "someone famous I've never met to whom I want to suck up," But more like "better friend than he realizes."
** makes me kinda think of "Mr Majestyk," a book/movie combo I really dug.
*** on a strictly involuntary basis!
**** day-long or longer.
***** I have been known to enjoy speed-loving company in the latter case, and it's also jolly good fun to turn a hapless passenger's face bright green! I could tell some stories....
****** yes, I actually did that. But it has been 10-plus years, and assuming I can one day get back in the musical saddle, is a fair way in to the distant future.
******* real or imagined.
******** as if I would complain if subjected to such distraction again!
********* I have a short list of potential human subjects still to cover photographically.
********** well, ten, if you count the three things mentioned earlier in this post.
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