July 31st, 2016
Sometimes I find it really useful to just sit and do nothing for a little while. This afternoon I sat by myself on the front stoop of my apartment for a good 30 minutes. No phone, no book, just me and my head. It rained throughout most of the morning but a little sun finally cracked the clouds just after lunch time. It was quiet. I live in this neighborhood called Carroll Gardens in south Brooklyn. Lots of families and young kids in the neighborhood. On most Sundays the neighborhood is busy. Just down the street from my apartment is an ice cream shop that’s packed all weekend long. As I sat on the front stoop this afternoon I was surprised that I didn’t see more kids scootering by. Maybe the rain from the morning scared everyone inside.
I wanted to go to the movies today but nothing was really appealing to me. Remember when you were a kid and you’d see a movie and it was like this out of body experience? You’d be transported into his magical world that was unlike anything you knew, and you’d walk out of the theater excitedly recapping plot points with your parents or friends or whoever took you to the movies. It’s probably because when you’re a kid you have a much greater sense of imagination and there’s still so much you don’t know about the world. I can’t even remember the last time I had that sort of transcendent experience at the movies. I wonder if I ever will again.
So here we are at the beginning of August. The beginning of the end of summer. Is this the dog days? Why is it called the dog days of summer? Well, let me look it up and tell you… They call it the dog days of summer because at this time, the brightest star in the sky, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun. I didn’t even know there was a such thing as the Dog Star. I guess you learn something new every day.
Maybe this August I’ll get a tan. I haven’t figured it out yet but I am thinking about taking some time off toward the end of the month. I’d like to go somewhere quiet where I can have a nice little daily routine. Wake up in the morning, go for a long run, jump in the water, cook breakfast, read a book, lay on the beach, do some writing, do some yoga, eat more food, take a nap, go for a swim, watch a movie, read more, go to sleep, and then wake up and do it all over again. I would like to do this for at least 5 days in a row. I have spent so much time in the past 2 years staring at a computer screen or a cellphone screen. I love what I do, I love the people I work with and the people I work for but I do get drained drained from the non-stop screen time. Okay Jack, it’s a deal, time to start planning your vacation. But first, Sunday night with my good friend HBO.