back from the middle ages

i am back in bern after lil over a month, 40 nights, spent in our house in the swiss mountains; this was actually my last time there /cry – but that’s a whole ‘nother story (i am giving it up, very sad, but have to, for 13 different reasons, yet still it is/was my favorite place in the whole wide world, i went to vacation there ever since i can remember, the house was built 1964, i got here 2 years before that, but spent those abroad, wonderful beautiful peaceful house, best best times ever, so grateful, and now selling it, omg, biggest mistake of my life?).

again, as usual, i had a fantastic time semi-offline. the first few days can be kinda tough, but then i actually enjoy to observe how things start to slow down. quickly i find my routines and start to do a number of things, daily, that i don’t usually seem to find time for: taking long baths every morning, meditating for 30 minutes, going for a walk, reading books – whole or in parts (hoeullebecq: la possibilite d’une ile – johnson: everything bad is good for you – curtis: distraction: being human in the digital age – batelle: the search: how google and its rivals rewrote the rules of business and transformed our culture – hunter s. thompson: hell’s angels – smith: white teethmake: 1-7 [-4]; in other words: none of these books are actually new, they just had stacked up on my books-to-read pile over this last year or so), working on a dj mix (not quite happy with it, might never release it), taking a sauna. ahhh. this is the life.

and the single biggest reason why i was able to do all these things is because i was semi-offline. in the house i only had a 56K (in theory! most times it was 33K actually) internet connection and swiss phone companies still don’t offer a flat rate. on the contrary, they charge me an arm and a leg for this crap connection. for an average of 1.5 – 2 hours of daily internet, most of it between 22:00 – 8:00 = the low rate period, i will have to pay 65.- which is much more than i pay monthly for my broadband.

so now i am back to “always on” and kinda nervous about it. i really hope i will be able to keep some of the good habits. wish me luck and discipline as i try to structure my day to include more down times. i do not want to get back into staring at this bloody screen all day long. i certainly don’t want to play as much WoW as i did before, that’s just nuts.

as far as blogging i think i might suffer from burn-out syndrome. it is quite possible that i might have overdone it in the past. and for what? it did not earn me one dime nor score me any jobs. i did get some comments, and i appreciate every single one of them. but on the whole i receive about 23’000 x more spam than comments. and most importantly, i did not miss blogging at all during my semi-offline time; something that had been different in other years. so it might be time to let this silly blog peter out. we’ll just have to see how it goes.

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Jan Zuppinger has been writing this blog since 2002. He likes to grow vegetables. He likes to eat them too. He has opinions on everything, but sadly no one cares. Jan Zuppinger is not joking, just joking, he is joking, just joking, he's not joking. *click.