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Monday, April 10, 2006
more-adult conversations
I escaped "the city" Saturday night by way of traveling with a friend up to the adirondack mountains to a post-and-beam log cabin, handmade by the owner, with the wood that grew on the land where the cabin was built. It was an amazing cabin, still in its last stages of construction, that used methods of bonding the that required very few other materials and relied on the natural shrinkage of drying wood to keep the joints stable. Very awesome. The people that we hung out with were what I would classify as more-adult-that-myself, in other words, people who were 5 to 15 years older than me. They had careers, SOs, and kids. I found myself in a funny balance between playing soccer with the kids and drinking beers with the more-adult adults. The guy who built the cabin was into some awesome extreme sports, like helicopter skiing, and let me ride his dirt bike. I flipped it within the first 30 seconds of getting on and lost a lens in my glasses. (I'm now using some old prescription sun glasses that make the world about a stop and a half darker but keeps things generally in focus). Despite the impaired vision, I got back on the bike and had an amazing time. Another one of the guys was the captain of an oil tanker from Belgium. He spend half of the year aboard a ship and the other half hanging out with his family. Sounds amazing. All in all I'd say I enjoy the world of more-adults, but I'm glad I don't have kids. It seems nice to have a stable career, a house with no mortgage, and a spouse. I'm not looking to move into that realm anytime soon, but I enjoyed the chance to see what it would be like to be nearing 40. Now, back in the world of internet, cellphones, and a fledging career, I feel refreshed and ready for another month of weekendlessness.

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