“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Countdown begins.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Beginning this Sunday morning, I am going to go Internet-free for a week. No email, no surfing, no facebook, no nothin'. If I need something from someone I will CALL THEM ON THE PHONE. Reasons for this torture:

1. I believe the internet has sapped time away from our daily lives....time that was spent reading, talking (not texting) with others and ruminating/reflecting. So: I'm expecting to be more productive with no internet.

2. I also believe one reason people are so anxious these days is because we are EXPOSED TO NEWS 24-7, which means we have more to fret about, and we're reminded of the world's troubles throughout the day. The human psyche has no time to absorb everything that's going on. I'm going to take my resting heart rate every evening before bed while I have no internet access, then compare this with resting heart rate during weeks with internet.

I will participate in a "celebrity artist" cooking lesson demonstration with Andy at Andy's Island Seafood in Matlacha on Thursday night, tomorrow, at 7 p.m. We're going to teach folks how to make his famous crabcakes. I'll have books on hand to sign.

Also: Be sure to catch me at the ever-popular Southwest Florida Reading Festival at the Harborside Events Center in historic downtown Fort Myers, on Saturday, March 21. I'll be speaking at 11:45 a.m. I promise: there will be laughter. I'm still debating whether to bring my glue gun, glitter and cat.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will your resting heart rate be measured before or after the gin cocktail? To get a true measure of the calming effect of this experiment, you should give up booze as well . .. .

March 11, 2009 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, let's see if I've got this right: You don't like people to call you on your cell. You don't answer your phone at your house. You'd rather not be texted to. And now no e-mail.


Know what that was?

Practicing mental telepathy!

March 12, 2009 at 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Wong is wite.

March 12, 2009 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Oh, my, I guess I do see a pattern here: shutting myself from people....hmmmmm, maybe it's time to call AA.

March 12, 2009 at 1:16 PM  

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