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Buster Benson

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gone until July 9th
In 3 hours I leave for 10 days and won't have phone, email, or even plain old audio contact at all during the trip. You might be able to catch me on Google Earth, or from a lucky hot air balloon. I'm going to Onalaska, Washington for a 10 day silent retreat. I'm not sure what to expect from it, but I think I do have high expectations in any case. This will be the first time in years that I haven't had caffeine or alcohol for more than 2 or 3 days in a row. And the first time ever that I haven't spoken to anyone for longer than a day or so. The full list of rules for this retreat is here.

It's going to be fun, and I'm going to jump in entirely, with no desire to cheat or prove anything. I figure that's the best way to go about it, since with 11 days of free time I could go anywhere in the world, have any experience, see any sight, taste any food, and yet I'm choosing to do this. I'm going to have my last shot of whiskey right now... at 8:31am. Cheers!

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did you see the L word when (for some reason i'm blanking her name! jennifer beals character) she goes to the silent retreat in oregon or washington? at the end she runs away and takes the bus back to LA and sits at the bus stop screaming with strangers. it's funny.

no, i haven't seen that, but strangely, i've imagined that exact same scenario in my head not fewer than a dozen times. the funny thing is that i'm sort of trapped there (getting a ride there with people that obviously won't drive me back if i chicken out a couple days in)... but then i started thinking, NOTHING CAN TRAP ME. if it came down to it, escaping from a mime camp is probably pretty easy... i could always just walk for 10 days, talking to myself the whole way.

thanks. i get back the day before the rock paper scissors tournament so beware... i may run across the secret to its ultimate mastery while i delve into the mysteries of the mind. :)

the ultimate showdown.

uh oh, science vs. mysticism. see you in the finals.

Re: the ultimate showdown.

haha. have you seen this?

Re: the ultimate showdown.

yup, posted it a month ago. incredible.

AAAAAAAAAAAAH! when i get back i'm going to set a date for the hot air balloons. save up for a plane ticket! :)

bye bye, monkey boy. :*

Surely there's time for more than one shot in three hours.

Have a great course!


i cannot wait to hear all about this when you get back.

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