The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Curiosity Killed The Apathy …
August 13, 2009, 7:00 am
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So I’m back … back after the shittest holiday since my honeymoon, and let me tell you, that was a ‘gold medal’ in totall and utter shittiness.

Swine flu is a total bitch – but what makes it even worse is that it ruined a holiday I needed/wanted more than you could ever imagine.

To make it worse, I found a post I had written PRIOR to my departure that detailed what I was expecting to feel when I got back … shows what I know eh.

So enjoy reading what I thought I’d get out of my holiday, safe in the knowledge that in reality, I ended up being more underwhelmed than Jill when she said “I do”.

Photo: Pat Dollard

Hello lovelies – how the hell are you?

Hope you’re well – even though I know now I’m back, you’re probably all rushing for some anti-biotics at this very moment.

Anyway, I want to thank everyone who took up my reverse blogging challenge – I’ve not read them yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve come up with and I’ll write my 2 pennies worth directly on your blogs/comments.

Despite not writing a post for almost 2 weeks, I was actually only away for about 6 days – and whilst it went in the blink of an eye, I’m almost happy it was so short.

No – it’s not because I am a [1] workaholic [2] sad bastard … but because having such a short break meant if I didn’t abuse every second I had, I’d end up letting something I really craved slip quietly away into the distance.


Well I’ve said it before, but the pressures and expectations we now place [and have placed] on our lives means that for many of us, the purpose of a holiday has changed from a period of exploration and discovery to one of recuperation and rest.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Now there’s nothing really wrong with that – and if people want to spend their precious 2 weeks holiday eating, drinking, sleeping, shopping and sunbathing then that’s cool, even though I can’t help but think it’s quite like what we probably all do at home albeit with better weather/different fashion – but for me, doing this is pretty sad given ‘a break from the everyday’ is something we seemingly all covet so highly.

OK, I’ll be honest, part of me would have loved 6 days of sleep and slobbery and if I’d been away for 3 weeks, I’m sure I’d of tried to mentally organise my time so I got this ‘in’ … but because I didn’t have the luxury of time, I made sure I did things/met people who were new and fresh rather than purely focus on the [admittedly lovely] old and familiar … and you know what, despite now resembling a Dad who has had to raise 8 kids on his own for the last 10 years – I feel I’ve had a much longer break than I actually did … not because I’m physically refreshed, but because mentally and emotionally I feel energised.

I’ve said it many times that my parents have always pushed me to experience a life, not a lifestyle – and whilst I’ve generally been pretty good at maintaining that, it’s only when you actively force yourself to explore life – you realise how little you know, how many great things there are still to experience and how much you’ve let the pendulum of your work/life balance slip into the danger area.

Jesus, I am sounding like a hippy Vicar aren’t I … and there is the very real chance this post is to help me feel better about having such a pitifully short break … so let’s wrap it up there and hope that tomorrow, I’ll be more Rob Campbell than Oprah bloody Winfrey.

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This is the best post you’ve ever written Rob. Well not the best, but it’s the one that has made me the happiest. Oink oink.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Still starting fights in empty houses Billy.

I guess this post signals an end to our recent run on productivity. It was good while it lasted but it is nice to have you back. Hope you’re feeling better.

Comment by George

Thank you for attempting to defend my honour George, but it’s only Billy so there’s nothing to fear …

And yes, this does signify the beginning of my blogging again, though I do have to admit I quite liked having the break [but not as much as you did] so who knows, maybe I should go on ‘long service leave’ …



Comment by Rob

Don’t be too hard on yourself Robert, things rarely turn out as we expect, except your holidays, which always turn out as we expect. 🙂

Comment by Pete

welcome back Rob, good to see you’re feeling “better”. great post and very timely, I was thinking about extending my NY trip by another week and this talked me into it. BOOM!

Comment by Age

Welcome back Robert, you better now or still snorting and rolling in mud?

@Age are you in NYC now?

Comment by Bazza

Welcome back. Nothing has changed – I’m still hungover.

Comment by Marcus

Are you still hungover from a couple of weeks ago, or is it a continuous state of depravity? Just trying to find a reason for your [brilliant] iPod dancing!

Comment by Rob

It’s a continous thing. iPod dancing will be Bazza’s next big thing. Have you seen it Bazza?

Comment by Marcus

Am I old enough to view it Marcus?

Comment by Bazza

Oh yes. And I think you’ll like it. You can hire me to do this kind of stuff for you Bazza. And I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper than Cynic.

The campaign that will boost your sales:

Comment by Marcus

Maybe you’d be better off approaching Microsoft as you seem to have an uncanny resemblance to the PC character from our recent TVCs. Rob’s working with them, maybe he could act as your agent. 🙂

Comment by Bazza

That hurt Bazza. Truth hurts.

Comment by Marcus

welcome back lovely. i can empathise with that shit feeling of craving a break. a rest. and all you end up doing is going into energy debt.

i hope you make it up on the long straight 🙂

Comment by lauren

You’re a better mover than Travolta though Marcus.

Does anyone know if Age is in NYC?

Comment by Bazza

Brush me aside why don’t you Bazza. Concentrate on Age.

Comment by Marcus

lol Marcus.
Bazza I’m in NYC from the 31st of this month till the 13th. You going to be around?

Comment by Age

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