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Going Crazier

Howell Hurst Uncategorized

Having reported in my last Blog that by abandoning my fellow human beings I am purposely going crazy, I have rapidly discovered a marked lightness within my mind and my body. Divesting myself of all responsibility other than myself is, without a doubt, a liberating experience. It has unique consequences though. Two fellows on my dock where I park my ocean sailboat walked by yesterday, talking.

One fellow said to the other, “I hear this guy here [nodding in my direction] has abandoned all of us and is preparing to sail to Mexico and then on to the Mediterranean.” “Yes,” his buddy replied, “he’s crazy as frozen peanut butter they tell me.” “He looks happy enough,“ his pal answered. And that is the case. I am. Happy that is.

Observing the traffic on the street today while buying my daily meal from Trader Joe’s, I clearly saw how stressed everybody was. Whipping in and out among one another in their steel buggies, most everyone wore strained looks on their face. Glancing in a store window, I noted my face sported a wide grin. As a matter of fact, I’ve taken to outright smiling at strangers on the street. Glancing up from the ticket book he was writing in, a Cop grinned back at me today.

“Howdy,” he said. I didn’t say anything, but I thought, “Howdy” right back at him and we both got on with what we were doing. A cute lady on the sidewalk also smiled at me when she noticed I was grinning. There appears to be a definite benefit to abandoning people, keeping your mouth shut, and grinning a lot. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to take me. But, hang in there, I’ll report events as they occur. I may be onto something big.

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