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January 11, 2013

The case for staying home

Tonawanda News — There are people who lead enviable lives, in their heads. They go places, do things, meet and influence people, in their heads. Their real lives tend to be more like prisons, with underemployment typically giving them ample time to daydream. Jobs they can do without thinking about their jobs, and I’ve had a few like that myself.

These people have a special kind of pathos about them, but lately I believe they’re onto something.

Do you enjoy travel? Or do you prefer thinking about travel? 

I have been to many, many places, and maintain a short list of locales I’d still like to visit (or return to), but believe me, the list is a short one. I am beginning to think taking a trip is just not worth the trip.

Ever want to see Stonehenge, in England? I’ve been there, twice, and glad of it, but I would not spend the requisite time, money and hassle to do it again.

Ever seen dawn in India, sunset in Thailand or an Olympics? I haven’t, but I need not leave my house to understand how spectacular they are. 

I am of the opinion the places one is more and more eager to experience are becoming less and less desirable as attractions. The way football is presented so well on television it is impacting the actual attendance at the game, I’m concluding I’m living through the start of a golden age in the world coming to me.

Just like those people whose lives are unremarkable and unenviable, except in their heads.

Marveling over the Internet is what’s pushing me toward not lusting after an exotic trip somewhere. Even those of us whose idea of fun is the Smithsonian Institution or the British Library, or taking the steps to look up some genealogy, can get the legwork done by sitting at a computer terminal.

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