Ok, some might have noticed I wasn’t around last week and the obviously huge void that must have occurred; but the other 9 gazillion people on social probably didn’t pick up on my absence, huh? This was my first extended period away since really becoming active and guess what; I survived. And it wasn’t like quitting coffee or anything because there were no withdrawal symptoms either.
I did miss my friends however and had just enough internet access to see what was going on; so my experiment of seeing if social can survive without me looks like it did quite well in spite of my absence.
Guess what I did?
I knew it was going to be a big week when I was invited to a TweetUp at the PRSA International Conference in Orlando. I was able to meet several of my online buddies in real life for the first time which was quite the treat for me.
Wednesday though Saturday, I participated in a golf tournament and actually survived 108 holes of golf. Because the golf lasted all day each day and drinks and dinner afterwards, I was lucky to make it home just to shower and sleep; much less leave time for social.
Are you a golf pro?
Heavens no; but this tournament has been put on for 10+ years in October by a friend of mine.
There are 16 of us and we split up 8 on 8 and play a Ryder Cup style format which means we change partners and change the ‘game’ each match. The cool thing about this is we have people coming in from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin in addition to the Florida crew. Because of the format, we designate one team Team USA and the other Team Euro.
The only prize is the trophy at the end of the tournament and bragging rights for the year.
But the relationships are priceless
This was my 7th year playing and have made some great friends. I might only see some of these guys once a year but as soon as I do, we pick right back up where we left off.
Needless to say we have quite the stories to tell and I will save that for another post. However, my claim to fame and semi-legendary status is having the only hole-in-one during the entire time this tournament has gone on. There are much better golfers in this group than me, but guess who knocked one in? After a $450 bar bill afterwards, my wife informed me “DO NOT get another one”. I think I’m pretty safe………..
If you are familiar with the game of golf do you notice how similar to life it can be? You will experience frustration, euphoria, anger, challenges, obstacles, smooth sailing, pressure, concentration, laughter, disappointment, etc. And all of this is within one round.
Time to clean house however
Because I have been out, my Google Reader is jammed full of great posts. There is no way I can catch up on all of these and catch up on work as well. Therefore, I am making an executive decision of marking them all as ‘read’ and starting with a clean slate on Monday.
If you had something you feel I should read, please oh please ping back on my post or let me know. After a fun and relaxing week, I want to carry it forward and minimize my ‘to do’ list.
How about you?
When you took a social-free extended leave, what did it feel like when you came back? How long did it take to get back in the groove? Did you clean out your reader because you don’t like seeing all the unread posts? Did you loose any of your community?
Well, that is my plan and I’m going to stick with it.
I sure missed you guys, did you miss me?………:)