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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Tent Blogging

I'm posting this tonight from a tent in our backyard. Why? Because I'm a total geek, and I think it's just about the coolest thing in the world that I can be in my backyard in the middle of the night and still use a computer to access the Internet.

Heather Marie and I are doing a "shake down" camp out tonight to try to identify equipment we need to acquire, replace, or repair. Good camp bedding (for nights when sleeping bags are too much cover, but a sheet isn't enough) is tops on my list so far.

Personally, to me, camping means loading everything up in a pack, carrying it at least five miles from the nearest road, and spending several nights. There are a few, lesser, versions involving cars and developed campsites, but they don't completely live up to my expectations.

However, after experiencing how moving just myself, the wife, and the dog 20 feet from our patio to spend only one night entailed a logistical exercise similar to moving a small army, I can start to see the attraction of RVs to families with kids. Taking a family with just two small kid really camping must require coordination and planning on the scale of D-Day. If there's a family out there that does that with four or more children under 10 on a regular basis, then I want the parents together on a Presidential ticket, because those are some people who can seriously plan and maintain order!

As I type this, there are all sorts of philosophical ideas that come to mind, like how this experience gives me some insight into how the $100 laptop from MIT could cast light into darkened tents and huts all around the globe, and how connected our world has become, and yadda yadda yadda, but it's late, and I'm starting to get really cold (must add heavy blanket to the list).

Now, I wonder how I can get the nice, warm dog to lay closer to me than Heather Marie....