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Sunday Beauty XXV

Folks, I mentioned in my New Year’s article (see, Goodbye 2010. I’ll Miss Ye Not.) that I have made some decisions which are already having a significant effect on my life. One of the things I will be doing differently in 2011 is I will be getting away from the machines more, and get my derriere out to somewhere that greatly resembles this.. my Sunday Beauty #25.

Laguna_Pilchicocha

Laguna Pilchicocha At Sacha Lodge, Ecuadorian Amazon

Photo by ggallice, courtesy of Flickr Commons. (As usual, click on image to see more by this artist.)

I am going to put down my mouse and pick up rod and reel and cast for fish. Real fish. In real water.

If I can remember how. I am rather confident I can.

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January 16, 2011 - Posted by | Digital Images

22 Comments »

  1. Dear Paul,

    Fishing and travelling are good for the soul.
    I hope they will be an avocation and that you
    will not abandon your fans why so enjoy your
    advice.

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    Comment by Catherine Smith | January 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Catherine Smith,
      Thank you and, fear not.

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      Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  2. Wow! What a place to indulge yourself in: fishing, fresh air, relaxation…to take your tech hat off… the fish may be tasty too, perhaps cooked over a camp fire.

    Beautiful photo!

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    Comment by Gaia | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  3. Tech Paul,good for you. It’s like riding a bike,you never forget. “Tight line’s and good LUCK”

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    Comment by "old salt" Dana Berry | January 17, 2011 | Reply

    • “old salt” Dana Berry,
      Thank you. It has been too, too many years.

      I believe I will try my luck at lake fishing for rainbows (trout) to “get back in the game”.

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      Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  4. ** Clarification **

    Dear Reader,
    It seems as though some people are interpreting my words here with some alarm and concern.. and I think I need to state quite clearly that all I meant was: in order to have a healthier, more ‘balanced’, and (hopefully) happier life – I will be scheduling some “down time”. And, that “down time” will be purposely spent away from the Internet and digital doodads and gizmos — and email.

    This is because I suspect I am becoming a bit like the boy pictured here. (Frankly.. I think we all are.. as a society, I mean.)

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    Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  5. Paul

    Have a well deserved rest my friend…

    Catch one for me!

    Fishing by proxy is better than not fishing at all…

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    Comment by KsTinMan | January 17, 2011 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      When do get out to the water, I will cast one for you. (No promises on catching…)

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      Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  6. I expect a good fish story when you return. Put on your fishing hat and enjoy!

    Happy hunting Paul

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    Comment by Bakmy33 | January 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Balmy33,
      Thank you. I am looking forward to it.

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      Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  7. Man, are you making a good decision! Clear lakes and rivers, trees, fish, animals not reared in cages: these are really essentials for us all. We tend to forget that. Both body and mind will be much refreshed, and I’m looking forward to the stories you come back with.

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    Comment by Hermit2003 | January 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Hermit2003,
      I have to agree.

      And.. all work and no play make Paul a dull boy. (Can’t have that, can we?)

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      Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  8. Tech Paul,

    We all need to get away from this virtual world occasionally. There’s no better way to do that than get out in nature. My formula includes at least one full week of camping and fishing on an island in Canada where no computers are allowed. I’m sure your batteries will get a good recharge, and you will be able to come back here with a renewed passion.

    Good Luck to you.

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    Comment by Y.O. | January 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Y.O.
      If memory serves, this is your first comment here; so let me say “welcome!”

      For me.. getting back to the water and fishing, well, it will be the first time in over 20 years.. I am rather looking forward to it.

      An island in Canada, eh… sounds delightful!

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      Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  9. Y.O. Picking up on your mention of an Island In Canada..(where I live) where you enjoyed a Tech Free week, Interesting!
    I heard the tail end of an interview on CBC radio where they talked of such a place, but I did not get where it was.I think it was sort of in the “experimental stages” and was a great success.
    However, while I am not involved with computers in a big way,I am just a USER,I feel I could “not go a day” without the machine… or could I?

    Gaia

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    Comment by Gaia | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  10. Tech Paul,

    Thank you for the welcome. I have been reading your blog along with a few others here on wordpress for the past year. Great source of information. Your articles are helpful and eye-opening. Rest assured I’ll be back often.

    Gaia,

    The island I visit is on Lake of the Woods in Ontario near Nestor Falls. They have some rustic cabins with wild grouse running around, beaver, otters, and an amazing group of Bald Eagles nesting nearby. It truly is a wonderful respite from the daily tech grind. Hopefully the trip will be in my playbook for many years to come. Beautiful! Surely you can go a few days without having a computer attached?

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    Comment by Y.O. | January 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Y.O.
      I appreciate the support.

      And again I say, (your island) sounds delightful!

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      Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

      • Paul, you can go up there with us anytime. We would love to have you along. It’s astonishing how we can all go through the entire week without any tech-speak being uttered…

        Hope you had (or have) a great time!

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        Comment by Y.O. | January 17, 2011 | Reply

        • Y.O.,
          Wow. How very generous and kind. Thank you.

          You know.. it’s weird.. but the idea of not even talking about IT and the Latest Greatest Gizmo for a whole week sounds.. well, uncomfortable. You may as well tell me I can’t have my morning coffee for a week!

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          Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  11. Y.O.
    Thanks for this info. I have to dig out my maps. Nestor Falls is not familiar to me, the place sounds wonderful for a get-away.
    …and yes, no computer could be replaced with a good book.

    Gaia

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    Comment by Gaia | January 18, 2011 | Reply

  12. If you enjoy nature photos you might enjoy some that I have collected from Flickr. I used to go fishing with my grandpa in lakes and rivers. Its kind of strange to live in a desert next to a river.

    You can see them here. http://chimac.net/category/photos-2/

    Brian

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    Comment by chimac | January 21, 2011 | Reply


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