November 4, 2003

By Michael Strickland

No Wiggle Room

Every now and then (and more frequently of late), I have a week without wiggle room. This is one of those weeks, which is why I haven't updated this column in a few days. I get up at 4:30 a.m., go to one job till midday, move on to the next job, work well into the evening, then finally go home... only to stay up late working on freelance writing assignments. After about five hours of sleep, I get up and do it all again.

Fortunately, not every day of the week is like that, or I'd probably pass out at the bottom of the Shamu tank one morning from sheer exhaustion. But these crazy spurts tend to eat up large chunks of my schedule, leaving me little time for even commuting from place to place, much less watching "Seinfeld" or doing any personal writing.

If I didn't plan weekend getaways into my schedule from time to time, I'd probably lose my grip on sanity. This overworked routine has become so ingrained that I have trouble "constructively playing" on the occasional weekend off. Rather than planning fun things to do on the weekend, I too often just end up sleeping in, running errands and ...writing this column. Leaving town ensures that I get some quality R&R.

And after all of these 60-hour work weeks, a week in Cabo San Lucas will be heaven-sent. Next Monday, instead of cleaning up dolphin poop, I'll board a plane for Mexico. Instead of soaking up abuse from angry callers, I'll soak up sun poolside. Instead of drinking coffee to get myself going at 5:00 in the morning, I'll be sipping margaritas to start the evening's festivities at 5:00 in the afternoon.

And there'll be tons of wiggle room.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year (almost), I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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November Columns:

11/28: Family Willow
11/27: Thankful
11/24: Nuclear North Korea
11/21: All Jacko, All the Time
11/20: Mantrimony
11/19: Tutankhamen: Page One
11/18: The Dying Light
11/16: Back to the Grind
11/13: Overpriced
11/12: Land's End
11/11: Veterans' Day
11/10: Cabo Bound
11/9: Supercharged
11/8: Internet Buzz
11/7: Recharged?
11/5: Open Mouth, Insert Foot
11/4: No Wiggle Room
11/1: A Week Lost in Time
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