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Getting Over Vacation: Helpful Distractions August 21, 2008

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.
  • A jump into the cold, cold river with friends
  • A full moon rising over the mountains as one eats and drinks with those friends
  • Gin and tonic
  • Breakfasts of strawberry/banana/peanut butter/soy shake topped with fresh blueberries
  • Leftover (from vacation) organic blue corn chips and nonorganic salted almonds that simply must be polished off
  • The gym
  • Immediate purchase of Uncle Cleans Up (sequel to Uncle, read on vacation)
  • Little bags of chocolate chip cookies discovered at the office
  • A crisp Portuguese vinho verde
  • My own Little Britain marathon
  • A massage
  • A request to run for justice of the peace
  • My blog friends and their ever-fascinating lives and writings


1. Cedar Waxwing - August 21, 2008

What a good list — except for the cold river jumping

Justice of the Peace? Are you going to run?

2. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - August 21, 2008

You simply MUST run for JP. You can bet I’d run for it if I lived in Vermont.

3. indigobunting - August 21, 2008

Well, couple of things: First, it’s not running as in a campaign. I mean, I guess one COULD get into that, but I don’t remember anyone doing it for this position. And it’s not that I WANT to do it so much as it would be interesting and I’d be WILLING to do it.

There are six elected for two-year terms.

I absolutely would not win. No one knows who I am, and the people elected to this office tend to have last names that have been in this town for a century or two.

The party wants to fill up their slate with their alloted number of names.

Still, interesting that a couple of already-JPs (running again) mentioned my name.

4. Lynda - August 21, 2008

I would vote for you.

5. bettyslocombe - August 21, 2008

your life sounds like one long holiday to me
not that there’s anything wrong with that
you can be the Uncle of Parts West, and Tim the old Monkey
just don’t go borrowing any bicycles

6. Helen - August 21, 2008

It sounds like one long holiday to me too. Are you sure you don’t have the money to buy Northbrook? Or if you become Justice of the Peace is there any potential for corruption that will yield some pesky millions?

7. indigobunting - August 22, 2008

Hmmm. The friends part is definitely holiday. I guess the compulsive eating/drinking/TV watching as complete escapism doesn’t come through as negative if one is actually in a position to indulge oneself in that way. Then again, mostly, I’m trying to look on the bright side, so I guess that’s working out pretty well, eh?

Helen, I have a feeling that being a JP in my town will not offer big-enough corruption potential, but I can see that you are thinking, which is impressive and appreciated. And as I’m still a bit hesitant to drop $50-$60 US to order the coveted Kate Cole-Adams novel, that is a sign that I am either unbelievably cheap or truly don’t have those pesky millions lying about. Sigh.

Everyone else’s life sounds like a party to me. This must be the human condition.

Lynda: That’s two! Thank you!

8. laurie - August 22, 2008

justice of the peace! how cool is that? what an adventure. think of all the stories you’d hear.

9. indigobunting - August 22, 2008

But seriously, folks. I may be way too introverted to consider such a thing.

10. Deloney - August 24, 2008

Do you get to wear a slinky uniform and a cap?

11. Helen - August 25, 2008

Indigo, I’m going to try and read Kate’s book before summer’s end. My email is heleninkingston@yahoo.ca if you want to send me your address (I assure you, I am far too lazy to be a stalker). I’m not sure if you read my last comment over at the draper who is mad with love, but there’s no need to send the book back: I seldom hang on to books, no matter how good they are.

12. Helen - August 25, 2008

PS Can I send it to Indigo Bunting? I prefer to think of you always as that magical creature who can navigate by the stars.

13. bettyslocombe - August 25, 2008

I will now be thinking of you as either Merkin Bunting or Indigo Merkin, both of which are fabulous

14. indigobunting - August 26, 2008

Helen: I will check back at the draper’s (oh, my schedule has been insane lately, I am so far behind), but thank you for this kind offer. I will soon send you an e-mail with the details. You can address the package to Indigo Bunting, in care of another name, which I will provide. And no [real] hurry–I always have a stack of books I need to read, so I will happily dive into the Cole-Adams whenever I can get it! Meanwhile, I am reading that second Uncle book, for instance.

Mrs S.: I did not know what a true merkin was, as I was just playing around phonetically. Nonetheless, I thank you for the names. The combinations are indeed lovely and entertaining—and fabulous. And BTW, I recently saw Mollie Sugden’s appearance on Little Britain….

15. malinz - August 26, 2008

Take the opportunity IB – you never know what doors it might open, and if you don’t like it you can always resign.

I heartily approve of the rest of your list, with the exception of the cold, cold river. shiver.

16. She She - August 27, 2008

Thanks for your comments. I’ve calmed down and now my compassion gene is activated, and I’m feeling it. Even for alternative weekly writers!

Re: knowing me on the street, I haven’t been on the street in so long, I wouldn’t know myself. That said, I’m in the book. Look me up!

I like your list, especially gin & tonics and running for justice of the peace (I might do that just so I can finally go to a gay wedding). I would add napping.

17. indigobunting - August 27, 2008

Mali: The fact that I haven’t had time to even think about the JP thing may be a sign that I don’t have time to do the JP thing.

She She: Mmmm. Napping. I went to a couple of gay weddings in the 80s, but none since! Maybe we can get together for G&T in Burlington one day (if I’m staying over nearby, or long enough for the effects to wear off before the long drive home…).

18. Bridgett - August 27, 2008

Ok, no one should be known as Merkin anything.

19. bettyslocombe - August 27, 2008

Sorry Bridgett: horse, stable door,running joke, entire foundation of English humour. It’s the merkin way.

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